The River Flows On (Water Communion)

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“The River Flows On”

Water Communion with Rev. Karen, and Heather Yonker and the JRUUC Choir

Water takes on many different forms in response to its surroundings, and keeps flowing – an apt metaphor for our congregation and our spirits in this time.  For our annual ingathering service, our choir will sing outside our building, we’ll see pictures of each other, Rev. Karen will reflect on the nature of rivers and blend the waters we bring in a common bowl, and you’ll all be invited to speak briefly about your connection to water.  Don’t miss this chance to see and hear from each other!

Share the Plate

  • This week our Share the Plate donations will go to Jewish Social Services of Madison Refugee Resettlement Project, which provides assistance to refugees and their families through a variety of services and resources, to help them become self-sufficient and create a safe and stable life in Dane County.

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “The River,” Bernice Martin
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #1000 “Morning Has Come”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “The River is Home,” adapted from a story by Susan diRende
  • Hymn: #210 “Wade in the Water”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “River to River,” Hai-Dang Phan
  • Reflection and Water Communion: “The River Flows On” with Rev. Karen
  • Sharing of Images (slide show)
  • Sharing of Water – Karen
  • Offering: “The River,” Coco Love Alcorn
  • Sharing Our Reflections and Blessing the Water
  • Closing Hymn: #100 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “Hallelujah” by MaMuse

Taking it further…

Hear the author of the poem River to River read it.

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