Sacrifice is a word that evokes feelings ranging from horror to noble aspiration. It is hailed as a necessary ingredient of religion, success, and community, on the one hand, and it is deeply mistrusted, on the other. And it is much in the news as some U.S. Americans beg others to be willing to sacrifice convenience in order to end the pandemic. Today is the Muslim celebration Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, so it is a fine time to explore: what would we sacrifice, and toward what goals? What should we be willing to sacrifice–and what should we not?

Worship leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

Follow along in the order of service:

Photo by Ilya Mirnyy on Unsplash (firefighter)

Photo by Benjamin Suter on Unsplash (thank you)

Photo by Creators Collective on Unsplash (giving blood)