On Ministry and Mystery

There are mysteries that are simply part of life, ever present as part of the relationships with ourselves and each other as we stay, leave, and return.  This morning, as we prepare for Rev. Karen’s sabbatical time, we’ll explore how we might remain curious in our decisions and our transitions, and allow mystery to be part of what guides us. 

The service will include a joining ceremony for new members, and a leave-taking ceremony for Rev. Karen.  And the folx from Just Bakery will be in the foyer after the service with their yummy baked goods for sale!

  • The Share the Plate recipient for Dec. 17 and 31 will be Middle East Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization focused on supporting the lives of children in the Middle East. They are working in Gaza to provide emergency assistance to families who have fled their homes and to get emergency medical supplies to hospitals and clinics. They were nominated by Jennifer Hedstrom. 

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Read about Rev. Karen’s sabbatical here

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song  “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” #188
  • Welcome
  • Prelude  “Home” by Ola Gjeilo
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music  “El botón es flor mañana” verses 1-2 #59 (purple hymnal)  
  • Joining Ceremony
  • Musical Response “Enter, Rejoice and Come In” #361 (gray hymnal)
  • Time for All Ages  “Who Loves the Dark?” by Sheri Phillabaum 
  • Shared Music  “Soon the Day Will Arrive” #146 (gray hymnal) 
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions “Utterance of the Timeless Word” by Angela Herrera
  • Reflection 
  • Offering  “Reflections” by Ola Gjeilo
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Ceremony of Leave-Taking
  • Shared Music  “Life Calls Us On” by Jason Shelton and Kendyl Gibbons
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction