“July 4th, 2020: A Quiet Birthday?” — UUS:E Virtual Sunday Service, July 5, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Lorry King, service coordinator)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude “Americana” (Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting “In Honor of First Steps” (Soul Matters, March 2019)

We light this chalice in honor of first steps,

For beginning even when the path is unclear

For the courage it takes to trust

That the way will reveal itself

That light will come to clarify our vision

That friends will be by our side.

Opening Hymn “We’ll Build A Land” (Music by Carolyn McDade, words by Barbara Zanotti)

We’ll build a land where we bind up the broken.
We’ll build a land where the captives go free,
where the oil of gladness dissolves all mourning.
Oh, we’ll build a promised land that can be.

Chorus:  Come build a land where sisters and brothers,
anointed by God, may then create peace:
where justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever flowing stream.

Come, build a land where the mantles of praises
resound from spirits once faint and once weak;
where like oaks of righteousness stand her people.
Oh, come build the land, my people we seek.

Chorus: Come build a land where sisters and brothers,
anointed by God, may then create peace:
where justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever flowing stream.

Introduction to the Service (Lorry King)

Reading excerpt from the Declaration of Independence (read by Mary Ann Handley)

Joys and Concerns

Offering

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. You can donate online at the UUS:E website – uuse.org. The donate button is on the right side of the homepage. Also, as a supplement to our fundraising, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is collecting food and supplies drives. Watch our regular eblast for more information.

Offering Music “I’m an American Too” (Larry Ruhl)

Homily  “July 4th, 2020: A Quiet Birthday? ” (Lorry King)

Closing Song “America the Beautiful” (by Katherine Lee Bates and Samual A. Ward)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law.

 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.

 Coffee Hour / Chat