Catherine Massey, Director of Music
November ushers in a time of gratitude and changing seasons. The choir and congregation will sing such favorites as “Gracias por el amor del cielo…” and “For the beauty of the earth…” We will hear again Andy Beck’s beautiful choral piece “Autumn,” hoping that the lyrics come close to matching our own season: “Autumn leaves are falling from the trees, orange, yellow, red, and brown…” Appreciating the beauty of this time of year and celebrating in song are good ways to focus on the positive things in life that give us comfort and purpose.
As we consider those things we are grateful for, perhaps we could share one of Joyce Poley’s songs of grace at our Thanksgiving tables:
“Let us give thanks for the food that we share.
Let us give thanks for people who care.
Food fills the body, and love makes us whole.
Let us give thanks deep down in our soul.”
November, of course, is also election time, and many Americans hope that our democracy will make it through. In such a time of uncertainty, I take comfort in these words by Adrienne Maree Brown, shared recently in our worship service with Unitarian Universalist musician Matt Meyer:
“Let us measure success by how many of us can say: I am living a life I don’t regret…I am attending to the crises of my time with my best self…” May November bring us beauty, gratitude—and purpose.