Mary Oliver: Attention to the Natural World — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 12, 2020


Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements (Marsha Howland)

Prelude: “The Light” (Improvisation by Leah Coloff, cellist and Mary Bopp, pianist)

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words “Morning Poem” (Mary Oliver) (Spoken by Marsha Howland)

Opening Song (Sarah Dan Jones) (led by Jenn Richard)

When I breathe in, I’ll breathe in peace;

When I breathe out, I’ll breathe out love.

Introduction to the Service (Sandy Karosi)

Poem “Praying” (Mary Oliver) (Spoken by Deborah Kargher)

Time with Gina “Daniel finds a Poem” (Written and illustrated by Micha Archer)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

 Joys and Concerns (Sandy Karosi)


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 during the Covid-19 pandemic. These organizations include the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, the Hockanum Valley Community Council Food Pantry in Vernon, and the East of the River Mutual Aid Society’s “Fill the Fridge” Program. As a supplement to our fundraising, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is also collecting food and supplies. Watch our regular eblast for more information.

Offering Music “Widlflowers” (Tom Petty) (Performed by Jenn Richard)

Reflection “The Life of Mary Oliver” (Sandy Karosi)

Reflection  “Introduction to Mary Oliver’s Poetry” (Marsha Howland)


Spoken by Susan Barlow

Poet with his Face in his Hands
Song of the Builders
Reckless Poem

Spoken by David Garnes

Some Questions You Might Ask
Going to Walden

Closing Hymn “For the Earth Forever Turning” (Kim Oler) (Led by Penny Field and Paul Shumsky)

 For the earth forever turning; for the skies, for ev’ry sea;
for our lives, for all we cherish, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the mountains, hills, and pastures in their silent majesty;
for the stars, for all the heavens, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the sun, for rain and thunder, for the seasons’ harmony,
for our lives, for all creation, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the world we raise our voices, for the home that gives us birth;
in our joy we sing returning home to our bluegreen hills of earth.

 Closing Words “Wild Geese” (Mary Oliver) (spoken by Marsha Howland)

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.

Coffee Hour/Chat