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    WELCOME TO PICTOU UNITED CHURCHWELCOME TO PICTOU UNITED CHURCH

    Rev. MaryRev. Mary--Beth Moriarity B.A., B.Th., M.Div.Beth Moriarity B.A., B.Th., M.Div. David & Shelley Pos, Sally O’Neill ~ Ministry of MusicDavid & Shelley Pos, Sally O’Neill ~ Ministry of Music

    www.pictouunited.com

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 Marking & Celebrating African Heritage Month

    “What I play is life”“What I play is life” Louis Armstrong

    We Gather in CommunityWe Gather in Community

    As the music begins, we are invited to prepare ourselves for worship.

    Music to Gather Us

    We Are gathered and grounded by traditional spirituals offered this morning by ‘Brass United’

    Welcome & Announcements

    Gathering Words ~ Moment to Pause

    One: We gather in this sacred place: ALL: A place of wisdom.

    A place of connection. A place of love. A place of light.

    One: May the love that breathes life into all humanity and all of creation

    ALL: Continue to be born in us today.

    As the gift of music is offered, the Christ Candle Is Lit…

    "Ain’t Nobody, Nowhere Nothin’ Without God"

    composer: Duke Ellington Carolyn Curry, soprano; accompanied by Brass United

    Gathering Together

    One: Friends, the God of hope is calling, ALL: Offering refreshment to those who are weary and heavy laden. One: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,

    and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

    One: Friends, the God of peace is calling, ALL: Offering tender words of comfort to those in distress. One: Come children, how often I have longed to gather you together

    as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. Matthew 23:37, alt.

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    One: Friends, the God of love is calling, ALL: Offering friendship and communion to those who feel alone. One: Come everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money,

    come buy and eat without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1, alt.

    One: Friends, come, God is calling us to worship. ALL: It is an offer too irresistible to refuse. Hymn I’ve Got Peace Like a River Voices United 577

    Gathering Prayer

    “All I wanted was to see a movie.” Viola Desmond – 1946

    Here, on the pulse of this new day May we have the grace to look up and out And into our sister’s eyes, Into your brother’s face, And say simply Very simply With hope, Good Morning.

    adapted from ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ by Maya Angelou. Angelou read the complete poem at the 1993 inauguration of President Bill Clinton

    We Pause and Take a Moment to Greet Each Other: Good Morning!

    Let’s Sing! The spirit in me greets the spirit in you, Alleluia. God’s in us and we’re in God, Alleluia.

    words & music: Jim Strathdee

    Moment for All This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

    We Open Ourselves to WisdomWe Open Ourselves to Wisdom

    Day after day, night after night, you speak through everything.

    Sung twice – More Voices 123

    Songs & Stories Today, We Embark on a Journey in Song

    God, you taught our ancestors to sing with their souls while in a foreign land.

    Through music, you taught Black peoples to persevere and trust in you, even as their hearts and bodies were broken.

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    Your power God, moved through our ancestors, as the rhythm and cadence of music moves through our bodies.

    There would be no Underground Railroad or Civil Rights Movement without a song, and there would be no song without you.

    Let everything that has breath, praise you! Let everything that has breath, praise you!

    Psalm 150:6

    ♫ ‘Go Down Moses’

    Drawing upon the biblical story of liberation found in the Book of Exodus, this African American spiritual dates from before the Civil War.

    ♫‘Steal Away to Jesus’ insert

    ♫ ‘Over My Head’ refrain, verse 1, refrain

    More Voices 88

    ♫ ‘I’m Gonna Live’ Voices United 575

    ♫ ‘Oh, Freedom’

    This post-Civil War African-American freedom song is often associated with the American Civil Rights Movement. In 1963, Joan Baez performed the song at the March on Washington.

