“Our House Is On Fire”

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While the pandemic has commanded our attention over much of the past year, climate change continues to present a far greater threat to our planet. In this service presented by the Social and Environmental Action Committee, Abby Mnookin of 350 Brattleboro (and 350VT) will help us renew our commitment to addressing this existential crisis by telling us about “The Four ‘Rs’ Of Changemaking.”


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Order of Service 

Gathering And Board Greeting: Sarah Lott

Prelude: You must believe in spring   Michel LeGrande
Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting:
Committed to respond to the call of a wounded world…
We join together this day with loving hearts, hands and minds.
Embracing the interconnected web of water, air and earth…
We light a fire of sustaining hope, ever bright with love and justice.
May we bring forth this day new wisdom, strength and courage
To create a new world not of wealth, but well-being.
A world of new peace and abundance for all.
As we give thanks for this earth, our shared and singular home,
May we dedicate ourselves to its ongoing care.
Rising to the calls deep within us, and all around us…
May we respond today and always with courage and with love.

Lynn Harrison

Opening Words

Opening Hymn: Do You Hear
lyrics by Emily Thorn, to the tune Union Harmony
Catie Berg, soprano

Reading: “Love Letter From 2029,” by Scott Ludlam

Story For All Ages: “Our House Is On Fire” by Jeanette Winter

Special Music: Imagine   John Lennon
Steve Squires, vocal & guitar

Offering Speaker: Abby Mnookin, 350 Brattleboro/350 VT, “The Four ‘Rs’ of Changemaking”:

Offertory: Tema d’Amore from “Cinema Paradiso”   by Ennio Morricone
arranged and recorded by Eva Greene

Candles of Joys and Concerns

Unison Affirmation

Reading: “Love Letter from 2029,” Part 2

Closing Hymn: We Celebrate the Web of Life
lyrics, Alicia Carpenter; melody, Melchior Vulpius
sung by Elizabeth Lewis and Marie Gorst

Extinguishing the Chalice:
When we take fire from our chalice, it does not become less.
It becomes more.
And so we extinguish our chalice, but we take its light and warmth with us,
multiplying their power by all of our lives, and sharing it with the world.

Amy Zucker Morgenstern

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