Presence in the Midst of Crisis
Order of Service
2020 May 31
Gathering Music (Recorded, 9:50-10:00am)
From the soundtrack of the film
Johnny Mandel, performed by Stephen Edwards
“Also Sprach Zarathustra”
Richard Strauss, arr. Eumir Deodata
Johnny Mandel, performed by Shirin
~ Adam Kent, Music Director
Intermezzo in E-flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1*
Intermezzo in A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
*Prefaced by these lines from an old Scottish ballad, “Lady Anne Bothwell’s Lament”:
Balow, my babe, lie still and sleep! It grieves me sore to see thee weep.
We light this chalice to affirm that new light
is ever waiting to break through to illumine our ways;
That new truth is ever waiting to break through to enlighten our minds;
And that new love is ever waiting to break through to warm our hearts.
May we be open to this light, and to its possibilities.
~ Tony Arrien, Worship Associate
Opening Music ~
Beloved Jesu, We Are Here
J. S. Bach, arr. by Harriet Cohen
Rev. Meredith Garmon, Minister
#38, Morning Has Broken
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 recreation of the new day!
Affirmation in Word ~
We covenant to nurture each other in our spiritual journeys;
foster compassion and understanding within and beyond our community;
and engage in service to transform ourselves and our world.
Affirmation in Song ~
#318 We Would Be One (verse 1)
We would be one as now we join in singing
our hymn of love, to pledge ourselves anew
to that high cause of greater understanding
of who we are, and what in us is true.
We would be one in living for each other
to show to all a new community.
~ Rev. Meredith
Time for All Ages ~
Elizabeth Laite, Soloist
There is A Time
The CUUC Choir is directed by Lisa N. Meyer
and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas
Our Congregation ~
Al Rocchi, Chair, CUUC Board of Trustees
Calling all you hungry hearts - Every where through endless time
You who wander you who thirst - I offer you this heart of mine.
Calling all you hungry spirits - All the lost and the left behind
All I can I’ll share with you - Your joy and your sorrow, I make it mine.
Musical Meditation ~
29, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, God of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, hail thee as the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the pain of doubt away;
giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the joy of day.
All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and planets sing around thee, center of unbroken praise;
field and forest, vale and mountain, blossoming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest;
wellspring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest.
Ever singing march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life.
Announcement, Passing of the Peace
Be Safe, Be Well
~ Rev. Meredith, Tony, Adam
Sung Benediction ~
#123 Spirit of Life
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.
Extinguishing the Chalice
~ Rev. Meredith
We receive fragments of holiness,
glimpses of eternity, brief moments of insight.
Let us gather them up for the precious gifts that they are,
and, renewed by their grace, move gently into the unknown
usic for Parting