Turning Point

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Join the Social and Environmental Action Committee in welcoming our good friend Suzie Walker of Turning Point, the organization with which we will be sharing our February donations.  In a time when addiction affects so many of our neighbors, Suzie will tell us about Turning Point’s work in providing them with urgently needed support.

 “Turning Point”

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  Order of Service
Sunday, Februaruary 6, 2021         

Announcements and Board Greeting              Catie G. Berg

Prelude:  “Largo” from Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) Antonín Dvořák 
             Tom Baehr, harmonica; Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting by Rev. Brian Kelly                             
“In times of darkness we stumble towards the tiny flame.
In times of cold we seek the warming fire.
In times of repression we reach for the lamp of truth.
In times of loss we pray for the comforting light.
In times of joy we light a candle of celebration.
Spirit of Life, as we kindle this light, help us find what we need this day.”

Opening Words                                                                         Karen Tyler                       

Opening Hymn:  “Lean on Me”
                         written and performed by Bill Withers (1972)

Reading:   “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye

                       Read by Mary Moriarty

Story for All Ages: “The Three Questions” by John J. Muth
                          Read by Bob Wyckoff

Hymn:    “I Know I Can Go On” by Dennis Hamilton and Jeannie Gagne
sung by Jan Chaillou & Steve Squires;  George Carvill, producer

Offering Guest Speaker: Suzie Walker of Turning Point Recovery Center

Inviting the Offering                                                                  Karen Tyler

Offertory:    “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” music by Bobby Scott

Honoring Joys and Concerns                                                           Karen Tyler

Reading: “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski
                  Read by Mary Moriarty

Closing Hymn:  “The Storm Is Passing Over” Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933)              

              performed by Dan Kasnitz & Eva Greene; produced by Dan Kasnitz  

Extinguishing the Chalice by Rev. Scott Taylor                             

“Resilience is not easy.
Starting over is never simple/
And yet it is the work that leads back to life.
So trust that the seeds of hope are taking root,
even when the group is cracked and dry.
Believe grace is hiding just around that bend.
Know there is always a way forward.
even if it’s not the one you wished it would be.
the light never stay off, friends.
The world is too wild for that.
Life never wants to leave us behind,
for there is something unruly and loving at the heart of it,
that is always sneaking in from the side,
wanting us to take its hand
and dance!
So be on the lookout, beloveds,
as we go on our way.”

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

Benediction                                                                Karen Tyler

Coffee Hour and Conversation