Evocation of Our Service
Welcome to our services. Being human makes you a member of our congregation. We will start with a spiritual experience exploring the majesty and mystery of life.
D. Benjamin Burchall II, Senior Chaplain, Humanist Congregation of Greater Atlanta uses the term “Evocation” instead of “Invocation.” He said he would prefer calling forth Spiritual Experiences from within us (Evoking) rather than calling "in" or "down" (Invoking) some unspecified power from outside. Evoking a Spiritual Experience pulls a mental-emotional state from within to achieve a desired end or to experience a state of consciousness (or unconsciousness) for its own sake.
As we turn our attention to the Universe, we seek the nature of existence reflected in the small glimmer of light we can see. The past is etched in the eyes of the Cosmos. The future is yet to be explored, and the past is far from being understood. The present is a small spot of light waiting to be experienced to its fullness. Nature is strong and certain. We respect this beautiful planet as our home and the home of all other life that we know. Observing this glorious day, we are amazed by the repetition of birth, growth, and maturity. Contemplating and meditating the majesty of the Universe allows our thought to expand outward seeking new knowledge and discovering what is already known. We seek Spiritual Experiences that define our exquisite place in Creation and unify us with all parts of Existence. As we consider this service with joy in our hearts, we can anticipate new learning that expands our consciousness. Wah Doh
Opening Hymn, Open my eyes that I may see
Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Open my ears that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
Open my mouth and let me bear
Tidings of mercy everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share
Open my mind that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead.
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