On Giving Honor — Virtual Sunday Service, May 24, 2020

Gathering Music   (Begins at 9:50)

 Words of Welcome and Introduction of the Service  (Martha Larson, co-chair, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

 Announcements  (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

 Centering (Martha Larson)

 Prelude “Precious Memories,” (J.B.F. Wright) (Performed by Joe and Nancy Madar)

 Chalice Lighting and Opening Words  “We Remember Them ,” (adapted from Roland B. Gittelsohn) (spoken by Genevieve Bender)

 In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

 Opening Hymn “Enter Rejoice and Come In” (Louise Ruspini)

Enter, rejoice, and come in.
Enter, rejoice, and come in.
Today will be a joyful day;
enter, rejoice, and come in.

 Open your ears to the song…

 Open your hearts ev’ryone…

 Don’t be afraid of some change…

 Enter, rejoice, and come in…

Time with Gina  “Always Remember,” (Written by Cece Meng, illustrated by Jago)

 Musical Meditation  (Mary Bopp)

 Joys and Concerns


We’ve structured our current community outreach offering  somewhat differently than normal. For the last three Sundays of May we are raising funds for specific workers who have been identified by area labor organizers as needing support. Specifically, we are raising funds for a group of workers who lost work at the service plazas on I-95 due to the pandemic. These are non-union workers who were in the middle of a campaign to form a union. Although these rest stops are owned by the state of CT, the workers don’t have the same protections and benefits as regular state employees. And without union membership, they have been treated horribly by their employers. A number of them contracted COVID-19 due to their employers not taking their safety seriously. A few of them have died, leaving their families in dire straits. Our goals is to spread the funds we raise among a group of families who have extreme need right now.  For more information click here.


Offering Music “From Grandmother to Mother,” (Jeannette LeSure) (performed by Michelle Custer, Jessey Ina-Lee, and Jeannette LeSure)

 Reading, Untitled (Lou Buscaglia) (spoken by Martha Larson)

 Homily “Giving Honor” (Kristen Dockendorff, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee member)

 Closing Hymn “Winds Be Still” (Words by Richard Kimball, music by Samuel Weseley)

Winds be still.
Storm clouds pass and silence come.
Peace grace this time with harmony.
Fly, bird of hope, and shine, light of love,
and in calm let all find tranquility.

 Bird fly high.
Lift our gaze toward distant view.
Help us to sense life’s mystery.
Fly high and far, and lead us each to see
how we move through the winds of eternity.

 Light shine in.
Luminate our inward view.
Help us to see with clarity.
Shine bright and true so we may join our songs
in new sounds that become full symphony.

Extinguishing Chalice   (Rev. Josh)

 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