We Gather

We Gather

It is in gathering that we find our hope.

P Pat Uribe-Lichty
The Right to Choose

The Right to Choose

Without consent, our ability to create becomes not a blessing, but a burden and an imposition.

E Elizabeth Mount
Watershed

Watershed

Watershed moments are turning points, moments that permanently alter an understanding.

M Martina Thompson
Co Regulation

Co Regulation

We cannot begin to find ourselves without love.

E Elizabeth Mount
Rest from Our Journeys

Rest from Our Journeys

The travelers had come a long way, and had a long way yet to go. Unable to come off the donkey without her husband’s assistance, and the grace of a large stone, still she came down, one hand to her back, feeling the ache throughout her body....

L Linda Hart
You Are Never Alone

You Are Never Alone

It's okay to be feel weary of resiliency and wholeness and learning and growth.

S Sharon Wylie
Witnesses World

Witnesses World

It is now, when we are called to act on our values, not to hide, not to fear, but to be bold and loud.

T Tania Márquez
Call To Gather Days Of Awe

Call To Gather Days Of Awe

We are held by the great Book of Life, in which it is written that we will inevitably face deprivation and discomfort. Each among us must contemplate our own place in it all.

L Leah Ongiri
Giving Thanks and Exploring Suffering

Giving Thanks and Exploring Suffering

It is always good to give thanks! All that we have is a gift from life: our food, our relationships, our shelter from the cold. And when we give thanks, it is always good to be mindful of all people, and notice those who are suffering and do what we can to ease suffering and change its causes....

M Myke Johnson
First Comes the Waiting

First Comes the Waiting

This is the season of endings and beginnings, when the small signs of dawn pierce through the night and something new is born. But first comes the waiting. First come the lessons of endings and beginnings....

E Erika A. Hewitt
Gathering in Our Own Spaces

Gathering in Our Own Spaces

Come. Gather. Not into a common space— sharing a physical closeness we long for, precluded by wise choice. But come, gather into this common time and a common space. We need to be together. We yearn for connection....

J Jeff May
Put Away the Pressures of the World

Put Away the Pressures of the World

Note: This call to worship was written to be preceded by the first three sentences of "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver (Singing the Living Tradition #490). As we enter into worship, put away the pressures of the world that ask us to perform, to take up masks, to put on brave fronts. Silence the voices...

E Erika A. Hewitt
Here in this sanctuary of ancient dreams and wisdom and beauty we come to grow

Here in this sanctuary of ancient dreams and wisdom and beauty we come to grow

Here in this sanctuary of ancient dreams and wisdom and beauty we come to grow, to be healed, to stretch mind and heart, to be challenged, renewed; to be helped in our own continuing struggles for meaning and for love; to help build a world with more justice and mercy in it; to be counted among t...

J Jack Mendelsohn
Easter

Easter

We seek life’s meaning in the wonder of morning In the freshness of springtime, And in each others hearts and minds. Yet still we hope for something more, A break in the ordinary, An infusion of the unexpected, An explosion of glory, A miracle, Revealing more than we hope to understand.

C Charles F Flagg
Come into this circle of love and justice

Come into this circle of love and justice

Come into this circle of love and justice, Come into this community where we can dream and Believe in those dreams— Come into this holy space where we remember who we are And how we want to live. Come now, and let us worship together!

M Marilyn Sewell
Call to Worship for Stewardship Sunday

Call to Worship for Stewardship Sunday

To worship means to consider that which has worth—today we consider, with gratitude, the many gifts of this community— The opportunity to be affirmed in who we are and to offer that affirmation to others The chance to stand up together to help remake the world in the ideal of justice The freedom...

L Leslie Takahashi
Listen

Listen

Listen. Listen to silence. Listen to the wind. Listen to the stars. Hear trees. Dance. Dance to the beat of your neighbor’s heart. Dance to the rhythm of your childhood dreams. Sing. Sing and hum a wordless song to the tune of your rushing blood. And Pray. Pray with a fever that makes you sweat...

J Jessica Purple Rodela
What Are You Here For?

What Are You Here For?

If you came to this place expecting a tame story, you came to the wrong place. If you came for a story that does not threaten you, you came for a different story than the one we tell. If you came to hear of the coming of a God who only showed up so that you could have a nice day with your loved...

Q Quinn G. Caldwell
For What Shall We Give Thanks?

For What Shall We Give Thanks?

The wheel of the year has turned again. Once more the Thanksgiving season has arrived. How shall we sing our song of gratitude now? For what shall we give thanks? For this moment; for friends near and far; for our breath; for love; for courage and clarity; for strength; for delight; for laughter;...

L Laura Horton-Ludwig
Grace Meets Us Where We Are

Grace Meets Us Where We Are

There is nothing you need to bring with you to be welcome here no right beliefs or proof of citizenship no eternal optimism or clarity of conviction no boundless courage or endless expertise You do not need to know what brought you here Or how you will solve that problem you are turning over and...

G Gretchen Haley
The Hearts of Our Whole Community

The Hearts of Our Whole Community

This morning, we gather together to worship as a community of all ages. Let us take a moment to look around at those of us sharing this sacred space. Let us recognize the hearts of our whole community – from our elders to our youngest and all the ages in between. Let us embody the beauty of this...

J Jules Jaramillo
Thresholds

Thresholds

Thresholds. We cross them every day. From room to room, from outside to inside, and back again, from here to there, from anywhere to everywhere, from age to age. Each threshold offers an opportunity for change, for renewal, for transformation, from what we were and what we are to what we can be....

