9-12-2021 Order of Service

Water Communion

September 12, 2021, 10:20 am

Online on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/738363620
Passcode: BUF

By phone, for audio only: (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 738 363 620
Passcode: 306220

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Order of Service

Gathering Music       A Treasury of Flute Music

Melanie Rieck, piano; Beth Beyers and Jayme Curley, flute

Welcome                    Rev Paul Beckel

Chalice Choir             led by Kevin Allen-Schmid, song by Tom Lough

Now at last we sing again with heart and soul and voice

Thund’ring out a joyful song! In gladness we rejoice!

Chalice Lighting

Covenant                    Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and service gives it life

Celebrating our diversity, and joined by a quest for truth,

We work for peace, and honor all creation.

This is our covenant.

 Singing Together      Now our Voices Join Together, words by Amanda Udis Kessler

Now our voices join together. Now our hands reach out to touch.

Now we feel each other’s presence and we know a deeper love.

Through this time of separation, we have been too long alone.

Now our voices join together and we find ourselves at home.

Now we know with all our being we are held in love’s embrace.

We give thanks for the abundance of each body and each face.

Through this time of separation, we have been too long in pain.

Now our voices join together and we’re welcomed in again.

Now we share in common worship, songs of joy and words of prayer.

We’re reminded of the wonder that is stronger than despair.

Through this time of separation, we have been too long afraid.

Now our voices join together, touched by sadness, filled with praise.

Love can heal our mourning spirits. Love can ease our troubled souls.

Fear and sorrow, grief and anger: even broken, we are whole.

Through our days of devastation, we held fast to what is true.

In this time of restoration, we are gathered in anew.

Singing Together      Gonna lay down my sword and shield,

down by the riverside (x3)

Gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside,

gonna study war no more.


I ain’t gonna study war no more, I ain’t gonna study war no more,

ain’t gonna study war no more…

Gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside …


Gonna shake hands around the world, ev’rywhere I roam …


Anti-Racism               Cat McIntyre

Welcoming New Members:

Kjerstie Nelson, Gillian Brightwater, Rupert Ayton, Stephanie Sarver

Congregational response: …We will, joyfully. We will strive to be our best selves with you, while listening closely to know who you are. We will offer you here a place of rest and solace … and endless opportunities to learn and to serve. We will accept responsibility for our own actions, strive to practice forgiveness, and expect you to do the same.

Offertory                   Sicilienne, by Gabriel Faure

Water Communion   Duos de Mendelssohn et Lachner, by Bohm

Chalice Choir             We Are One, by Brian Tate

Circle Round             Circle Round for freedom, circle round for peace.

For all of us imprisoned, circle for release.

Circle for the planet, circle for each soul.

For the children of our children, keep the circle whole


Afterward: a series of 10-Minute Breakout Rooms

Stay with us. We’ll break into small randomized groups for about 10 minutes. Then the groups will be juggled for another 10 minute period. Stay as long as you like to meet newcomers, and people that you might not otherwise have met … check-in on one another’s well-being … and reflect on the theme of today’s service.