Imagine My Surprise
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
September 26, 2021

Nineteen months into the restrictions of the pandemic has been like climbing to the top of a high mountain – a climb most of us would have thought impossible. Now here, we can see unexpected possibilities in every direction. Join us this week as members of our congregation share the surprising possibilities that have been revealed to them during this difficult journey as we conclude our month of exploring the theme of what it means to be a people who embrace possibility.

Gail Johnson Vaughan and Cheryl Morris,  Worship Associates

Greeting    Gail Johnson Vaughan, Worship Associate

Song for Gathering  Open My Heart #1013 Henry Flurry  Jordan Thomas-Rose

Welcome   Gail Johnson Vaughan

Lighting of the Chalice  Holding Reality and Possibility Together by Samuel A Trumbore, read by Shannon Dooley Miller              

Land Acknowledgement   read by Andy Dooley Miller

Opening Words  by Rev. Scott Tayler,  read by Cheryl Morris

Wisdom for All Ages  The Dot by Peter J. Reynolds (permission to share granted by Candlewick Press), read by Gail Johnson Vaughan

Joys & Sorrows   Beth Karow

If you wish, you may type into the chat a joy, a sorrow, a care or concern that you carry in your heart this morning. 

Prayer & Meditation Meditation on Letting Go by Carol Allman-Morton, read by Beth Karow 

Song Comfort Me #1002 Mimi Bornstein   Jordan Thomas-Rose

Reading by Charles Eisenstein, read by Cheryl Morris   LIVE 

Option B  What Makes Surviving the Pandemic Possible?  Gail Johnson Vaughan , with photos from members and friends.

Tapestry   Imagine My Surprise!” 

 Pam Kisor – Pandemic Surprises
 Tom Wernigg – Embracing Possibility  
 Grace Kendrick – What’s Possible       
 Jasper Waters – Embracing Possibility in a Time of Confinement 

Offering   Gail Johnson Vaughan

 25% of our offering this month will support Color Me Human, whose mission is to “Celebrate, Elevate, Educate, Advocate to create a safe, equitable world for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ folks.” 

Since we are not passing a plate in person, giving in other ways is vital to our ability to sustain the work of our community. Thank you for your generosity. See the insert for ways to give by text, PayPal, UUCM’s website or by mail. 

Offertory  Jordan Thomas-Rose

Dedication Gail Johnson Vaughan

Thank you

Closing Song  How Can I Keep From Singing (My Life Flows On In Endless Song) #108 by Pauline T. and Doris Plenn, music by Robert Lowry

Closing Words  An Ending, or Merely a Prelude to Glorious Beginnings? by Michael A. Schuler, read by Gail Johnson Vaughan

Community Benediction / Extinguishing of the Chalice  
                   Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.  

Music for Going Forth