“Lo, the Day of Days is Here” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 17, 2022

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (begins at 10:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)


“Be Like a Bird”
(written by LIBANA)
Performed by members of the Manchester Women’s Sacred Singing Circle

Centering (Gina Campellone)


“Lo, The Day of Days is Here”
(words by Frederick Hosmer, music by Robert Wilson, arr. by John Roberts)

“Morning Has Broken” #38 in Singing the Living Tradition
(words by Eleanor Farjeon, trad. Gaelic melody, arr. by David Evans)

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!

Story, Part I

“The Birds’ Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story
story by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrations by Katya Krenina


“Spring, Spring, Spring”
(words by Johnny Mercer, music by Gene de Paul)
performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


For the month of April, the recipient of our Community Outreach Offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Its 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

“April: Snowdrop” from “The Seasons”
(music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
performed by Dorothy Bognar

Story, Part II


“The Prophet Bird” from “Forest Scenes”
(music by Robert Schumann)
performed by Mary Bopp

Story, Part III


“Break Forth Into Joy”
(words and music by Dave and Jean Perry)
performed by the UUS:E Choir


(words and music by Leonard Cohen, arr. by Roger Emerson)
performed by the UUS:E Choir

Homily (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“All Creatures of the Earth and Sky” first 3 verses #203 in Singing the Living Tradition
(words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, German Medlody from 1623, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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 silver 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 (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Circle (Gina Campellone)

Postlude (Mary Bopp)