Ancestors’ Voice: Celtic Pagans say the veil between the worlds is thin at this time of year. An ancestor feast may be held, a place set at the table for those dearly departed who wish to be present. The blood of the ancients flows through our veins. Who and what do we claim as our ancestors? What do we learn from them?
Build an Altar beforehand
Need a branch to fasten upright at the front of the sanctuary (or use a paper one stuck to a wall or window. (plan for # leaves to put in seatbacks or oos)
Quote for meditation on the OOS: #431 O Spinner, Weaver of our lives
O Spinner, Weaver, of our lives, Your loom is love. May we who are gathered here be empowered by that love to weave new patterns of Truth and Justice into a web of life that is strong, beautiful, and everlasting. – Rev. Barbara Wells (Ten Hove)
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship - Amy
Cardinal Directions and Center (Lighting the Chalice)
(Individuals write their own words? Or:
To North we look for strength, our sacred bodies ready to act for love and justice. Earth and vine, green viriditas [veereedeetas], be with us.
To the East we look for fresh ideas, our words and songs inspiring us. Breath and breeze, winged mercury, be with us.
To the South we look for passion, our spirits give us courage. Candle, hearth, and bonfire, transforming fire of truth, be with us.
To the West we look for love, our community renews and cradles us. Blood, sweat, tears, heart of the divine, be with us.)
(Traditional Wiccan words)
“The circle is cast
We are between the worlds
Beyond the bounds of space and time
Where birth and death
Night and day
Joy and sorrow
Meet as one
Gathering Hymn - “Hoof and Horn” by Ian Corrigan **
Hoof and horn, Hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn
Corn and grain, Corn and grain
All that falls shall rise again
Time for All Ages – “The Tenth Good Thing about Barney” by Judith Viorst
Responsive Reading - “Samhain Blessing” by bhakti andrea (adapted)
Prayer/Silence/guided meditation- Amy
Pastoral Hymn - “Music Alone Shall Live” (Author Unknown)
All things shall perish from under the sky
Music alone shall live (3X)
Never to die
Offering /Offertory- “Breaths” sweet honey in the rock?
Homily “Ancestors’ Voice” - The Reverend Amy Beltaine
You are invited to get the leaf you received, now fill in the names of people, ideas, or things that you are letting go of this season, or have lost in past seasons.
Blessing Hymn -“Blood of the Ancients” by Charlie Murphy- **
Cardinal Directions and Center (Extinguishing the Chalice) – #456
Benediction – Amy
**Suggestions for HYMNS
- Drumming is an option
- Hoof and Horn - I'd love to teach this as well (acapella)
- Music Alone Shall Live (Author Unknown) – a round - (I can teach this. I have sheet music for pianist.)
- Blood of the Ancients - Charlie Murphy (Timothy Dobson:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOqMGQaPya0)
**Suggestions for PERFORMED (or recorded) Music
- “Breaths” Sweet Honey in the Rock
- “Holy Thing to Love” Libby Roderick
*Suggestions for READINGS (chalice lighting, extinguishing, etc.)
- Responsive Reading - Please read the text in italics in unison - “Samhain Blessing” by bhakti andrea (adapted)