Riding the Waves of Change — UU Society of Bangor, ME, Sunday August 2, 10:00 AM

Ingathering Music: (5 minutes or so at 9:55 AM)

Words of Welcome                                                                          Rev. Drew Moeller

Announcements                                                                                 Laurie Cartier

Introit

Chalice Lighting: “The Waves of Life” (A. Moeller)                           Laurie Cartier

The waves of life come rolling over us,

As we navigate the unknown waters life.

Never beginning and never-ending:

They crash over us, and

occasionally push us along.

 

Today, as we light our chalice,

Let its flame serve as a beacon –

A common point of connection,

That gives us hope and inspiration,

As it guides our way home.

Opening Song: “Rock Me Mama”                                   Linda Koehler & Rissa Moore

Rock me Mama (Earth) as I float here in your ocean

Rock me Mama as I float here in your sea

Rock me Mama as I clarify emotion

Rock me Mama make me true to me

Time for all Ages:                                                                             Rev. Drew

Joys & Sorrows                                                             Rev. Drew & Laurie Cartier

Interlude:  #123 Spirit of Life – interlude

Reading: TBD                                                                                  Laurie Cartier

Special Music “Mysterious Ways” Linda Koehler & Rissa Moore

The universe works in mysterious ways

When something bad happens, we wonder what we have to gain

But if we look hard enough and if we dig deep enough, we’ll see

The gifts of our struggle will be revealed.

Homily: “Riding the Waves of Change ”                                            Rev. Drew

Closing Song: “I Can Only Change Myself”

I cannot change the world I can only change myself

when I make change in myself, I create change in the world

I become like a stone and when I am thrown into the sea of people

those changes in me ripple out through that sea in ever widening circles, so

[:I create peace I send you love:]

Extinguishing the Chalice:                                                                Rev. Drew

Benediction: (Music by Troy Fisher, Words by Arthur Vaeni)            Sung by All

Let us go forth into the week ahead

striving to be faithful to our lives’ journeys,

serving the needs of the Earth and its inhabitants,

and sharing in the spirit of love with all we say and do.

Sharing in the spirit of love with all we say and do.

Sharing in the spirit of love with all we say and do.

Blessed Be! Blessed Be! Blessed, Blessed Be!

Thanks                                                                                              Rev. Drew

Coffee Hour

“Forgiveness for All of This?” — UUS:E Virtual Sunday Service, July 26, 2020

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

Welcome

This morning we wish to offer a very special welcome to the members and friends of the UU Society of Bangor, ME, where UUS:E member, the Rev. Drew Moeller, serves as minister. We are very proud to have been one of Drew’s ordaining congregations. 

Announcements

Centering

Prelude “Mending” (Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words “Even When Our Hearts Are Broken” (Rebecca Ann Parker) (Spoken by Rebecca W.)

Even when our hearts are broken

by our own failure

or the failure of others

cutting into our lives,

even when we have done all we can

and life is still broken,

there is a Universal Love

that has never broken faith with us

and never will.

Opening Hymn “Open My Heart” (Henry S. Flurry) (Led by Rev. Josh)

Open my heart to all that I seek;

Let me be part of the love you give.

Time with Gina* “What if Nobody Forgave” (Barbara Marshman) (Art work by Heather Alexon and Willow)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

 Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

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 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 “Harder to Forgive” (Brandi Carlile) (Sung by Carol Kargher)

Homily “Forgiveness for All of This?” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn “Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life” (George Herbert, lyrics, Ralph Vaughan Williams, music) (Led by Jeannine Westbrook)

Come, my way, my truth, my life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my light, my feast, my strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes a guest.

 Come, my joy, my love, my heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

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 for all the days the come.

 Virtual Coffee Hour / Chat / Breakout Rooms

 *Gina Campellone is UUS:E’s Director of Religious Education

 

 

Sacred Places, UUS:E Virtual Worship, Sunday, July 19, 2020

 

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements (Penny Field)

Prelude “In the Green” (Diantha Rau) (sung by Jeannette Lesure and Jessey Ina-Lee; produced by Dan Thompson)

Chalice lighting (spoken by Jessica Slogesky)

Intro to Service (Penny Field)

Opening Hymn “When Our Heart is in a Holy Place” (Joyce Poley) (led by Sandy Johnson) 

When our heart is in a holy place,
When our heart is in a holy place
We are blessed with love and amazing grace,
When our heart is in a holy place.

 When we trust the wisdom in each of us,
Every color every creed and kind,
And we see our faces in each other’s eyes,
Then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place,
When our heart is in a holy place
We are blessed with love and amazing grace,
When our heart is in a holy place.

When we tell our story from deep inside,
And we listen with a loving mind,
And we hear our voices in each other’s words,
Then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place,
When our heart is in a holy place
We are blessed with love and amazing grace,
When our heart is in a holy place.

When we share the silence of sacred space,
And the God of our Heart stirs within,
And we hear our voices in each other’s words,
Then our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place,
When our heart is in a holy place
We are blessed with love and amazing grace,
When our heart is in a holy place.

When our heart is in a holy place.

Time with Gina “Sacred Places” (Philemon Sturges)

Reading  excerpt from “Gathering Moss” (Robin Wall Kimmerer) (spoken by Nancy Madar)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Offering

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 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. You can donate online at the UUS:E website – uuse.org. The donate button is on the right side of the homepage. Also, as a supplement to our fundraising, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is collecting food and supplies drives. Watch our regular eblast for more information.

Offering Music “Everything is Holy Now” (Peter Mayer) (Performed by Carol Simpson and Bob Hewey)

Homily “Sacred Places” (Beth Hankins, Mary Bopp)

Closing Hymn “Go Lifted Up” (Mortimer B. Barron) (led by Sandy Johnson)

Go lifted up,
Love bless your way,
moonlight, starlight
guide your journey
into peace
and the brightness of day

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

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)

Offering

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)

Poems

Spoken by Susan Barlow

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

Spoken by David Garnes

Some Questions You Might Ask
Answers
Going to Walden
Lead

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

 

“July 4th, 2020: A Quiet Birthday?” — UUS:E Virtual Sunday Service, July 5, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Lorry King, service coordinator)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude “Americana” (Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting “In Honor of First Steps” (Soul Matters, March 2019)

We light this chalice in honor of first steps,

For beginning even when the path is unclear

For the courage it takes to trust

That the way will reveal itself

That light will come to clarify our vision

That friends will be by our side.

Opening Hymn “We’ll Build A Land” (Music by Carolyn McDade, words by Barbara Zanotti)

We’ll build a land where we bind up the broken.
We’ll build a land where the captives go free,
where the oil of gladness dissolves all mourning.
Oh, we’ll build a promised land that can be.

Chorus:  Come build a land where sisters and brothers,
anointed by God, may then create peace:
where justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever flowing stream.

Come, build a land where the mantles of praises
resound from spirits once faint and once weak;
where like oaks of righteousness stand her people.
Oh, come build the land, my people we seek.

Chorus: Come build a land where sisters and brothers,
anointed by God, may then create peace:
where justice shall roll down like waters,
and peace like an ever flowing stream.

Introduction to the Service (Lorry King)

Reading excerpt from the Declaration of Independence (read by Mary Ann Handley)

Joys and Concerns

Offering

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 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. You can donate online at the UUS:E website – uuse.org. The donate button is on the right side of the homepage. Also, as a supplement to our fundraising, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is collecting food and supplies drives. Watch our regular eblast for more information.

Offering Music “I’m an American Too” (Larry Ruhl)

Homily  “July 4th, 2020: A Quiet Birthday? ” (Lorry King)

Closing Song “America the Beautiful” (by Katherine Lee Bates and Samual A. Ward)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control
Thy liberty in law.

 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 for all the days the come.

 Coffee Hour / Chat

UUA General Assembly Sunday Worship, June 28, 2020

No published order of service this week. Please enjoy the UUA’s Service.

 

A Celebration of Religious Education — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 14, 2020

Gathering Music (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome

Announcements

Centering

Prelude “The Happy Farmer” (Robert Schumann) (Performed by Olivia Cohen)

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words “Out of the Flames” (Sara Eileen LaWall) (Spoken by Heather & Willow Alexson)

Out of the flames of fear
We rise with courage of our deepest convictions
to stand for justice, inclusion and peace

 Out of the flames of scrutiny
We rise to proclaim our faith
With hope to heal a fractured and hurting world

 Out of the flames of doubt
We rise to embrace the mystery, wonder and awe
of all there is and all that is yet to be

 Out of the flames of hate
We rise with the force of love
Love that celebrates our shared humanity

