Conversations with the President
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM PT
with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
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Photo: The Replica Oval Office in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Invocation with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Opening Words: We Will Emerge by Rabbi Sharon Brous
We will emerge more loving.
The morning after the virus passes, we will mourn the world we’ve lost. And then we’ll build a new world, rooted in the lessons we’ve finally learned. Like the realization that we’re all connected by an invisible web of humanity that crosses land and sea. And the awareness that the judge of a society is not how we treat the most powerful, but how we care for the most vulnerable. And the irrefutable truth that when we allow profit and political expediency to supersede moral responsibility, when we let our indignation slip into quiet resignation, people die.
The new world we create will upend the systems of oppression and inequity, cruelty, and
callousness that have been laid bare in this crisis. In it, we’ll pay teachers what they deserve; treat medical professionals like the superheroes they are; and honor farm, grocery, garbage, and postal workers as essential and invaluable, because they truly are. The new world will be rooted in the shared knowledge that we must live responsibly and sustainably on this planet. In this new world, we’ll know that our bodies are precious and touch is sacred. And our eyes will be trained to see beauty and poetry everywhere.
After the loss and dislocation, the brokenness and grief, when we emerge, we will build a world rooted in love.
Spiderman, Green Lantern, & the Human Torch (compiled by Cynthia Landrum)
With great power comes great responsibility,
We light this chalice in the hopes that
In brightest day, in blackest night,
Our faith will
Opening Music: Wake Now Now my senses
Of Our Hearts with Erin Mara
Pastoral Reflection with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Pastoral Hymn: Spirit of Life
Offering and Invitations with Erin Mara
Story for All Ages: When Penny Met POTUS (See video below)
Covenant with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Reflection/Sermon with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Musical Interlude with Sky Barton
Closing Song: We Are a Gentle Angry People
Benediction with The Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey
Extinguish the Chalice with Erin Mara
Announcements with Erin Mara