The Words We Choose

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Message by Dacia Reid

Moment of Perspective – Toothpaste – Babs Garcia

Opening Words: We Are Glad You Are Here
Words of Amanda Schuber

If this is your first time here or your one-hundred-and-first time; we are glad you are here.
If you carry the weight of a weary world on your shoulders, or you entered through the doors with a song in your heart and a skip in your step;
We are glad you are here.
If you are the loudest voice in the town square or the subtle hand behind the scenes;
We are glad you are here.
If you have failed once or a thousand times;
We are glad you are here.
If you sing like angels, or mumble behind the hymnal;
We are glad you are here.
This community is what it is because of your presence. So welcome; welcome into this space of love, support, justice, compassion, fellowship and worship.
We are glad you are here.

To Live Deliberately
(SLT #660) Henry David Thoreau (Walden)

Why should we live in such a hurry and waste of life?
We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.
I wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.
I wish to learn what life has to teach, and not, when I come to die, discover that I have not lived.
I do not wish to live what is not life, living is so dear,
Nor do I wish to practice resignation, unless it is quite necessary.
I wish to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,
I want to cut a broad swath, to drive life into a corner, and to reduce it to its lowest terms.
If it proves to be mean, then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world;
Or if it is sublime, to know it by experience, and to be able to give a true account of it.

Enter, Rejoice, and Come In
Congregational Hymn
Words and Music by Louise Ruspini (Public Domain)
Arr. Betty Wylder (UUA)

Bach’s Audition from the Cantata, BWV 22
By Elisabeth Cruciger/J. S. Bach
Arrangement: John Prescott
Public Domain/Permission Granted
Performed by Eva Riebold and John Prescott

Prelude No. 2
By George Gershwin
Public Domain
Performed by John Prescott and Eva Riebold

Blue Boat Home
Congregational Hymn
Words: Peter Mayer; Music: Roland Hugh Pritchard
Adapt. by Peter Mayer, Keyboard Arr. Jason Shelton

Final Reading: Blessed is the Path
Words of Eric Williams

Blessed is the path on which you travel.
Blessed is the body that carries you upon it.
Blessed is your heart that has heard the call.
Blessed is your mind that discerns the way.
Blessed is the gift that you will receive by going.
Truly blessed is the gift that you will become on the journey.
May you go forth in peace.

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