Music and Emotion

Tuesday, May 17

Host: Lauren Bailey

Music

The Power of the Pentatonic Scale by Bobby McFerrin

Reading

Excerpts from Will We Ever Understand Why Music Makes Us Feel Good by Phillip Ball

Music

Welcome to the Rock from Come From Away

Reading

More excerpts from Will We Ever Understand Why Music Makes Us Feel Good by Phillip Ball

Music

Me and the Sky from Come From Away

Reading

Excerpts from When Music Makes You Cry by R. Douglas Fields

Music

Somewhere Over the Rainbow version by Eva Cassidy

Music

We Shall Overcome version by Pete Seeger

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Check in and Conversation


Previous Vespers Orders of Service are available below.

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May 10 Vespers – Meditation on Gardening

Meditation on Gardening

Tuesday, May 10
Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Music

Spring 1 – from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Recomposed by Max Richter

Reading

Thriving Among the Thorns by Tomo Hillbo

Prayer

Mother Nature

Music

Mother Earth, Beloved Garden by Amanda Udis-Kessler

Reading

Garden Prayer by David M. Horst

Music

Summer from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, remix by L’Orchestra Cinématique

Reading

Emergence by Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson

Reading

Children of the Earth and Sky by Alice Berry

Music

Let it Grow by the Cast of the Lorax

Reading

All Too Often, We Pace the Geometries of our Walled Gardens by John Gibb Millspaugh

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Check in and Conversation

May 3 Vespers – Hope in the Darkness

Hope in the Darkness

Tuesday, May 3

Host: Janine Reid

Music

Dear Hope by Sara Bareilles

Reading

Clay pot by Mildred Witte Stouven

Mediation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Reading

YH WH by Sandra Thurman Caporale

Music

There is More Love Somewhere – Traditional

Reading

Brave by Bianca Sparacino

Music

In the Shining Blackness by Benjamin Rimmer

Reading

The First by Brianna West

Music

Seven Days Walking Gravity by Ludovico Einaudi

Reading

Life Edit by Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Music

Helplessly Hoping by Crosby Stills and Nash

Check in and Conversation

April 26 Vespers – Liminal Space

Liminal Space

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Host: Lauren Bailey

Reading

How I Go to the Woods by Mary Oliver

Song

May-December by Mos Def

Reading

Why do Liminal Spaces Feel Like an Altered Reality

Song

Lotus Flower by RadioHead

Poem

Liminal Space by Polly Castor

Song

Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega

Reading

Doorways and Superstitions by Malcolm R. Campbell

Song

Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine

Reading

Travel Anxiety and Liminal Space

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Check in and Conversation

April 19 Vespers – Catspers

Catspers

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Opening

Piano and Cats

Cat Check-in

Reading

Blessed are All Living Things by Maureen Killoran

Song

Plea from a Cat Named Virtue by The Weakerthans

Video

The Art of Massage

Reading

When your Best Friend Has Four or So Legs by Theresa I. Soto

Video

KunKush the Cat

Reading

Prayer for Animal Friends by Kim K. Crawford Harvie

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Check in and Conversation

April 12 Vespers – Found Family

Found Family 

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Reading

No Requirements by Becky Chambers

Clip

Love from Serenity 

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Clip

Ohana Means Family from Lilo and Stitch

Song

I’ve got a Theory by The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Reading

The Importance of Found Families for LGBTQ youth by Pallas Gutierrez 

Song

Seasons of Love by The Cast of Rent

Blessing

Rainbow Blessing by Cricket Hall

Check-in and Conversation

April 5 Vespers – Love

Love

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Host: Janine Reid

 

Music

Una Mattina by Ludovico Einaudi (cover by That Cello Guy)

Reading

I know someone – Mary Oliver

Music

Closer – tegan and sara

Reading

Excerpt from You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac

Music

Sea of Love by Cat Power

Reading

by Rumi

Music

Bloom by The Paper Kites, cover by Citizens and Saints

Reading

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Music

Simply the Best cover by Noah Reid (Schitt’s Creek version)

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Reading

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Music

Love We Are We Love by The Sea The Sea

Check-in and Conversation

March 29 Vespers – Weird Wonderful Nature

Weird Wonderful Nature 

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Song

Blue Boat Home by Peter Mayer

Chalice Lighting

There Is Light by Eric Williams

Clip

You by The Cryptonaturalist 

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Meditation On Breathing

Reading

Actually, Life is Beautiful by Inkskinned.tumblr.com 

Song

Prairie Skies by Deborah Romeyn

Affirmation

We Are Connected by Rev Leslie Takahashi

Song

Swimming to the Other Side by Pat Humphries

Check-in and Conversation

March 22 Vespers – Growth

Growth

Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Host: Janine Reid

Music

Attesa by Ludovico Einaudi

Reading

My Job by Howard Ikemoto

Music

Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez

Reading

Excerpt from We Are All Perfectly Fine by Dr. Jillian Horton

Music

Silver Lining by Mt. Joy

Blessing

From Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Yearning to Belong By John O’Donohue
Adapted from Vespers

