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.

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Physical address:   14 Union St., Walpole, N.H.

Mailing:   PO Box 849 Walpole, N.H. 03608 603-756-3961

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