(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
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.
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