From You I Receive, To You I Give

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As we come to the end of this memorable year, join us in a service where our gifts of movement, story, creativity, and care are shared.


Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 AM to join our online service.

Order of Service
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Welcome and Announcements                      Catie Berg

Prelude   “Gambol” for dulcimer, composed and performed by Tom Baehr

Lighting our Chalice                                       Dion LaShay
As we kindle our flame, we honor the unique gifts that each of us brings.
Music, ritual and words, ideas and movement,  here together in this community,  may we each offer the best of who we are. Let us share our light.

Call to Worship                                                Rev. Telos

Opening Hymn:  “Come and Go with Me to That Land”
Gospel blues song, first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson (1930)
Steve Squires – voice, guitar and production

Story For All of Us                                            Linda Hay

Necklace Story                                                  Elizabeth Lewis

Hymn:     “Find a Stillness”
lyrics by Carl Seaburg; Transylvanian folk tune
sung by Janis Chaillou

Sea Story and Song                                          John Spicer

Song:  “In My Life”    music & lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney                          performed by Beth and Michael McKinney

Poem  by Lucille Clifton                                   Bev Miller 

“i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises and
it will be hard to let go
of what i said to myself
about myself
when i was sixteen and
twentysix and [forty]six
even [sixty]six but
i am running into a new year
and i beg what i love and
i leave to forgive me”

(Lucille Clifton 1936-2010, was an American poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo, New York. From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Clifton was a finalist twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.)

Sermon: “Gifts of Our Community”                Rev. Telos

Hymn: “Winds Be Still”      music: Samuel Wesley; words: Richard Kimball
sung by Marie Gorst

Dance: “Brattleboro School of Dance 12 Days of Christmas, Day 6”
                  performed by  Sara McKinney

Offering shared with Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Offertory: “Dance”  for dulcimer,  composed and performed by Tom Baehr

Blessing our Candles

Hymn:   “Go Lifted Up”    written by Mortimer Barron
Music director (ret.) of First UU Society, Middleboro, MA
sung by Christina Gibbons

Extinguishing our Chalice                                    Dion LaShay
We extinguish our chalice but hold fast to all we have seen and heard. May we continue to share our creativity and caring until we gather again.

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


Coffee hour

With gratitude to Daniel Kasnitz, for his extraordinary work
in editing and producing the technical work involved  in our service