Love of the Light in Each Other — UUS:E Virtual Worship, November 1, 2020

Gathering Music (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

We are Sending You Light”
By Melanie DeMore
Performed by The Manchester Women’s Sacred Singing Circle

Chalice Lighting 
By Beth Hudson-Hankins (adapted from Israel Zangwill)

Come into the circle of love and justice
Bring your authentic and imperfect self
We welcome you into the beloved community
Come to create peace and joy
                                                     

Hymn

“Come, Sing a Song With Me”
Words and Music by Carolyn McDade
#346 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Jenn Richard

Come, sing a song with me,
come, sing a song with me,
come, sing a song with me,
that I might know your mind.

(Chorus)
And I’ll bring you hope
when hope is hard to find,
and I’ll bring a song of love
and a rose in the wintertime.

Come, dream a dream with me,
come, dream a dream with me,
come, dream a dream with me,
that I might know your mind.

(Chorus)

Come, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain with me,
that I might know your mind.

(Chorus)

Come, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose with me,
that I might know your mind.

(Chorus)

Introduction to the Service

Reading

“And Then” by Judy Chicago
#464 in Singing the Living Tradition
Read by Sid Soderholm

And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another’s will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And then all will share equally in the Earth’s abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life’s creatures
And then all will live in harmony with each other and the Earth
And then everywhere will be called Eden once again

Welcoming Visitors and Joys and Concerns  

Offering

For the month of November we will be dedicating our community outreach offering to Manchester Senior, Adult, and Family Services. This agency works to improve the quality of life and help maintain the independence of Manchester residents by offering information, referral, outreach, advocacy, assessment of needs and individual consultation on human services benefits and programs. They serve adults aged 60 years and older, people with disabilities, and families and individuals 18 years and older needing help connecting with community services.

Offering Music

“Healing Time”
by John Denver
Performed by Nancy Madar, guitar and vocals, and Joe Madar, vocals

Meditation 

excerpt from “Inaugural Speech, 1994”
by Nelson Mandela
Read by Sid Soderholm

Homily

“Love of the Light in Each Other”

Reflections by Sandy Karosi and Beth Hudson-Hankins

Hymn 

We’ll Build a Land”
Music by Carolyn McDade, words by Barbara Zanotti
#121 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Jenn Richard

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. 

 We’ll build a land where we bring the good tidings 
to all the afflicted and all those who mourn.
And we’ll give them garlands instead of ashes.
Oh, we’ll build a land where peace is born. 


(Chorus)  

We’ll be a land building up ancient cities, 
raising up devastations from old;
restoring ruins of generations.
Oh, we’ll build a land of people so bold.

 

(Chorus) 

 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) 

Closing Words and Extinguishing of Chalice

Coffee Hour / Chat