Edwin Markham famously wrote, “He drew a circle to shut me out—/Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout./ But love and I had the wit to win:/ We drew a circle and took him In!” As individuals, and as communities, we actually need boundaries that keep us safe, that help us know that we have a home, even to help us know who we are. As Universalists, however, we believe we must reach beyond these boundaries to connect with the larger world. How do we both “belong” and “reach out”?
This Sunday, the sanctuary choir will sing Handel’s joyful “Hallelujah, Amen” (from Judas Maccabaeus) and René Clausen’s beautiful Set Me as a “Seal” (from A New Creation). Austin Burns, Rip Jackson and Elisabeth Jas will sing the dramatic trio “When I Reach the Place I’m Going,” written by The Judds. For the centering music and postlude, organist Rip Jackson will play Bach’s poignant “Erbarm’ dich mein” (BWV 721) and Buxtehude’s thunderous “Praeludium in D Major” (BuxWV 139).
Rev. Helen Lutton Cohen, Minister Emerita, Worship Leader