Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:30am

Order of Service

Welcome and Announcements    

Passing the Peace

Prelude   We Shall Overcome        Traditional Spiritual. (arr. J. Santa)

Opening Words                      by Marilyn Sewell

Doxology          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 Steve Stock

Time for All Ages        “Walking with the Wind”       adapted by Karen G. Johnston

Joys and Sorrows

Offering   Improvisation          R. Schumann (you can make an offering or donation by going to our website and clicking the “donate” button)

Prayer              A Prayer for America              by Tamara Lebak

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           from How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Musical Interlude            He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands      Traditional Spiritual. (arr. J. Tate)

Sermon        How to Take Down White Supremacy           Rev. Douglas Taylor


Chalice Extinguishing                                           Elizabeth S. Jones  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 V. Emil Gudmundson

Postlude                     Kum Ba Yah       Traditional Spiritual (arr. M. Homes)

Worship Associate: Karen Marsh

Minister: Rev. Douglas Taylor

Music Director: Vicky Gordon

Board President: Gay Canough

Office Administrator: Karen Armstrong

Membership Coordinator: Pamela Wik-Grimm

Temp. Religious Ed. Coord.: Amanda Jones

Tech Support: Jeff Donahue

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 selves.