Order of Service May 7, 2023

Order of Service 5-7-2023
“Truth is Stranger than Fiction”
Led by Rev. DL Helfer
Worship Partner: Rev. Eric Cherry and Meg Carroll
Lay Pastoral Care Associate: Meg Carroll

Pianist: Nonetta Shatakhtsian
Tech Host: Jolanda Walter


Welcome and Announcements

Chalice Lighting by Reverend Tara Humphries

Prelude The Silence and the Song by Mark Patterson (Choir)

Opening Words

*Opening Hymn #361, Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

*Unison Affirmation
Love is the spirit of this church
And service our mission
This is our great covenant
To dwell together in peace
To seek the truth in love
And to help one another

Time for All Ages

Children’s Recessional Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques
As you journey – As you journey
May you know – May you know
Love and hope go with you –
Love and hope go with you
Learn and grow – Learn and grow

Joys and Sorrows

Piano Interlude Some Other Time by Phil Hamm

Sung Response #298, Wake Now My Senses

Call for the Offering Our May Share the Plate Recipient is The National Council for Incarcerated Women and Girls. The Council was founded in 2010 by a group of women incarcerated in federal prison in Danbury, CT. Many of them are mothers. The organization works to end the criminal legal system’s forced separation of women and girls from their communities and loved ones through hyper-local organizing, public awareness education, movement lawyering, and the national #FreeHer Campaign. The National Council also organizes against the incarceration of women globally through its International Network. The mission was and still is, to end the incarceration of women and girls. You can donate at https://www.westminsteruu.org/donate/

Offertory Negende Trerzang by C. Verbraeken

Reflection Meg Carroll


*Closing Hymn #34, Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire

Closing Words by Havelock Ellis as quoted in Ronald Knapp’s  reflection at the UUMA Convocation on Ministry 1995

Carry the Flame