“Listen to the Voices” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 4, 2020

Gathering music (performed by Dorothy Bognar, starts at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements (Martha Larson, co-chair of Sunday Services Committee)



“Listen to the Voices”
(words and music by Holly Near, performed by Sisters in Harmony)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Always a Voice Arises”

Rev. Scott Tayler, spoken by David Garnes (Permission Source: Soul Matters Secured)

What is it about this flame that opens our ears?
Opens our hearts?
“Come back to your center,” it calls.
“Return to that quiet space we long for,
And that longs for us.”
From this stillness,
always a voice arises,
if we let it.
So come, friends,
let us listen once again.
Let us find that flame inside
that guides us back home. 

Opening Hymn

“Do You Hear?”

(Words: Emily L. Thorn,  Music: William Caldwell’s Union Harmony) #112 in Singing the Living Tradition 

Do you hear, oh my friend, in the place where you stand,
through the sky, through the land, do you hear, do you hear?
In the heights, on the plain, in the vale, on the main,
in the sun, in the rain, do you hear, do you hear?

Through the roar, through the rush,
through the throng, through the crush,
do you hear in the hush of your soul, of your soul?
Hear the cry fear won’t still, hear the heart’s call to will,
hear a sigh’s startling thrill in your soul, in your soul?

From the place where you stand to the outermost strand,
do you hear, oh my friend, do you hear, do you hear?
All the dreams, all the dares, all the sighs, all the prayers–
they are yours, mine and theirs – do you hear, do you hear?

Introducing the Service 

Reading: “Listen”
(by Rev. Richard S. Gilbert, spoken by Maureen Flanagan)

Listen! Listen to what others have to say.
There is wisdom in all you meet.
Listen to the sounds of nature.
It speaks and sings and makes music
For those who pay attention.
Listen! Listen to the impulses of your spirit.
Take time to hear your inner yearnings,
That still, small voice drowned in the raucous shout.
Listen! This is a noisy world.
Perhaps, this year, we will listen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns 

Musical Meditation

“I Listen to My Heart Beat”
(written and performed by Jeannette  LeSure)

I listen to my heart beat, and find my inner peace.
I listen to my heart beat, and find my inner peace,
And breathe, just breathe
And I breathe, just breathe

Offering For the month of October, we dedicate our Community Outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund. The Disaster Relief Fund disburses grants to UU congregations and recognized UU non-profit entities.

Offering Music

Prelude in E minor” (Chopin)

“How Insensitive” (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Reading: “The Prayer of the Frog,”
(by Anthony de Melo, adapted by Rev. Kathleen McTigue,
spoken by Rob Stolzman)

Reading: “Listening With the Heart”
(by Rev. Gary Kowalski, spoken by David Garnes)

Homily: “Listen to the Voices”

Closing Hymn

“Voice Still and Small”
(Words and music by John Corrado)
#391 in Singing the Living Tradition 

Voice still and small, deep inside all,
I hear you call, singing.
In dark and rain, sorrow and pain,
still you remain singing.
Calming my fears, quenching my tears,
through all the years, singing. 

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.

Virtual Coffee Hour/Chat