Order of Service 6-20-21

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

Welcome and Announcements

Passing the Peace

Prelude  The Climb         Jessi Alexander

   Sung by Miley Cyrus

Opening Words  by Eileen B Karpeles


From all that dwell below the skies

  Let songs of hope and faith arise.

  Let peace, good will on Earth be sung

Through every land by every tongue.


Love is the spirit of this congregation, and service is its life.

             This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace,

             to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

Chalice Lighting by Sarah Lammert, (adapted)

Joys and Sorrows

Offertory       Slow Air         R. Vaughan Williams

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Spoken Meditation                 “A Blessing for Risk-Takers and Failures” by Robin Tanner                              

Silent Meditation

Hymn #123                             Spirit of Life

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.

Reading           “What does it mean to be a community of Risk?”  by Scott Tayler, Soul Matters Team Lead

Interlude A Plowshare Prayer by Spencer LaJoye

Sermon Embracing Risk           by Rev. Douglas Taylor

Chalice Extinguishing  

We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth,
the warmth of community or the fire of commitment,
these we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Benediction  by Eric Williams


May You Always Have a Song      Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse

   Sung by Vicky Gordon

Minister: Rev. Douglas Taylor

Worship Associate: Hope Post

Tech: Monika Fridrich

Music Director: Vicky Gordon

Board President: Gay Canough

Office Administrator: Karen Armstrong

Membership Coordinator: Pamela Wik-Grimm

Temp. Religious Ed. Coord.: Amanda Jones

Our Mission Statement: We offer a spiritual home where we EXPLORE, celebrate and cherish our interconnectedness; ENCOURAGE growth and transcendence and ACT with justice and compassion.

Our Unitarian Universalist Vision: Our Congregation will become a beacon in the larger community, demonstrating our Unitarian Universalist values and principles through our actions. We will embrace a diversity of people, inspiring us all to think of the world in new ways. As we explore different perspectives and share our freedom to think and feel, we will work together with others for social and environmental justice. Celebrating our differences and the whole of life, we will foster personal and spiritual growth to help people become their best selve