“Service Is Our Prayer”

 Inherent in our identity as a UU church is a deep commitment to social justice. At All Souls, our First Sunday services that highlight “sharing the plate” with organizations that serve the vulnerable in our community are a small part of what we strive to do as a congregation and as individuals. With summer ending and a new church year beginning, join us as we recognize some of our other works, and look ahead to new opportunities to serve.

We anticipate that this service will be both in-person and on Zoom. Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 a.m. to join via Zoom. Click here to read our protocols

“Service Is Our Prayer
Worship Leader: Karen Tyler

Greeter: Carla Fogg

Order of Service
Sunday, September 3, 2023

Board Welcome & Announcements                                      Leslie Kinney

Prelude for Lute  BWV 338   J.S. Bach
Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting by Richard S. Gilbert                                           Ian Hefele
O flaming chalice, symbol of a free faith,
Burn with the holy oil of helpfulness and service.
Spread warmth and light and hope;
Warm hearts grown cold with indifference;
Light dark places with justice; rekindle hope in despair.
May we bring fuel for thy fire of love.
May the oil of loving kindness flow from us to thy leaping flame.
May hands of service shelter thee,
That no winds of hate may extinguish thy brightness.
May thy light and warmth be eternal.
May we be keepers of thy flame.

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.
Opening Words                                                                             Karen Tyler

Love is the doctrine of this church,
The quest of truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve human need,
To the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the Divine-
Thus do we covenant with each other and with the Source of our Being.

Anthem: We Gather Here Together 
anonymous German madrigal, English version by Sean Deibler 

                   All Souls Church Choir, Tom Baehr, Director

Story for All Ages  “Good People Everywhere” by Lynea Gillen (illustrated by Kristina Sayer)                             
 Read by Marty Shaw

Song:  No Man Is an Island
Lyrics and music by Jamaican singer Dennis Brown (1965)
Sung by Millie and Greg Hefele-Christophe
” No man is an island, no one stands alone
Each one’s joy is joy to me, each one’s grief is my own.
We need one another, so I will defend
Each one as my brother, each one as my friend.”
[The title is a quote from English poet John Donne (1624)]

Hymn #325  Love Makes A Bridge

Prayer #1
Our Shelter Meal Prep Program: Feeding the Hungry             Kathy Squires

Prayer #2
The Local Love Brigade: Comforting the Afflicted           Christina Gibbons

Prayer #3
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light: Caring For the Interdependent Web of Being          Linda Hay

Hymn  #121   We’ll Build a Land

Offering shared with Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund                      Karen Tyler

Offertory Make Me a Channel of Thy Peace
from a prayer by Francis of Assisi)

Eva Greene, piano

Blessing Our Candles of Joys and Concerns                              Karen Tyler    
Hymn #123 Spirit of Life

Extinguishing the Chalice  by Robin F. Gray                                 Ian Hefele
Ours is a communion borne of words and welcome. Our communion finds expression in caring and commitment to our highest ideals. Our communion lives on in our hearts though this sacred hour is ended.”

*Closing Circle “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love”                                 
*Please join in standing as you are able.

Benediction                                                                                   Karen Tyler
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
—Coretta Scott King