“A Place of Safety”
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Order of Service
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Announcements and Board Greeting Maisie Crowther
Prelude: “Cavatina” Stanley Myers
Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting by Melanie Morel-Ensminger Remy Fecteau
“Come, come, whoever you are – you are welcome here! No matter your age, your size, the color of your eyes, your hair, your skin—you are welcome here! No matter how you came here, if you came alone, or with others— you are welcome here! No matter whom you love, or how you speak, or whatever your abilities – you are welcome here! Whether you come with laughter in your heart, or tears in your eyes—you are welcome here! If you come here with an open mind, a loving heart, and willing hands, then you are indeed welcome here!”
Opening Words Karen Tyler
Opening Hymn: “Give Light”
from the writings of Ella Baker; music: Terry Leonino
George Carvill, tenor
Story For All Ages: My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Hymn: “Common Thread” Pat Humphries
Bob – voice, guitar, score, AV production; Eva & Steve – harmony
Offering Guest Speaker: Kate Paarlberg-Kvam of Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP)
Offertory: “Goldberg Variation #30” J.S. Bach
Eva Greene, piano
Candles of Joys and Concerns Karen Tyler
Reading: “Refuge” by JJ Bola
Hymn: “One Day” words & music by Matisyahu
Steve Squires, performance and production
Reflection: Steve Crofter, CASP
Extinguishing the Chalice by Krista Taves Remy Fecteau
It is our work, shared with each other in covenant,
That creates and sustains this beloved community.
We extinguish this chalice, but its light lives on
in the directions we have chosen today.
The light of this faith lives on in us, together,
in our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.
Amen and Blessed Be.
Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)
Benediction: “It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”
— Dina Nayeri