Order of Service
Order of Service
2012 October 14
Service Leader: Terry Woehr
Welcome and Introduction of Visitors
Welcome to all our brothers and sisters this morning. We enter into this half circle of diversity, Celebrating the ways that we upright walking two-legged wanderers share With the four-leggeds lounging, lunging and leaping among us, With Winged warblers, With slithering, sliding snaky beings, With circling cavorters in a watery world, and With those who carry their house on their backs. We look so different, moving according to the way we were made, Yet look at us here in this circle, We are part of one family sharing one planet, May our celebration bring us into a deeper relationship With the diverse beings in the interdependent web of all life, Remembering we all have common needs For safety, care and respect. Welcome to all our brothers and sisters gathered here today-and those Who have gathered in our lives who are no longer with us in being
As the flame is lit, sing: Rise up, o flame, by thy light glowing Show us beauty, vision, and joy.
Opening Hymn: #331, Life is the Greatest Gift of All
Candles of Community (including for our animal companions no longer with us)
Responsive Reading: Blessings, by Christine C. Robinson
Introduction of speaker: Lord David-Michael Searcy
Sermon: We give Thanks for our furry companions who are at times our children and we Bless them on the life journey.
Blessing of the Animals: Bless the Beasts and the Children
Closing Hymn: #175, We Celebrate the Web of Life
Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice:
Gracious Creator, Hear and bless Thy beasts and singing birds And guard with tenderness Small things that have no words. Blessed be Go in peace!