Out of the flames we rise

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…

RE Highlights Reel 2020

Reflection (Gina Cempellone)

Music  “Seven Principles Song” (Performed by the UUS:E Children’s Choir)

Joys and Concerns

Offering

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 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 “This Little Light of Mine” (African American spiritual) (Performed by Anya Stolzman)

Let’s Play!  “UU Trivia Game” & “Improvs with Mary”

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Recognition & Gratitude (Gina)

Reflection (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn   “We Give Thanks” (Wendy Luella Perkins)

Oh, we give thanks, for this precious day

For all gathered here, and those far away

For this time we share, with love and care

Oh we give thanks for the precious day.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

Coffee Hour / Chat / Breakout Groups

In This Moment, a Clear Calling — UUS:E Virtual Worship, Sunday June 7, 2020

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

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude “What’s Going On?” (Marvin Gaye) (Performed by Kate Howard-Bender)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (W.E.B. DuBois)

Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the play-time.

Opening Hymn  “We Are a Gentle, Angry People” (Holly Near)

We are a gentle, angry people,
and we are singing, singing for our lives.
We are a gentle, angry people,
and we are singing, singing for our lives.

 We are a justice-seeking people…

 We are a land of many colors…

 We are gay and straight together….

 We are all in this together….

We are a gentle, loving people…

Time with Gina

Musical Meditation  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (James Weldon Johnson) (Performed by Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (James Weldon Johnson) (Performed by Mary Bopp)

Offering 

Our Community Outreach Offering team has asked that for the months of June and July we  dedicate our Sunday offerings to organizations addressing the problem of food insecurity in the greater Manchester area. However, given the national—even global—Black Lives Matter uprising in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, we will take our collection this week for Moral Monday CT. Many of you are familiar with Moral Monday, founded by our good friends, Bishop John Selders and Lady Pamela Selders. Moral Monday is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations brought together by the power of the Movement for Black Lives. They have been very supportive of our congregation in responding to the police shooting of Jose Jay Soto in Manchester on April 2nd; and in recent weeks they have been working tirelessly in response to unfolding events across the state of CT. Thanks you for your generosity at this critical time.

 

Offering Music “I Need to Wake Up” (Melissa Etheridge) (Performed by Kate Howard-Bender)

Homily “In This Moment, the Call is Clear” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn “Circle Round for Freedom” (Linda Hirschhorn)

Circle ‘round for freedom, circle ‘round for peace,
for all of us imprisoned, circle for release,
circle for the planet, circle for each soul,
for the children of our children, keep the circle whole.

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 for all the days the come.

Coffee Hour / Chat / Breakout Rooms

Exploring Our Truths — Virtual Sunday Service, May 31, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome 

 Announcements 

Centering 

Prelude “Let it Be” (Lennon and McCartney) (Performed by Pat Eaton-Robb)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (Wendell Berry)

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Opening Song “Wake Now My Senses” (Thomas Mikelson, traditional Irish Melody) (Josh leads singing)

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, 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.

Wake, now, my conscience, with justice thy guide;
join with all people whose rights are denied;
take not for granted a privileged place;
God’s love embraces the whole human race.

Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear;
brighten my pathway with radiance here;
mingle my calling with all who will share;
work toward a planet transformed by our care.

Time with Gina  Be Who You Are (by Todd Parr)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

 Offering 

Our current community outreach offering is somewhat different than what we normally do. In the coming two weeks we are raising funds for specific workers who have been identified by area labor organizers. Specifically, we are raising funds for a group of workers who lost work at the rest stops 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. More information here.

Offering Music  “Imagine” (by John Lennon) (performed by Teresa Kubiak on cello and Kathy Welch on piano; video collage by Jack Chan)

Homily  “Exploring our Truths” (Beth Hudson-Hankins and Sheila Foran)

Closing Song “Blessed Spirit of My Life” (Shelly Jackson Denham)

Blessed Spirit of my life, give me strength through stress and strife;
help me live with dignity; let me know serenity.
Fill me with a vision, clear my mind of fear and confusion.
When my thoughts flow restlessly, let peace find a home in me.

Spirit of great mystery, hear the still, small voice in me.
Help me live my wordless creed as I comfort those in need.
Fill me with compassion, be the source of my intuition.
Then, when life is done for me, let love be my legacy.

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 for all the days the come.

 Coffee Hour / Chat

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

Offering

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