Ancestor Day — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 25, 2020

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude and Chalice Lighting

“Quarter Dance”

Words adapted “To the Four Directions” by Joan Goodwin and Druidic tradition
Music by Mary Bopp, lyrics by Rev. Josh Pawelek
Musical performance: Jenn Richard, vocals; Mary Bopp, water bottle
Calling the Quarters led by Sudha Sevin,
assisted by Elliot, Sadie, Denay, Paula, Fay, Gina and Josh
Videographer: Joe Madar
Video Editor: Michelle Spadaccini

With the blessing of the Hawk of Dawn,
soaring in the clear, pure air,
we call upon the powers of the East.
Spirit of the East, Spirit of Air,
of Morning and Springtime
Be with us as the sun rises in times of beginning,
in times of planting.
Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage
as we go forth into new adventures.
May there be peace in the East.

With the blessing of the Great Stag
in the heat of the chase, and
the inner fire of the sun,
we call upon the powers of the South.
Spirit of the South, Spirit of Fire,
of noontime and Summer.
Be with us through the heat of the day
and help us to be ever growing.
Warm us with strength and energy
for the work that awaits us.
May there be peace in the South.

With the blessing of the Salmon of Wisdom,
who dwells within the sacred waters of the pool,
we call upon the powers of the West.
Spirit of the West, Spirit of Water,
of evening and autumn
Be with us as the sun sets
and help us to enjoy a rich harvest.
Flow through us with a cooling,
healing quietness and bring us peace.
May there be peace in the West.

With the blessing of the Great Bear of the Starry Sky
and the deep and fruitful Earth,
we call upon the powers of the North.
Spirit of the North, Spirit of Earth,
of nighttime and winter
Be with us in the darkness
in the time of gestation.
Ground us in the wisdom of the changing seasons
as we celebrate the spiraling journey of our lives.
May there be peace in the North.
May there be peace throughout the world.

Opening Hymn

“Comfort Me”
Words and music by Mimi Bornstein
#1002 in Singing the Journey

Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.
Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.

Sing with me, sing with me…

Speak for me, speak for me…

Dance with me, dance with me…

Comfort me…

Story “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney” (by Judith Viorst)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

For the month of October we will be dedicating our community outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. “Disasters impact our congregations and their communities with increasing rapidity.  Our donation to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund allows the UUA to respond flexibly on your behalf to tragedies that overtake us. Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through this collection, we are able to embody our faith and values.”

Offering Music

“Haunted House” (by Mary Bopp and Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Remembrances

UUS:E members or former members who have died since our last Ancestor Day service include John Crowley, Brian Patterson and Ernie Welti.

Presentation “Trick or Treat for UNICEF”

Closing Hymn

“For All the Saints”
Lyrics by William Walsham How; Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
#103 in Singing the Living Tradition

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name most holy be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 Thou wast their rock, their shelter, and their might;
their strength and solace in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness deep their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 O blest communion of the saints divine!
We live in struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 And when the strife is fierce, the conflict long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Dismissing the Quarters and Extinguishing the Chalice

Anonymous
#703 in Singing the Living Tradition

Spirit of the East, be with us always.
Spirit of the South, be with us always.
Spirit of the West, be with us always.
Spirit of the North, be with us always.
Blessed be.

­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

Learning to Listen in New Ways — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 18, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome & Announcements
(Sheila Foran, Coordinator)

Centering/Gathering Words

Prelude

“Arioso from Cantata” (by JS Bach)
(Hymn #156, performed by Leah Coloff, cellist)

Chalice Lighting                                                                                           

Opening Words

“Listen! The Spirit Is Calling!”  By John Saxon – Soul Matters;
(Spoken by Willow Alexson)

Listen! Can you hear it? The Spirit is calling.

It calls us in the silence and through the noise and busyness of our daily lives. It calls us in the brightness of the day and the darkness of the night, in times of hope and despair.

Listen! Can you hear it? The Spirit is calling.

It doesn’t matter what you call it for it has no name and has many different names. The Spirit of Life. The Spirit of Love. The Spirit of Compassion. The Spirit of Hope. The Spirit of Justice.

Listen! Can you hear it? The Spirit is calling.

