Our Ingathering Service – Embarking On Our Journey!

Embarking On Our Journey led by Rev. Telos Whitfield
We will gather for our virtual Ingathering Service this coming Sunday, Sept. 13 as we embark on our new year together! We will reflect on the meaning that water holds in our lives and look to the ways that we are connected as a community. Please plan to bring water to pour into our virtual bowl, and If you have a story of water and its significance in your life, please e-mail Rev. Telos at at this email link.. This will be Rev. Telos ‘ first worship service so we hope you can join us!

Quinnitukqut: “at the long tidal river”
(The Connecticut River right here in Brattleboro)

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

Order of Service
Sunday, September 13, 2020
“Embarking on Our Journey”

Welcome and Announcements


Chalice Lighting by Dag Hammarskold

“Each morning I must hold out the chalice of our being to receive,
to carry, and give back.”

Hymn #361 “Enter, Rejoice and Come In”

Opening Words –  by Kathleen McTigue

“We come together this morning to remind one another
To rest for a moment on the forming edge of our lives
To resist the headlong tumble in the next moment,
Until we claim for ourselves awareness and gratitude,
Taking the time to look into one another’s faces
And see there communion: the reflection of our own eyes.

This house of laughter and silence, memory and hope,
is hallowed by our presence together.”

Our Water Ceremony

Our History…Our Stories

Blessing Our Water – Responsive Reading

Blessing the Candles of Joy and Sorrow

Anthem – “As Torrents in Summer,” from the Cantata “King Olaf,” music by Edward Elgar, lyrics by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, sung by All Souls Choir

Reading – from The Heron Dance Book of Love and Gratitude  by Frazer Hunt

Sermon – Embarking On Our Journey, Together

Hymn #1064  “Blue Boat Home”

Offering shared with Community Asylum Seekers Project


Unison Affirmation

“Love is the spirit of this congregation
and service is its call.  Let this be our covenant:
to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love,
and to help one another.”

Hymn #1018  “Come and Go With Me”

Extinguishing Our Chalice

“As we extinguish our flame, let us hold fast to what we know to be true – we are a community of care and strength, creativity and faith. May this knowledge hold us together until we gather again.”

Closing Circle

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