Honoring Our Lives-Dying With Care

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This special service will be led by Rev. Telos Whitfield and our Caring Circle. We do not know when our last day might be… This service will offer ways we can look toward our own dying process with care. Within this circle of caring, we have stories of supporting people at the end of their lives, and honoring their memory. And each of us have experienced losses of those we love. Let us explore this universal experience, together.

Honoring Our Lives, Dying With Care” 

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Order of Service
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Welcome                                                              Rev. Telos Whitfield

Announcements                                                              Jamie Gibson

Prelude     Pavane, op. 50, by Gabriel Fauré
Arr. for flute and piano (excerpt)

Tom Baehr, flute  Eva Greene, piano

Chalice  Lighting   by Albert Schweitzer                        Beth McKinney
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Opening Words                                            Rev. Telos Whitfield

Opening Hymn #1064    Blue Boat Home
lyrics, Peter Mayer; melody, Hyfrydol 
sung by Robert Wyckoff

Story For All of Us     “The  Tenth Good Thing About Barney”
 Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
read by Ellie Weiss

Sharing My Path to All Souls Church           Beth McKinney

Anthem  “Butterflies”
Haiku by Andrea S. McAuslan, music by Tom Baehr
Sung by All Souls Choir, directed by Tom Baehr 

“What Happens When We Die? A Variety of Beliefs”  Rev. Telos Whitfield

Reflection      Making Friends With Dying                       Beth McKinney

Sharing a Poem    Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lloyd Tennyson
read by Ellie Weiss

Reflection                                                          George Carvill

Reading                 23rd Psalm
read by Beth McKinney

Reflection      Strained Service For a Party:                      Linda Hay
Planning a memorial service proactively

Reflection         Learning As We Live             Rev. Telos Whitfield

Hymn     Love Call Me Home   by Peggy Seeger
sung by Steve Squires, Marie Gorst, Catie Berg & Karen Tyler,
interpretation by Beverly Miller

Offering  shared with Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Offertory     Abide with Me   by William H. Monk
Peter Gibbons, viola; Eva Greene, piano

Blessing of our Candles of Joy and Concern

Closing Hymn #1057 Go Lifted Up       by Mortimer Barron
Christina Gibbons, soprano; Eva Greene, piano

Closing Words                                                Rev. Telos Whitfield

Extinguishing Our Chalice  by Lee Huebert                    Beth McKinney
“Lighting a candle is somewhat like the beginning of life. If that is true, then perhaps extinguishing a candle is like the ending of life. But death may not be the end of us. We live on in the memories of friends and loved ones. The influence we possessed in life works on, moving persons or causes forward. Let us not forget that most candles have more than one life, and so, perhaps, may we.”

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

Conversation and Coffee Hour