“Seeds of Change, Seeds of Hope”
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Order of Service
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Board Greeting & Announcements Sarah Lott
Prelude: “Summertime” from the opera, Porgy and Bess
composed by George Gershwin
Bob Wyckoff, cornet; Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting: by Katy Gelfand Dion LaShay
We light our chalice as a symbol of gratitude
as we celebrate the abundance of our lives together.
In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of strength for one another, and offer our crop with the hands of compassion and generosity.
In the authentic and gentle manner of our connections, we cultivate a simple sweetness to brighten our spirits.
May we be grateful for the ways we nourish and uplift each other, for it is the sharing of this hallowed time together that sustains us.
Opening Words Karen Tyler
Opening Hymn #65 The Sweet June Days
words: Samuel Longfellow; trad. English melody
performed and produced by Steve Squires
Poem: “Peonies” by Mary Oliver Read by Katherine Innis
Hymn #163 For the Earth Forever Turning words & music by Kim Oler
Catie Berg, soprano; Eva Greene, piano
Story For All Ages: “If You Plant a Seed” by Kadir Nelson
Read by Beth McKinney
Offering Guest Speakers: Marilyn Chiarello and Tom Green
of Edible Brattleboro
Offertory: “Adagio” from The Seasons (excerpt)
composed by Alexander Glazunov
USSR Symphony Orchestra (public domain)
Candles of Joys and Concerns Karen Tyler
Closing Hymn #1068 Rising Green Carolyn McDade; trad. Irish melody
Elizabeth Lewis, soprano; Eva Greene, piano
Extinguishing the Chalice: by Krista Tayes Dion LaShay
It is our work, shared with each other in covenant,
That creates and sustains this beloved community.
We extinguish this chalice, but its light lives on
in the directions we have chosen today.
The light of this faith lives on in us, together,
in our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.
Amen and Blessed Be.
Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”