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In a sermon at General Assembly, 2016, Rev Nancy McDonald Ladd lamented the "fake fights we waste our time on," like "what color to paint the church bathroom." Elsewhere, there are people struggling against injustice. We create our turf, plant our flag, insist that we do this thing according to these rules. Others may have no turf, nor a flag to plant, nor even a single rule to protect them.
The truth is we all struggle, some more than others, but when we bind each other's wounds, we grow stronger, and we heal.
From the crush of wealth and power something broken in us all
Waits the spirit's silent hour pleading with a poignant call,
Bind all my wounds again.
Even now our hearts are wary of the friend we need so much.
When I see the pain you carry, shall I, with a gentle touch,
bind all your wounds again?
When our love for one another makes our burdens light to bear,
find the sister and the brother, hungry for the feast we share;
bind all their wounds again.
Ev'ry time our spirits languish terrified to draw too near,
May we know each other's anguish and, with love that casts out fear,
Bind all our wounds again.
Composer Peter Cutts, and lyricist Kendyl Gibbons are responsible for this illuminating piece which the choir will sing Sunday the 13th under the direction of Sadie Sonntag.
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Sunday the 27th, the Choir will perform a piece composed by Mark A Miller to words from an anonymous Jewish poem. We will also sing a short work by Doug Bowes. In keeping with the Theme of Grace and the Topic of Everyone Belongs, the short piece is titled "Grace".
Let all of us around the table remember those who have the least,
And do whatever we are able, that everyone may join the feast.
The longer piece is called "I Believe". It is not the one made famous in 1953 by Frankie Laine. This one has simpler words.
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining.
I believe in love even when I don't feel it.
I believe in God even when God is silent.
We all believe in things, even though the details of our beliefs differ. The one unifying principle in Unitarian Universalism is that everyone belongs. We all have a place at the table. We all have a right and a purpose on this planet. We all need grace.
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Sunday, February 10, the Choir will perform a piece requested by Worship Associate Sharon McCarty. In her words:
Recently Joe and I attended a John McCutcheon concert, where he featured his favorite Pete Seeger songs. When he sang "Turn, Turn, Turn", I got teary. Thematically this was the perfect song for the February 10th service, which I have been planning with our guest minister, and speaks to my life these days! Plus it is based on a portion of the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes, which was one of the readings at our wedding all those years ago. A fortuitous combination, so I had to ask if the choir might sing it.
The Choir enthusiastically approved and we're ready to present the song this Sunday.
To everything... turn, turn, turn...
There is a season... turn, turn, turn...
And a time for ev'ry purpose under heaven.
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Sunday, February 24, the Choir will perform a piece by David Greenberg with words by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Greenberg is an American poet and songwriter. Emerson was an American poet and essayist. Put together they make beautiful music. The piece is called simply "Music" and it is beautiful.
Let me go where'er I will, I hear a skyborn music still:
It sounds from all things, all things old,
It sounds from all things, all things young,
From all that's fair, from all that's foul,
Peals out a cheerful, cheerful song.
The theme of the service will be Surrender and Letting Go. This poem/song explores the beauty in the mundane, the hope in the mean, the light in the dark. Through it we learn to let go of the need for perfection, and accept that imperfection is okay.