The Ancestor’s Breath

Join us for this service via an on-line Zoom Meeting or follow these guidelines to attend our outdoor service in person.

On this morning, when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is said to be thinnest, we’ll explore our relationships with our ancestors, and with those for whom we are ancestors.  The service will include a virtual “remembrance altar” slide show of pictures of your ancestors.

Share the Plate

  • This week’s donations will go to the Goodman Center’s Thanksgiving Baskets project. They are planning to register 4,000 families this year — that’s 25,000 Dane County residents (including 10,000 children. Your donations will help GCC purchase ingredients that weren’t able to be donated for the baskets. Volunteers are also needed. Check the Goodman website for more details.

 Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Your Heart is My Heart,” Alex Gartner
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: “We All Come From the Goddess” from Reclaiming and Friends
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “A Journey to the Shining Isle,” Starhawk
  • Hymn: #1001 “Breaths”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “The Paradox of Ancestry,” Chris Rothbauer, and excerpts from “Becoming Good Ancestors,” Claire Rousell
  • Reflection: “The Ancestors’ Breath” with Rev. Karen
  • Offering: “Take Down These Walls,” Brian Tate
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #96 “I Cannot Think of Them as Dead”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “Jack-o-Lantern” by Bernice Martin