Music for Contemplation: Goldberg Variations #1 Aria, #10 Variatio 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza, #8 Variatio 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav., and #5 Variatio 4 a 1 Clav. by J.S. Bach, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka. Photos by Steve Schmidt, Matthias Groenevald at, and © Soul Matters.

Opening Words


Chalice Lighting: Words by Maya Angelou


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 #123: Spirit Of Life, words and music by Carolyn McDade, harmony by Grace Lewis-McLaren, performed by All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C., directed by Jen Hayman. Used with permission.

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

Candles of Joys, Sorrows and Milestones


Offering: Diapason Movement by Samuel Wesley, played by Russell Tripp

Reading: If I Called You Out by Sean Parker Dennison

Music: Come Healing by Leonard Cohen, performed by the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, N.Y., Adam Podd, Music Director. Sung by Candice Helfand-Rogers, Abby Powell and Lindsay Elliot. Used with permission.

O gather up the brokenness
And bring it to me now
The fragrance of those promises
You never dared to vow

The splinters that you carry
The cross you left behind
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
The cruelty or the grace

O solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

O see the darkness yielding
That tore the light apart
Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart

O troubled dust concealing
An undivided love
The heart beneath is teaching
To the broken heart above

Let the heavens falter
Let the earth proclaim
Come healing of the altar
Come healing of the name

O longing of the branches
To lift the little bud
O longing of the arteries
To purify the blood

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb.

Sermon: Sacred Interruptions, Rev. Laura Randall

Hymn #38: Morning Has Broken, words by Eleanor Farjeon, music Gaelic Melody, harmony by David Evans. Played by Russell Tripp, sung by Steve Schmidt.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dew fall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where God’s feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day!

Closing Words

Postlude: Kotlian Kuulis Tansisais (traditional) Played by Gin Mill Julep. Used with permission.