“Changing Traditions” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, November 22, 2020

Gathering music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements (David Klotz, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Prelude

Bourree #1 and #2
by J. S. Bach
performed by Margeaux Ford, violin

Lighting the Chalice and Opening Words

excerpt from “The Fiddler on the Roof”
by Joseph Stein and Sheldon Harnick
read by David Klotz

A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask, why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous? We stay because Anatevka is our home… And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word… Tradition. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as a fiddler on the roof!

Opening Hymn

“We Sing Now Together”
Words by Edwin T. Buehrer
#67 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Carol Simpson and Bob Hewey

We sing now together our song of thanksgiving,
rejoicing in goods which the ages have wrought,
for life that enfolds us, and helps and heals and holds us,
and leads beyond the goals which our forebears once sought.

We sing of the prophets, the teachers, the dreamers,
designers, creators, and workers, and seers;
our own lives expanding, our gratitude commanding,
their deeds have made immortal their days and their years.

We sing of community now in the making
in every far continent, region, and land;
with those of all races, all times and names and places,
we pledge ourselves in covenant firmly to stand.
 

Service Introduction   Kristen Dockendorff

Time with Gina

“Giving Thanks – A Native American Good Morning Message”
by Chief Jake Swamp

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Offering

For the month of November we will be dedicating our community outreach offering to Manchester Senior, Adult, and Family Services. This agency works to improve the quality of life and help maintain the independence of Manchester residents by offering information, referral, outreach, advocacy, assessment of needs and individual consultation on human services benefits and programs. They serve adults aged 60 years and older, people with disabilities, and families and individuals 18 years and older needing help connecting with community services.

Offering Music

“Take Me Home, Country Roads”
by John Denver
performed by Bob Hewey, guitar, and Carol Simpson, vocals

Reading

excerpts from “Why Traditions are so Important”
by Frank Sonnenberg
read by David Klotz

Traditions represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today and who we are likely to become. Tradition contributes a sense of comfort and belonging. It brings families together and enables people to reconnect with friends. Tradition reinforces values such as freedom, faith, integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless. Tradition provides a forum to showcase role models and celebrate the things that really matter in life. Tradition offers a chance to say “thank you” for the contribution that someone has made. Tradition serves as an avenue for creating lasting memories for our families and friends. Tradition offers an excellent context for meaningful pause and reflection.

Reflections

Kristen Morgan and Judevine Morgan-Weintraub

Dottie Reiss

Bonnie, Jeffrey, and Maverick Schlechtweg

Closing Hymn

“When I See You”
by Linda J. Smith Koehler
performed by the Manchester Women’s Sacred Singing Circle

When I see you, my heart is filled with gratitude.
When I see you, my heart is filled with love.
Thank you, thank you for sharing yourself with me.
Thank you, thank you for being who you are.

Extinguishing the Chalice

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. 

Speakers: Kristen Morgan and Judevine Morgan-Weintraub; Dottie Reiss; Bonnie, Jeffrey, and Maverick Schlechtweg

Musicians: Margeaux Ford, violin; The Manchester Women’s Sacred Singing Circle, performers of the closing hymn; Mary Bopp, pianist; and Bob Hewey, guitar, and Carol Simpson, vocals.

Coordinators: Kristen Dockendorff and David Klotz