Five Poems that Made My Day

Rev. Barnaby shared five poems, assisted by Becky Strum and Chris Murphy. Dr. Francois S. Clemmons sang Lift Every Voice and Sing. Links to recorded portions of this service to come at a later date.

Order of Service

Preservice & Prelude: Chuck Miller

Bell: Recognition of Abenaki Land   Becky Strum

Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Becky Strum

Call to Worship & Chalice Lighting: Becky Strum

Music: Lift Every Voice and Sing  Dr. Francois S. Clemmons

Time for All Ages: Mattie/Dad Poems Rev. Barnaby and Becky Strum

Offering: Today’s offering will be RIP Medical Debt. Contributions can be made at

Milestones & Passages: Rev. Barnaby. Future ones can be shared at

Poem: Red Bird Explains Himself by Mary Oliver read by Chris Murphy

Prayer/Meditation: Rev. Barnaby

Music Interlude: Chuck Miller

Five Poems and Responses: Rev. Barnaby and Becky Strum

1) The Horses by Edwin Muir

2) Subway Self-Portrait by Michele S. Lowy

3) Could Have by Wislawa Szymborska

4) Only in Our Doing by Rainer Marie Rilke (trans. Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

5) Planting Daffodils by Ted Scheu

Hymn    Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire  music, Trad.; lyric Hal Hopson

Benediction: Rev. Barnaby

Postlude: Chuck Miller

Thanks to our “Stream Team” Richard Hopkins and Rich Wolfson, Abi Sessions for managing the zoom room and Becky Strum, Chris Murphy and Francois Clemmons for participating.

Thank you for joining us for worship!