“Kids: Embraced by the Interdependent Web” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 3, 2022

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements



“Ordinary Magic”
(Mary Bopp)

Lighting the Chalice

Opening Words

Opening Hymn 

“Winds Be Still”
#83 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Richard S. Kimball
Music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Led by Sandy Johnson

Winds be still.
Storm clouds pass and silence come.
Peace grace this time with harmony.
Fly, bird of hope, and shine, light of love,
and in calm let all find tranquility.

Bird fly high.
Lift our gaze toward distant view.
Help us to sense life’s mystery.
Fly high and far, and lead us each to see
how we move through the winds of eternity.

Light shine in.
Luminate our inward view.
Help us to see with clarity.
Shine bright and true so we may join our songs
in new sounds that become full symphony.

Introduction to the Service

Reading: “Kids, Nature and Poetry:  A Medley”

Musical Response

Speaker: “Within the Web” (Sande Hartdagen)

Musical Response

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response


Offering Music

“Mercy, Mercy, Me (The Ecology)”
Performed by Sandy Johnson and Dan Thompson

Reading:  “Remember” by Joy Harjo

Speaker:  “Bugs, Dirt, Stars and Sputnik” (Marsha Howland)

Musical Response

Reflections (Marsha Howland)

Closing Hymn

“Blue Boat Home”
#1064 in Singing the Journey
Words by Peter Mayer
Music by Roland Hugh Prichard, adapted by Peter Mayer
Led by Sandy Johnson

Though below me, I feel no motion standing on these mountains and plains.
Far away from the rolling ocean still my dry land heart can say:
I’ve been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel and the earth is my blue boat home.

Sun my sail and moon my rudder as I ply the starry sea,
leading over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep.
Drifting here with my ship’s companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls,
making our way by the lights of the heavens in our beautiful blue boat home.

I give thanks to the waves upholding me, hail the great winds urging me on,
greet the infinite sea before me, sing the sky my sailor’s song:
I was born up on the fathoms, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home. 

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

Closing Circle

The service has ended. Go in peace.