“Art in the Neighborhood”

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Please join us for this service, presented by the Social and Environmental Action Committee, as we welcome Mollie S. Burke (artist, educator, and Vermont State Representative).  She will tell us about  Art in the Neighborhood, a non-profit organization that empowers Southern Vermont youth to develop and express their full creative potential and become confident and active members of their communities.

“Art in the Neighborhood”

Order of Service
Sunday, June 5, 2022         

Announcements and Board Greeting                              Catie G. Berg

Prelude:  “Pure Imagination”      Leslie Bricusse
from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting by Dorothea Kaufmann                         Trish Murtha
“From the bottom of my very existence
I am pervaded with light energy,
shining colours to my eye,
warmth to my skin,
inspiration to my soul.
In this unity
of creative sparks
and sparkling creation
life unfolds.
Let us open our senses to the light within and around us
and send it out with shining examples
into the world!”                                                        

Lighting our Children’s Chalice
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism. We are the church of the open minds. We are the church of the helping hands. We are the church of the loving hearts.

Opening Words                                                               Karen Tyler                       

Opening Hymn #65: “The Sweet June Days”

Reading: “Let the Artists Win” by Bob Janis-Dillon       Karen Tyler

Anthem:  “Let All the Beauty We Have Known”
Words: Dana Mclean Greeley, Music: English melody, adapt. and harmony by Ralph Vaughn Williams
                                All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director

Story for All Ages: “The Most Magnificent Thing”
Read by Marty Shaw
Offering Guest Speaker:  Mollie S. Burke, “Art in the Neighborhood”

Inviting the Offering to be shared with “Art in the Neighborhood”               Karen Tyler

Offertory: “Over the Rainbow”      Harold Arlen
                           Eva Greene, piano  

Reflection on Joys and Sorrows                                     Karen Tyler

Unison Affirmation from Louis Hergert
Love is the doctrine of this church
Our faith in each other is its sacrament
Working for justice and living with compassion is its prayer.
Reverently we covenant together
to side with love, to heal and not to harm,
and to share hope with each other and with the world.

Closing Hymn #1020 :“Woyaya” [We Are Going]
Extinguishing the Chalice: (Navajo Song)                          Trish Murtha
Beauty is before me, and
Beauty is behind me,
Above me and below me
Hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it,
I am immersed in it.
In my youth I am aware of it
And, in old age,
I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail.
In beauty it is begun.
In beauty it is ended.

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

Benediction                                                                     Karen Tyler
“Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.”
– Mary Ann F. Kohl

Coffee Hour and Conversation