From Forgiveness to Renewal — UUS:E Virtual Worship, September 27, 2020

 

Gathering Music (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

Dona Nobis Pacem (Traditional Latin)
(Sung by the UUS:E Choir)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“On Claiming This Time for Renewal” (Rev. Gretchen Haley)
(Spoken by the Baker-Nitzan family) 
(Permission secured through Soul Matters)

Though you have been warned
and given plenty of explanations
reasons to do otherwise
you have persisted
to claim a life of joy, and justice, and to carve out
this time for renewal
of your own heart
despite the din
demanding your attention
luring you towards fear
and cynicism
you persist
with gratitude
for this day, this life
that has been given
this chance to begin again
despite all the forces of fragmentation
the disappointing ways we fail each other,
fail ourselves
we must refuse
to let grief undo us, or
to let our dreams get lost along the way –
in spite of all the evidence
we keep showing up at the edge
of our own longing –
and then,
we keep going
remembering this duty we have to life,
in a greater sense,
this duty we have to each other,
our children, and their children –
this hope that is also a choice we make
this promise we fight for:
to persist in kindness,
persevere in compassion
and prevail in a life that is bound
entirely to love – Come let us worship, together

Opening Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us” (lyrics by Sally Rogers)
#131 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Nancy Madar

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.

If you cannot sing like angels,
if you cannot speak before thousands,
you can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.

Teach-In  “On Yom Kippur” (Rev. Josh)

Story “The Blessing of ‘I’m Sorry!’” (adapted from Soul Matters) (Rev. Josh and Gina)

Meditation “The Feeling of Sorry” (adapted from Soul Matters) (Rev. Josh with special guest, Alison Cohen)

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns 

Musical Meditation

Offering   For the month of September, we dedicate our Community Outreach offering to two organizations: 

Power Up is a new Black Lives Matter organization in Manchester. They are courageously bringing much needed visibility to the ongoing realities of racism in Manchester and surrounding communities. Some UUS:E members and friends have participated in Power Up’s daily rallies and other actions. 

KIDSAFE CT is dedicated to the early intervention, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the towns east of the Connecticut River in Hartford and Tolland Counties. Their mission is to “partner with the community to educate and empower families and promote the well-being of young people.” Their work has continued during the pandemic, though their staff is working from home.

Offering Music

“Vidui” (Ernest Bloch)
(Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano)

Homily “On Making Mistakes” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“There is More Love Somewhere” (African American hymn)
#95 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Nancy Madar

There is more love somewhere.
There is more love somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it.
There is more love somewhere.

There is more hope somewhere…

There is more peace somewhere..

There is more joy somewhere…

Closing Reading “I’m Sorry” (by Myra Cohen Livingston)

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