Child’s Pose — UUS:E Virtual Worship, Sunday August 30, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)


Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Prelude  “Emptiness Dancing” (Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words “Earth Mother, Star Mother” (Starhawk, #524 in Singing the Living Tradition) (Spoken by Althea Woodard-Nelson)

Earth mother, star mother,
You who are called by
a thousand names,
May all remember
we are cells in your body
and dance together.
You are the grain
and the loaf
That sustains us each day.
And as you are patient
with our struggles to learn
So shall we be patient
with ourselves and each other.
We are radiant light
and sacred dark
–the balance–
You are the embrace the heartens
And the freedom beyond fear.
Within you we are born
we grow, live, and die–
You bring us around the circle
to rebirth,
Within us you dance

Opening Hymn “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky” (words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, music from Ausserlesene Carholische Kirchengesang, 1623, adapted and harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams) (#203 in Singing the Living Tradition) (Sung by Jenn Richard)

 All creatures of the earth and sky,
come, kindred, lift your voices high,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Bright burning sun with golden beam,
soft shining moon with silver gleam:

Chorus: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for all life to hear,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Dance, flame of fire, so strong and bright,
and bless us with your warmth and light:


 All you of understanding heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Let all things now the Holy bless,
and worship God in humbleness:


Time with Gina “On Wearing Masks” (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


For the months of June, July and August, UUS:E’s regular community outreach offering will be dedicated to a variety of organizations working to address the problem of food insecurity in the greater Manchester area. These organizations include the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, the Hockanum Valley Community Council Food Pantry and the East of the River Mutual Aid Society’s “Fill the Fridge” Program. As a supplement to our fundraising, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee will be organizing food / supply drives. Watch our regular eblast for more information.

Offering Music “Jai Ma” (“Praise to the divine feminine”) (Mantras from the original Sanskrit; English words and music by Jenn Richard)

Homily “Child’s Pose” Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Music “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” (“May all beings be happy and free”) (mantras from the original Sanskrit; English words and music by Jenn Richard)

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

Virtual Coffee Hour/Chat