    ♫ ‘Precious Lord’ Voices United 670

    Ministry of Music ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

    Musicologists attribute this song to be written sometime after 1865 by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman. Some sources claim that this song’s lyrics are a reference to the Underground Railroad. In 1939, Nazi Germany's Reich Music Examination Office added the song to a listing of

    "undesired and harmful" musical works. In 2011, it was named as the official Oklahoma State Gospel Song.

    We Respond and Move into the WorldWe Respond and Move into the World

    We Prepare to Offer our Gifts

    As we offer our gifts, the gift of music is offered: “Heaven"

    composer: Duke Ellington

    Carolyn Curry, soprano; accompanied by Brass United

    Offertory~ Prayer

    We use our gifts for God. We use our gifts for God. When things go right, when things go wrong,

    we use our gifts for God.

    words & music: Ruth Bamforth in Songs for Winter

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    Prayers of the People

    As we gather, and as we draw our prayers to a close, you are invited to join in the sung response:

    Hush! hush!, somebody's callin' mah name. Hush! hush!, somebody's callin' mah name. Hush! Hush! somebody's callin' mah name Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, what shall I do?

    More Voices 167

    Words of Parting and Blessing

    God is colour: seen in different ways

    by many different people. God is unconditional love:

    though we may come in various unique packages. God loves us all, just the same.

    After the storm, God is the rainbow of differences.

    ‘A Creed” written by the Waterville-Hately-North Hately (Quebec) Confirmation group.

    One: Go into the world: dance, laugh, sing, and create.

    ALL: We go to live our faith! One: Go into the world: risk, explore, discover, and love.

    ALL: We go, filled with God’s love! One: Go into the world:

    believe, hope, struggle, and give praise. ALL: We go in the light of God!

    And so we sing…

    We are marching in the light of God, We are marching in the light of God. We are marching in the light of God, We are marching in the light of God.

    We are marching, marching, We are marching, marching,

    We are marching in the light of God. We are marching, marching, We are marching, marching,

    We are marching in the light of God

    Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-khanyen' kwen-khos', Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-khanyen' kwen-khos', Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-khanyen' kwen-khos',

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    Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-khanyen' kwen-khos',

    S-iya-hamba, hamba, si-ya-hamba, hamba, Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-khanyen' kwen-khos',

    S-iya-hamba, hamba, si-ya-hamba, hamba, Si-ya-hamb' e-ku-khanyen' kwen-khos',

    Voices United 646

    Music to Send Us Out Into the World “Joshua"

    offered by Brass United

    Did you know thatDid you know thatDid you know thatDid you know that… The beginning of Black History-African Heritage Month can be traced back to 1926 when Harvard-educated Black historian Carter G.

    Woodson founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements made by African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February because of the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln who were both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks.

    Did you know thatDid you know thatDid you know thatDid you know that… Black History Month was first celebrated in Canada in 1950.

    Did you know thatDid you know thatDid you know thatDid you know that… In 2014 the United Nations officially declared the decade of 2015-2024 the ‘International Decade for People of African Descent:

    Recognition, Justice and Development.’ And in 2018, Premier Stephen McNeil proclaimed years 2015–2024 as the ‘United

    Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent in Nova Scotia.’

    We join with our sisters and brothers of all cultures in honoring the contributions and struggles of peoples of African descent.

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    Today we are very pleased to welcome the members and friends of ‘Brass United’

    Brent MacQuarrie, trumpet; Christine Templeman, cornet /soprano;

    Bob MacMillan, alto horn/bass Fred Davison, trombone/tenor David Prince, tuba; Gordon Ingham, percussion; with guest soloist: Carolyn Curry, soprano;

    ‘Brass United’ was started about 9 years ago with the intent of supporting the Sunday service music at Saint James United Church in Antigonish. Our increasing repertoire is to be played as Preludes, Offertories and

    Postludes on Remembrance Sunday, Christmas Sunday, African-American Heritage Sunday and Easter Sunday

    along with an occasional jazz/dixie Sunday as time permits. The Quintet has also been totally secular on occasion.

    ‘Bras