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Vernal Equinox Ritual at Alewife
March 25, 2007

Belmont and Cambridge Unitarians and neighborhood friends.

Video of service

Welcome: Ellen Mass & Friends of Alewife Reservation

Greeting and Passing of the Peace
Leader: Peace to you all
All: And also to you.

In-gathering and Invocation     Elke Jahns, Cherokee Flute
Bringing forth the flames

To the Four Directions by Joan Goodwin
Spirit of the East, spirit of air,
Of mourning and springtime:
Be with us as the sun rises,
In time of beginning,
Times of planting,
Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage
As we go forth into new adventures.

Spirit of the south, spirit of fire,
Of noontime and summer:
Be with us through the heat of the day
And help us to be ever growing, Warm us with strength
And energy for the work that awaits us.

Spirit of the West, spirit of water,
Of evening and autumn,
Be with us as the sun sets
And help us to enjoy a rich harvest.
Flow through us with a cooling,
Healing quietness and bring us peace.

Spirit of the North, spirit of earth,
Of nighttime and winter:
Be with us in the darkness,
In the time of gestation.

Ground us in the wisdom
of the changing seasons
As we celebrate the spiraling
Journey of our lives.

Chant The Earth Water, Fire, Air
The earth, the water, the fire the air return, return, return, return.

Reading: Text, Prayer, Poem

Reflections: Balance with nature and self     Rev. Edmund Robinson
The fragility of the eco-system

Jube Late Gaia
Tending the Garden: Maintaining a Balance Rev. Kerrie Harthan
Going deeper, The migrating herring Ironies
At the end take the people to a meditative place of their commitments.
We had an image of having us stand close to the stream where we can through stones of commitment into the water having the ripples of the water represent our ever growing commitment to the earth and the precious balance we need to maintain with our environment.

Time of Reflection: Tokens of Commitment
Meta Noia/Conversion

Call to Action: Commitment to the Earth Diane Elliott
Appealing to the people’s Joy
What is alive inside of us.

Tis a Gift to Be Simple:
Song and Dance

Reverend Edmuund Robinson from Belmont First Church Unitarian demonstrates that the balance of nature is ever changing and uncertain.
Fire lighter is Steven Gillies.

Reverend Anita Farber Robinson of Cambridge First Parish Unitarian stands with other members and friends.
State Representative William Brownsberger to the far left.

Rev. Kerrie Harthan of Somerville First Church Congregational leads the group in a spring circle dance.