Archive for January 2007
Laying of Hands: the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt. Ordination Hymn, Written for Nate Walker by the Rev. Mark Belletini with reference to words by Martin Luther King, Jr. Tune: Nettleton. Meter: 220.127.116.11.D. Vocalists: Matan Ariel, Justin Catalino, SiouxSanna Ramirez-Cruz, and LeLaina Romero with Jason Whiting on piano. Ordination Prayer: The Rev. Orlanda Brugnola
Greetings & Blessings. Drum interludes by David Williams. Greetings from Ellen Chulak of the Murray Grove Association; The Rev. Calvin Dame from the Unitarian Universalist District Metro NY and the UUA; and Julie Schell from Teachers College Columbia University.
Offertory: Living Tradition Fund. Seminarians & Candidates for Ministry. Offertory music - Children will Listen by Stephen Sondheim sung by Laura Beth Brown and accompanied by Ray Burghardt.
Greetings from Dr. Jane Rosecrans of the First and Kandy Fielo from the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Glen Allen, Virginia. Greetings from the Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini and Dr. Kathleen Talvacchia, former advisers at Union Theological Seminary. Greetings from The Rev. Carol Huston from the Metro NY Chapter, Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association. Gifts from Petra Thombs on behalf of the Community Unitarian Church at White Plains; Maureen Curran on behalf of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island; and Joey Brenneman on behalf of the Fourth Universalist Society.
Musical Call to Celebration written and performed by Jackie Maye: Score victory for humanity, good people, lead the way. We’re searching for truth, yet in the know that this dress rehearsal is really the show, and one by one, all will see, love’s triumph over hate. Score a victory for humanity at least 10 times a day.
Andrea Lerner with District Ministers and Directors of Religious Education. "May the light we now kindle inspire us to use our power to heal with love, to help with compassion, to bless with joy, to serve the sprit of freedom in the fullness of community."
Trevor Marshall on marimba "Nancy" by Emmanuel Sejourne’ and "Spirit of Life" by Carolyn McDade: "Spirit of Life, come unto me, sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion. Blow in the wind, rise in the sea; move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice. Roots hold me close; wings set me free; Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me."
Since its founding in 1852 the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, for the first time in its history, experienced the pews in a circle during the December 17, 2006 service. This Solstice Service was led by Consulting Minister, Nate Walker, who writes: "The power of solstice lies not simply in the astrological calculations of our position to the sun but in the metaphor of solstice: a reminder that the day may be waning but our hope continues to grows; the night may be long but the light leads on."