Date May 19 2024 

Worship Leader  Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker 

Liturgist Ward Kelsey 

Music Ellen Gozion, piano 

Song Leaders Al Schwartz and Ioulia Kornberg 

Prelude Etude No. 9 by Philip Glass (b. 1937) 

Welcome  Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker 

Lighting the Chalice and Call To Worship  Rev. Kate and Ward Kelsey 

Grounding Collective Reading   Ward 

We name our collective recommitment to care for the earth. 

Knowing the ground we live upon is sacred, 

We pledge to bring new life to the earth 

New Life to the air 

New Life to the waters 

New Life to each other 

For all Life is sacred  

Opening Hymn #163 For the Earth Forever Turning 

Story for All   “Enemies” by Chris Buice Rev. Kate 

Singing For Our Children  Peace, Salaam, Shalom by Emma’s Revolution 

Offering Ward 

Donations by check may be mailed to the church office.  Electronic donations can be made online through the church website or by texting “give” to (412) 435-1050 and following the instructions.          

Share the plate for May is Tree Pittsburgh* 

Joys and Sorrows: During the offertory music, you are invited to light a candle or place a stone in Blessed Community water as you offer silent gratitude or prayers. Two tables are in the sanctuary; one in the front, to the right of the platform, and one in the back right alcove. 

Offertory Music Devotion by Liz Story  
 

Sharing Joys & Sorrows  Rev. Kate  

Meditation, silence, or prayer    

Sung Response #1008 When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place 

Responsive Reading          #637 A Litany of Atonement, Rev. Robert Eller-Isaacs Ward 

L. For remaining silent, when a single voice would have made a difference, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For each time that our fears have made us rigid and inaccessible, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For each time that we have struck out in anger without just cause, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For each time our greed has blinded us to the needs of others 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For the selfishness that sets us apart and alone, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For falling short of the admonitions of the spirit, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For losing sight of our unity, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

L. For these and for so many acts, both evident and subtle, 
which have fueled the illusion of separateness, 
R. We forgive ourselves and each other; we begin again in love. 

Sermon Ancient Steps to Repair the World, Rev. Kate 

Hymn #354 We Laugh, We Cry 

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame  Rev. Kate and Ward 

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. 

Benediction  Rev. Kate 

Postlude Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) 

To donate to Share the Plate  

– by check mailed to the church office, please include STP on the memo line  

– online on the church website, use the drop down to select Plate. 

– by texting “Give” to 412-435-1050 following the directions with the word share or pledge after the donation amount as appropriate. 

To make a pledge payment  

-by check, please put pledge in the memo line  

– online on the church website, keep the default General Fund 2024 option  

* Tree Pittsburgh works across Allegheny County to plant and care for trees where they are needed the most.  As the impacts of climate change grow, it is imperative that we help communities to be more resilient to heat and increased rainfall.  By planting trees we not only provide cooling shade and capture stormwater runoff, but we bring beauty and wildlife habitat to areas often dominated by concrete.  Donations to Tree Pittsburgh will directly impact communities with low tree canopy, supporting education programs, tree planting and ongoing tree maintenance.  Tree Pittsburgh relies heavily on volunteer support – please visit www.treepittsburgh.org to learn more about the organization and ways to get involved.