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Sunday Program – April 25, 2021

“Mt.  Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Sunday, April 25, 2021
“An Abundance of Divinity”
Sunday Program - Welcome!

GATHERING MUSIC
Julie Homi, piano

GATHERING SONG
#1067, “Mother Earth, Beloved Garden” Amanda Udis Kessler)

By invoking the pagan ritual of creating sacred space, UU composer Amanda Udis-Kessler’s lyrics connect us humans to the interdependent web not just as things to see but as things to feel and by which to be changed.

PRELUDE
"Gaia" (James Taylor) Julie Homi, piano

WELCOME
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Andrew Oswald,
Board Representative

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Steve Hirsch, Board President

INVOCATION
Let me live each day with intention. / Let me know Truth’s spirit as my guide.

Let me touch the pulse of the world’s great heart. / Let me glimpse the mystery of its soul.

-- Rev. Leslie Takahashi

LIGHTING OF THE CHALICE
Rev. Rodney Lemery

Each week we light a chalice, which has become a symbol for Unitarian Universalists and our engagement in the world.

TIME FOR ALL AGES
“An Earth Day Talk”
Mary Allen

SINGING THE CHILDREN TO THEIR CLASSES
Marena McGregor

As you go, may joy surround you, as you go, go in peace.

Know our love is with you always, as you go, as you go.

AFFIRMATION OF COMMUNITY/SHARE THE PLATE

CALL TO WORSHIP
Jim Lincoln, Worship Associate

HYMN
#21, “For the Beauty of the Earth” (Words: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, Music: Conrad Kocher)

The words for this nature hymn were originally written for Anglican communion services by Folliott Sanford Pierpoint who was a British classicist and poet. The music was composed by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872), director of music in the collegiate church at Stuttgart, Germany.

JOYS AND SORROWS
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

MEDITATION HYMN
#1072, “Evening Breeze” (Anonymous)

This simple chant is often sung as a part of neo-pagan ritual.

TIME OF MEDITATION AND PRAYER
Miranda Lennox

MUSICAL OFFERING
“One Million Voices” (Brian Tate)
Virtual Chalice Choi

The composer dedicated this piece to “all those who have the courage to speak out against the abuse of power.”

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
Chris Carter, Board Treasurer

OFFERTORY
"Forest Flower" (Charles Lloyd) Julie Homi, piano

Each week during the Offertory we light two pillar candles to acknowledge that we are living in a nation at war. The candles represent our wishes for all whose lives are endangered by the conflict, and our hopes for peace. While the offering is received you are invited to come forward and select a stone to place in the column of water representing our community life, sharing it as a sign of remembrance and hope. Feel free to watch and hold your intention as your stone settles into the water’s embrace.

DEDICATION OF THE OFFERING 

“To the work of this community, in transforming ourselves and our world, we dedicate ourselves and our offerings.”

PERSPECTIVE
Rev. Jim Lewis

INTERLUDE

SERMON
“An Abundance of Divinity”
  Rev. Leslie Takahashi

CLOSING HYMN #1064,
“Blue Boat Home” 

(Words: Peter Mayer; Music: Roland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887, adapted by Peter Mayer)

Peter Mayer composed this as a variation on Hyfrodol, one of his favorite melodies which he grew up singing in church, and wrote the words to “refer to life on this earth as a grand, seafaring journey.” Jason Shelton created the score, and the piano arrangement.

BENEDICTION AND EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE
Rev. Leslie Takahashi

POSTLUDE
"Here Comes the Sun" (George Harrison)
Julie Homi, piano

 

Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at after the service at: https://zoom.us/j/811493869 or dial in 669 900 9128 then enter Meeting ID: 811 493 869 #

Thanks to our AV Tech staff, Colin Ketcham (who ran the presentation, video and audio clips), Liam Takahashi (video creation and editing) Troy Yochelson (Sanctuary cameras) and Mark Tuning (music recording, presentation creation, video and audio editing)

Please remember that we are trying to keep staff safe by using virtual giving.  If you can, please consider using on-line donations or text to give:

To Give or Pledge go to: https://www.mduuc.org/give/

Questions? Contact jenm@mduuc.org for technical questions or mariearce@mduuc.org for financial questions. 

 

2020-21 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Steve Hirsch, President

Linda Russell, Vice President

Ron Ahnen, Secretary

Chris Carter, Treasurer

Sharon Solstice, Board Member

Doug Tamo, Board Member

Jaynese Davis, Board Member

Neysa Matt, Board Member

Davina Smith, Board Member

Andrew Oswald, Board Member

board@mduuc.org

MINISTERS AND STAFF

Rev. Leslie Takahashi, Lead Minister / leslie@mduuc.net

Rev. Dr. David Sammons, Minister Emeritus

Rev. Rodney Lemery, Community Minister/rodney@mduuc.org

Rev. Jim Lewis, Consulting Minister /  jimlewis@mduuc.org

Miranda Lennox, Intern Minister / intern@mduuc.org

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy CommunityMinister 

Rev. Meg Richardson, Community Minister 

Indigo Lewis, Director of Religious Education / indigo@mduuc.org

Marena McGregor, Assistant DLRE. / marena@mduuc.org

Marie Arce, Church Administrator / mariearce@mduuc.org

Jen Marsh Prink, Church Administrator / jenm@mduuc.org

Mark Tuning, Music Director /musicdir@mduuc.org

Tristan Thielman, Facilities Manager / facilitiesmgr@mduuc.org

Brett Carson, Accompanist / brettcarson@mduuc.org

LIVING OUR VALUES

At Mt. Diablo UU Church we strive to bring to life our Unitarian Universalist values as we seek truth and work for justice and bridge the divisions that wound the human family. Please visit our “Living our Values” page to locate virtual and physical ways you can be a part in building a better world.  If you have suggestions for items on this page, please email them to livingourvalues@mduuc.org. 

Please consider taking 20-30 minutes of your day to review our Living our Values web page to participate in a number of cyberactivist activities that can collectively make a difference in our local and world communities. This week we have a number of Climate Justice and Racial Justice petitions and calls to action that could really use your help! 

LIVE YOUR VALUES HERE

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