“Embarking on a New Year”

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Embarking on a New Year” led by Rev. Telos Whitfield.
We have lived through the challenges of this past year, and we have experienced moments of joy, and now we look to 2022 for our path forward together. We will explore what it means to live with intention and focus in on what is closest to our hearts.

“Embarking on a New Year”

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Order of Service
Sunday, January 9, 2022

Welcome                                                            Rev. Telos Whitfield

Board Greeting & Announcements                             Bob Wyckoff  

Prelude: “Chanson de Matin”                 Edward Elgar
                           Tom Baehr, flute; Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting:                                              Trish Murtha              

With the kindling of our flame, we allow it to light our path into a new year. May the strength of this community lift us up and may its caring sustain us on this new journey together. 

Opening Words                                              Rev. Telos Whitfield  

Opening Hymn #361:    “Enter, Rejoice and Come In”

words and music, Louise Ruspini
          Sung by Christina Gibbons, Maisie Crowther, Marie Gorst

Piano, Eva Greene

Story For All of Us: “Let There Be Light” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Illustrated by Nancy Tillman


Sharing Our Covenant                                       Ed Burke                                   
“We build our church on a foundation of love,
and covenant with one another:
to freely explore our values and honor our diversity
as a source of communal strength,
to accept responsibility for our individual acts
and promote justice and peace,
to celebrate the joys of discovery,
embracing the fullest measure of our humanity,
to communicate with kindness and support,
to serve with compassion and commitment,
to openly share our laughter and tears, and
to show reverence for the divine in all that is.”
(Covenant adopted on April 17, 2001) 

 “Make Space for Life to Live”

words & music by Michael John Trotta
All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director


Reading: “Artist at the Start of a New Day” by John O’Donohue

Read by Trish Murtha

Sermon: “Embarking on a New Year”             Rev. Telos Whitfield

Hymn:   “Touch the Earth Lightly”
                   Music by Colin Gibson, Words by Shirley Murray

Sung by Bob Wyckoff; Piano, Eva Greene

Offering shared with Ethiopian Community Development Council

Offertory:   “Bondens Sang Op. 65:2”  by Edvard Grieg
                  (“Song of the Farmer”) Eva Greene, piano

Candles of Joys and Concerns                                          

Closing Hymn:   “We Are Dancing Sarah’s Circle”
              Words by Carole Etzler; Tune: Jacob’s Ladder

Catie G. Berg, Marie Gorst & Elizabeth Lewis,sopranos
Eva Greene, piano

Extinguishing the Chalice:                                   Trish Murtha
“Kindle New Sparks” by Debra Burrell            

“We have basked in the warmth and beauty of this flame and this community.
As the chalice flame is extinguished, let us carry its glow within.
Let us kindle new sparks within these walls and beyond.”                                                                                                                      

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

Benediction                                               Rev. Telos Whitfield

Coffee Hour and Conversation