We will gather for our Ingathering Service and Water Ceremony – beginning of a new year together! Summer can hold a range of experiences for us from rest to celebration, to healing and new beginnings. Bring water from your travels or your own tap or stream, and we will sing together and share our stories. Welcome Home to All Souls!
“Welcoming: Our Water and Stories In a Common Bowl”
with Rev. Telos Whitfield
Greeter: Kathy Squires
Order of Service
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Greeting Rev. Telos
Board Welcome & Announcements Leslie Kinney
Prelude Ave Maris Stella [Hail, Star of the Sea] music by Edvard Grieg
Peter Gibbons, viola; Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting: words by Katie Gelfand Jody McAssey
We light this chalice as a symbol of reunion.
We reunite in this sanctuary to share the flow of our hearts with one another.
We gather together in ritual
to celebrate our fountains of joy
to hold each other through storms of grief
to guide one another through rapids of transformation
to rest together on ponds of stillness.
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.
Call to Worship Rev. Telos
Opening Hymn #134 Our World Is One World
Story For All of Us: “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
Anthem “As Torrents in Summer”
music by Edward Elgar, words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, director
Sharing Our Covenant
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.
(Covenant adopted on April 17, 2001)
Water Transformed Diana Clark
Video: Veda Austin
From a Common Source Rev. Telos
Song: River Bill Staines
performed by Steve Squires & Rob Winslow
River, take me along in your sunshine,
sing me a song ever moving and winding and free.
You rolling old river, you changing old river,
Let’s you and me, river, run down to the sea.
Our Water Ceremony
Sharing a Poem: “In Praise of Water” by John O’Donohue
Filling our Common Bowl – Sharing our Stories
Blessing our Water
Song Swimming to the Other Side Pat Humphries (see insert)
Offering shared with Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund
Offertory: Wave A.C. Jobim
Eva Greene, piano
Blessing Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows
Extinguishing the Chalice Jody McAssey
Though we extinguish our chalice flame, let us feel the flow of community that we are a part of, connected to each other and the larger world that will carry us home to each other again.
*Closing Circle: Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again. (sung two times)
*Please join in standing as you are able.
Benediction Rev. Telos
Coffee Hour and Conversation