Finding the Good Things — Virtual Worship, March 29, 2020


Gathering Music (begins at 9:50am)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude “All Good Gifts” (Stephen Schwartz)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (the Luchetti Family)

Brown skin


white skin,

it doesn’t matter

which one you are.

It matters that

you love each other.

Opening Hymn “‘Tis a Gift to be Simple” (American Shaker tune, words by Joseph Bracket)

Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

Story “What Do You Do With a Problem?” (Written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom)

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Offering  Message from Beth Stafford, Executive Director of the Manchester Area Conference of Churches

Offering Music  “You Can Count on Me” (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine)

Homily “Finding the Good Things”

Closing Hymn  “Prayer For This House” (Lyrics by Louis Untermeyer, Music by Robert N. Quaile)

May nothing evil cross this door,
and may ill fortune never pry about
these windows; may the roar
and rain go by.

By faith made strong, the rafters will
withstand the battering of the storm.
This hearth, though all the world grow chill,
will keep you warm.

Peace shall walk softly through these rooms,
touching our lips with holy wine,
till every casual corner blooms
into a shrine.

With laughter drown the raucous shout,
and, though these sheltering walls are thin,
may they be strong to keep hate out
and hold love in.

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

Coffee hour / Video Chat