Walpole Unitarian Church on Zoom
May 24, 2020 Memorial Day Sunday
“The Civil War in Poem and Song,” Keith Penniman
Prelude “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” ~ W. Steffe Marcia Oster
Welcome and Announcements Candace Damon, president
Chalice Lighting Keith Penniman and Judy Lundahl
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism.
We are the church of the open minds.
We are the church of the helping hands.
We are the church of the loving hearts.
Opening Words from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
Hymn “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates (verses 3-4)
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
Congregational Affirmation Wendy Harty
Love is the doctrine of this church,
The quest for truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve humankind in fellowship,
To the end that all souls shall grow
Into harmony with the divine:
Thus do we covenant with each other, and with God.
Story for All Ages “It Shall Not Be Again,” Peace Statue by Joseph Pollia
Touchstones One word or a brief phrase to express something you let go of and/or
one word or brief phrase to express something you are seeking.
Prayer and Silent Meditation
Musical Meditation “Tenting Tonight,” ~ W. Kittredge
Readings The Columbia Book of Civil War Poetry, ed. Richard Marius, 1994:
“Casualties of the Civil War”
“Ball’s Bluff: A Reverie” by Herman Melville
Song “The Vacant Chair” by Henry Washburn
Reflection “Memorial Day” by Keith Penniman
Closing Hymn “Abide with Me”
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh abide with me.
Extinguishing the Chalice
“We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.” ~ Elizabeth Selle Jones
Postlude “Keller's American Hymn,” ~ M. Keller
You are invited to stay for virtual fellowship, which will commence after a brief break following the service.