Music

Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble
Meditation On Breathing

Reading

Stay in College by Mohammed Ali

Music

Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung

Check-in and Conversation

March 15 Vespers – Crafts

Crafts

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 

Host: Ashlyn Noble

Song

Painterman by Boney M

Chalice Lighting

To be a Unitarian Universalist by Erika A Hewitt

Clip

Vincent and the Doctor 

Song

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don Mclean

Video

Metis: The Flower Beadwork People 

Reading

Métis Artist Advocates for Indigenous Justice Through Her Revival Art by Didhiti Kandel

Song

Why Us? by N’we Jinan Artists

Reading

What is the role and value of crafts today? by Teleri Lloyd-Jones

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Meditation On Breathing

Check-in and Conversation

March 8 Vespers – Despair

Despair

March 8, 2022

Host: Janine Reid

Music

Mad World cover by Pentatonix

Reading

This is the Time to be Slow by John O’Donohue

Music

Even when He is Silent by Kim Arneson

Reading

Standing Alone by Brené Brown

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Reading

Instructions for a Bad Day by Shane Koyczan

Reading

The Way It Is by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Music

The Departure by Max Richter

Reading

When Things are Shaky by Pema Chödrön

Music

The Departure by Max Richter

Check-in and Conversation

March 1 Vespers – Women in History

Women in History

March 1, 2022

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Song

Ex-Wives by the cast of Six! The Musical

Chalice Lighting

With Love for Mothers and Foremothers by Selena Fox

Song

Savage Daughter written and performed by Karen Haakenson-Kahan

Reading

Matilda: The Greatest King England Never Had by Dr Catherine Hanley

Song

Matilda 1140 written and performed by Robin Lea Fritche

Reading

Ana Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo by Alexander Ives Bortolot

Music

Flash Mob by the Raleigh NC Kizombo Dance Team

Reading

Remembering Joan of Arc by Kat Eschner

Song

Joan by Heather Dale and Tamyka Bullen

Poem

They Are With Us Still by Kathleen McTigue

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Check-in and Conversation

February 22 Vespers – Movement

Movement

February 22, 2022

Host: Janine Reid

Music

Leah by Dustin O’Halloran

Reflection

The Pandemic is a Portal by Arundhati Roy

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Reading

Water in your Body by The CrypoNaturalist (Twitter)

Music

Black Water by The Doobie Brothers

Reflection

Where do we go from here? by Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Music

Nayan by Fatoumata Diawara

Reading

The Path of the Serpent Owl by Maya Luna

Music

Riptide by Vance Joy

Reading

Toward Holy Ground excerpt by Margaret Guenther

Music

Feeling Good by Avicii

Reading

Allow by Danna Faulds

Music

Movement by Iron Ore

Check-in and Conversation

February 15 Vespers – Protest

Protest

February 15, 2022

Host: Ashlyn Noble

Protest Song

Get Up Stand Up by Bob Marley

Get Up Stand Up (Official Fan Video ‘Legend 30th’) – Bob Marley

Chalice Lighting

A Protest and a Party by Hannah Roberts Villnave

Protest Song

We’re Still Here by Holly Near 

We’re Still Here

Reading

Everyone for Everyone by Rayla D Mattson

Protest Song

Bound for Freedom by Emma’s Revolution

Bound For Freedom

Reading

We Could Maybe Actually Do Something by Sandy Hudson

sandyandnora.com

Protest Song

There is Power In A Union by Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg -There Is Power In A Union

Blessing

Blessed Are We by Andrea Hawkins-Kamper 

Protest Song

Something Inside So Strong by Labi Siffre, Performed by The Spirituals

Something Inside So Strong: Live ft Annatoria & Ché Kirah | The Spirituals (Official Music Video)

Poem

Love Looks Different by Julie Taylor

Braver/Wiser

Who We Can Turn To by Aisha Ansano 

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble

Meditation On Breathing

Prayer

Prayer for While in the Struggle by Margalie Belizaire

Transition Music

Ella’s Song performed by Resistance Revival Chorus

Ella’s Song – Resistance Revival Chorus

Check-in and Conversation

February 8 Vespers – Delight

Delight

February 8, 2022

Host: Janine Reid

Opening Music

Lovely day by Bill Withers

https://youtu.be/bEeaS6fuUoA 

Reading

The Orange by Wendy Cope 

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing performed by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble ft. Beatrice Anderson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z51yWRKIGn0&ab_channel=BlueCliffMonasteryEnsemble-Topic

