Right Speech
(Gentle Words, Kindly Spoken)

A sermon delivered by Rev. Meg Barnhouse
August 1, 2021
Service led by Beth Karow, Worship Associate

Actions may speak louder than words, but if we don’t tend to the words we speak and how we speak, them we can do great harm. This Sunday Rev. Meg Barnhouse, the wise and musical senior minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas, draws upon the Buddhist concept of “right speech” and how to adapt that in a practical way as we begin to return to face to face meetings between people, and from zoom meetings to larger groups. 

Greeting  Beth Karow, Worship Associate  

Song for Gathering  When Our Heart is in a Holy Place by Joyce Poley #1008 

Welcome Beth Karow 

Greeting  Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas  

Lighting of the Chalice  by Steve Dick read by Carmen Riley  

Land Acknowledgement read by Jim Perkins 

Opening Words   

Wisdom for All Ages I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe, Illustrated by Ed Young 

Joys & Sorrows 

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  

Song  Filled with Loving Kindness #1031, based an a traditional Buddhist meditation, music by Ian W. Riddell

Sermon Right Speech, Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas 

Music Gentle Words, Kindly Spoken, a Shaker Hymn by Polly M. Rupe    Jordan Thomas-Rose  

Offering  Beth Karow 

25% of our offering this month will support Community Beyond Violence: whose mission is to offer resources for building healthy relationships and to work with community partners to provide services for healing the effects of interpersonal violence. 

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. 



Thank you 

Closing Song There is More Love Somewhere #95 

Closing Words/Sung Benediction Rev. Meg Barnhouse 

Community Benediction / Extinguishing of the Chalice  

                   Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.  

Music for Going Forth