It’s calling to you and to me. It’s calling us to greater wholeness, greater connection, greater service, greater love. It’s calling us to heal the brokenness within ourselves, in others, and in the world. It’s calling us to live more deeply. It’s calling us to beauty.

It’s calling us to laugh and dance and sing. It’s calling us to live through life’s pain and sorrow. It’s calling us to live courageously and kindly, to speak our truth in love, and to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

It’s calling us into community. It’s calling us into the greater Life of all.

Listen!

Can you hear it?

Amen                                                              

Opening Hymn 

“How Could Anyone” (by Libby Roderick)
(#1053 in Singing the Journey)

How could anyone ever tell you
You were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you’re connected to my soul?

Listen to the Visual Artists  (Karin Dionne)

Joys and Concerns               

Musical Meditation

Offering – For the month of October we dedicate our community outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund.

Offering Music

“The Sound of Silence” (by Paul Simon)
(Performed by Kate Howard-Bender, guitar and vocals)

Homily  “Learning to Listen in New Ways” (Alec Gewertz)

Closing Hymn  

“Wake Now My Senses”
Traditional Irish melody; words by Thomas Mikelson)
(#298 in Singing the Living Tradition)

Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call; 

Feel the deep power of being in all;
Keep, with the web of creation your vow,
Giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now my reason, reach out to the new;
Join with each pilgrim who quests for the true
Honor the beauty and wisdom of time;
Suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;
Voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
Take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,
Praying and striving their hardship to end.                                                 

Extinguishing the Chalice “Labyrinth”
(by the Rev. Leslie Takahashi) (Spoken by Sheila Foran)

Listen in the twists and turns.
Listen in the openness within all searching.
Listen: a wisdom within you calls to a wisdom beyond you and in that dialogue lies peace. 
                             

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
                                         

“This Land” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 11, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude (performed by Nora and Raul Mijares)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Song

“Turn Scarlet Leaves”
(Words by Raymond J. Baughan, Music by Mary Bopp)

Sing:

Turn scarlet, leaves
Spin Earth!
Tumble the shadows into dawn
Tumble the shadows into dawn

Speak:

Turn scarlet, leaves
Spin Earth!
Tumble the shadows into dawn
The morning out of night;
Spill stars across these skies
And hide them with the suns

Sing:

Turn scarlet, leaves
Spin Earth!
Tumble the shadows into dawn
Tumble the shadows into dawn

Speak:

Teach me to turn my sullen sense toward marvel/
Let green and red
And dark and day
Concur with the returning life I am

Sing:

Turn scarlet, leaves
Spin Earth!
Tumble the shadows into dawn
Tumble the shadows into dawn

Time with Gina: “We Are Water Protectors” (by Carole Lindstrom)

Earth Steward and Water Protector’s Pledge

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

For the month of October we will be dedicating our community outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. “Disasters impact our congregations and their communities with increasing rapidity.  Our donation to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund allows the UUA to respond flexibly on your behalf to tragedies that overtake us. Our Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through this work, we are able to embody our faith and values.”

Offertory Music (performed by Nora and Raul Mijares)

Homily “This Land” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

For those following the service here, you can view the images of the UUS:E grounds on our YouTube Channel.

Closing Song

“For the Earth Forever Turning” (Kim Oler)
(#163 in Singing the Living Tradition)

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.

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

 

“Listen to the Voices” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 4, 2020

Gathering music (performed by Dorothy Bognar, starts at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements (Martha Larson, co-chair of Sunday Services Committee)

Centering 

Prelude

“Listen to the Voices”
(words and music by Holly Near, performed by Sisters in Harmony)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Always a Voice Arises”

Rev. Scott Tayler, spoken by David Garnes (Permission Source: Soul Matters Secured)

What is it about this flame that opens our ears?
Opens our hearts?
“Come back to your center,” it calls.
“Return to that quiet space we long for,
And that longs for us.”
From this stillness,
always a voice arises,
if we let it.
So come, friends,
let us listen once again.
Let us find that flame inside
that guides us back home. 

Opening Hymn

“Do You Hear?”

