Turning of the Year

The Turning of the Year - Our work is turning the wheel. Earth-relating traditions passed to us the traditions of celebrating seasonal holidays, and milestones in our lives. These celebrations both acknowledge what is, and remind us of our responsibilities. Our choices, as we move across thresholds, through changes, and into the future, have power.

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Prelude -


Opening Words - Amy

Light the Chalice -

As we kindle this flame, we recommit ourselves to nurturing the spirits of one another and the

common good of the world we share. May this flame’s light be like a beacon, welcoming to all

who seek a liberal, religious home.

Gathering Hymn - #1067 “Mother earth beloved Garden” by Amanda Udis-Kessler

Time for All Ages “Because of an Acorn” by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer - Am

Responsive Reading - “Blessed be the healers of the earth”. -by Starhawk, excerpt from "The Earth Path"

Joys and Sorrows - Amy

Meditation- Amy

Hymn - “Round and Round the Earth is Turning” Old English folksong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9SEHgJ_Oak)

Homily I - The Turning of the Year - Rev Amy Beltaine


Homily II

Extinguishing the Chalice) – SA

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.

Hymn - #163 “For the Earth Forever Turning” by Kim Oler

Benediction – Amy

(Question for Reflection: How do you help to turn the wheel? How are you a part of the great turning? )

Suggested hymn options (Gathering Hymn, Pastoral Hymn, Blessing Hymn ):

Suggested performed music options

Suggested reading options (Chalice lighting, responsive reading, chalice ext.):

  • Sukkot and Yom Kippur

  • First Fruits

  • Litany of Forgiveness