“How Do You Resist?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 2, 2023

Gathering Music

“We Shall Not Be Moved”
Author unknown
Performed by The Tens:
Alan Ayers: guitar, vocals
Kathy Ayers: violin, vocals
Dan Thompson: guitar, vocals
Linda Duncan: bass guitar, vocals

Welcome and Announcements



“None of Us Are Free”
By Brenda Russell, Barry Mann, & Cynthia Well
Video [Performed by Jeannette LeSure, vocals; and Dan Thompson, instruments & production]

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words

“Persist in Faith”
By Pat Uribe-Lichty

We face a challenge to democracy:
a challenge that calls us to hope in moments of despair,
a challenge that asks us to persist in faith
that we can and must make a difference.
May our flaming chalice recommit us to truth in our words and our actions,
that we may live as we believe people should live.

Opening Hymn

#142 “Let There Be Light”
Words: Frances W. Davis; Music: Robert J. B. Fleming
Performed by The Tens

Let there be light, let there be understanding,
let all the nations gather, let them be face to face.

Open our lips, open our minds to ponder,
open the door of concord, opening into grace.

Perish the sword, perish the angry judgment, 
perish the bombs and hunger, perish the fight for gain.

Let there be light, open our hearts to wonder,
perish the way of terror, hallow the world God made.

Introduction to the Service

First Speaker: Rhona Cohen

Musical Meditation based on “Building a New Way”

Second Speaker:  Molly Rourke

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 April will go to CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Offering Music

“When Shall We Learn”
Words: W. H. Auden
Music: Carl Flentge Schalk
Performed by Alan & Kathy Ayers

Third Speaker:  Sandra Gustafson

Musical Meditation based on “Let It Be Light”

Concluding Remarks

Closing Hymn

#1017 “Building a New Way”
Words & Music: Martha Sandefer
Performed by The Tens

We are building a new way.
We are building a new way.
We are building a new way,
feeling stronger ev’ry day,
We are building a new way.

We are working to be free.
We are working to be free.
We are working to be free,
hate and greed and jealousy.
We are working to be free.

We can feed our every need.
We can feed our ev’ry need.
We can feed our ev’ry need,
Start with love, that is the seed.
We can feed our every need. 

Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry,
Without these this world will die.
Peace and freedom is our cry.


Excerpt based on #1028 in Singing the Journey
By Mary Katherine Morn

When the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul a blaze
When our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way
When we live with deep assurance of the flame that burns within,
Then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin. 

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

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.