(Words: Emily L. Thorn,  Music: William Caldwell’s Union Harmony) #112 in Singing the Living Tradition 

Do you hear, oh my friend, in the place where you stand,
through the sky, through the land, do you hear, do you hear?
In the heights, on the plain, in the vale, on the main,
in the sun, in the rain, do you hear, do you hear?

Through the roar, through the rush,
through the throng, through the crush,
do you hear in the hush of your soul, of your soul?
Hear the cry fear won’t still, hear the heart’s call to will,
hear a sigh’s startling thrill in your soul, in your soul?

From the place where you stand to the outermost strand,
do you hear, oh my friend, do you hear, do you hear?
All the dreams, all the dares, all the sighs, all the prayers–
they are yours, mine and theirs – do you hear, do you hear?

Introducing the Service 

Reading: “Listen”
(by Rev. Richard S. Gilbert, spoken by Maureen Flanagan)

Listen! Listen to what others have to say.
There is wisdom in all you meet.
Listen to the sounds of nature.
It speaks and sings and makes music
For those who pay attention.
Listen! Listen to the impulses of your spirit.
Take time to hear your inner yearnings,
That still, small voice drowned in the raucous shout.
Listen! This is a noisy world.
Perhaps, this year, we will listen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns 

Musical Meditation

“I Listen to My Heart Beat”
(written and performed by Jeannette  LeSure)

I listen to my heart beat, and find my inner peace.
I listen to my heart beat, and find my inner peace,
And breathe, just breathe
And I breathe, just breathe

Offering For the month of October, we dedicate our Community Outreach offering to the Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund. The Disaster Relief Fund disburses grants to UU congregations and recognized UU non-profit entities.

Offering Music

Prelude in E minor” (Chopin)

“How Insensitive” (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Reading: “The Prayer of the Frog,”
(by Anthony de Melo, adapted by Rev. Kathleen McTigue,
spoken by Rob Stolzman)

Reading: “Listening With the Heart”
(by Rev. Gary Kowalski, spoken by David Garnes)

Homily: “Listen to the Voices”

Closing Hymn

“Voice Still and Small”
(Words and music by John Corrado)
#391 in Singing the Living Tradition 

Voice still and small, deep inside all,
I hear you call, singing.
In dark and rain, sorrow and pain,
still you remain singing.
Calming my fears, quenching my tears,
through all the years, singing. 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

Homecoming: No Time for a Casual Faith — UUS:E Virtual Worship, September 13, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50 AM)

 Welcome 

 Announcements

Centering

 Prelude

“Welcome Back” (John Sebastian)

Featuring vocalists Jeannette LeSure, Janet Desmaris, Chris Cosgrove, Shoshana Levinson, Joe Madar, and DanThompson, with special guests Manchester Town Troubadour Bill Ludwig and Blues Harpist Mark Zar. Photo montage by Joe Madar.

 

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (ad. from Amanda Poppei) (Spoken by Lacy, Gina and Josh) (Read along at the UUA website here.)

Opening Hymn                                                “Here We Have Gathered”

(Words by Alicia S. Carpenter, Music from the Genevan psalter, 1543) (#360 in Singing the Living Tradition)

Here we have gathered, gathered side by side;
circle of kinship, come and step inside!
May all who seek here find a kindly word;
may all who speak here feel they have been heard.
Sing now together this, our hearts’ own song.

Here we have gathered, called to celebrate
days of our lifetime, matters small and great:
we of all ages, living out our span,
infants and sages, sharing what we can.
Sing now together this, our hearts’ own song.

Life has its battles, sorrows, and regret:
but in the shadows, let us not forget:
we who now gather know each other’s pain;
kindness can heal us: as we give, we gain.
Sing now in friendship this, our hearts’ own song.

Special Report from the Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Gina Campellone, with tech support from Michelle Spadaccini and Heather Alexson)

 Blessing of the Backpacks  (Gina Campellone)

As many of you know, it is our custom at UUS:E to kick off the congregational year with a blessing of the backpacks (briefcases, work bags, pocket books, etc.). This year we did our best to send out a little, silver charm as our blessing to everyone who is starting school in some capacity, whether as a student, a teacher, an administrator, a college professor, etc. The charm says “Never, never give up!” we thought that was an important message given that education this year is different and difficult because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you did not receive a blessing for your backpack, briefcase, workbag, pocketbook, etc., — or if you aren’t going back to school but you’d still like a charm anyways – please contact me or Gina and we’ll make sure you get one.

