Following a Summer Path

Summer can be a time of peace, contemplation, joy and reunion with friends and family, it can offer a time of healing and renewal. Even if we do not travel beyond our own yards, it can be a time to appreciate the abundance of green and growth! Join us as we travel and explore this path of summer.

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“Following a Summer Path”

with Rev. Telos Whitfield & Jody McAssey

Greeter: Kathy Squires

Order of Service
Sunday, July 16, 2023

Greeting                                                                                   Rev. Telos

Board Welcome & Announcements                                      Carla Fogg

Prelude    Rumores de la caleta, Op 71:6 (excerpt)  Isaac Albéniz 
                  Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting by Kimberlee Ann Tomczek Carlson        Jody McAssey
Recognizing the beauty around us and within us, in voice and spirit, we gather to light our chalice.
May we savor the beauty of our abundance and diversity, always cherishing one another and our earth.
May we remember to inhale the lushness in life knowing that we are a people of beauty.

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 Song #188  Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Time For All of Us: The Path by Bob Staake

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)

Following a Summer Path                                             Rev. Telos

Sharing a Reading – The Way by Edwin Muir

Reflection                                                        Jody McAssey and Eva Greene
           music: Album Leaf, Alexander Scriabin

Singing Together STJ#1009   Meditation on Breathing

Offering shared with The Ministers Discretionary Fund 

Offertory:  “Hold Fast to Dreams…

… for when dreams die,
life is a broken wing’d bird that cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go
Life is a barren field frozen with snow.”
by Langston Hughes
Eva Greene, piano

Blessing Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Closing Song STJ # 1020   Woyaya

Extinguishing the Chalice words of Thich Nhat Hanh        Jody McAssey
As we extinguish our flame, let us remember that “Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”

Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)

Benediction                                                                            Rev. Telos

Coffee Hour and Conversation