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July 21, 2024: "A Certain Kind of Hope"

Rev. Forrest Gilmore

Reverend Forrest Gilmore

Jason Michálek, Worship Associate

I met a man who taught me about hope. He had been homeless for more than a decade. He lived on the streets with Crohn’s Disease and more. He’d been beaten up at every turn. But then, despite all of it, he took a risk…Today we’ll talk about this man’s story and what it means to hope.

Rev. Forrest Gilmore is Executive Director of Beacon, Inc. and is UUCB’s Affiliated Community Minister

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Order of Service

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Ringing of the World Bell


“Sacred Voices” music by Keaton Springfield, lyrics by Steve Pollitt Cloud 7

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Land Acknowledgement

Lighting the Chalice Flame

Ann Robins

“Our Hope and Our Passion” by Pat Uribe-Lichty

Stephanie Kimball, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Introduction of Guest Speaker

Opening Words

Reverend Forrest Gilmore

Opening Hymn

#113 “Where Is Our Holy Church?”


“Vasilisa the Brave” retold by Faye Mogensen

Musical Interlude

“Abendsegen” from Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck

Ray Fellman, piano

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation


“Imagine” by John Lennon

Ray Fellman, piano

During the Offertory, you are invited to silently light a candle to represent a joy or sorrow in your life.

You are invited to participate in this morning’s offering by contributing as the basket passes or online at uucb.churchcenter.com/giving. You may make a non-pledge gift or a contribution towards your annual pledge, or both, at that site. This fiscal year, 25% of our non-pledge Sunday offerings will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County to fund the installation of solar panels and energy monitoring systems and mandated radon testing in Habitat homes. The non-profit organization and its volunteers work to make more affordable, energy-efficient, and safe housing available locally. See monroecountyhabitat.org for more information.


Adapted from “Almost Everything” by Anne Lamott

Jason Michálek, Worship Associate

Gift of Music

“The Beauties of the World” music by Thomas Campion, lyrics by Steve Pollitt

Cloud 7

Andrew Appel, Dexter Edge, Carol Marks, Steve Pollitt, Susie Sullivan, Anabel Watson, Licia Weber, Lisa Wickes


"A Certain Kind of Hope"

Reverend Forrest Gilmore

Closing Hymn

#1028 "The Fire of Commitment"

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

“Flame in Our Hearts” by Vanessa Titang



“Surround Me Alway/For All Who Seek God” music by Courage Barda and Deborah Phelps, lyrics by Courage Barda and Mary Ann Macklin, arr. Steve Pollitt

Cloud 7

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