September 6, 2020
with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Just like a doughnut that's been left out too long, life can sometimes seem stale if we let routine take over. Often people get comfortable with what is and ignore what could be. Being present is important -- it's the foundation for powerful living and experiencing the special moments in life. Dear friends actively claiming your future is key to our growth. Balancing the realities of what is versus what we want is the trick. Whether you're looking for a complete overhaul or simply a fresh outlook, this service dedicated to renewal is here to assist you on your journey. See you Sunday.
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Our new minister is now officially with us. After many years of service to the UUA in congregations and affiliate organizations Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey has found his way to us and is now home.
Welcome Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey!
Ringing of the Bell
Invocation & Opening Words
“Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities
And realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth,
the glory of action,
The splendor of beauty;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
-attributed to Kalidasa
Singing Together: #188, “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
Of Our Hearts
Pastoral Reflection & Silence
Pastoral Hymn #123, Spirit of Life
Offering and Invitations
Offertory Music by Sky
Story for All Ages: “Life is Fun” by Nancy Carlson
To be happy on earth, just follow Nancy Carlson’s simple instructions. Don’t bring snakes inside the house. Laugh a lot! And most importantly, make big, big plans. In the tradition of her acclaimed “I Like Me!” Nancy Carlson presents another warm and funny book sure to boost spirits and encourage kids to make the most of life.
“Renewing Our Spirits” with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
September is a season of homecoming for UUs. And renewal is central to that. At the opening of each new church year we renew our commitments to each other and our community. We renew our energy for another year of journeying together, seeking justice for all, caring for this planet and being activists in this beloved city and southern Nevada.
Being Present: According to this Harvard University study, almost half of our waking hours are spent NOT living in the moment. That’s a shocking and sad statistic.
Naming and Claiming: I’m a firm believer in the adage that as a woman thinks so she is. Well this is an extension of that mindset.
Balancing/ that’s the trick: Take care of and nurture yourself. You cannot accomplish anything if you're unhealthy. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat properly. Many of us think we can burn the candle at both ends, eat junk food, get very little exercise, and still function adequately. You may be able to get away with this for a while when you're young, however, at some point, this life style catchs up with the best of us. Burnout is a real possibility.Ideally, set aside time each day for an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, working out or listening to music. Or, allow yourself to unwind after a hectic day by reading, meditating or taking a nice hot bath.
Closing Song: #121, “We’ll Build A Land”
We’ll build a land where we bind up the broken.
We’ll build a land where the captives go free,
where the oil of gladness dissolves all mourning.
Oh, we’ll build a promised land that can be.
Come build a land where sisters and brothers,
anointed by God, may then create peace:
where justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever flowing stream.
We’ll build a land where we bring the good tidings
to all the afflicted and all those who mourn.
And we’ll give them garlands instead of ashes.
Oh, we’ll build a land where peace is born.
We’ll be a land building up ancient cities,
raising up devastations from old;
restoring ruins of generations.
Oh, we’ll build a land of people so bold.
Come, build a land where the mantles of praises
resound from spirits once faint and once weak;
where like oaks of righteousness stand her people.
Oh, come build the land, my people we seek.
Benediction and Extinguish the Chalice
We close our time together with these words From Mary Sarton
"Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit
Who know that without darkness
Nothing comes to birth
As without light