April 26th Sunday Service

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

JOYS and SORROWS & COFFEE HOUR

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.


Prelude
   “In The Lusty Month of May”     Julie Andrews 


Welcome and Chalice Lighting    


Opening Words  
    “Great Green Goodness”  


Hymn
          #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

 

April 19th Sunday Service

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

JOYS and SORROWS & COFFEE HOUR

Sunday, April 19th – 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.

“Earth Day”
Service Leader: Martha Nabatian

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.

Prelude         “For the Beauty of the Earth”   The Cambridge Singers

Introduction and Welcome


Chalice Lighting  

                                                                                       
Hymn:   “Fuente de Amor/Spirit of Life”   All Souls Unitarian DC Zoom Choir
Fuente de Amor, ven hacia mí. 
Y al corazón, cántale tu compasión. 
Sopla al volar, sube en la mar,
hasta moldear la justicia de la vida.     
Arráigame, libérame,
Fuente de Amor, ven a mí, ven a mí.

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

Opening Words


Joys and Sorrows and Offering


Music Video for all Ages
   “Earth Revolution”       Ta-Kaiya Blaney

Earth Day Thoughts  


Video:          “The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Words for Meditation  

 

Moment of Musical Reflection    You are invited to view this Slide Show of Tree Images while listening to the following meditation music. 


Closing Words and Entrusting the Flame


Postlude     “The Blue Green Hills of Earth” 
  the Middle Church Summer Choir

April 12th Sunday Service

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

JOYS and SORROWS & COFFEE HOUR
Sunday, April 12th – 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.

“Resurrection”
Service Leader: Pat Lucey
Speaker: Hoppy Roy 

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.


Prelude
  “Turn the World Around”    Harry Belafonte


Introduction and Chalice Lighting 


Welcome and Opening Words 


Song             
“Morning Has Broken”               Joe McDonald

Morning has broken, like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven, 
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where God’s feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s re-creation of the new day!

Time For All Ages     Here’s a link to an art lesson especially for Easter — fun for kids, grandkids, aspiring cartoonists of all ages, and for anyone else who would like to learn How to Draw an Easter Bunny.

Offering, Joys and Concerns


Moment of Musical Reflection
                          Joe McDonald


Sharing Time 
 “Our Easter Memories”


Talk
     “After the Resurrection”        Pat Lucey


Talk
     “Easter 2020:  Reflections, Renewal and Rebirth”       Hoppy Roy


Closing Words
      “Prayer For A Pandemic”    the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word


Postlude     
   “We Rise Again”        The Rankin Family

                                                                                                                                     


More About Easter:
If you have ever wondered how the date of Easter is determined (and it’s pretty complicated!), click on the following link for a lively and interesting explanation:
Why Determining Easter’s Date is So Confusing

April 5th Sunday Service

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

JOYS and SORROWS & COFFEE HOUR
Sunday, April 5th – 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 this link: https://zoom.us/j/997663940   Instructions on how to join a Zoom gathering are available here.

“Don’t Forget Climate Change!”
Service Leader: Nancy Rubenstein
Speakers: Nick LePan and Fran Mowbray

Prelude    “What a Wonderful World”             Joe McDonald 

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom, for me and you,
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day,the dark sacred night,
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people goin’ by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, “I love you.”

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know,
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Introduction and Chalice Lighting 



Welcome and Opening Words 

 

Hymn “Blue Boat Home”                      Peter Mayer

1. Though below me I feel no motion standing on these mountains and plains,
Far away from the rolling ocean still my dry land heart can say:
I’ve been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home.

2. Sun my sail and moon my rudder as I ply the starry sea,
Leaning over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep,
Drifting here with my ship’s companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls,
Making our way by the lights of the heavens, in our beautiful blue boat home.

(Musical Interlude)

3. I give thanks to the waves upholding me, hail the great winds urging me on,
Greet the infinite sea before me, sing the sky my sailor’s song:
I was born upon the fathoms, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home.

