Small Celebrations – UUS:E Virtual Worship, August 15, 2021

Gathering Music Dorothy Bognar (Scott Joplin: Solace – A Mexican Serenade)

Welcome & Introduction (David Klotz)


Centering (David Klotz)

Prelude Dorothy Bognar (Astor Piazzolla: Dúo 1 from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Opening Words and Chalice Lighting (David Klotz)

Opening Hymn

“Wake Now My Senses” – #298 (gray hymnal)

Led byJeannine Westerbrook.

Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call;
feel the deep power of being in all;
keep, with the web of creation your vow,
giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now, my reason, reach out to the new;
join with each pilgrim who quests for the true;
honor the beauty and wisdom of time;
suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;
voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,
praying and striving their hardship to end.

Reading (Beth Hudson-Hankins)

Joys and Concerns (David Klotz)


For the month of August, 2021, our weekly community outreach offering will be split between the MACC food pantry, the Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, and the East of the River Mutual Aid Society.

Offering Music Dorothy Bognar (Astor Piazzolla: Milonga from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

First Speaker: Beth Hudson-Hankins

Second Speaker: Leslie Green

Third Speaker: David Klotz

Closing Hymn

“We laugh, we cry…” – #354 (grey hymnal)

Led by Jeannine Westbrtook

We laugh, we cry, we live, we die; we dance, we sing our song.
We need to feel there’s something here to which we can belong.
We need to feel the freedom just to have some time alone.
But most of all we need close friends we can call our very own.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love;
and we have found a need to be together.
We have our hearts to give, we have our thoughts to receive;
and we believe that sharing is an answer.

A child is born among us and we feel a special glow.
We see time’s endless journey as we watch the baby grow.
We thrill to hear imagination freely running wild.
We dedicate our minds and heart to the spirit of this child.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love;
and we have found a time to be together.
And with the grace of age, we share the wonder of youth,
and we believe that growing is an answer.

We seek elusive answers to the questions of this life.
We seek to put an end to all the waste of human strife.
We search for truth, equality, and blessed peace of mind.
And then, we come together here, to make sense of what we find.
And we believe in life, and in the strength of love,
and we have found a joy being together.
And in our search for peace, maybe we’ll finally see:
even to question, truly is an answer.

Closing Words & Extinguishing the Chalice (David Klotz)

#681 in the hymnal, adapted from Gaelic runes.

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

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.

Postlude – Dorothy Bognar (Astor Piazzolla: El Viaje – The Voyage)

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