The note that came along with the backpack blessing said this:

May your mask keep you sage

And your light always be seen.

May you learn and grow each day,

In person or on your screen.

May your hearts and minds journey

And discover what is true.

But most of all, may you know you

Are loved – simply for being you.

 Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns 

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

For the month of September, our Community Outreach offering will be shared by 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.

Offertory “Crowded Table” (The Highwomen, performed by the UUS:E Children’s Choir)

Chant “Love is the Spirit of This Church” (Words by James Villa Blake, music by Mary Bopp)

Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.

This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace.

Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.

To seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.

 Reading “Unitarian Universalist Association Principles”

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person

Kids: Each person is important.

Justice, equity and com passion in human relations

Kids: Be kind in all you do.

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

Kids: We’re free to learn together.

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

Kids: We can search for what is true.

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

Kids: All people need a voice.

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

Kids: Build a fair and peaceful world.

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We care for the Earth.

Chant “Love is the Spirit of This Church” (Words by James Villa Blake, music by Mary Bopp)

 Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.

This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace.

Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.

To seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law.

 Homecoming Message from UUA President, the Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray

Reflection “No Time for a Casual Faith” (Rev. Josh and Gina Campellone)

 Closing Hymn

“May Nothing Evil Cross This Door”

(Words by Louis Untermeyer, music by Robert N. Quaile) (#1 in Singing the Living Tradition) (Led by Rev. Josh)

May nothing evil cross this door,
and may ill fortune never pry about
these windows; may the roar
and rain go by.

By faith made strong, the rafters will
withstand the battering of the storm.
This hearth, though all the world grow chill,
will keep you warm.

Peace shall walk softly through these rooms,
touching our lips with holy wine,
till every casual corner blooms
into a shrine.

With laughter drown the raucous shout,
and, though these sheltering walls are thin,
may they be strong to keep hate out
and hold love in.

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

 

 

 

 

What Then, What Now? Experiencing the Pandemic — UUS:E Virtual Worship, September 6, 2020

Speakers: Jane Penfield, Chloe Campellone, Kathy and Alan Ayers, Peter Oliver

Musicians: Jessey Ina-Lee, composer and performer of the Prelude; Sandra Johnson, vocalist, hymns; Shoshana Levinson and Chris Cosgrove, performers of the offertory; and Mary Bopp, pianist

Coordinators: Marsha Howland and David Klotz

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Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “If I Can Only Do One Thing” (written and performed by Jessey Ina-Lee)

Lighting the Chalice

Opening Hymn:  “For All that is Our Life” (verses 1, 2 and 4) (#128 in Singing the Living Tradition) (led by Sandra  Johnson)

For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise;
for all life is a gift which we are called to use
to build the common good and make our own days glad.

For needs which others serve, for services we give,
for work and its rewards, for hours of rest and love;
we come with praise and thanks for all that is our life.

For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise;
for all life is a gift which we are called to use
to build the common good and make our own days glad.

Introduction to the Service

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Reading  excerpt from “The Coronavirus Has Transformed All of Our Lives. When It’s Over, Here’s What I Hope We Remember.” (Meg Nyberg)

To read the full article from which this excerpt is taken, click here.

Speakers

Jane Penfield – Work Life

Chloe Campellone – School Life

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Offering: For the month of September, our Community Outreach offering will be shared by 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: “Accentuate the Positive” (Johnny Mercer) (performed by Shoshana Levinson and Chris Cosgrove)

Reading excerpt from “The Coronavirus Has Transformed All of Our Lives. When It’s Over, Here’s What I Hope We Remember.” (Meg Nyberg)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Speakers

Kathy and Alan Ayers – Home Life

Peter Oliver – Spiritual Life

Closing Hymn “O, The Beauty in a Life”  (verses 1 and 2) (#182 in Singing the Living Tradition) (led by Sandra Johnson)

O, the beauty in a life that illumines honor anew,
that models wise and gracious ways to every seeker;
that every day shall serve in joy and do the right.
O, praise the life whose beauty shows a justice true.

