Our speaker this morning, the Rev. Ken Reeves, will announce his candidacy for President of the United States. His may be a short-lived campaign. He has no name recognition and no campaign strategy, but he does have a campaign slogan: “Support.” He also has a vision for his leadership of America.
The Rev. Ken Reeves, Ph.D., is an ordained minister and clinical psychologist. He has been guided by and has studied systems theory as a minister and psychologist, and has taught systems theory at theological seminaries. He has an M.Div. and served congregations for nine years. He also has a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Order of Service
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Rev. Ken Reeves, guest minister
Service musicians: Keith Eric Brinkley, baritone
and Larry Thomas Bell, pianist
Prelude Gymnopédies no. 1 Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Welcome and Opening Words
Opening Hymn No. 118 This little light of mine
First Church Boston Affirmation
Love is the spirit of this church, and Service its law.
This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Musical Meditation: The Negro Speaks of Rivers Larry Bell (b. 1952)
from Water Music, (op. 136)
Based on a poem by Langston Hughes (1901-1967)
Keith Eric Brinkley, baritone
Larry Bell, piano
Sermon reading The Preamble of the Constitution
Sermon Hymn No. 121 We’ll build a land
Sermon “I’m running for President!” Rev. Ken Reeves
Call to the Offering
Offertory Deep River arranged by H.T. Burleigh (1866 – 1949)
Old Negro melody arranged by H.T. Burleigh (1866 – 1949)
Doxology OLD HUNDREDTH
Closing Hymn America the Beautiful – lyrics included
Extinguishing the Chalice
We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community or the fire of commitment.
These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.
Postlude Prelude and Fugue in c minor Larry Bell
from Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues (Op. 156)