Be the Change

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Message by Sherry Buchanan

Moment of Perspective – Blessing of Change – AJ Fox

The opening words are The Heart of Both-And, by Lyn Cox.

Spirit of Life, ever adapting and renewing, we come together this morning with yearnings that do not

match: We yearn for stability, for even one moment of feeling like we know what is going on, for the

ability to predict and prepare for what is coming next. Yet we also yearn for change. We ache for a world

that turns aside from racism, violence, dehumanization, and disregard for suffering. We pray for a

change in the illness, grief, isolation, incarceration, and vulnerability of our loved ones. We reach for

connections that will remind us that we are worthy as we are, and we reach for connections that will

help us to become our best selves.

Hold us in the heart of Both-And. Cradle us in the mystery.

Cherish us in the eternal presence of love, and encourage us on the path of growth and development. As

individuals and as a people, help us to become who we are called to be. Lead us to open pathways to

deeper wisdom through reconciliation, self-respect and mutual respect, compassion, owning and making

amends for our mistakes.

Source of Wonder, move us to express and live in gratitude for the beauty of this world, the loving people

in our lives, and this day of possibility. To this we add the meditations of our hearts.

The Wind of Change Forever Blown
Congregational Hymn
Words: Sarojini Naidu
Music: J. H. Schein, Harmony by J. S. Bach
Public Domain
Accompanied by Eva Riebold

Pine Apple Rag
By Scott Joplin
Public Domain
Performed by Carter Meints

We Sing Now Together
Congregational Hymn
Words: Edwin T. Buehrer
Music: Adrian Valerius’s Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, arr. E. Kremser
Public Domain
Accompanied by Eva Riebold

The closing words are Do Not Fear Agitation, by Tania Marquez.

Do not fear agitation, for agitation is the rhythm of life itself; to be put into motion, to be stirred.

Do not fear the movements that decenter what you always thought permanent.

You carry within the center of your understanding, the compass to show you the way.

Carry with you the love that will hold you, the vision that will guide you, the relationships to all beings

and the world that will ground you. Go in peace and in gentle agitation to stir this world to the side of


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