“At The Water’s Edge-Waves of Transcendentalism

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The Transcendentalists offered a new way of perceiving the world in the 1800’s including Thoreau and Emerson, and we will explore their stories, philosophies and impact on the development of our faith. Perhaps you stood at the shores of the ocean, the banks of a river or stream, or paddled on a lake these days of summer. Water can offer us a deep sense of peace or a heightened awareness of the movement and ancient cycles of time.

At the Water’s Edge-Waves of Transcendentalism” 

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Order of Service
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Welcome                                                 Rev. Telos Whitfield

Announcements                                     Jamie Gibson

Prelude    “Adagio”  from the Scottish Symphony (1842)
by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy  (1809-1847)
arr. for two pianos by the composer
Photo: Lochinver, western coast of Scotland
Eva Greene, piano

Chalice  Lighting                                      Elizabeth Lewis
With the kindling of our chalice flame, we feel the ever deepening connection with the natural world, with all its beauty and diversity.  We seek to strengthen our relationship with all living beings in expanding waves.                                                       

Opening Words                                        Rev. Telos Whitfield

Opening Hymn #145   “As Tranquil Streams”
 Words: Marion Franklin Ham
Music: Musicalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690

Elizabeth Lewis, soprano

Story For All of Us: “Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood”
By Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

illustrated by Rafael LopezSent 
Sharing Our Affirmation
“Love is the spirit of this congregation and
service is its call. Let this be our covenant:
to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love,
and to help one another.”

Sermon: “At the Water’s Edge-Waves of Transcendentalism”   Rev. Telos Whitfield

Special Music:    “Gracias a la vida   Violeta Parra, Chile  (1907-1957)
Performed and produced by Bob Wyckoff

Offering  shared with The Women’s Freedom Center

Offertory: “Adagio” from Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27 (1801)  Ludwig van Beethoven 
Eva Greene, piano

Blessing of our Candles of Joy and Concern

Closing Hymn #354    “We Laugh, We Cry”
Words & music: Shelley Jackson Denham

Christina Gibbons, soprano

Extinguishing Our Chalice                   Elizabeth Lewis
We extinguish our flame but we hold that light in our hearts, extending our circle of compassion far and wide to include all living beings and our earth home.                    

Closing Words                                   Rev. Telos Whitfield

Closing Circle and song 

   “Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again” (sung 2 times)

Conversation and Coffee Hour