Resisting Tyranny

For most Americans, daily life goes on as usual while authoritarianism continues its creeping rise. And that’s part of the playbook, a feeling of normalcy as freedoms and democracy erode. The good news: Resistance is NOT futile, and can even be joyful. Join us as guest speaker Rev. Jim Foti highlights what’s at risk and what’s working, and how we can live out our deepest values in these times, in the reflection which won the 2023 Skinner Sermon Award.

Worship Associate: Deb Myrbo, Choir sings this week

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Order of Service

  • Gathering Song  “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” #188
  • Welcome
  • Prelude  “Plant a Seed” by Heather Pierson
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music  “For the Weaving of Our Lives”, by Amanda Udis-Kessler
  • Time for All Ages “Desmond Gets Free” by Matt Meyer 
  • Shared Music  “My Life Flows on in Endless Song” #108 (gray hymnal)
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions “The Low Road” by Marge Piercy
  • Reflection 
  • Offering  “A Prayer in Spring”, words by Robert Frost, music by Emily Drum
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music  “This Is My Song” #159 (gray hymnal)
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction