Corona Sabbath 1

These weeks when we cannot gather in person for Sunday worship, Lakewood United Church of Christ is providing brief weekly sabbath programs for you to listen to on your own or with those you live with. They will be posted on Friday so that you can schedule your sabbath time to suit your schedule and your spiritual inclinations. We hope these programs are of spiritual support to you in these difficult times.

Find a quiet place, inside or outside. Light a candle. Breathe. Be present.

When you are ready, start the video below.

There is a scripture lesson, a poem, and a brief meditation by Pastor Kim Wells followed by music offered by Music Director Hilton Kean Jones.

(For the written text of the video click HERE.)

As you listen to the music from Hilton which follows, you are invited to pay attention to the thoughts and feelings and reflections that arise for you.

After viewing the video and listening to the music, you are invited to offer the following prayer in closing –

Even from a dark night songs of beauty may be born. Amen.
— Maryanne Radmacker-Hershey

Breathe. Extinguish your candle and engage whatever may come with a sense of peace and a desire to serve.


The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal, is to:

  • Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives and in our world;
  • Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people;
  • Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.

Viennese Ladies’ Ländler and Ecossaises

I’m so lucky to get to play and direct at Lakewood UCC because they are the most accepting and forgiving audience one could ever hope to have. Forgiving you can tell from all my mistakes (especially in today’s selection) and accepting because they put up with my occasional kilts and t-shirts and leisure pants and moccasins but also my VERY eclectic taste in music (some might say “no taste” in music). I get to program almost anything I want, from my own music, through the Grateful Dead through J.S. Bach. Today selection is an example. When I do this one, some of the ladies in the congregation get up and spontaneously start dancing in the style. I love working there!!!