This Land Is Your Land? — UUS:E Virtual Worship, September 20, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude  “Building a New Way” (by Martha Sandefer) (Performed by Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words “Marginal Wisdom” (by the Rev. Leslie Takahashi) (Spoken by Rhona Cohen and Olivia) (Read along at the UUA website)

Opening Hymn

“There’s a River Flowin’ in My Soul” (by Faya Ora Rose Toure)

(#1007 in Singing the Journey) (Led by Sandy Johnson)

There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
And it’s tellin’ me that I’m somebody.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.

There’s a river flowin’ in my heart…

There’s a river flowin’ in my mind… 

Story “Antiracist Baby” (Ibram X. Kendi) (read by Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

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 “All You Fascists” (by Woody Guthrie) (Performed by Pat Eaton-Robb, Dan Thompson and Kate Howard-Bender)

Homily “This Land is Your Land?” Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Song

“Building a New Way” (by Martha Sandefer)

(#1017 in Singing the Journey) (Led by Sandy Johnson) 

We are building a new way.
We are building a new way.
We are building a new way,
feeling stronger ev’ry day,
We are building a new way.

We are working to be free.
We are working to be free.
We are working to be free,
hate and greed and jealousy.
We are working to be free.

Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry,
Without these this world will die.
Peace and freedom is our cry.

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