April 26th Sunday Service



Sunday, April 26th – 11:30 am (on Zoom)
Following the regular time slot for our 10:30 Sunday morning service, we will hold a “Joys and Sorrows” online check-in, where everyone has a chance to share our worries and sorrows, as well as our joys and sources of happiness, without questions or discussion. This will be followed by a “Coffee Hour” when we can ask questions, and delve deeper into conversation, if we choose. Join us at 11:30 am by clicking the link which was emailed to you yesterday by our Fellowship Office Administrator. Instructions on how to join a Zoom gathering are available here.  

le 26 avril – Célébration mensuelle francophone ZOOM, 10h30 – CORRECTION
La pandémie nous force de s’isoler physiquement. Par conséquent, elle emporte le désastre économique mais aussi une réduction de la pollution de notre chère terre. Question alors; qu’est-ce que la pandémie m’apporte ou m’apprend à moi, personnellement? Voici le lien: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/869452338

“Tra La, it’s [Almost] May! Where’s the Maypole?”
Speaker: Caroline Balderston Parry
Service Leader: Pat Lucey

NOTE: Before beginning this service, you may wish to gather up your own candle to light, and select a stone, or another meaningful object, to hold as we consider our Joys and Concerns together.

   “In The Lusty Month of May”     Julie Andrews 

Welcome and Chalice Lighting    

Opening Words  
    “Great Green Goodness”  

          #207   “Earth Was Given As A Garden”

Earth was given as a garden, cradle for humanity;
Tree of life and tree of knowledge placed for our discovery.
Here was home for all your creatures born of land and sky and sea;
All created in your image, all to live in harmony.

Show to us again the garden where all life flows fresh and free.
Gently guide your sons and daughters into full maturity.
Teach us how to trust each other, how to use for good our power,
How to touch the earth with rev’rence. Then once more will Eden flower.

Bless the earth and all your children, one creation: make us whole,
Interwoven, all connected, planet wide and inmost soul.
Holy mother, life bestowing, bid our waste and warfare cease.
Fill us all with grace o’erflowing. Teach us how to live in peace.

Offering and Joys and Sorrows   


Moment of Musical Reflection     “Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)”      Shima Rossitto, flute  


Introducing the Speaker   


Click on this link:  Celtic Wheel of the Year to view an image which will be referenced by Caroline in her Talk Part I.

Click on this link: May Celebration Slide Show to view the pictures which Caroline will reference throughout her presentation.

Talk  Part I
      “Introduction to May and a Singing Game”                Caroline Balderston Parry  

Talk  Part II
  “More May Festivals and Maypole History”                 Caroline Balderston Parry

A Singing Game for Everyone             
“All Around the Maypole”  

Closing Words and Entrusting the Flame


Postlude     #311 “Let It Be A Dance” – Click on this link: Let It Be A Dance   to view the lyrics and images which go with the song:  


Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre website 
Additional resources from Caroline:

Celtic Wheels of the Year

Yggdrasil, the Norse World Tree

This site has links to many May customs, especially the three I highlighted:   
Calendar Customs for May

Video: Helston Flora Day The Midday Dance Helston Town Band 7th May 2016