Recording of our May 16, 2021 online worship service
Partial worship manuscript:
Good morning and welcome to Birmingham Unitarian Church! I’m Chris Slon, today’s Worship Associate. Today’s service is led by Joshua Berg, Intern Minister at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, as well as our Co-Directors of Music Ministry, Abha and Steven Dearing. We also have technical support from our Communications Coordinator, Sara Constantakis and Zoom Greeter Drieka DeGraff.
BUC is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Even in our virtual format, we are a thriving community with a place for everyone. Social justice is an essential component of our church life. We are a capital “W” Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary CongregationOur social justice work this year is focused on civic engagement, racial equality, economic equality, and environmental justice.
Our worship services are hosted on Zoom every Sunday morning at 10:30 and then later posted on our website and our Facebook page. After the service, we invite you to stay for virtual coffee hour. If you are worshiping with us for the first time today, we extend a special welcome to you.
We two have announcements this morning:
Please join us today at 12:00 noon for the BUC Annual Meeting. There will be a few reports, including a description of the 2021-2022 budget; awards will be presented to those who have served BUC in an outstanding capacity during this church year; and we'll hear the results of the election for the Board of Trustees, LDC, and Stewardship Chairs. The Zoom link for the Annual Meeting is a separate link from this meeting, and it can be found on the calendar.
Then this evening at 7:00 pm, join the Humanists of BUC as they welcome featured speaker Kim Murphy-Kovalick, State Field Director for Voters Not Politicians. Kim’s talk is titled "Ensuring our Freedom to Vote,” and she’ll be discussing the package of anti-voter bills currently proposed in the Michigan legislature. These bills would create unnecessary regulation, red tape, and restrictions on our elections, but there are several actions that each of us can do individually to help prevent this from happening. Join the Humanists this Sunday evening for this important discussion. Zoom access info is on the calendar.
Thank you for joining us this morning, or whenever you’re watching this. Although we are not together physically, we are together in spirit, and it is good to be together again.
And now our service will begin.
by Henry David Thoreau
read by Chris Slon
"We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep."
May the lighting of this chalice spark our expectation of the dawn.
The mission of Birmingham Unitarian Church is to create a free and welcoming religious community that encourages lives of integrity, learning, service, and joy. The weekly offering serves as an ongoing reminder of this mission. Sharing in this weekly practice of generosity also strengthens the bonds between congregants and our high purpose. So let there be an offering in support of this Beloved Community and our good works. Contributions can be made through our website, Venmo (username @BUCmi), or a check in the mail. However you choose to give, please do so with a heart of gratitude and for each other.
Joys and Sorrows
This is the time in our service where we lift up our joys and concerns, news of life-shaping events that bring us great joy or sorrow.
Here in this virtual space we gather, called by our sense of urgency, or duty or the longing for community, called to be together this day.
Here in this virtual space we are gathered, called to do our part in weaving a web of human community.
Here in this virtual space we gather to share our joys and sorrows.
We will be turning off the recording to allow privacy for this sharing.
"When I heard the learn’d astronomer" by Walt Whitman
read by Chris Slon
When I heard the learn’d astronomer
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.