“Bear Witness; Save Lives” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 28, 2021

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

Words of Welcome and Introduction (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)


“Draw the Circle Wide”
by Mark Mitchell, arr. Mary Bopp
performed by Mary Bopp

 Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“I will not die an unlived life”
From A Grateful Heart
Dawna Markova
Spoken by Max Pawelek

Opening Hymn

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
Words adapted from Rumi, music by Lynn Adair Ungar
#188 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook and Rev. Josh

Come, come, whoever you are,
wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again come.


by Kylo Maclear
as told by CB Beal

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of February will go to Operation Fuel.

Offering Music

“When I am Frightened”
by Shelly Jackson Denham
performed by Jeannine Westbrook


“For Nothing is Fixed” from Nothing Personal
by James Baldwin
#186 in Lifting Our Voices
spoken by Jessica Slogesky

For nothing is fixed,
forever and forever and forever,
it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting,
the light is always changing,
the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails,
lovers cling to each other,
and children cling to us.
The moment we cease to hold each other,
the moment we break faith with one another,
the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Homily “Bear Witness: Save Lives” (CB Beal)

Closing Hymn

“How Could Anyone”
by Libby Roderick
#1053 in Singing the Journey
led by Jeannine Westbrook

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.

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 / Breakout Rooms