The Eight Sabbats on the Wheel of the Year
Order of Service - June 24, 2007

MoonPath CUUPS offered a Church Service to the Muggles and this is what we did:

WELCOME

(Find canned opening and add: "This is not our 'Regular Service.'
Today we share with you how things were done in the Old Pagan Days,
when we were never more a month away from a holiday.")

PRELUDE

CALL TO COMMUNITY   (Ostara - FoxyOwl)

"Welcome to the UU Church of Fort Lauderdale. We welcome this new
day as we welcome the promise of Spring. At the season when day and
night are at equal length, we sprinkle flowers, pat the bunnies,
dress in many colors, and celebrate what we call Ostara. Down the
road, there may be others who celebrate what they call Easter. But
we thought of Ostara first."

LIGHTING OF THE CHALICE #446    -Goodwin

"Spirit of the East, spirit of air,    (Moon Pillow)
of morning and springtime:
Be with us as the sun rises,
in times 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,     (Saille)
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,     (Star)
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,    (Dragnfli)
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."


HYMN #123:  "Spirit of Life"        -McDade
  the usual

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:   -Blake
  the usual

MUSIC

CHILDREN'S SPACE     (Beltaine - Deb)

(I will share with you some stories of May Day: of Hobby Horses,
Flowers, Dressing Up, and Dancing the May Pole.)

(Traveling Music so kids can exit.)

READING I      from A Mid-Summer's Night Dream   (Litha)

A Faerie:                                        (Saille)
      "Over hill, over dale,
      Thorough bush, thorough brier,
      Over park, over pale,
      Thorough flood, thorough fire,
      I do wander everywhere,
      Swifter than the moon's sphere;
      And I serve the fairy queen,
      To dew her orbs upon the green.
      The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
      In their gold coats spots you see;
      Those be rubies, fairy favours,
      In those freckles live their savours:
      I must go seek some dewdrops here
      And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
      Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I'll be gone:
      Our queen and all our elves come here anon."


Titania, Queen of the Faeries:                  (Moon Pillow)
      "Out of this wood do not desire to go: 
      Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no. 
      I am a spirit of no common rate; 
      This spring still doth tend upon my state; 
      And I do love thee: therefore, go with me; 
      I'll give thee fairies to attend on thee, 
      And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep, 
      And sing while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep; 
      And I will purge thy mortal grossness so 
      That thou shalt like an airy spirit go."


MUSIC

Reading II    A Story of the First Harvest  (Lammas - Sophia?)

"The Christians called it Lammas or Loaf Mass. They baked bread from
the grain of the First Harvest. But we knew it in earlier times as
Lugnasadh, a celebration of the death of Lugh, the Irish Sun God.
Lugh was a God of many talents and he chose to sacrifice himself
that his people might live on. He has long been symbolized by a
lion. This idea of a sacrificial male god has been picked up by
other religions. In Christian circles, Lugh has been re-identified
as Saint Michael."


OFFERTORY    A Song of the Second Harvest   (Mabon - Izrafel)

"The second of the three harvests is Mabon at the Fall Equinox. It
is here that we reap what we have sown. There is still one more
harvest to come, so the outcome is not yet certain. It is fitting
that at this time we ask for your offerings to support this
community."

"The song is that of John Barlycorn. He is like the grain that must
be felled and ground into meal. The meal is turned into bread or
beer. And then John barlycorn will rise again."

(John Barleycorn Must Die - CD. We dance, toasting each other with tankards
 and sharing big loaves of bread.)

SERMON: "Eight Sabbats on the Wheel of the Year"   (Samhain - Spelcastor)

REFLECTION:  The magick within.
             "There's a little witch in every woman."

WELCOME GUESTS & SHARING OF JOYS & CONCERNS:      (Yule - Star)

"And we move on to the Dark of Winter. In Olden Times, we called
this Yule. And what would be Yule without gifts. And what greater
gifts might there be than to welcome our Guests and to share our
Joys & Concerns?"

MUSIC:          

EXTINGUISHING OF CHALICE & BENEDICTION:     (Imbolc - Star)

"Now we come to the time when we extinguish our chalice and 
our Quarter Candles.  But we look to more light to come. Just as 
in the Dark of Winter, we await the first promise of Spring. 
In Olden Times we called it Imbolc. It had something to do with 
the first milk of the sheep as the new lambs were about to be born. 
In the same way, we look here to our religious community and the 
promise for what is to come."

POSTLUDE:


Quote:  "Magick is the art of changing consciousness at will."


Cast:                                  Props:

Ostara - FoxyOwl                       Quarter Candles/Stands
East - Moon Pillow                     Tankards
South - Saille                         Bread
West - Star                            Sheaves
North - Dragnfli                       Music CD
Beltaine - Deb
Faerie - Saille
Titania - Moon Pillow
Lammas - Spelcastor
Mabon - Izrafel
Samhaine - Spelcastor
Yule - Star
Imbolc - Star
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