Sunday Program – January 15, 2023

Mt.  Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

Sunday, January 15, 2023

“Keeping the Dream Alive: Perseverance in the time of Peril

Sunday Program - Welcome!

GATHERING SONG

#1018, “Come and Go With Me” 

(Spiritual, arr. Kenny Smith)

This African American hymn from slavery times is both a promise of deliverance and a call to action. It was arranged for us by Kenny Smith, music director of our congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

PRELUDE  

Grave from 14 Bagatelles, Sz.38, BB 50, Op. 6, No. 3 (Béla Bartók)

Brett Carson, piano

WELCOME

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

Linda Russell, Board Representative

LIGHTING OF THE CHALICE

Elsie Mills

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

INVOCATION

Spirit of Life, come unto me. / Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea; / move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free; / Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.  — Carolyn McDade

TIME FOR ALL AGES    

“Memories of Dr. King”     

Rev. Leslie and Rowena McGregor

SINGING THE CHILDREN TO ACTIVITIES  

(Words: Leslie Takahashi/Music: Jo Gelinas)

Let me live my life with intention

Let me know truth’s spirit as my guide

Let me touch the pulse of the world’s great heart

Let me sense the mystery of her soul.

FIRST VIDEO

“A Knock at Midnight”    

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FIRST REFLECTION  

“Cultivating Hope”

Mary Kelly Persyn

HYMN

#348, “Guide My Feet” 

This is a Spiritual from the collection of Willis Laurence James. This tune was harmonized by Wendell Whalum, composer, arranger, choral conductor, and authority on gospel music.

JOYS AND SORROWS

Rev. Leslie Takahashi

CONGREGATIONAL SONG

#95, “There Is More Love Somewhere”

This is an African American Hymn which was named for Steven Bantu Biko, a Black South African activist and founder of the South African Student’s Organization

SECOND VIDEO

“What is Your Life’s Blueprint?”    

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

SECOND REFLECTION  

“Self worth and Dedication”

Peggy Kroll

CALL FOR THE OFFERING

Andrew Oswald, Board Member

OFFERTORY  

"Alabama" (John Coltrane)

Brett Carson, 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.”

SONG   

“Overflowing” (Brian Tate)

Chalice choir

FINAL READING

Intern Minister, Michael Macias

FINAL REFLECTION  

“Connection and Community Support”

Linda Russell

CLOSING SONG   

“The Storm is Passing Over” (Charles Albert Tindley, arr. Barbara W. Baker)

Chalice Choir

           EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE                

POSTLUDE   

"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" (Billy Taylor)

Brett Carson, piano

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NEXT SUNDAY:  Beginner's Mind (Again): As 2023 embraces us with new opportunities and some concerns, how do we support ourselves and those we love in this new and uncertain world? One time-honored way from the Buddhist tradition is the idea of the "beginner's mind" - opening ourselves to learning without preconceptions the way a child might.

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, Liam Takahashi and Hector Tanabe.

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/

Song Lyrics

 

#1018 Come and Go with Me

Come and go with me to that land, 

Come and go with me to that land, 

Come and go with me to that land 

where I'm bound. 

Come and go with me to that land, 

Come and go with me to that land, 

Come and go with me to that land 

where I'm bound.  

There'll be freedom in that land, …

There’ll be justice in that land, …

There’ll be singin’ in that land, …

#348 Guide My Feet 

Guide my feet while I run this race. 

Guide my feet while I run this race. 

Guide my feet while I run this race, 

for I don't want to run this race in vain!

Hold my hand while I run this race. …

Stand by me while I run this race. …

Guide my feet while I run this race…

#95 There Is More Love Somewhere 

There is more love somewhere. 

There is more love somewhere. 

I'm gonna keep on 'til I find it. 

There is more love somewhere. 

There is more hope somewhere. …

There is more peace somewhere. …

There is more joy somewhere. …

There is more love somewhere…

2022-23 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MINISTERS AND STAFF
Linda Russell, President

Ron Ahnen, Vice President

Neysa Matt, Co-Secretary

Davina Smith,Co-Secretary

Chris Carter, Treasurer

Jana Contreras, Board Member

Steve Dietsch, Board Member

Jaynese Davis, Board Member

Mark David Watanabe, Board Member

Andrew Oswald, Board Member

board@mduuc.org 

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

Michael Macias, Intern Minister /michael@mduuc.org

Rev. Ranwa Hammamy CommunityMinister 

Rev. Meg Richardson, Community Minister 

Marena McGregor, Director of Religious Education / marena@mduuc.org

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

Brynne Fay, Communications Coordinator / brynne@mduuc.org

Mark Tuning, Music & Tech Director /musicdir@mduuc.org

Eric Chapot, Facilities Manager / eric@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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