New Year’s Day: “Remember, Release, Resolve”

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

“Remember, Release, Resolve: A Burning Bowl Service for the New Year”

Worship Lead: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Worship Associate: Helen O’Brien

Worship Leaders: Jamili Omar, Brian Moon, and Hangyu Bai 

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If you have a joy, sorrow, etc. that you would like to share this morning, you can submit that here before or during worship: Or go to and put in the code 5490 0139.

Our Order of Service:

Element Worship Leader

Welcome Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Prelude Hangyu Bai

Call to Worship Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Chalice Lighting Helen O’Brien

Hymn #83 Brian Moon

Reading: Remember Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Joys and Sorrows Helen O’Brien

Prayer Jamili Omar

Hymn #1059 Brian Moon

Reading & Ritual: Release Helen O’Brien 

Interlude Hangyu Bai

Reading & Ritual: Resolve Jamili Omar

Offering Helen O’Brien

Offertory Hangyu Bai

Closing Reading Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe

Hymn – We Shall Be Known Brian Moon

Chalice Extinguishing Helen O’Brien

Postlude Hangyu Bai



Call to Worship by Rev. Gretchen Haley

Chalice Lighting “On the Brink of a New Year” by Rev. Lois Van Leer

Hymn #83 “Winds Be Still” words by Richar S. Kimball, music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, #83 in Singing the Living Tradition

Reading: Remember “Map of the Year” by Rev. Victoria Safford, adapted

Prayer “Blessing For A New Year” by John O’Donohue

Hymn #1059 “May Your Life Be As a Song” by Jim Scott, #1059 in Singing the Journey

Reading: Release “Let It Go” by e.e. Cummings

Ritual: Burning with words from Rev. Ericka Hewitt


Reading: Resolve “Here I Am” by Elaine Kiziah


Ritual: Touchstones with words from Neil Gaiman


Closing Reading “To Do List” by The Rev. Lee Reid 

Hymn “We Shall be Known” by MaMuse

Chalice Extinguishing “In This New Year” by Rev. Aaron Stockwell Wisman


How to Give to the Church

You are asked to use our credit card service (which can be reached by the link or the On-line Giving button on our website), the very easy to use Text-to-Give (1-833-361-5796), or checks sent to the office. The on-line giving gives you the option to identify the contribution and use the memo line for checks. A tutorial video on Text-to-Give is here. After setting up an initial “profile” these options are easy to use for subsequent donations.

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All U Can Eat Pancake Breakfast/ Brunch will be on Sunday, Jan 8!

 Please bring your friends and watch your board serve breakfast! Sam Meyer will be preparing Gourmet Pancakes with fresh toppings like Caramelized Bananas, Blueberries, or Cinnamon Fried Apples. There will be kids’s pancakes, too, and lots of side dishes. 

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson | 4831 East 22nd StreetTucson, AZ 85711