The Land of Plenty
These magazines and catalogs carry in them the constant message of our lack, of what we do not have and cannot be. We live in a society that sells us our own unworthiness every day. How can we possibly practice generosity and a belief in abundance amidst a barrage of scarcity?
This is hard, hard work. And one Sunday service will not get us out of the desire to live in the Land of Plenty for others but Not Enough for me.
And so, I bring you salutations, as travelers, and would be people trying to make do with what we have. But let me also say I think we are getting better. The dis-ease at not having all of the stuff may be subsiding. And I can bring you a sign that we are growing closer, and that our band of travelers grows every day.
Our culture is fascinated with money. We all know the degree to which money is the real religion of America . Yet someone recently asked me,
“Isn't the first rule of stewardship: Never talk about money?”
I was not surprised to hear someone say this, as it's been the practice in churches for a long time: Don't talk with people about money—you'll only make them uncomfortable. Yet I disagree. I think we are longing to talk about money, even in our discomfort. Our congregation, our denomination, our nation needs to reassess our relationship to money and things.
I think we are ready.
Faith, life style, green choices, politics of abundance may be taking over. Lets hope so! Lets talk about it! Join us for a faith-filled deep dive!
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Introduction/Zoom Orientation/Welcome with Mairin O’Steen
Ringing the Bell
Welcome with Mairin O’Steen
Opening Words with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Land acknowledgment with Mairin O’Steen
Community Spotlight with Mary Jane Brustman
Opening Hymn/ Song - We Are Dancing Sarah's Circle by the UUSL Virtual Choir | Hymn #212 (See video below)
Reading: Ecowomanism by Melanie Harris with Nina Kuzniak
Of Our Hearts with Mairin O’Steen
Pastoral Reflection - Silent Meditation
Pastoral Hymn/song: The Age of Worry by Yebba (See video below)
Reflections with Lisa Bailey
Offering and Invitations with Mairin O’Steen
The Offering this month is shared with Southern Nevada Adaptive Sports
Foundation/Las Vegas Wheelchair Basketball Foundation (LINK)
Story for All Ages: I will be a hummingbird - Wangari Maathai
Music: Royals by Lorde (See video below)
Reading- The 99% with Mairin O’Steen
Sermon: The Land of Plenty
with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Benediction with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Extinguish the Chalice
Postlude - UUCLV Bridges instrumental
Announcements with Mairin O’Steen
Let’s Talk About It: Choose your own breakout room with Mairin O’Steen
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Prelude: Song For The Thankful by Avi Kaplan https://youtu.be/t6s4mbDAmuI
Opening Hymn/ Song - We Are Dancing Sarah's Circle by the UUSL Virtual Choir | Hymn #212 https://youtu.be/1_2hZQEj4tk
Pastoral Hymn/song: The Age of Worry by Yebba https://youtu.be/x1ya5YigHok
Story for All Ages: I will be a hummingbird - Wangari Maathai https://youtu.be/IGMW6YWjMxw
Music: Royals by Lorde https://youtu.be/98XFrnw7-UM
Closing Song: Courage To Change by Sia https://youtu.be/YAA8vaDfCRk