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We make our way through the myriad changes of our days in this strange present time with as much grace and grit as we can muster, and support one another as best we can. For those who are approaching end of life at this time, and for those who love and support them, the challenges are particularly poignant. Join us this morning as Patty Dunn, a beloved friend of All Souls Church, talks about these challenges, and how the work of Brattleboro Area Hospice has been adapting to meet them.
“Embracing the Night”
Order of Service
Sunday, August 2
Greeting and Board Announcements
Prelude Etude in E major (excerpt) Op. 10:1 Frederic Chopin
Guide us away from the desire to
Shine light in all the corners.
Teach us to embrace the night,
For without the darkness,
We never see the stars.
— by Jennifer Gracen
Hymn: Love Call Me Home by Peggy Seeger
Singers: Catie Berg, Marie Gorst, Steve Squires, Karen Tyler
Reading: “Mary Oliver For Corona Times” by Adrie Kusserow.
Story For All Ages: “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst
Hymn: Calm Soul of All Things by Matthew Arnold/Thomas Tallis Maisie Crowther, soprano
Offering: shared with Brattleboro Area Hospice
Guest Speaker, Patty Dunn
Offertory Abide with Me by William
Peter Gibbons, viola
Meditation on Joys and Concerns
Reading: “It Was Like This” by Jane Hirschfield
Closing Hymn: Spirit of Life by Carolyn McDade
Singers: Tom Baehr, Christina Gibbons, Eva Greene, Elizabeth Lewis, Beth McKinney, Steve Squires, Bob Wyckoff
Prayer-In-Motion: Beverly Miller
Extinguishing the Chalice:
Blessed is the dark, in which our dreams stir and are revealed.
Blessed is the dark of earth, where seeds come to life.
Blessed are the depths of the ocean where no light shimmers: the womb of all earthly life.
Blessed is the light into which we awake,
the light that sparkles on the waters:
that calls the tree forth from the seed,
and calls the shadow forth from the tree.
Blessed are we as we move through darkness and through light.
“Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again” (2X)