#1021 Lean on Me

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

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#1028 The Fire of Commitment

From the light of days remembered burns a beacon bright and clear;
Guiding hands and hearts and spirits into faith set free from fear.

Chorus:

When the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul ablaze;
when our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way;
when we live with deep assurance of the faith that burns within;
then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.

From the stories of our living rings a song both brave and free;
Calling pilgrims still to witness to the life of liberty;

Repeat chorus

From the dreams of youthful vision comes a new, prophetic voice;
Which demands a deepeer justice built by our courageous choice.

Repeat chorus

SHEET MUSIC

#1028 in Singing the Journey: A Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition

LISTEN:

#1052 The Oneness of Everything

(Jim Scott)

Far beyond the grasp of hands,
or light to meet the eye,
past the reaches of the mind
There find the key to nature’s harmony
in an architecture so entwined.

Like the birds whose patterns grace the sky
and carry all who join in love expanding,
The message of peace will rise in flight
taking the weight of the world upon its wings,

In the oneness of ev’rything.

that touch our own are written in the earth evergiving,
And now to maintain the harmony
gives to us all lives worth living,
For the oneness of ev’rything.

Still we seek to find a truth
that we might understand

and reduce to terms defined
Vast and immeasurable time and space
all so overwhelmingly designed.

Oh, passing years just might I know the faith
that winters in the heart
to be reborn in spring.
To hear and to feel the pulse of life
enters my soul as a song to sing,
Of the oneness of ev’rything.

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Everything Possible (#1019)

(Fred Small)

We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved, washed the dishes and put them away.
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight at the end of your knockabout day.
As the moon sets its sail to carry you to sleep over the Midnight Sea,
Well, I will sign you a song no one sang to me—may it keep you good company.

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The Universe Will Provide

(Bosko & Honey)

The Universe Will Provide

The Universe Will Provide
The Universe Will Provide
The Universe Will Provide
The Universe Will Provide

It’s our responsibility
To make some sense of incomprehensibility
It seems we’re all in need of faith
In God, or a member of the human race

When you say that you believe
In Mother Nature, or another universal Being
Is it still an act of faith
To bring order to the chaos that Mother Nature creates?

It’s a phrase I’ve heard before
A good excuse not to open up those doors (or give to the poor)
Meaning comes and meaning goes
So tell me, do you really know “The Universe Will Provide”?

The Universe Will Provide
The Universe Will Provide
(Are you waiting for a sign?)
The Universe Will Provide
(Are you waiting for the planets to align?)
The Universe Will Provide
(Like the grapes upon the vine)
The Universe Will Provide
(We’ve gotta harvest to make the wine)
The Universe Will Provide
(I’m so lucky to be alive)
The Universe Will Provide
(So let’s not waste our time/just take our time)
The Universe Will Provide…

2017 Midsummer Ritual Outline

SERMON WORKING TITLE:

“Cauldron of Changes: Reflections on Life’s Ages and Stages”

THEME

“Summer is the fulfillment of Spring” This can include concepts of ripening, maturity.

PURPOSE

Purpose is to celebrate midsummer.

TONE OF SERVICE

Hopeful.

SPIRITUAL TYPE:

Worship designed to appeal to Emotional Type.

QUOTE FOR ORDER OF SERVICE:

  • “Cada época tiene su encanto.  Every age has its enchantments.”

WELCOME TO RITUAL

  • Welcome Guests (plus… who are these MG people leading today?)
  • Joys and Concerns

OPENING HYMN / CALLING DIVINE (FEMALE)

#51 Lady of the Seasons Laughter

READING/ CHALICE LIGHTING

CIRCLE CASTING

“Hand to hand we circle round, hand to hand we hallow this ground.”

CALLING CORNERS

Elemental Power Chant (as spoken reading)

WORDS FOR ALL AGES

When the Wind Stops by Charlotte Zolotow

OFFERTORY

Let My Eye Go To The Sun
(could have our people sing, but silently project the little girl signing on the screen?)

SPOKEN AND SILENT MEDITATION / CALLING DIVINE (MALE)

Song of Amergin (Done as a Call and response style. Words might need tweaking.)

CENTERING HYMN

  • Did we want one?

SERMON (ENERGY WORK CHANTING IN WAVES)

SERMON ( Explain “wave style” energy to congregation and that we will be doing it with song.  Leader introduce element correspondences in terms of ages/stages of life. Then introduce each speaker in turn. 

Sermon has 4 speakers, one for East, South, West, North. Corresponding to maturities: Youth, Young Adult, Middle Age, Elder. Each time new speaker, congregation sings one verse song. Ideas for song to use here: 

Cauldron of Changes

Cauldron of changes
Feather on a bone
Arch of eternity
Ring around a stone

We are the old people
We are the new people
We are the same people
Wiser than before

SERMON SLIDES

Could redo this graphic to start at “Noon” with Spring/East and fix the colors to be yellow, red, blue, green. Could also remove correspondences we aren’t focussing on this time.  Overlay it over a pretty mandala from Ceremonies for the Seasons — like the one on the cover with the tree.

Select other Mandalas to display for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter speakers.

seasons of transitions

FAREWELL DIVINE (if using)

  • Missing words. 

RELEASE QUARTERS

  • Missing words. 

CLOSE THE CIRCLE/CLOSING SONG

Turn the World Around (#1074)

END OF RITUAL/FINAL THOUGHTS

Inspired

EXTINGUISH UU CHALICE