For the Earth Forever Turning — UUS:E Virtual Earth Day Service, April 19, 2020

 

Worship Preparation: Bring a small branch from a tree or bush into your personal worship space. Hold it up in your video feed during “Time with Gina.”

Gathering Music (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude “Song for the Birds” (Kristen Dockendorff)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words  “I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth” (Vern Barnet) (Spoken by Meadow Bornhorst)

I pledge allegiance to the earth and all life,

the fields and streams, the mountains and seas,

the forests and deserts, the air and soil,

all species and reserves, habitats and environments;

one world, one creation, one home, indivisible for all,

affected by pollution anywhere, depleted by any waste,

endangered by greedy consumption, degradation by faithlessness;

preserved by recycling, conservation, and reverence,

the great gift renewed for all generations to come.

protected, preserved by reducing, reusing, recycling.

With conservation and reverence,

the great gift renewed for all generations to come.

 

Opening Song “We Shall Not Be Moved” (African American spiritual, adapted by Anne Vaughan for Earth Day 2020))

We shall not, we shall not be moved.

We shall not, we shall not be moved.

Just like a tree that’s planted by the water,

We shall not be moved.

 

We’re fighting for our children,

We shall not be moved.

We’re fighting for our children,

We shall not be moved.

Just like a tree that’s planted by the water,

We shall not be moved.

 

We’re fighting for our earth now,

We shall not be moved.

We’re fighting for our earth now,

We shall not be moved.

Just like a tree that’s planted by the water,

We shall not be moved.

 

We’re loving all Creation

We shall not be moved.

We’re loving all Creation

We shall not be moved.

Just like a tree that’s planted by the water,

We shall not be moved.

 

Everyone together

We shall not be moved.

Everyone together

We shall not be moved.

Just like a tree that’s planted by the water,

We shall not be moved.

 

First Reading  “Earth Day Prayer” (Vern Barnet) (Spoken by Anne Vaughan)

Musical Meditation “Blue Boat Home” (Peter Mayer, ad. by Mary Bopp)

Second Reading – “Letter from Chief Seattle.” (Spoken by David Klotz)

Musical Meditation “Blue Boat Home” (Peter Mayer, ad. by Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns 

Musical Meditation “Blue Boat Home” (Peter Mayer, ad. by Mary Bopp)

Offering

For the next two Sundays we are taking our community outreach offering for the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. UUS:E member and Alliance board member, Lisa Sementilli says: As we know, sexual violence victims often know their assailants.  April is sexual assault awareness month, and there is, unfortunately, no moratorium on sexual violence during a pandemic. All of the Alliance’s support centers are open, and their hotlines are operating 24/7 to provide counseling, advocacy and support to victims and survivors.  However, the Alliance and its member centers are incurring costs associated with the unprecedented need for technology to support survivors  by phone and video during the crisis.  As a board member, I am also very concerned about our state and nation’s uncertain financial future and what that might mean for services moving forward.  The vast majority of the Alliance and its member center’s financial support comes from state and federal grants.  UUSE’s support is critical because it not only helps to fill new gaps created by the pandemic, but provides us with unrestricted dollars that we can use with flexibility to support victims however they need support, and to build the capacity to face potential funding crises. Thank you

 Offering Music “Coaxing the Moon” (Kristen Dockendorff)

 Third Reading “The Story of the Sacred Tree”(Co-authored by Judie Bopp, Michael Bopp, Lee Brown, and Phil Lane, Jr. of the Four Worlds International Institute, an organization of Indigenous elders, spiritual leaders, and community members from across Canada and the US dedicated to holistic human, community, organizational and economic development. ) (Spoken by Mary Lawrence)

 Time with Gina  “Tree Meditation” and “blessing of the branches.” (ad. from the book Forest Bathing Retreat by Hannah Fries)

If you’ve brought a tree branch into your worship space, hold it up in your video feed during this meditation

Closing Song “For the Earth Forever Turning” (Kim Oler)

For the earth forever turning; for the skies, for ev’ry sea;
for our lives, for all we cherish, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the mountains, hills, and pastures in their silent majesty;
for the stars, for all the heavens, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the sun, for rain and thunder, for the seasons’ harmony,
for our lives, for all creation, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the world we raise our voices, for the home that gives us birth;
in our joy we sing returning home to our bluegreen hills of earth.

Brief Closing Remarks (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Words “I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth” (Vern Barnet) (Spoken in unison)

I pledge allegiance to the earth and all life,

the fields and streams, the mountains and seas,

the forests and deserts, the air and soil,

all species and reserves, habitats and environments;

one world, one creation, one home, indivisible for all,

affected by pollution anywhere, depleted by any waste,

endangered by greedy consumption, degradation by faithlessness;

preserved by recycling, conservation, and reverence,

the great gift renewed for all generations to come.

protected, preserved by reducing, reusing, recycling.

With conservation and reverence,

the great gift renewed for all generations to come.

 

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 / Chat