“Joy Will Come” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 19, 2021


Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (Begins at 9:50)


“Adagio” from “Sonata in E Major”
by J. S. Bach
Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano

Welcome  (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Musical Invocation 

“A Solstice Message”
Composed and performed by Eileen Driscoll

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“We Are Waiting”
by Leslie Takahashi
spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening Hymn

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
words by Frederick Okeley, tr.; music by John Francis Wade
led by Jeannine Westbrook

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

Lo, humble shepherds,
Hastening to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks in the fields, draw near.
We, too, with gladness, thither bend our footsteps,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens
Of heaven above;
Glory to God,
Glory in the highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

Story, Part I

“Joy Will Come”
by Rev. Josh Pawelek and UUS:E’s 2013-2014 Youth Group
Spoken by Gina Campellone and Rev. Josh Pawelek


“Someday at Christmas”
by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells
performed by Pat Eaton-Robb

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
traditional English carol
performed and arranged by Anya Stolzman


“We do not gather our gifts only for ourselves, but to share with the larger community.”
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of December will go to three area shelters: McKinney Men’s Shelter (Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, and Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

“Deck the Halls”
Words, Traditional Welsh; music, old Welsh carol
UUS:E Choir

Story, Part II


“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Words, Latin c. 9th century, trans. composite based on John Mason Neale
Music, adapted by Thomas Helmore
Performed by Women of UUS:E Choir

Story, Part III


by Jean-Marie Leclair
Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano

Homily (Rev. Josh Pawelek)


“Night of Silence”
by Daniel Kantor
UUS:E Choir

Closing Hymn

“Dona Nobis Pacem”
words, traditional Latin (“grant us peace”)
music, traditional canon
led by the UUS:E choir

Dona nobis pacem

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


“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
performed by Chris Crossgrove

Virtual Coffee Hour / Zoom Breakout Rooms