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Worship Sep-Dec 2008 - Revised 9/23/08

Worship Sep-Dec 2008 - Revised 9/23/08

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Published by Rev. Nate Walker
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

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Published by: Rev. Nate Walker on Sep 24, 2008
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September through December 2008
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Date:Sun, Sept 7
at 11:00 amTitle:
Water Communion
Speaker:Rev. Nate WalkeBlurb:In preparation for our annual homecoming service, please bring a smallcontainer of water. We will have three water stations with microphonesfor people to call out one word that represents the wisdom they intend to bring to the church this year. For example, folks may say “I bring patience,” “I bring humor,” “I bring joy,” “I bring questions,” etc… Somemay wish to name the location from which the water was gathered bysaying simply, “From New York we bring renewal,” “From my mother’sgrave I bring grief,” etc… Our hope is to craft a ritual that inspires our community to live intentionally and to live authentically. The communionwill be underscored with the song
Spirit of Life,
written byCarolynMcDade who co-founded the water communion ritual.
 Intergen Service.
Source:Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacredcircle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.Associates:Leslie Anderson, Mark DeCourval, Virginia DeRolf, and Gene SearchChildren:Intergenerational service: “water communion” replaces “time for all ages”Caring:Anne SlateRehearsal:Saturday, Sept 6th at 12:30 pm.Set up:See NateMusic:Prelude
 Important Event 
 by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on pianoChoral Introit#1074
Turn the World Around 
~ Harry BelafonteInvocation#131
 Love Will Guide Us
 From You I Receive
Wade in the Water 
, Arranged by Moses HoganHymn#1053
 How Could Anyone
 by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano
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Date:Sun, Sept 14
at 11:00 amTitle:
Peace is Possible: Islam
Speaker:Rev. Nate WalkeBlurb:Rev. Nate has joined in solidarity with the Muslim community by participating in Ramadan, a month-long fast where the faithful are askedto refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise until sunset. Thisspiritual discipline is designed to teach patience, humility, sacrifice andsympathy for those who are less fortunate. Each day Rev. Nate will studyone of the thirty
(sections) of the Qur’an throughout Ramadan. Thisworship serves as the beginning of a year-long sermon series entitledPeace is Possible, each exploring another major world religion. TheChildren’s Religious Education will mirror this process by using curriculato explore different faiths.Source:Islam – one of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical andspiritual life. Specifically, drawing upon passages from the Qur’an andthe fasting-practice of Ramadan.Ritual:New Members CeremonyChildren:Time for all ages based on RamadanAfterward:Islamic Relief Day of Service – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the followingTuesday we will host the Iftar dinner (to break the fast).Associates:Allie Knight,Planning:11:00 am on Thursday, September 4thRehearsal:11:00 am on Wednesday, September 10
 Music:PreludeDuet with Arcenia Rosal and Don St. PierreCall to Worship#1009
Mediation on Breathing 
Choral Introit#1032
 Daooa Nayessh
(Arabic for ‘peace’)Opening Hymn#188
Come, Come, Whoever You Are
Sending Forth#X
Go Now in Peace
OffertoryDon St. Pierre on pianoMeditation#123
Spirit of Life
AnthemYouth Choir from the Czech RepublicHymn#128
For All That Is Our Life
 by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on pianoSet up:See NateRevised
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Date:Sun, Sept 21
at 11:00 amTitle:
A Letter to My Murderer
Speaker:Rev. Nate WalkeBlurb:Will Unitarian Universalists advocate for the death penalty of DavidAdkisson, the gunman who open-fired in the sanctuary of our sister congregation in Knoxville, TN? Rev. Nate will explore this question, andthe ethics of the death penalty, in the context of a letter he will read to hisimagined murderer – a hypothetical statement that can serve as anadvance-directive, should Rev. Nate ever be a victim of manslaughter. If others also crafted such statements, would these documents serve helpthose who were left behind? Would it aid the government by legally pledging the state to honor the wishes of killed and thereby finding asocial alternative to capital punishment?Source:Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in allcultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to theforces that create and uphold life.Associates:Janet Scannell and Christine CarlsonPlanning:1:00 pm on Sunday, September 7thRehearsal:6:00 pm on Thursday, September 18thSet-up:Basic.Music:Organ PreludeDesireeHinesMeditation on Crusader's Hymn: Arr. Diane BishLitanies-Jehan AlainChoral Introit
 Bless this Hour 
~ Lila J. CobbInvocation#131
 Love Will Guide Us
Largo from Xerses by GF Handel
Desiree’ Hines on OrganMeditation#402
 From You I Receive
There Is A Balm in Gilead 
~ William DawsonHymn#1053
 How Could Anyone
Organ PostludeDesireeHines 5me Symphonie Pour GrandOrgue--Charles Marie Widor V. Toccata-AllegroRevised

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