“All Saints Day for All Souls”

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The leader for our service this morning is Bob Wyckoff who is well known to us as a trumpet player and singer.  On the eve of All Saints Day, Bob will muse on the traditional meaning of the holiday and its possible relevance for UUs today.

“All Saints Day for All Souls”

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Order of Service
Sunday, October 31, 2021

Announcements and Board Greeting

Prelude:  ” Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen”   Franz Schubert (1797-1828}
Peter Gibbons (viola); Eva Greene (piano)
recorded at All Souls, October 15, 2021

Chalice Lighting:                 Kathy Squires 

“On this day when children will go out among us,
dressed as ghosts and monsters,
and beings beautiful and frightful,
let us reflect for a moment on the wonder we felt
when as a child we first lit a candle by ourselves.”

Opening Words                        Bob Wyckoff

Opening Hymn #27  “I Am That Great and Fiery Force”
based on chant, Spiritus sanctus vivificans, 
by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179),
Benedictine abbess, philosopher and medical practitioner
music by Josquin des Prez (c. 1455-1521),
French composer of the Renaissance
sung by Orion Barber, recorded at All Souls, October 19, 2021

Reading:   from “Eternity Can Wait”          read by Steve Squires

    “Let me accept
the import of my being.
Let me agree to death
as part of the meaning of life,
for death
lends a poignant sweetness to existence.

Let me dedicate myself
to tip the scale toward the side of life;
let me add my mite to the treasury of good;
let me increase, if just a bit, the beauty on the earth.

And may I moderate my zeal
for perfection is but a figment of one’s imagination –
it cannot be eaten.
And eternity can wait;
after all, I will only
but a moment.”                              – Carl J. Nelson

Hymn #352  “Find a Stillness”     lyrics by Carl Seaburg;
Transylvanian folk tune

sung by Janis Chaillou

Story for All Ages: “Pumpkin Jack,” written and illustrated by Will Hubbell
Read by Ellie Weiss

Sermon: “Mind, Memory, Souls and Eternity”

Offering shared with The Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Offertory:  “Autumn Leaves, ” by Joseph Kosma
                    with Bob Wyckoff on trumpet,
pre-recorded accompaniment by the Jamey Aebersold Trio
(used under Creative Commons  License-Attribution)

Candles of Joys and Concerns              Bob Wyckoff           

Closing Hymn #318  “We Would Be One”
Samuel Wright; Jean Sibelius (“Finlandia”)
sung by Steve Squires and George Carvill

Extinguishing the Chalice                     Kathy Squires

“As we extinguish the chalice flame,
let us replenish its light in our hearts
so that its glow and warmth
may be comfort for another soul in the night.”                

Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)

Benediction                                 Bob Wyckoff

Coffee Hour and Conversation