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Among the Trees - OOS - 7/16/2023

Order of Service

July 16, 2023


“Among the Trees”



Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements


Centering


Prelude

“Methuselah”

By Mary Bopp


Chalice Lighting


Opening Words:


Excerpt from “The Overstory” by Richard Powers


For there is hope of a tree, if it

goes down, that it will sprout again,

and that its tender branches will not cease.

Though the root grows in the earth,

And the stock dies in the ground, at the scent

of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs.


Opening Song

“Standing Like a Tree”

Plum Village Song

Musicians: Mary Bopp, piano and Jeannine Westbrook, vocals



Standing like a tree

With my roots dug down

My branches wide and open

Come down the rain

Come down the sun

Come down the fruit to a heart that is open to be

Standing like a tree



Reading:

“When I am Among the Trees” by Mary Oliver


When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.


I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, and discernment,

and never hurry through the world

but walk slowly, and bow often.


Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.


And they call again, “It's simple,” they say,

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”


Guided Meditation: Lynn Dove


Reading: George Jacobi, untitled, 2023, from the Joshua Trust newsletter


Musical Interlude


Joys and Concerns


Musical Interlude


Offering

Offering Music

“The Loveliest of Trees”

By John Duke

Musicians: Mary Bopp, piano and Jeannine Westbrook, vocals


Introduction of the Speakers


1st Speaker: Emery Gluck


Musical Interlude


2nd Speaker: John Hankins


Closing Hymn

#21 “For the Beauty of the Earth”

Words: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint

Music: Conrad Kocher


For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,

for the love which from our birth over and around us lies:

Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,

for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight:

Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.


For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,

hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light:

Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human care, sister, brother, parent, child,

for the kinship we all share, for all gentle thoughts and mild:

Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.


Extinguishing the Chalice


Closing Circle


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