Reading

Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver

Music

Sante by Stromae

https://youtu.be/P3QS83ubhHE 

Reading

The Heater by Liz James, UU Hysterical Society/Mirth and Dignity Admin

Music

Guardian by Lindsey Stirling 

https://youtu.be/VgzTfdzj_Ho 

Reading

93 Percent Stardust by Nikita Gill

Music

Smilin by Northern Cree

https://youtu.be/funU5Mnzaj4

Reading

Pink by Roxane Gay

Music

Alright Now by Free

https://youtu.be/lSdBtoIIYT4 

Reading

Thorin to Bilbo by JRR Tolkien 

Music

Feeling Good by Avicii

https://youtu.be/S565hk5T7SA

Check-in and Conversation

February 1 Vespers – Imbolc

Imbolc

February 1, 2022

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Opening Music

There is No Time – Kellianna

Performed by Irene Glasse from Frederick CUUPS

Reading

What is Imbolc? by Erin Bruce 

Music

Imbolc Song by SJ Tucker

Imbolc Candle Ritual

Adapted from Patti Wigington 

Guided Meditation

Sybille Webb

Reading

Brigid Our Mother by James Ford 

Music

 Spiral Dance by The Quickening

Reading

Prayer in Winter by Deborah Weiner 

Music

Meditation on Breathing 

Check-in and Conversation

 

January 25 Vespers – Solace

Solace

January 25, 2022
Host: Janine Reid

Music

Pavane – Faure by That Cello Guy

https://youtu.be/Z2hkZLCbWbI

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing performed by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble ft. Beatrice Anderson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z51yWRKIGn0&ab_channel=BlueCliffMonasteryEnsemble-Topic

Reading

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Music

It’s OK by Nightbirde

https://youtu.be/ehA_3AgT8HE

Reading

On the Couch by Anonymous

Music

It’s Alright by Mother Mother

https://youtu.be/G5-KJgVsoUM

Reading

Home by Rupi Kaur

Meditation

Music

Death With Dignity by Sufjan Stevens

https://youtu.be/nQ6MRuDpV6E

Reading

Silent Spring

Music

May it Be by 2cellos

https://youtu.be/NIE-iOnQcK4

Check-in and Conversation

 

January 18 Vespers – Useful Anger

 

Useful Anger

January 18, 2022

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Opening Words

You Are Never Alone by Sharon Wylie

Chalice Lighting

A Chalice Lighting for When Things Aren’t Okay By Molly Brewer

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing performed by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble ft. Beatrice Anderson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z51yWRKIGn0&ab_channel=BlueCliffMonasteryEnsemble-Topic

Reading

Harnessing Our Anger By Glennon Doyle

Music

Not Ready to Make Nice by The Chicks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojL_35QlSI

Reading

Refusing the Lie by Jude Geiger

Music

Once and For All from Newsies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI6h8SiWL3A

Poem

Useful Anger by Stephen M Shick

Music

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbxNtPiCBK8

Benediction

Benediction for a People in Pandemic by Anya Sammler-Michael

Transition Music

We are a Gentle, Angry People by OLOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUAoyE0DFBw

Check-in and Conversation

January 11 Vespers – Opening

Opening

January 11, 2022

Host: Janine Reid

Opening Words

Twitter by The CryptoNaturalist

Music

Everything at Your Feet by Odesza
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0llhRSd0vPc&ab_channel=TheParadiseofMusic

Chalice Lighting

Grace by Frederick Beuchner

Music

Devenire by Ludovico Einaudi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAPapYhDSUc&ab_channel=LudovicoEinaudiVEVO

Reading

Salt by Nayirrah Waheed

Meditation

Meditation on Breathing performed by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble ft. Beatrice Anderson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z51yWRKIGn0&ab_channel=BlueCliffMonasteryEnsemble-Topic

Reading

The Manifesto of Encouragement by Danielle LaPorte
https://daniellelaporte.com/the-manifesto-of-encouragement/

Music

Dismantle by Peter Sandberg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY-Cw2tLPOE&ab_channel=EpidemicRelax

Reading

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Meditation

Ocean Waves in Snow Storm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OATzAn0N6uY&ab_channel=AmbientBackgroundASMR

Blessing

Check-in and Conversation

January 4 Vespers – Darkness

Darkness

January 4, 2022

Host: Ashlyn Noble

 

Chalice Lighting

Embrace The Night by Jennifer Gracen

Poem

New Day’s Lyric by Amanda Gorman 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBERVCT44J4

Reading

In Celebration of the Winter Solstice by Stephanie Noble

Music

Meditation on Breathing performed by the Blue Cliff Monastery Ensemble ft. Beatrice Anderson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z51yWRKIGn0&ab_channel=BlueCliffMonasteryEnsemble-Topic

Reading

Dark and Light, Light and Dark by Jacqui James

Music

Sure on This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen (Performed by Vox Humana)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwxlMvV6LkE

Meditation

Guided Meditation on Darkness by Shari Woodbury (adapted) 

Blessing

A Blessing of Darkness and Light by Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Transition Music

Solstice Carol by The Wyrd Sisters 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEGo6pgFPNE

Check-in and Conversation