In honor of Mother’s Day, we explore what we have learned from our mothers, those who nurtured, supported and challenged us, and what the Earth teaches every day. Let us deepen into the practice of nurturing and strengthening each other and responding to Mother Earth’s call.
“Responding to Her Call – All That Nurtures and Strengthens”
with Rev. Telos Whitfield
Greeters: Carla Fogg & Ed Burke
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Order of Service
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Greeting Rev. Telos
Board Welcome & Announcements Leslie Kinney
Prelude Songs My Mother Taught Me Antonin Dvořák
Tom Baehr, flute; Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting Christina Gibbons
With the kindling of our flame, we honor and embrace the intimate relationship of one to another, of mother, parent and child; we honor what we have learned and offered in times of great joy and sorrow, pain and inspiration. Our flame is also a beacon, reminder of our deep relationship with our Mother Earth, giving of herself and holding us in the embrace of life.
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 #163 For the Earth Forever Turning
Story For All of Us: Big Momma Makes the World by Helen Oxenbury and Phyllis Root
“Calling Her Name – A Ritual of Celebration!”
Anthem: “Let All the Beauty We Have Known” words by Dana McLean Greeley, music:
an English melody, adapted and harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams
All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, director
Let all the beauty we have known illuminate our hearts and minds.
Rejoice in wonders daily shown, in faith and joy, and love that binds.
We celebrate with singing hearts the loveliness of sky and earth,
the inspiration of the arts, the miracle of every birth.
Life’s music and its poetry surround and bless us through our days.
For these we sing in harmony, together giving thanks and praise.
Sermon: “Responding to Her Call”
Music: Pure Imagination Leslie Bricusse
sung by Eden Gorst
Offering shared with Planned Parenthood
Offertory: Your Mother and Mine Sammy Cain
Eva Greene, piano
Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows
Hymn #126: Come Thou Fount of Inspiration
Extiinguishing the Chalice by Diana Craig Christina Gibbons
“A mother, a parent, a caregiver, “a friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)
Benediction Rev. Telos