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  • 9:15 and 11:00 AMSanctuary

    The theme for January is Integrity, and this song puts integrity into concrete terms: keeping a promise.

    In every house, I will enter for good.
    In every field, I will do only good.
    By every river I will turn my hand toward good.
    This is a promise I will keep.
     
    This is a promise I will keep.
    This is a promise I will keep.
    I will turn my hand toward good.
    This is a promise I will keep.
     
    And if I am asked to turn my hand toward harm, toward hate,
    And if I am asked to turn my thoughts toward harm, toward hate,
    And if I am asked to turn my life toward harm, toward hate,
    Though it would profit me, I would refuse.
     
    For all of the dreams of the children,
    daughters of the sons of daughters, for all their dreams.
    For all of the hopes of the children,
    daughters of the sons of daughters, for all their hopes.
    For all of the promise of the children,
    daughters of the sons of daughters, for all their promise,
    and for seven generations.
     

    This number by Nick Page was commissioned by the Teaneck Community Chorus, Teaneck, New Jersey, Steve Bell, Director.

  • 9:15 onlySanctuary

    This Sunday is the last time the Choir will sing before Rev Chris leaves on his sabbatical.  So we thought an appropriate send-off would be to let him know how much his dedication, diligence, and sharing of his talents have blessed us.

    This is an a cappella piece, meaning the choir sings without piano accompaniment.  However, there may be a djembe, an ancient drum played with bare hands, joining in.  It's name means "Everyone gather together in peace."

    We are met together and in
    Meeting we are blessed.
    Peace in coming and in going,
    Peace in labor and in rest.
     
    Hold on, dear brother!
    Hold on, dear sister!
    Hold on, hold to me.
     
    We are met together and in
    Meeting we are blessed.
    Peace in coming and in going,
    Peace in labor and in rest.
     
    You're not alone and you never more will be.
    I will be with you and I will carry you with me.
    Friendship endures and surely will prove
    It's not ourselves, but our bodies that move.
     
    We are met together and in
    Meeting we are blessed.
    Peace in coming and in going,
    Peace in labor and in rest.
     
    Hold on, dear brother!
    Hold on, dear sister!
    Hold on, hold to me.

  • 9:15 and 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Sadie is at NorCal Honor Choir through this Sunday when our Choir performs under the direction of Robert Worth, Music Director for Sonoma Bach, which he founded 10 years ago.  Sadie sang with him for many years.  Then last fire, we hosted Sonoma Bach at the Glaser Center when, on short notice, their venue at Sonoma State was closed.  Mr Worth is delighted to be able to return the favor by subbing for Sadie.

    The piece is "Komm Heiliger Geist", original German words by Martin Luther, music by J S Bach.  Translated and arranged by Robert Worth specially for us.

    Come holy spirit now, fill our souls,

    By all your graces make us whole;
    To each believer's mind and heart,
    Your fervent love do now impart;
    By the shining brightness of your light,
    You in the faith do us unite,
    Of ev'ry land and ev'ry tongue;
    So to your praise let now be sung.
     
    Hallelujah, hallelujah.
     
    You holy light, guide divine,
    Now cause the word of life to shine;
    Teach us to show our love aright,
    And share our blessings with delight;
    From ev'ry error keep us free,

    Let none but love our master be,
    That we in living faith abide,
    Our spirits soar above the starry sky.
     
    Hallelujah, hallelujah.
     
    You holy fire, comfort true,
    Grant us the will your work to do,
    And in your service to e'er remain,
    Let hardship turn us not aside;
    Now by your pow'r prepare each heart,
    And to our weakness strength impart,
    That bravely here we may contend,
    Through death and life to you, our light, ascend.
     
    Hallelujah, hallelujah.

  • 9:15 and 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Sunday, February 23, the HUUGs, (the Highschool UU Group), lead the worship.  Their topic is "Resilience through CommUUnity".  The Choir will be helping them out with a Gospel-style number titled "Let It Roll Off Your Back" by Heather Pierson.  Susan Panttaja will help us learn some new songs and remember some old songs.  All music is chosen by the young folks.

    "Let It Roll Off You Back" goes:

    If you're feelin' sad and blue, let it roll off your back,
    Or if you're feelin' angry..., let it roll off your back.
    'Cause happy times are comin' back to you.
    Just give it some time, so until then just smile,
    And let it roll off your back, you gotta let it roll off your back.
     
    If people can't see things your way, let it roll off your back,
    Or if you can't understand what people do, let it roll off your back.
    'Cause everybody's doin' the very best
    They know how to do.  Sometimes you have to smile,
    And let it roll off your back, you gotta let it roll off your back.
     
    Well I haven't lived a long time, but I know this much is true,
    When the world is getting' you down, there's only one thing to do,
    You let it roll off your back
    You gotta let it roll off your back
    You gotta let it roll off your back
    You gotta let it roll off your back
     
    Well, if you made a mistake or two, let it roll off your back,
    Or if you can't do a thing about it now, let it roll off your back.
    'Cause tomorrow you can take with you
    The things you learn today.  So until then just smile,
    And let it roll off your back, you gotta let it roll off your back.
    You gotta let it roll off your back
    You gotta let it roll off your back
    You gotta let it roll off your back
     

  • 9:15 and 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Sunday, March 8, your Choir will sing a jazz song first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967.  There is little that is more American than jazz.  Originating in the African-American communities of New Orleans in the late 19th Century, jazz became known world-wide as "America's Classical Music".  The theme for this Sunday is "Wisdom and Creativity".  This song epitomizes American creativity with a worshipful appreciation of people and the natural world.

    I see trees of green, red roses too
    I see them bloom for me and you
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world.
     
    I see skies of blue and clouds of white
    The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world....
     
    The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    Are also on the faces of people goin' by
    I see friends shakin' hands sayin' how do you do
    They're really sayin' I love you
     
    I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
    And I think to myself...
    What a wonderful world!