Our dear friend Amer Latif returns to the pulpit this morning to tell us about the essence of meditation and worship within the Islamic contemplative tradition of Sufism. His talk will focus on how accepting and attending to the moment opens us to freedom and joy. Amer taught comparative religion at Marlboro College and is now at Emerson College in Boston. He has promised to bring his flute!
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Order of Service
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Greeting to congregants online and in person Christina Gibbons
ASC Board Greeting and Announcements Elizabeth Lewis
Prelude: Sarabande from Partita in A minor, for solo flute J.S. Bach
Tom Baehr, flute
Chalice Lighting by Rumi
“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
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.
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.
Opening Hymn #1008: “When our Heart is in a Holy Place”
Story for All Ages: “I Am Peace” read by Karen Tyler
written by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Anthem: “Hands Across the Aisle” words and music by Georgeann Weaver
All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director
Reading: From Rumi
“Do not say that this moment is a branch:
take it to be the root,
So that you may always attain your goal;
For if you take it to be a branch and harmful,
Your eye will keep on waiting to see the root.
Waiting to see is poison to tasting and knowing:
Waiting and waiting, you will keep dying non-stop.
Recognize it as the root, hold it in embrace,
Be forever free from the death of waiting.”
Reflections Amer Latif
Meditation with flute
Offering shared with Brattleboro Area Hospice
Offertory: Cavatina Stanley Myers
Eva Greene, piano
Acknowledging the Candles of Joys and Concerns
Closing Hymn #12: “O Life That Maketh All Things New”
Extinguishing the Chalice by Amy Zucker Morgenstern
We extinguish this flame,
But the sparks within us remain alight.
From each of us, in our supposed solitude,
The signals buzz and hum, sparkling through space one to another,
Connecting us invisibly
Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)
Coffee Hour and Conversation