Learning to Listen in New Ways — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 18, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome & Announcements
(Sheila Foran, Coordinator)

Centering/Gathering Words


“Arioso from Cantata” (by JS Bach)
(Hymn #156, performed by Leah Coloff, cellist)

Chalice Lighting                                                                                           

Opening Words

“Listen! The Spirit Is Calling!”  By John Saxon – Soul Matters;
(Spoken by Willow Alexson)

Listen! Can you hear it? The Spirit is calling.

It calls us in the silence and through the noise and busyness of our daily lives. It calls us in the brightness of the day and the darkness of the night, in times of hope and despair.

Listen! Can you hear it? The Spirit is calling.

It doesn’t matter what you call it for it has no name and has many different names. The Spirit of Life. The Spirit of Love. The Spirit of Compassion. The Spirit of Hope. The Spirit of Justice.

Listen! Can you hear it? The Spirit is calling.

It’s calling to you and to me. It’s calling us to greater wholeness, greater connection, greater service, greater love. It’s calling us to heal the brokenness within ourselves, in others, and in the world. It’s calling us to live more deeply. It’s calling us to beauty.

It’s calling us to laugh and dance and sing. It’s calling us to live through life’s pain and sorrow. It’s calling us to live courageously and kindly, to speak our truth in love, and to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

It’s calling us into community. It’s calling us into the greater Life of all.


Can you hear it?


Opening Hymn 

“How Could Anyone” (by Libby Roderick)
(#1053 in Singing the Journey)

How could anyone ever tell you
You were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you’re connected to my soul?

Listen to the Visual Artists  (Karin Dionne)

Joys and Concerns               

Musical Meditation

Offering – For the month of October we dedicate our community outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund.

Offering Music

“The Sound of Silence” (by Paul Simon)
(Performed by Kate Howard-Bender, guitar and vocals)

Homily  “Learning to Listen in New Ways” (Alec Gewertz)

Closing Hymn  

“Wake Now My Senses”
Traditional Irish melody; words by Thomas Mikelson)
(#298 in Singing the Living Tradition)

Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call; 

Feel the deep power of being in all;
Keep, with the web of creation your vow,
Giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now my reason, reach out to the new;
Join with each pilgrim who quests for the true
Honor the beauty and wisdom of time;
Suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;
Voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
Take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,
Praying and striving their hardship to end.                                                 

Extinguishing the Chalice “Labyrinth”
(by the Rev. Leslie Takahashi) (Spoken by Sheila Foran)

Listen in the twists and turns.
Listen in the openness within all searching.
Listen: a wisdom within you calls to a wisdom beyond you and in that dialogue lies peace. 

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