“Finding Our Way in the Wilderness”

We will explore the places within us that can feel like wilderness, and learn how we can help in saving and preserving the remaining wilderness. Ancient and modern stories of how a relationship with wilderness within and beyond can heal and transform us.


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It has been a year since the invasion of Ukraine, and we will honor the resilience and perseverance of the Ukrainian people, and the Russian people who have resisted this war. We will explore and celebrate the importance of music to one’s homeland, the power that music has to encourage peace, connect and sustain people through incredible challenges.   

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“Finding Our Way in the Wilderness”
with Rev. Telos Whitfield

Greeter: Ellie Weiss

Order of Service
Sunday, March 26, 2023

Greeting                                                                       Rev. Telos

Board Welcome & Announcements                        Ron Niswander

Prelude:     Ashokan Farewell         Jay Unger
                 Peter Gibbons, viola; Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting                                                              Mary  Moriarty
As we kindle our flame, we know that we can feel lost as we wander through the wilderness within and beyond us. But let us remember that this community holds us, offering paths to follow, and reminders to breathe and trust that we will find our way through, together.                          

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.

Call to Worship                                                                 Rev. Telos                                                     

Opening Hymn #203 “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky”

Time For All of Us: The Circles Around Us by Brad Montague

What All Souls Means To Me                                          Mary Moriarty

Our New Member Ceremony: Offering Gifts and Responsive Reading (See below)

Anthem: “Always a Place for You” words and music by Philip E. Silvey
 All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director

Sermon: “Finding Our Way in the Wilderness”                   Rev. Telos

Offering shared with Brattleboro Community Television

Offertory: Águas de março  [excerpt]     Antonio Carlos Jobim
                 Eva Greene, piano
“…And the riverbank talks of the waters of March
it’s the promise of life, it’s the joy in your heart.”

Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Hymn #298  “Wake Now My Senses”

Extiinguishing the Chalice by Amanda Alice  Uluhan          Mary Moriarty
Together, we have enjoyed the warmth and beauty of stories,
of this flame, and of this special community.
As our chalice flame is extinguished this morning,
we can still remember that its glow is carried within us.
We can use our inner lights and this flame to kindle new sparks throughout our lives and in the world.
May the spirit of peace and togetherness bless your lives.

Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)

Benediction                                                                            Rev. Telos

New Member Ceremony
Invitation to Join – a Responsive Reading
We gather this morning with excitement and gratitude to welcome new members into our community. We recognize that we are entering into a covenant together, both with each other and the larger force of love and transformation that Unitarian Universalism represents.
Congregation: We are a congregation eager to seek the truth and live our lives in the spirit of generosity. You are joining a community that supports each other in times of joy and sorrow. Please share your creativity and your passions, your strengths and your needs with us. We the members and friends of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church welcome you into our midst. We offer you the cooperation of our hearts and hands, and our support as you find your way among us.
Let us welcome Trish, Joan and Mary Pat into our community with open hearts, knowing they will bring new ideas, unexpected gifts and needed energy!
“We seek not rest but transformation. 
We are dancing through each other as doorways.”
– Marge Piercy