Sixth Source

Sixth Source: Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. - For millennia, Paganism and Earth-based Spirituality has been practiced and refined by hunters, farmers, indigenous people, and those who live close to the land and the sea. This Sunday we will look at some of the rich theo/alogies, traditions, and histories that fall within the ‘Earth-Centered’ label. Then we will explore some of the gifts of these paths for Unitarian Universalists.

SAMPLE OOS

Morning song-301 Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky

Welcome & Introduce Amy

Song - “Earth My Body”

Earth my body, water my blood

Air my breath and fire my spirit

Bell

Prelude - Turning

Call into the Circle of Love and Justice – Amy

Chalice Lighting - (Unison) 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

Blessed be

Song - 1067 Mother Earth Beloved Garden

Time For All Ages - “The Lucky Little Seaweed” by Mark McMenamin - Amy

Musical Interlude

Joys and Sorrows

Prayer and Silent Meditation - Amy

Pastoral Hymn -”We are the Flow” by Starhawk

We are the flow, we are the ebb

We are the weavers, we are the web

Reading - “Gentle Arms of Eden” by Dave Carter - Michele will sing verses and lead choruses with congregation, Amy and Jessica will read verses

This is my home, this is my only home

This is the only sacred ground that I have ever know

And should I stray, in the dark night alone

Rock me Goddess in the gentle arms of Eden

Sermon Part I “Sixth Source” - The Reverend Amy Beltaine

Offering/Offertory

Sermon part II

Hymn and Body Prayer - “[Living] Like a Tree” by Betsy Rose - Song leader, Amy and Pianist, Karen Dale

[Living] like a tree

With my roots dug down

My branches wide and open

Come down the sun

Come down the rain

Come down the fruit

To a heart that is open

Chalice Extinguishing (Unison) - traditional Wiccan words

The circle is open, yet unbroken.

May the love we have found here be ever in our hearts,

Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again.

Benediction - Amy

Suggestions for HYMNS

  • Blood of the ancients (short teachable song)
  • We are Alive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFS737Rrn6k chords available:
  • http://www.cernowain.com/pagansongbook/reclaiming/chants1.htm#T15
  • We are the flow we are the ebb (easy chant)
  • We are all one with the infinite sun (forever)
  • We are the old people, we are the new people (easy chant)
  • Rise with the Fire (easy chant)
  • I am the earth, and I am healing you (easy chant with interactive element)
  • The Earth the air the fire the water, return (easy chant)
  • I will be gentle with myself (chant with motions, good for pastoral hymn)
  • 21 “For the Beauty of the Earth” [replace “brother, sister, parent, child” with “sibling, partner, parent, child”]
  • 51 Lady of the Seasons' Laughter
  • 91 Mother of All
  • 74 On the Dusty Earth Drum
  • 134 Our World is One World
  • 138 These Things Shall Be
  • 145 As Tranquil Streams
  • 163 For the Earth Forever Turning
  • 175 We Celebrate the Web of Life
  • 301 Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky - Easy, upbeat
  • 308 The Blessings of the Earth and Sky
  • 314 We are Children of the Earth
  • 366 Heleluyan -(Cree)
  • 389 Gathered Here
  • 395 Sing and Rejoice
  • 1067 Mother Earth Beloved Garden (Must be at the beginning of service, it is a call to the elements)
  • #1068 Rising Green (Good for final hymn)
  • #1064 Blue Boat Home (STJ) - Probably a familiar one
  • I will be Gentle with Myself http://www.libana.com/listen_to_libana/s/i_will_be_gentle_with_myself

Suggestions for PERFORMED Music

Suggestions for READINGS (chalice lighting, extinguishing, etc.)

  • (Chalice Extinguishing) Wiccan Blessing
  • (Chalice lighting) Wiccan Circle Casting
  • (responsive reading) Gentle Arms of Eden from Dave Carter (if not used as performed music)
  • The Garden By Peter Mayer
  • Here's a compassion story by Starhawk
  • Quote for OOS:

For the beauty of the earth,

For the splendour 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

Words adapted by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint