Hugh’s On Second

This past summer, I had chance encounters with two strangers who conspired to buoy my sagging spirits and change my outlook for the better. These two crossed my path right when I needed them most. From my perspective, it was delightful serendipity, but those with a more deterministic worldview might call it grace. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,” says the Book of Hebrews, “for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“It is through serendipitous encounters with … strangers that the world speaks to us but we have to be listening. By learning to be alert for clues, one is suddenly caught up in an exciting inner adventure.” 

― Stephanie Rosenbloom

Centering Music

Hungarian Dance No. 6, by Johannes Brahms, performed by Daniel Clark and Kelvin Seifert


Jill Moats

Gathering Hymn

#347 Gather the Spirit

Chalice Lighting

Words by Vance Bass, adapted, read by Jill Moats

Opening Words

Words by Kathy Huff, read by Jill Moats


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

The Dogs Hold an Election – a tale from the Lakota of South Dakota, told by Reverend Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

Singing the children to RE


Open Up the Doors, by Rev. Lindasusan Ulrich, read by Jill Moats

Pastoral Hymn and Stone Dropping Ritual

#297 The Star of Truth


Our Share the Plate Partner for September is Opikihiwawin.

Opikihiwawin responds to the needs of Indigenous adoptees and foster people in all stages of their lives by providing cultural education, supports and advocacy. They believe that it is every Indigenous adoptee and foster person’s inherent right to know and experience their culture. Opikihiwawin’s cultural programs create a positive sense of identity and belonging and help adoptees and foster people build relationships in the Indigenous community.

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Offering Words

by Victoria Weinstein, read by Jill Moats

Offertory Music

Gavotte and Minuet, from French Suite #4, BWV 815 by J. S. Bach, performed by Daniel Clark


A Communion of People, by Judy Deutsch, read by Reverend Stefan Jonasson


#1052 The Oneness of Everything


Hugh’s on Second, by Reverend Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#1064 My Blue Boat Home


Jill Moats

Closing Words

From “The Stranger as a Gift”,  by the Religious Diversity Advisory Board of the Government of Catalonia, read by Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Reverend Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others.
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

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