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.
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
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
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 ):
Chant for the seasons #74 Grey Hymnal
Return again (Teal hymnal)
67, We Sing Now Together
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To everything there is a season)
Round and Round the Earth is Turning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9SEHgJ_Oak)
“Harvest Chant” by T Thorn Coyle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbEpxgO2UvE )
No End to the Circle: Goddess Invocation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKka38nLasc)
Suggested performed music options
Circle Story http://blessedbe.sugarbane.com/music/circlestory.mp3
We are Circling by Buffy St. Marie (https://youtu.be/oO8BMg1DW1U )
Suggested reading options (Chalice lighting, responsive reading, chalice ext.):
Sukkot and Yom Kippur
Litany of Forgiveness