2.4.24 Order of Service


Via Zoom – 10 am 

Ayanna Gaines, Worship Leader  with Rev. Nica Eaton

Being Black and UU

According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 1% of Unitarian Universalists identify as Black or African American. Congregations often wonder what they can do to make themselves more attractive to people from underrepresented groups. However, a majority of UUs have yet to explore what it means to be a member of a minority group within a minority group. This service, featuring Worship Leader Ayanna Gaines, explores what it means to be Black and UU.

Month Theme – Justice and Equity

Welcome – Ayanna Gaines

Introduction – Reverend Nica Eaton

Call to Worship – Ayanna Gaines

Chalice Lighting – Reverend Nica

Opening Hymn – #1024 “When the Spirit Says Do”

Time for All Ages “Don’t Touch My Hair” written by Sharee Miller and read by Samantha Dickerson

Manna Collection – Samantha Dickerson

Offering Words – Reverend Nica Eaton

Offering Music – “Blackbird” by Lennon/McCartney. Performed by Anthony Concepcion.

Joys and Sorrows – You may write your Joys and Sorrows in the chatbox during the service if you are online. If you are in person please fill out an index card. You can also email your joys or concerns during the week to worship@chaliceuu.org

Reading – “Lamentation for Two Voices” by Erika Hewitt and Rebekah Savage, adapted from Michael Eric Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop. Led by Reverend Nica Eaton and Ayanna Gaines

Moment of Silence

Meditation Song – #1013 “Open My Heart”

Sermon – “Being Black and UU” by Ayanna Gaines.    

Closing Hymn – #118 “This Little Light of Mine”

Benediction – Ayanna Gaines

Announcements – Reverend Nica Eaton

Extinguishing the Chalice – Reverend Nica Eaton

Closing Words – Ayanna Gaines

Postlude – Anthony Conception

This week we will hold a special collection to benefit the Inner City Orchestra of Los Angeles. More information here: https://icyola.org

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