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