25 November 2001 - 6:46 p.m.
Whew! The services went well, even though Jason, Susan and I all had colds, and Tom was a last-minute replacement for the scheduled lay leader. People laughed in the right places, borrowed my copies of Kushner's essays and Dar's CD, came up afterwards and spilled out their own stories about being driven meshuggeneh by the holidays...
Order of Service
Sunday, November 25, 2001
#295 Sing Out Praises for the Journey 
Look inside, your soul's the kindling
#334 When Shall We Learn 
Inviting the Bell - Tom Surface
Prelude - "Gigue" (Handel) - Susan Snyder
Opening Words - by Fra Giovanni - Peg Duthie 
Chalice Lighting - Tom Surface
Welcome and Announcements - Tom Surface
Joys and Concerns - Jeany Martin
Offertory - "Voluntary" (Samuel Jackson) - Susan Snyder
Responsive Reading #489 - Peg Duthie
When love is felt or fear is known,
Music - "The Christians and the Pagans" by Dar Williams - Jason Shelton
Meditation and Silence - Peg Duthie
Heaven has assigned a role to each of us. It's the only one we're going to get. Sometimes we don't like our part. We want someone else's lines, costume, entrace. I, for instance, think I should have been assigned the role of starting quarterback for the San Francisco '49ers.
Sermon - "The Patterns We Obey, The Patterns We May Choose" - Peg Duthie
Hymn - #22 Dear Weaver of Our Lives' Design
Chalice Extinguishing - Tom Surface
Benediction - by W.H. Auden - Peg Duthie
Yours the choice, to whom the gods awarded
Postlude - "Festival Voluntary" (Cutler & Johnson) - Susan Snyder
 Music by Henry Purcell, words by Mark M. DeWolfe (rev. Joyce Painter Rice).
 The composer took the first two lines of the first stanza, the first two lines of the second stanza, the last four lines of the fourth stanza, the first two and last two lines of the last stanza. A clever abridgement!
 "How did you get stuck with this?" my belle-mere demanded. "I wouldn't call it stuck," I told her, "it's going to be fun!" Which is why I volunteered to coordinate the service when our guest speaker arrangements didn't work out.
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