Order Of Service – September 27, 2020
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 Pexels.com, and © Soul Matters.
Prelude: Minuet #1, partita in B flat BWV 825 by J.S. Bach, pianist Molly Ruggles
Opening Words: A New Day Awaits by Rev. Scott Tayler
Chalice Lighting: The Spark Between from Spilling the Light by Theresa I. Soto
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 #347: Gather the Spirit words and music by Jim Scott (Singing the Living Tradition) singers: Shaina Sawyer and Brendan O’Brine, pianist Molly Ruggles
Gather the spirit, harvest the power. Our separate fires will kindle one flame. Witness the mystery of this hour. Our trials in this light appear all the same. Gather in peace, gather in thanks. Gather in sympathy now and then. Gather in hope, compassion and strength. Gather to celebrate once again. Gather the spirit of heart and mind. Seeds for the sowing are laid in store. Nurtured in love, and conscience refined, with body and spirit united once more. Gather in peace, gather in thanks. Gather in sympathy now and then. Gather in hope, compassion and strength. Gather to celebrate once again. Gather the spirit growing in all, drawn by the moon and fed by the sun. Winter to spring, and summer to fall, the chorus of life resounding as one. Gather in peace, gather in thanks. Gather in sympathy now and then. Gather in hope, compassion and strength. Gather to celebrate once again.
Candles of Joy, Sorrow and Milestones
Offering: Minuet #2, Partita in B Flat BWV 825 by J.S. Bach, pianist Molly Ruggles
Reading: Spilling the Light from Spilling the Light by Theresa I. Soto
Music: Come Sunday by Duke Ellington, pianist Molly Ruggles
Sermon: Freedom and Belonging
Hymn #318: We Would Be One words by Samuel Anthony Wright, music by Jean Sibelius (Singing the Living Tradition) singer & pianist Molly Ruggles
We would be one as now we join in singing our hymn of love, to pledge ourselves anew to that high cause of greater understanding of who we are, and what in us is true. We would be one in living for each other to show to all a new community. We would be one in building for tomorrow a nobler world than we have known today. We would be one in searching for that meaning which binds our hearts and points us on our way. As one, we pledge ourselves to greater service, with love and justice, strive to make us free.
Closing Words: by Sidney L. Freeman
Postlude: Heather on the Hill words by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, pianist Molly Ruggles