“Small Miracles” – UUS:E Virtual Worship, August 1, 2021

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (Begins at 9:50)

Centering (Sheila Foran)

Introduction to the Service (Sheila Foran)


“Perpetual Motion”
by Karl Bohm
performed by Margeaux Ford

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words

“To Remind Ourselves What Is Real”
by Elena Westbrook
Read by Sandy Karosi (member of the Sunday Services Committee)

In a world ravaged by violence, by hatred,
by conflicts that seem eternal and insoluble,
sometimes the only thing we can do
is be still for a moment
to remind ourselves what is real:
the sun that rose this morning,
the dirt under our feet,
the air whispering in and out of our lungs.
This hour, try just to be present in each moment as it unfolds.
Your simple attention is what makes these moments holy.

Opening Hymn

“Morning Has Broken”
Words: Eleanor Farjeon
Music: Gaelic Melody, 1931 Oxford University Press,
Harmony by David Evans
#38 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

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!

Joys and Concerns (Sandy Karosi)

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

First Speaker: Rob Sehi

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)


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 (Mary Bopp)

“Gymnopédie No. 1”
by Erik Satie

Second Speaker: Anne Carr

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Reflection: Sandy Karosi

Closing Hymn

“‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”
Words: Joseph Bracket
Music: American Shaker tune
#16 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free,
‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.
To turn, turn will be our delight,
‘till by turning, turning we come ‘round right.

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words (Sandy Karosi)

“Go Forth in Simplicity”
by Samuel A. Trumbore

Go forth in simplicity.
Find and walk the path
that leads to compassion and wisdom,
that leads to happiness, peace and ease.
Welcome the stranger and
open your heart to a world in need of healing.
Be courageous before the forces of hate.
Hold and embody a vision of the common good that
serves the needs of all people.

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 (Mary Bopp)

Virtual Coffee Hour with Breakout Rooms