A Arlen Goff
As we gather together this morning

As we gather together this morning

As we gather together this morning, May we learn to recognize and affirm The pieces of possibility -- The bits of good -- we bring. May we encourage rather than control; Love rather than possess; Enable rather than envy....

B Bets Wienecke
Spirit of life, be present with us

Spirit of life, be present with us

Spirit of life, be present with us this hour. Join us today as we gather in a wider search for truth and purpose. In this quest, may we greet one another with open hearts and minds; may we inspire each other to consider new questions and seek deeper meaning; and may we cultivate wisdom and...

K Kathy A Huff
We gather together

We gather together

"We gather together": familiar words to many of us. "We"—called here not by name, not by special invitation—but we who are here, who, walking by the door, come in; who come anonymously, burdened and borne by our visions, yearnings, despairs, solitudes. "Gather"—called here not by law, not by...

L Libbie D Stoddard
We are here today to recognize the completion of your Coming of Age...

We are here today to recognize the completion of your Coming of Age...

We are here today to recognize the completion of your program of study for this Coming of Age ceremony and to celebrate with you the faith you have come to accept through this year of questioning and investigating. Some of you were brought to a Unitarian Universalist church to be Dedicated and...

The conscious choice

The conscious choice

We who are here assembled Have made a conscious choice: We live intentionally. May we keenly attend to the silent, pulsing needs Here present at this altar, Made sacred by the power of our communion.

M Martha Kirby Capo
Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Come, come, whoever you are - you are welcome here! No matter your age, your size, the color of your eyes, your hair, your skin—you are welcome here! No matter how you came here, if you came alone, or with others— you are welcome here! No matter whom you love, or how you speak, or whatever your...

M Melanie Morel-Ensminger
Purim Call to Worship

Purim Call to Worship

For millennia People have gathered together to hear stories, To root for the underdog, To jeer the evil and the unkind. We see in our stories Mirrors to our own lives Where we hope good things will happen to good people And that evil will be vanquished....

S Sharon Wylie
Praise the World in all its Pain and Blessing

Praise the World in all its Pain and Blessing

We are called today, from the midst of pain and challenge, we are called to praise the world. From a world that appears broken, we are called to praise life’s moments of joy and grace. From time that seems to freeze in ongoing exchanges of platitudes and blame, we are called to reach out to those...

M Maureen Killoran
Being Sanctuary

Being Sanctuary

Welcome to this space, this sanctuary of peace where we come to not only create our best selves, but to also do the work of creating a beloved community....

J Jennifer "Jo" VonRue and Linette Lowe
Fragments of Childhood

Fragments of Childhood

We were all children once, and we carry fragments of our childhood times with us. Today, let us honor those children who walked before us, who transformed into who we have become, who led us to this place, who have lessons for us still.

M Meredith Olson
The Great Teachers in Life

The Great Teachers in Life

We seekers are on a quest: A quest to discover truth and meaning. Sometimes we think we’ve found it— Wrapped up, glimmering with newness Straight off the intellectual assembly line. All the answers right here for us And others, if they’d only listen. But truth has a way of coming in disguise,...

J Jason Cook
A Spacious Welcome

A Spacious Welcome

This opening was written for two voices, as indicated below. 1: Welcome, who come in friendship who long for genuine community... 2: May you be graciously received here as your authentic self. 1: Welcome, who come in curiosity, full of questions or simply open... 2: May you embrace wonder and...

S Shari Woodbury
Come, all you who seek truth

Come, all you who seek truth

Come, all you who seek truth, abide in love, and honor peace, enter into this house with thanksgiving; come into these gates with praise. Enter into this sacred space, all you who hunger for righteousness. Through these doors, all footsteps lead to the source of our being, where we shall be filled.

D Dorothy Boroush
Break down barriers

Break down barriers

Spirit of life, come to us to break down barriers; to widen horizons; to make us less judgmental. Help us to see the larger picture and the kinder conclusion; to love and let live; to embrace and forgive; to sustain and care....

R Rhys Williams
Honor and understand our lives

Honor and understand our lives

We gather together in this space to honor and understand our lives. We bring our pasts and would share them, our dreams and would express them. We use words, song, silence, and gesture....

J Judith G Mannheim
We gather here as individual people

We gather here as individual people

We gather here as individual people:young and old;male and female;temporarily able and disabled;gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight people,all the colors of the human race;theist, atheist, agnostic;Christian, Buddhist, feminist, humanist.We gather here as a community of people who are more than...

B Barbara Hamilton-Holway
All of Us Are Beautiful

All of Us Are Beautiful

We come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some of us grow in bunches. Some of us grow alone. Some of us are cupped inward, And some of us spread ourselves out wide. Some of us are old and dried and tougher than we appear. Some of us are still in bud....

T Thomas Rhodes
Territorial Acknowledgment

Territorial Acknowledgment

We gather together as a community of seekers, to honour the interdependence of life, to respect the dignity of all, and to honour the land we walk humbly upon....

S Sean Neil-Barron
Committed to Respond

Committed to Respond

Committed to respond to the call of a wounded world… We join together this day with loving hearts, hands and minds. Embracing the interconnected web of water, air and earth… We light a fire of sustaining hope, ever bright with love and justice. May we bring forth this day new wisdom, strength...

L Lynn Harrison