“Restoring Your Spirit in the Great Outdoors”

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Join us to enjoy Alice Charkes, educator, bicyclist, and award-winning advocate for active transportation


“Restoring Your Spirit in the Great Outdoors”

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

Order of Service
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Board Greeting & Announcements                                     Catie G. Berg

Prelude:  “On a Clear Day” music by Burton Lane
Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting  by Rev. Nancy Shaffer                                 Diana Clark

“Blessing for Bodies”

May we creatures of bone and tissue
know our bodies well:
the fourth rib, and how it rises
higher than third, not so high as fifth;
how it feels to the thumb, slowly traced,
and under it, how the heart rests.
May we know that space where
no ribs lie, and unshielded, we bend

May we know the bottom of each toe, and that tender arch where
no skin touches ground;
also skin smoothed soft by clothing

May we know the quick curve of the head
before it sits on the spine,
and the tiny hollow just behind the ear;

May we know the bottom of each
length of the forearm,
lifting food to lips, and how lips become
a circle, waiting—and knowing this,
cease our study of war.

Opening Words                                                           Karen Tyler

Opening Hymn #44:  “We Sing of Golden Mornings”
poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson; music: from Southern Harmony
Catie Berg, soprano 

Poem:  “I thank you god for most this amazing”    ee Cummings

 Hymn #291: “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” (Alsatian folk song)
                       transl.  by Arthur Kevess & Elizabeth Bennett
Bob Wyckoff, tenor

Story For All Ages:  “Go Bikes Go”
By Addie Boswell, Illustrator Alexander Mostov

read by Maisie Crowther

Guest Speaker: Alice Charkes

Offering shared with Windham County NAACP

Offertory:  “End of the Line” The Traveling Wilburys
                     (excerpt from youtube recording)
Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan

Candles of Joys and Concerns                                           Karen Tyler

Closing Hymn #301: “Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky!”
by Grace Lewis-McLaren

Christina Gibbons, soprano

Extinguishing the Chalice  by Rev. Susan Manka-Seale      Diana Clark

“To pay attention to our physical health is a spiritual practice in that we make of our bodies a temple and all that we do an act of worship, of thankfulness, of mindfulness that we are a part of the All.”

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

Benediction by Edward Galeano                                           Karen Tyler

“The Church says: The body is a sin.

Science says: The body is a machine.

Advertising says: The body is a business.

The body says: I am a fiesta”