The Guest House

How can we celebrate blessings when there is so much hurt in the world?  One wisdom teaching, Rumi’s poem “The Guest House,” advises us to “welcome and entertain them all!”  This morning, we’ll explore how we might celebrate the full complexity of life.

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Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #126 “Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “Stay: A Girl, A Dog, And A Bucket List,” Kate Klise
  • Hymn: #128 “For All That Is Our Life”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “For She Who is Being Tried” by MJ Abell, after Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 34: 9-12
  • Reflection: “The Guest House” with Rev. Karen
  • Offering: “The Guest House” from Julia Bloom
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #1064 “Blue Boat Home”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction