“Forgiveness for All of This?” — UUS:E Virtual Sunday Service, July 26, 2020

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


This morning we wish to offer a very special welcome to the members and friends of the UU Society of Bangor, ME, where UUS:E member, the Rev. Drew Moeller, serves as minister. We are very proud to have been one of Drew’s ordaining congregations. 



Prelude “Mending” (Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words “Even When Our Hearts Are Broken” (Rebecca Ann Parker) (Spoken by Rebecca W.)

Even when our hearts are broken

by our own failure

or the failure of others

cutting into our lives,

even when we have done all we can

and life is still broken,

there is a Universal Love

that has never broken faith with us

and never will.

Opening Hymn “Open My Heart” (Henry S. Flurry) (Led by Rev. Josh)

Open my heart to all that I seek;

Let me be part of the love you give.

Time with Gina* “What if Nobody Forgave” (Barbara Marshman) (Art work by Heather Alexon and Willow)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

 Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


For the months of June and July, 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 “Harder to Forgive” (Brandi Carlile) (Sung by Carol Kargher)

Homily “Forgiveness for All of This?” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn “Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life” (George Herbert, lyrics, Ralph Vaughan Williams, music) (Led by Jeannine Westbrook)

Come, my way, my truth, my life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my light, my feast, my strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes a guest.

 Come, my joy, my love, my heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

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 for all the days the come.

 Virtual Coffee Hour / Chat / Breakout Rooms

 *Gina Campellone is UUS:E’s Director of Religious Education