“Got a New Normal?” – UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 24, 2021

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“All You Facists”
by Woody Guthrie
performed by Pat Eaton-Robb and Dan Thompson

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

excerpt from “The Hill We Climb”
by Amanda Gorman

We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we’re to live up to our own time
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made
That is the promised glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it’s the past we step into
and how we repair it
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us

Opening Hymn

“There is More Love”
traditional African American hymn
#95 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jenn Richard

There is more love somewhere.
There is more love somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it.
There is more love somewhere.

There is more hope somewhere…

There is more peace somewhere…

There is more joy somewhere…

Story

“Wanda’s Roses”
by Pat Brisson
illustrations by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
read by Gina Campellone

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Offering Music

“Don’t Stop”
by Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac
performed by Sandy Johnson and Dan Thompson

Homily “Toward a New Normal” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
by Sally Rogers
#131 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jenn Richard

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.

If you cannot sing like angels,
if you cannot speak before thousands,
you can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.

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.

Postlude

Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms