“On Becoming You” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 11, 2021

Coordinators: Kristen Dockendorff and Beth Hankins
with contributions from Peggy Webbe and Dorothy Bognar
Musicians:  Dorothy Bognar and Jeannine Westbrook

Gathering Music  (begins at 9:50)

Selections from “Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style”
by William L. Gillock
performed by Dorothy Bognar

Welcome and Announcements (Beth Hankins, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Centering (Kristen Dockendorff, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)


“Turn! Turn! Turn!” by Pete Seeger and “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell
performed by Dorothy Bognar

Chalice Lighting

“Flame of Fire, Spark of the Universe”
by Leslie Pohl-Kosau
spoken by Beth Hankins

Opening Hymn

“Just As Long As I Have Breath”
Words by Alicia Carpenter, music by Johann Ebeling
#6 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Just as long as I have breath, I must answer, “Yes,” to life;
though with pain I made my way, still with hope I meet each day.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, “Yes,” to life.

Just as long as vision lasts, I must answer, “Yes,” to truth;
in my dream and in my dark, always that elusive spark.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, “Yes,” to truth.

Just as long as my heart beats, I must answer, “Yes,” to love;
disappointment pierced me through, still I kept on loving you.
If they ask what I did best, tell them I said, “Yes,” to love.


“The Desiderata”
by Max Ehrmann
read by Peggy Webbe

Joys and Concerns


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

Offertory Music

“Adagio Cantabile” from “Sonata, Op.13”
Ludwig van Beethoven


“Introduction to Becoming” (Beth Hankins)

“On Becoming You” (Kristen Dockendorff)

“Turn! Turn! Turn!” (Dorothy Bognar)

“The Greatest Skill of All” (Beth Hankins with reading by Robert Terry Weston)

Closing Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
by Sally Rogers
#131 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
Hope inside us, will lead the way
On the road from greed to giving,
Love will guide us through the hard night.                                                                                              

If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot speak before thousands,
You can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.                                                                                                            

(Repeat first verse.)

Extinguishing of Chalice

“May the Light Around Us Guide our Footsteps”
by Kathleen McTigue

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.

Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms