Entering Into Sacred Space

Prelude: An Andante Air, In The Ancient Minuet Style by Charles Stokes, adapted by V. Novello from a manuscript sketch

Opening Words: A Prayer of New Beginning by Laurie Stuart


Chalice Lighting: Faith in Summer


Love is the heart of this church.
We commit to:
Being a diverse, welcoming community of mutual care and respect;
Supporting each other's spiritual journey and search for truth and meaning;
Promoting justice and serving the wider community.
We hold ourselves to this promise with compassion and understanding.

Hymn #108: My Life Flows On In Endless Song (words traditional, verse 3 by Doris Plenn, music by Robert Lowry)

Building Beloved Community

Candles of Joys, Sorrows and Milestones


Poetry Readings:

  • Malcolm X. by Susan Jhirad
  • Prayer For Mother Earth, author unknown, read by Angela Shea
  • Unnamed by Ann Heintz
  • TBD by Ann Hogan
  • Wild Flower Garden by Annette Bloom, read by Ann Heintz
  • Kindness by Naomi Shihab, read by Betty Walters

Special Music: Oh, What A Beautiful Morning, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Piano and voice by Molly Ruggles

Poetry Readings:

  • TBD by Katherine Harvey
  • A Letter (to my brother) by Wendell Berry, read by Margery Gans
  • Saint Francis And The Sow by Galway Kinnell, read by Margery Gans
  • Amidst the Falling by Robert Hayes
  • TBD read by Robert Heintz
  • A Flea And A Fly In A Flue by Ogden Nash, read by Steve Schmidt

Sending Forth

Hymn #162: Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield (words and music – African American spiritual c.1750-1875, arranged by Mary Allen Walden)

Closing Words: Four Element Blessing by Eric Williams