“A Place of Safety”

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Join us for this service, presented by the Social and Environmental Justice Committee, as our friends from the Community Asylum Seekers Project bring us up to date on their works and needs in supporting people seeking to build a better life in the U.S.

“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