Let not service of the good be confined to great saints alone,
but every hour be part of all our daily living.
Set not the hope of wisdom’s grace beyond our ken;
how wide the path, how close the goal, which love has shown.

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 and Chat

 

 

Child’s Pose — UUS:E Virtual Worship, Sunday August 30, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Announcements

Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Prelude  “Emptiness Dancing” (Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words “Earth Mother, Star Mother” (Starhawk, #524 in Singing the Living Tradition) (Spoken by Althea Woodard-Nelson)

Earth mother, star mother,
You who are called by
a thousand names,
May all remember
we are cells in your body
and dance together.
You are the grain
and the loaf
That sustains us each day.
And as you are patient
with our struggles to learn
So shall we be patient
with ourselves and each other.
We are radiant light
and sacred dark
–the balance–
You are the embrace the heartens
And the freedom beyond fear.
Within you we are born
we grow, live, and die–
You bring us around the circle
to rebirth,
Within us you dance
Forever.

Opening Hymn “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky” (words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, music from Ausserlesene Carholische Kirchengesang, 1623, adapted and harmonized by Ralph Vaughan Williams) (#203 in Singing the Living Tradition) (Sung by Jenn Richard)

 All creatures of the earth and sky,
come, kindred, lift your voices high,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Bright burning sun with golden beam,
soft shining moon with silver gleam:

Chorus: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for all life to hear,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Dance, flame of fire, so strong and bright,
and bless us with your warmth and light:

(Chorus)

 All you of understanding heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Let all things now the Holy bless,
and worship God in humbleness:

(Chorus)

Time with Gina “On Wearing Masks” (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

For the months of June, July and August, UUS:E’s regular community outreach offering will be dedicated to a variety of organizations working to address the problem of food insecurity in the greater Manchester area. These organizations include the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, the Hockanum Valley Community Council Food Pantry 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 will be organizing food / supply drives. Watch our regular eblast for more information.

Offering Music “Jai Ma” (“Praise to the divine feminine”) (Mantras from the original Sanskrit; English words and music by Jenn Richard)

Homily “Child’s Pose” Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Music “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” (“May all beings be happy and free”) (mantras from the original Sanskrit; English words and music by Jenn Richard)

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

Tunnel? We’re in a Tunnel? — Unitarian Society of Hartford, August 23, 2020

Prelude Sam Moffett (musician)

Gathering Hymn  “Spirit Says Do”

You got to do when the spirit says do!
You got to do when the spirit says do!
When the spirit says do, you got to do, oh Lord!
You got to do when the spirit says do!
Spirit says do (6x)

Other verses may include sing, dance, laugh, shout, etc.

Opening Words Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull, guest minister

Chalice Lighting Carol Simpson, worship associate

We light this chalice
For the warmth of love
For the light of truth
For the energy of action
And for the harmony of peace.
Peace in our hearts
Peace in our community
And peace in our world.

Welcome and Recognition of Visitors, Carol Simpson

Great Covenant Carol Simpson

Love is the spirit of this church
And service is its law.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace
To seek the truth in love
And to help one another.

Hymn  “I Know I Can”

Though days be dark with storms
And burdens weigh my heart;
Though troubles wait att ev’ry turn,

I know I can go on.

My sister in my heart,
My brother in my song,
Though troubles wait at every turn,
I know I can go on.

And though the journey is long,
The destination is near,
Though troubles wait at every turn,
I know I can go on.

So brothers take my hand,
And sisters sing my song,
When hope awaits at every turn,

I know we will go on. ev’ry turn,
I know I can go on.

When sorrow heals my soul
And burdens make me strong,
Though troubles wait a

Time for All Ages Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull

Offering “Georgia” (Vance Joy Julian Spector)

Turning Inward Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull

Candles of Memory and Hope

Reflection “Tunnel? We’re in a Tunnel?” Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull

Musical Interlude, Sam Moffett

Extinguishing the Chalice, Carol Simpson

Closing Hymn Sam Moffett

Benediction Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull