“Celebrating Blessings?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 12, 2022

Gathering Music (members of Meeting House)

Welcome / Announcements / Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)


by First Aid Kit
performed by members of Meeting House

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Can You Believe?”
by Sean Parker Dennison

Opening Hymn

“Comfort Me”
by Mimi Bornstein-Doble
#1002 in Singing the Journey

Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.
Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.

Sing with me, sing with me…

Speak for me, speak for me…

Dance with me, dance with me…

Comfort me, Comfort me…

New Member Welcome

Introductions (Membership Committee co-chairs)

Betty Reece
(Andrew Caruk, Julia Caruk, and Molly Rourke were welcomed at the 9:00 a.m. service.)

The Charge (Minister)

As you take up membership in the Unitarian Universalist Society: East, I charge you to share with us who you are. Share your creativity, your experiences, your questions, your doubts, your beliefs, and all your discoveries of life’s meaning. I charge you to shake us up with your ideas, to stir us up with your conscience, to inspire us with your actions, and to stimulate our hopes with your dreams of what life can be.

Congregational Welcome (Congregation)

We welcome you as companions in the search for truth and meaning. We invite you to share in our mission of caring for one another, encouraging each other in spiritual growth, working for justice and peace in the wider community, and living in harmony with the earth. We join our gifts with yours, trusting in the power of community to bring freedom, healing, and love.

New Member Affirmation (New Members)

We join the Unitarian Universalist Society: East out of a desire and willingness to participate in a liberal religious congregation. We pledge to share our time, energy and gifts; to diligently seek our spiritual truths; and to strengthen the bonds of community.

Joys and Concerns


Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of June will be split between Mary’s Place and Covenant to Care.

Offering Music

“Blue Spotted Tail”
by the Fleet Foxes
performed by members of Meeting House

Sermon  “Counting Our Blessings” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“Go Lifted Up”
by Mortimer B. Barron
#1057 in Singing the Journey

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

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.


“(What’s so Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”
by Elvis Costello
performed by members of Meeting House