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What if there is more to imagination than beautiful dreams and fanciful thinking? Yes, imagination can be used for creating works of art and escaping reality but is also the origin of progress and invention and rescue. Imagination is powerful; it is what saves us when all else fails. Albert Einstein said “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Come join our exploration of this topic. Who knows? It might change your life. Imagine that!
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Order of Service
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Welcome & Board Greeting
Prelude Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
from the musical, WIlly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Chalice Lighting Rev. Scott Tayler
In the light of this flame may our lives shimmer anew.
May we notice new possibility in those relationships that seem lost.
May the turning of year give birth to a dream.
May the emerging light pull a new story into view.
May what is, give way to what might be.
May we believe again in the world we imagine.
Opening Words. It begins now in the imagination By Rev. Gretchen Haley
It starts here
in this moment
in this breath
you feel rising
in your chest
this beat building between us
the healing, the hunger, the hope
the courage, the calling, the commitment
the drawing out
of a new day
It begins now
in the imagination
in this story we weave
this song we sing
we bring into being
from our hearts
to our lips
from our hands
to our life
our shared life
It starts here
with praise, and thanksgiving
forgiveness, and this humble
that we could be wrong –
that we make –
to keep learning
to keep trying
to keep our sense
to keep close
that we are all
Come, let us begin,
Come, let us worship, together.
Opening Hymn Let It Be Paul McCartney
performed and produced by Steve Squires
(Note: Paul’s mother Mary McCartney died when he was 14.)
Anthem You Can Imagine
words and music by Philip E. Silvey
Sung by All Souls Choir
Story For All Ages
Offering shared with The Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Offertory Independence Rag for dulcimer and bass dulcimer
composed and performed by Tom Baehr
Candles of Joys and Concerns
Hymn Die Gedanken Sind Frei (My thoughts are free)
published by Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1842),
based on Silesian folk melody, sung by Bob Wyckoff
Hymn Singing through the Hard Times
written by Utah Philips (UU Community of the Mountains)
arranged & performed by Kirsty Brom
Extinguishing Our Chalice Robert Fulghum
Imagination is stronger than knowledge.
Myth is more potent than history.
Dreams are more powerful than facts.
And hope always triumphs over experience.
Closing Circle and song
“Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again” (sung 2 times)