Order of Service; September 19, 2021

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

Welcome and Announcements                                                          

Prelude     A Bit of Earth from “The Secret Garden”    Lucy Simon

Opening Words                      by Wayne Arnason

*Doxology               From all that dwell below the skies

                                    Let songs of hope and faith arise

                                    Let peace, goodwill on earth be sung

                                    Through every land, by every tongue

*Covenant                                        by James Vila Blake (adapted)

  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 Gary Kowalski

Meditation in words and silence      by Douglas Taylor

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.


Forward by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Everyday Ubuntu

Musical Interlude The Fisherman’s Story      Manuel De Falla

Sermon I Am Because We Are 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 Norman V. Naylor

Postlude Kum Ba Yah                Traditional Spiritual 


Worship Associate: Ann Foard

Tech Support: Monika Fridrich and Jeff Donahue

Technical Assistance: Monika Fridrich

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