Offering and Joys and Concerns 


Video For All Ages
     Click this link to view the video:   “NFB Sealast Dream”

Farmer’s Song                   Michel Boudreau 


Reflection
         “Don’t Forget Climate Change!”      Nick LePan and Fran Mowbray 
NOTE: To view the slide show which is part of this presentation, click this link: View Slide Show while listening to the talk.


Song 
  “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”             Joe McDonald

Someone told me long ago there’s a calm before the storm
I know, it’s been comin’ for some time

When it’s over, so they say, it will rain a sunny day
I know, shinin’ down like water

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain comin’ down on a sunny day?

Yesterday and days before sun is cold and rain is hard
I know, been that way for all my time

And forever, on it goes through the circle, fast and slow
I know, It can’t stop, I wonder

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain comin’ down on a sunny day?


Closing Words and Entrusting the Flame 


Postlude 
   “Big Yellow Taxi”      Joni Mitchell

March 29th Sunday Service

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

JOYS and SORROWS & COFFEE HOUR
Sunday, March 29th – 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 this link: https://zoom.us/j/997663940 
Instructions on how to join a Zoom gathering are available here.

“Be Not Afraid”
Service Leader: Laura Evans

Mindfulness Bell

Welcome

Chalice Lighting

Hymn #347 “Gather the Spirit”
Lyrics are printed below so you can sing along with this lovely choral arrangement, sung by a Unitarian choir.

Gather the spirit, harvest the power.
Our sep’rate fires will kindle one flame.
Witness the mystery of this hour.
Our trials in this light appear all the same.

Chorus:
Gather in peace, gather in thanks.
Gather in sympathy now and then.
Gather in hope, compassion and strength.
Gather to celebrate once again.

Gather the spirit of heart and mind.
Seeds for the sowing are laid in store.
Nurtured in love, and conscience refined,
With body and spirit united once more.

Chorus

Gather the spirit growing in all,
Drawn by the moon and fed by the sun.
Winter to spring, and summer to fall,
The chorus of life resounding as one.

Chorus

Joys and Sorrows

Offering

Hymn “Simple Gifts” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Allison Krauss

‘Tis a gift to be simple, ’tis a gift to be free,
‘Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be.
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘T will be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we will not be ashamed.
To turn, turn, will be our delight,
‘Til by turning, turning, we come round right.

Sermon “Be Not Afraid” by Rev. Susan Maginn, UU minister with the American Navy Chaplain Corps, as read by Laura Evans

Closing Words for Quiet Refection

Extinguishing the Flame

Mindfulness Bell

Postlude Follow this link to enjoy the “Broken Hand Covid 19 Blues”

March 22nd Sunday Service

“World Water Day and Inclusive Decision Making”
Service Leader: Nick LePan

Introduction and Chalice Lighting


Prelude
    “Water Music”  –  G.F. Handel


Opening Words and Welcome

 

Song     “River” – Coco Love Alcorn  –  sung by Nick and Fran


Song – Sing-along
     “You’ve Got a Friend” – James Taylor


Reading


 
Moment of Reflection    “Rainfall”  


Talk
     “Beyond Consensus”       Nick LePan


Song – Sing-along
    “Circle of Song”  –  Tony Turner and friends  


Closing Words/ Entrusting the Flame


Postlude
     “Stand By Me” – Tracy Chapman

Creativity and Imagination (April 2019)

Our theme for April began with Caroline Balderston Parry speaking to the topic of Practicing the Art of Creative Living.

In her Sermon, Caroline referenced the book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, an Indigenous professor of biology and environmental science. It is also quite beautifully narrated by The author herself, and Caroline has been doing more listening to the book than reading it .

If you would like to try the Audio book, here is a link to try Audible and get it there.

Caroline also mentioned a really fabulous and disturbing exhibit (Kent Monkman’s “Shame… Prejudice” at the McCord Museum in Montreal) that she believes everybody should see. It runs through May 5.

Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman, Cash for Souls, 2016.