“Asking for Help” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, March 26, 2023

Gathering Music

“Waiting on an Angel” by Ben Harper
“Don’t Carry It All” by The Decemberists
“Sleep of the Blessed” by Glen Phillips
Jenn Richard, guitar and vocals

Welcome (Gina Campellone, Director of Children and Youth Ministry)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek, Minister)



“Ae Fond Kiss” (traditional)
“Jenny Nettles” (traditional lowland reel)
Ben Elzerman, bagpipes; Vera Elzerman, djembe

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Chalice Lighting in Times of Conflict” (adapted)
by Amy Russell
spoken by Gina Campellone, Genna Bender, and Rev. Josh Pawelek


#1010 “We Give Thanks”
Words and music by Wendy Luella Perkins; arr. by Susan Peck
Jenn Richard, guitar, Ben Elzerman, bagpipes

Oh, we give thanks for this precious day,
For all gather’d here, and those far away;
For this time (food) we share with love and care.
Oh, we give thanks for this precious day.

Meditation (9:00 service)

“A Litany of Wholeheartedness”
by Dawn Skjei Cooley

Girl Scout Sunday (11:00 service)

Girl Scout Song (11:00 service)

“Make New Friends, but Keep the Old”
Words by Joseph Parry; musical source unknown

Make new friends 
But keep the old
One is silver
And the other gold

A circle is round
It has no end
That’s how long
I want to be your friend

Joys and Concerns


#1009 “Meditation on Breathing”
by Sarah Dan Jones
Jenn Richard, guitar; Ben Elzerman, bagpipes

When I breath in, I’ll breath in peace
When I breathe out, I’ll breathe out love.

The recipient of our March community outreach offering is Moral Monday CT, a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations, rooted in the social justice and civil rights movements. Based in Hartford, Moral Monday CT gathers voices in the struggle for freedom and justice for black and brown people. Their areas of focus, activism and social change work include police accountability, voting rights, and workers rights. Moral Monday CT was founded by Bishop John Selders and Lady Pamela Selders.

Offering Music

“Jack’s Gone A-Shearing” (17th century tune with variations by Matt Seattle)
Ben Elzerman, bagpipes; Vera Elzerman, djembe


“Giraffe Asks for Help”
by Nyasha Chikowore
told by Gina Campellone


Share a time in your life when you asked for help. What happened?


“The Moral Obligation to Ask for Help”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Song

“Love Prepare Me”
ad. from Randy Scruggs and John Thompson
Jenn Richard, guitar

Love Prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Sure and steady
Tried and true
With thanksgiving
I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for you.

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.