Ancestor Day — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 25, 2020

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude and Chalice Lighting

“Quarter Dance”

Words adapted “To the Four Directions” by Joan Goodwin and Druidic tradition
Music by Mary Bopp, lyrics by Rev. Josh Pawelek
Musical performance: Jenn Richard, vocals; Mary Bopp, water bottle
Calling the Quarters led by Sudha Sevin,
assisted by Elliot, Sadie, Denay, Paula, Fay, Gina and Josh
Videographer: Joe Madar
Video Editor: Michelle Spadaccini

With the blessing of the Hawk of Dawn,
soaring in the clear, pure air,
we call upon the powers of the East.
Spirit of the East, Spirit of Air,
of Morning and Springtime
Be with us as the sun rises in times of beginning,
in times of planting.
Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage
as we go forth into new adventures.
May there be peace in the East.

With the blessing of the Great Stag
in the heat of the chase, and
the inner fire of the sun,
we call upon the powers of the South.
Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire,
of noontime and Summer.
Be with us through the heat of the day
and help us to be ever growing.
Warm us with strength and energy
for the work that awaits us.
May there be peace in the South.

With the blessing of the Salmon of Wisdom,
who dwells within the sacred waters of the pool,
we call upon the powers of the West.
Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water,
of evening and autumn
Be with us as the sun sets
and help us to enjoy a rich harvest.
Flow through us with a cooling,
healing quietness and bring us peace.
May there be peace in the West.

With the blessing of the Great Bear of the Starry Sky
and the deep and fruitful Earth,
we call upon the powers of the North.
Spirit of the North, Spirit of Earth,
of nighttime and winter
Be with us in the darkness
in the time of gestation.
Ground us in the wisdom of the changing seasons
as we celebrate the spiraling journey of our lives.
May there be peace in the North.
May there be peace throughout the world.

Opening Hymn

“Comfort Me”
Words and music by Mimi Bornstein
#1002 in Singing the Journey

Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.
Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.

Sing with me, sing with me…

Speak for me, speak for me…

Dance with me, dance with me…

Comfort me…

Story “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney” (by Judith Viorst)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


For the month of October we will be dedicating our community outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. “Disasters impact our congregations and their communities with increasing rapidity.  Our donation to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund allows the UUA to respond flexibly on your behalf to tragedies that overtake us. Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through this collection, we are able to embody our faith and values.”

Offering Music

“Haunted House” (by Mary Bopp and Rev. Josh Pawelek)


UUS:E members or former members who have died since our last Ancestor Day service include John Crowley, Brian Patterson and Ernie Welti.

Presentation “Trick or Treat for UNICEF”

Closing Hymn

“For All the Saints”
Lyrics by William Walsham How; Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
#103 in Singing the Living Tradition

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name most holy be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 Thou wast their rock, their shelter, and their might;
their strength and solace in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness deep their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 O blest communion of the saints divine!
We live in struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 And when the strife is fierce, the conflict long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Dismissing the Quarters and Extinguishing the Chalice

#703 in Singing the Living Tradition

Spirit of the East, be with us always.
Spirit of the South, be with us always.
Spirit of the West, be with us always.
Spirit of the North, be with us always.
Blessed be.

­Closing Circle

May faith in the spirit of life
And hope for the community of earth
And love of the light in each other
Be ours now, and in all the days to come. 

Coffee Hour / Chat