All Souls Church supports many organizations in the community with our shared Sunday offerings, but none of them could do their invaluable work without our local media. Join us this Sunday as our own Janis Chaillou tells us about the role of Brattleboro Community TV, the one and only television outlet for the area, in bringing our community together.
“We Are All in This Together”
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Order of Service
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Gathering and Board Greeting Leslie Kinney
Prelude: “Hymn to Freedom” Oscar Peterson, composer
Robert Wyckoff, trumpet
Chalice Lighting by Laurel S. Sheridan Christina Gibbons
Take from life its coals, not its ashes.
Fan the flames of love and justice;
join hands and hearts in common endeavor;
and there will be no limit to what we can achieve together.
Opening Song: “We Are All In This Together” Carole King
sung by Janis Chaillou
Reading: “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry
read by Mary Moriarty
Hymn #146 Bashana ha-ba’a (Soon the day will arrive)
Ehud Manor & Nurit Hirsch
performed by Eva Greene
Story For All Ages: “Good People Everywhere” by Linnea Gillen
Offering Guest Speaker: Janis Chaillou of Brattleboro Community TV
Offertory: Waltz 9, op. 39 (1867) Johannes Brahms’ “jazz” waltz
Eva Greene, piano; Steve Squires, AV production
Candles of Joys and Concerns Karen Tyler
Unison Affirmation by Loretta F Willliams Mary Moriarty
We, bearers of the dream, affirm that a new vision of hope is emerging.
We pledge to work for that community in which justice will be actively present.
We affirm that there is struggle yet ahead.
Yet we know that in the struggle is the hope for the future.
We affirm that we are co-creators of the future, not passive pawns.
And we stand united in affirmation of our hope and vision of a just and inclusive society.
We affirm the unity of all persons:
We affirm brotherhood and sisterhood that allows us to touch upon each other’s humanity.
We affirm a unity that opens our eyes, ears, and hearts to see the different but common forms of oppression, suffering, and pain.
Yet we are one in the Spirit, and we celebrate our hopes for human unity.
Within ourselves and within the gathered community, we will discover the strength not to hide in indifference.
Affirming that hope, publicly expressed, energizes and enables us to move forward. Together we pledge action to transcend barriers — be they racial, political, economic, social, or religious.
We pledge to make our tomorrows become our todays.
Closing Hymn #168. “One More Step” Joyce Poley
sung by Cathie Creed, Elizabeth Lewis, Maisie Crowther & Beth McKinney
Extinguishing the Chalice: Christina Gibbons
I slept and dreamed that life was joy.
I woke and saw that joy was service.
I acted and saw that service was joy.
Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)