All Kinds of Vulnerable

This month’s theme is challenging on many levels, because there are many ways we are vulnerable.  For some, it’s about taking the risk to open our hearts to new possibilities; for others, it’s about choosing and enforcing boundaries for safety; for still others, it’s simply about survival.  This morning, we’ll explore some of the ways we might embark on a path of vulnerability with authenticity and intention.

Share the Plate

  • The Share-the-Plate for March 5 and 12 is the White Helmets, a volunteer humanitarian group in Syria who are working to meet the needs of victims of the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. While Turkey has received aid from the UN, Syria has not, and the White Helmets stepped into the void to rescue people and to now help them heal and recover. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song:  #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Welcome
  • Prelude:  ”Forget Your Perfect Offering” based on the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music:  #360 “Here We Have Gathered”
  • Time for All Ages:  “The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries” by Topher Payne (an alternate ending to Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”)
  • Shared Music:  #18 “What Wondrous Love”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions:  “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Reflection with the Rev. Karen Armina
  • Offering:  “Autumn Glow” by Martha Mier
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music:  #108 “My Life Flows On In Endless Song”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction

For Further Exploration…

Our Collective Sharing Project starts today – read about it here

The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries – Video, Author’s page

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