June 7, Flower Communion Sunday–Online Worship

In our annual Flower Communion Sunday, we celebrate the beauty we find in the natural world and in community with one another even alongside the pain of the world. We also celebrate our time this church year with Student Minister, Lisa Kynvi, and say good-bye.

For this final regular worship service of our church year, we will be gathering using Zoom meeting rather than Zoom webinar. This will allow us to see one another over video. You will need to register separately for this final Sunday service. Register using this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoc-6tqzMpE9zSnbAOWH2rxzqguHTcYbth.

View or download the order of service.

There are several ways to put the “flower” in Flower Communion Sunday:

1. Slideshow: We invite you to take a picture of you/your household holding flowers or posing outside near some flowers. If you’ve never taken a selfie–here’s your chance! Share the picture via email with our student minister, Lisa Kynvi (lisakynvi@me.com).  Lisa will make a slideshow for worship (both Zoom and live streamed on Facebook). Lisa will list your name as it appears on your email unless you note another preference. If others in your photo give permission, please list their names in your email. (Even with permission we will only list first names of kids / youth.)

2. Church Yard StoryWalk and Leave a Flower, Take a Flower: Liza is illustrating a StoryWalk version of the first Flower Communion in the church yard beginning Monday, June 1st.  All ages are invited to stop by at any time during the week and do a small walk around the yard to see drawings of how this Unitarian Universalist tradition was born during one congregation’s spring worship service in Prague in 1923. (Remember to follow social distancing guidelines and to avoid making a crowd of more than 10 people.)  The StoryWalk starts in the School St. yard and goes counter clockwise around the church.

Bonus: Starting the morning of Sat. June 6 – evening of June 7th there will be some containers with water and some starter flowers out on the church yard where the StoryWalk begins and ends. Consider it a self-serve Flower Communion, where you can bring a flower or seedling to leave for others, and take one home for yourself!

3. Have a flower with you to hold during worship on June 7th. If your video is on, and you join via Zoom, we’ll be able to see you!

Thank you to Lisa Kynvi, Anne Ferguson, Jackie Dennison, and Pat Carstensen for helping with these participatory elements of Flower Communion.