The opening hymn this week, “All Creatures of Our God and King,” is a translation of the “Canticle of the Sun” or the “Canticle of the Creatures,” by Francis of Assissi. Written in an Umbrian dialect of Italian near the end of his life in c. 1224, it is considered the first religious poem in Italian, perhaps even the first work of literature in that language. According to tradition, the first time it was sung in its entirety was on Francis’ deathbed, the verse about “sister death” having only just been added. The English version was made in the early twentieth century by William Draper, a Yorkshire rector who also set it to the early 17th-century German tune, LASST UNS ERFREUEN.
Archives for August 2017
This is one of many letters and emails we have received supporting us after the Charlottesville rally and counter-protests. More will be available to read in the Gathering Place on Sunday.
How You Can Get Involved in
Welcoming, Supporting, and Protecting Our Immigrant Neighbors
Before Sept. 5, urge the President to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (write to The Honorable Elaine C. Duke, Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528) and our Senators Warner and Kaine to support the Dream Act, reintroduced by Senators Durbin and Graham, to provide a pathway to citizenship for young people who know of no other home than the United States. They have lived here, attended school here and become contributors to our communities, and should not have to live in fear of being rounded up by ICE and deported to a country they have never known.
For more information on defending DACA and supporting the Dream Act, your may access a webinar from Presbyterians for Just Immigration here. The recording also includes the visuals shared during the webinar. Those visuals offer educational resources and advocacy options for supporting DACA recipients.
Support the Legal Aid Justice Center in its civil suit on behalf of Latino plaintiffs against the ICE practice of making collateral arrests based on racial profiling, by donating to its Immigration Advocacy Program. “ICE agents go out into the field looking for a person,” notes Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, Legal Director of LAJC’s Immigration Advocacy Program. “They don’t find them so they basically arrest some other person that they do find instead. They call it collateral arrests. We call it racial profiling.”
For more information on advocacy, contact
Drive a Charlottesville immigrant neighbor to ICE check-ins, court hearings, or registration with US Citizenship Information Services in Arlington or Alexandria, VA. Scammers are charging up to $600 for such transportation for people who do not have driver’s licenses, and therefore are vulnerable to being arrested. Contact
Support Sanctuary Congregations
Serve as WPC’s liaison to sanctuary congregations, and volunteering to organize or provide hospitality (food, laundry, child care, transportation, etc.) for persons sheltered while appealing their deportation orders. Contact or
Rapid Response Hotline
Serve as a volunteer for a hotline being developed through LAJC and Sin Barreras, to assist persons who are subjected to an ICE enforcement action in their homes, school, or workplace. Contact
Visit Detainees at Farmville Detention Center
Volunteer with the Capital Area Immigrant Rights coalition, based in Washington, DC, and which visits Farmville twice a month for two days, to provide legal information and assistance to detainees who do not have their own legal representation. Requires a 2-hour training. Contact
This summer the theme for the Montreat Worship and Music Conference that I attended was “Then Sings My Soul!” taken from the refrain of the well known hymn, How Great Thou Art. If your soul is looking to join a community of song, you are in the right place. Westminster has choirs and musical experiences for all ages and abilities. Below you can find the rehearsal times for musical groups. We also have an all-choir potluck on Thursday, September 7, which is a good time to meet people in choir and enjoy a time of fellowship. For full descriptions of these groups please click here.
Adult Choir-open to all adults and university students
Rehearsals-Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm, choir room
Choristers-for children in kindergarten through fourth grade
First rehearsal-Thursday, September 7 4:00-5:00 pm, choir room
All Choir Potluck-bring a dish to share, and a friend to introduce
Thursday, September 7 6:00 pm in the choir room
Singers-for youth from fifth grade and up, and adults
First rehearsal and retreat-Sunday, September 10 from noon-2:00 pm with pizza and games
Life-Long Song-an adult daytime singing opportunity
First meeting-Thursday, September 14 11:00 am, room 208
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
The Tuesday Evening Study Group holds its first meeting of the fall on September 12th at 7:00 pm in the Lower Lounge. Our study this year is based on PW/Horizons Bible Study Cloud of Witnesses – the Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier. Study books will be available at the meeting for $10 each, or $15 for a large print edition. Each month we bring a small donation for the Emergency Food Network – this month is instant coffee.
If you would like more information or need a ride, please call Barbara Deaver at 973-3819.