“Easter” — UUS:E Virtual Worship – April 9, 2023

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Improvisations by Mary Bopp

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)


“Hymn of Promise”
by Natalie Sleeth (from the 1989 Methodist Hymnal)
Dorothy Bognar, piano; Peggy Webbe, flute

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“May We Come Back”
by Rev. Josh Pawelek
inspired by “If I Can Come Back” by Eileen Driscoll

Opening Hymn

#38 “Morning Has Broken”
words by Eleanor Farjeon, trad. Gaelic melody, arr. by David Evans
Dorothy Bognar, piano

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!


The Easter Story (adapted from Karen Hager)
Gina Campellone, narrator

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp, video)

Joys, Concerns and Introductions


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

For the month of April, the recipient of our Community Outreach Offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Their mission is to create communities free of sexual violence and to provide culturally affirming, trauma-informed advocacy, prevention, and intervention services centered on the voices of survivors. The Alliance seeks to create a world in which everyone believes sexual violence is a preventable problem and actively plays a role in ending it.

Offering Music

“Let There be Peace on Earth”
by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson (1989 Methodist Hymnal)
Dorothy Bognar, piano; Peggy Webbe, flute


“Easter Is”
Rev. Josh Pawelek


“Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison
video by Dan Thompson and various UUS:E musicians

Closing Song

#203 “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky”
first 3 verses
words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, German melody from 1623,
arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Mary Bopp, piano

All creatures of the earth and sky,
come, kindred, lift your voices high,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Bright burning sun with golden beam,
soft shining moon with sliver gleam:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Swift rushing wind so wild and strong,
white clouds that sail in heav’n along,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Fair rising morn in praise rejoice,
high stars of evening find a voice:


Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for all life to hear,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Dance, flame of fire, so strong and bright,
and bless us with your warmth and light:


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.

The flower arrangement today was given in loving memory
of Bob and Marilyn Richardson by their family.