“Break Forth Into Joy” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 4, 2021

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

First Musical Introit

“I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
by Marvin Frey
performed by Warren Vadas

Second Musical Introit

“Here Comes the Sun”
by George Harrison
performed by Pat Eaton-Robb and friends

Welcome (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Our flowers are given in loving memory of Bob and Marilyn Richardson

Centering (Gina Campellone)


“To the Spring” 
by Edvard Grieg
performed by Dorothy Bognar and Mary Bopp

 Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Pandemic Song” by Carl Johnson

Opening Hymn

“Morning Has Broken”
words by Eleanor Farjeon, Gaelic melody
#38 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Carol Simpson and Bob Hewey

Morning has broken like the first morning,
blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where God’s feet pass.

 Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s recreation of the new day!


Meet Jesus: The Life and Teachings of a Beloved Teacher (excerpts)
by Lynn Tuttle Gunney
illustrations by Jane Conteh-Morgan
presented by Gina Campellone


“Hunter’s Chorus”
by C. M. von Weber
performed by Simone Ford

Meditation  (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Musical Meditation

“If I Can Come Back”
written and performed by Eileen Driscoll

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

by Benjamin Godard
performed by Peggy Webbe


For the month of April, the recipient of our Community Outreach Offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Offering Music

“Allegro Pastorale (Spring) from the Four Seasons”
by Antonio Vivaldi
performed by Anne Stowe and Mary Bopp


“Ose Ayo” (Nigerian Sunrise Song)
arr. Brian Tate
performed by the UUS:E choir


“Break Forth Intro Joy”
Rev. Josh Pawelek


“Break Forth Into Joy”
by Dave and Janet Perry
performed by the UUS:E choir

Closing Hymn

“Joy, Thou Goddess”
words by Frederick Shiller, music by Ludwig van Beethoven
#327 in Singing the Living Tradition
with second verse of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
words by Henry Van Dyke
led by Carol Simpson and Bob Hewey

Joy, thou goddess, fair immortal, offspring of Elysium,
mad with rapture, to the portal of thy holy fame we come!
Fashion’s laws, indeed, may sever, but thy magic joins again;
humankind is one forever ‘neath thy mild and gentle reign.

Joy, in nature’s wide dominion, mightiest cause of all is found;
and ‘tis joy that moves the pinion, when the wheel of time goes round;
from the bud she lures the flower, suns from out their orbs of light;
distant spheres obey her power, far beyond all mortal sight.

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and planets sing around thee, center of unbroken praise;
field and forest, vale and mountain, blossoming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.

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.


“Walk in the Light”
performed by Nancy Madar

Virtual Coffee Hour and Breakout Rooms