Loving Care

The Caring Tree is the structure we use to co-create a mutual aid network of pastoral and parish care at JRUUC.  We ask for help and we offer help, as part of building beloved community.  This morning, in reflection and in ritual, we’ll explore what that means.

[Due to technical difficulties, we have no recording for this week.]

Share the Plate

  • The Share-the-Plate for Feb. 5 and 12 will go toward purchasing illustrated English dictionaries for each of the 54 public schools in Madison. This fundraiser was organized by JRUUC member Virginia Scholtz, who volunteers at Sherman Middle School with immigrant students who are learning English. Having a dictionary with pictures goes a long way when helping students completely unfamiliar with English. Her goal is to give one reference copy and one lending copy to each school to help these students and their families. 

Order of Service

Downloadable .pdf of Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Love Is Love Is” by Abbie Betinis
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music: Hymn #1023 “Building Bridges”
  • Time for All Ages: “Web of Connection,” with Rev. Karen
  • Shared Music: Hymn #402 “From You I Receive”
  • Reflection, part 1: “Loving Care” with Rev. Karen
  • Story Wisdom: “Even Her Taking Was Giving,” a Jewish tale
  • Reflection, part 2: “Loving Care” with Jeanette Clawson
  • Shared Music: Hymn #402 “From You I Receive”
  • Reflection, part 3: “Loving Care” with Karol Niemann
  • Offering: “Stop and Give Thanks” by Darrell Courtley
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music: “These Hands, This Heart” by Heather Pierson
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction

Notes / Further Exploration:

Song of the Month: These Hand, This Heart by Heather Pierson

Our Caring Tree page – Mutual aid within our congregation – Find out what we do or message us for help or to offer help