The May 10 worship service honors Mother’s Day in all its wonder and complexities. The prelude for the day is “Softly and Tenderly” Arr. Vicki Hancock Wright, and the postlude is “Adagio, Op. 2 No. 1” Beethoven, both played by organist, Patty Meyer. Choral music for the day features photos of church members and May flowers along with hymns for the day, “The Flower Carol and “In the Garden”, sung by church members, and a virtual choir singing “God Beyond All Names”. Anthems also include “Mothering Sunday” sung by Tony Barrand and “How Could Anyone Every Tell You”/ “The Thing That Makes You Beautiful” . In this time of pandemic, Peter Amidon, the choirmaster for the day, has used every possible technique for maximizing technology and include church musicians and favorite music traditions.
Rev Lise Sparrow shares the story of the Ugly Duckling, along with instructions for making an origami swan, with the children and offers the liturgy and a sermon focused on the theology of Father Gregory Boyle, author of two books: Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir. Boyle began pastoring gang members in Los Angeles thirty years ago and has established Homeboy Industries which now employs over 10,000 ex-gang members. Rev. Sparrow cites his work as a life-giving expression of Christianity for our times and of the motherly/fatherly love we all crave. Al Franklin reads the scripture the day taken from John 14 and Lucy Spahr-Blazej and Fred Ashworthh read the prayers of the people, a Mother’s Day Prayer.
The Bulletin with hymns can be downloaded from this page. Come worship with us!