Sunday, September 20, 2020
                              “Thirst as Faith Embodiment”            

Doors open at 10:20. Service begins at 10:30. Plan to stay after the service for our virtual coffee hour where we will break into small groups for community and conversation. All are welcome. Join Zoom Meeting. Contact office for details.                           

Order of Service
September 20, 2020  10:30AM
“Thirst as Faith Embodiment”

You will need a glass of drinking water near you for the Water Communion Ceremony



MUUF – “We are Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship” 


Prelude         “Elevation on a Modal Theme” by Dom Paul Benoit and Improvisation on “The Water is Wide” Traditional English Tune arr. by James Biery                                                            Barbara Jensen, piano                                              

 Chalice Lighting                                                               Mary McClendon

Across the distance, the light from within me shines, sending love to all
Across the distance, your light is fuel that warms me
And helps to keep my own light burning
Together, we keep the flame of community burning bright.
                                                                                            Laura Thompson

 New Member Ceremony
Rev. Fred L Hammond,  Carol Bartz, Sally Isham

In the bonds of community, we unite
                    To cultivate a spirit of love and caring for one another,
                    To promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment,
                    To minister to each other’s needs and to those of humanity,
                    And to celebrate the sacred moments of life’s passages.
                    We welcome you as an equal member of this congregation,
                          of this faith, and of our shared spiritual journey

 We welcome new members Cindy Evans, June and Bill Mohns and John Steinmeyer.

 Opening Words       “All Water is Connected”           Rev. Fred L Hammond
                           by Myke Johnson as found on Worship Web    

Opening Hymn – #1064                  “Blue Boat Home”                            

 Homily       “Thirst as Faith Embodies                   Rev. Fred L Hammond 

Water Communion
   “The Strength of Water” by Jamila Batchelder and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Each viewer takes their glass of water, raises it to the camera, speaks aloud a word that affirms and nourishes their lives and offerings to others. Together we then drink the water of affirmation, the water of life.

 Closing the Ritual     “All Water is One Water”         Rev. Fred L Hammond
                                      by Rose Edington and Mel Hoover

Musical Interlude       “September Song”                       Barbara Jensen, piano
                                                       by Kurt Weill

 Prayers of the Community                                  Rev. Fred L Hammond

Silent Meditation

You may make an offering to MUUF at
Or mail a check to MUUF at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

 Extinguishing the Chalice            Mary McClendon

We leave this sacred space with extinguishing our chalice, but we take the sacred with us into our daily lives, knowing that there is a universal love that embraces us and holds us throughout our days.                 2020 © Rev. Fred L Hammond                       



Our thanks to Mary McClendon and Barbara Jensen for their participation in today’s service, and to John Isham, Ted Medrek, and Barb McCrea for tech support.

Next Sunday, September 27, Rev. Fred will have a sermon titled, “Delayed Grief.”

 Update newsletter articles are due by Sept. 20th for October’s newsletter. Send a poem, a joke, a report or a cartoon. We are  always looking for more info to add.

 Weekly Community Chat Thursdays 10:00 a.m. Please join us on Zoom. Watch for Wednesday’s reminder email with link for Thursday’s meeting.

The Book Group meets the 1st Monday of every month. All are welcome.  Please contact Bill Hayes for information at  

Knit ‘n Chat Group meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. Please contact AJ Wolff for information at  

The MUUF Men’s Group meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. All men are welcome.  Please contact John Isham for information at

Board meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Please contact John Isham for information at

Do you have a change in your address, phone number, email, etc? Please let the office know so we can stay up to date. 

Invitation to Breakout Rooms – John Isham