The Uses of Sorrow
(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
- Mary Oliver, Thirst
Call to Worship
Leader: Light looked down and beheld darkness.
People: "Thither will I go," said Light.
Leader: Peace looked down and beheld war.
People: "Thither will I go," said Peace.
Leader: Love looked down and beheld hate.
People: "Thither will I go," said Love.
Leader: So light came, and shone.
People: So peace came, and gave rest.
Leader: So love came, and gave light.
All: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.
- Laurence Housman