“Spiraling” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, May 14, 2023

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)





by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Circles of Life”
by Suzy Kassem

Opening Hymn

“Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design”
#22 in Singing the Living Tradition
words by Nancy Dorian
music by Nikolaus Herman, harmonized by J. S. Bach

Dear weaver of our lives’ design
Whose patters all obey;
With skillful fingers gently guide
The sturdy threads that will survive
The tangle of our days.

Take up the fabric of our lives
With hands that gently hold;
Bind in the ragged edge that care
Would sunder and that pain would tear
And mend our rav’ling souls.

Let eyes that in the plainest cloth
A hidden beauty see;
Discern in us our richest hues,
Show us the patterns we may use
To set our spirits free.



excerpts from The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature
by Starhawk

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

In keeping with our congregation’s 2018 resolution to become a sanctuary congregation, our community outreach offering for May is dedicated to two important immigrants’ rights groups in Connecticut.

Hartford Deportation Defense say “we are an immigrant-led mutual aid collective that fights for the rights of all immigrants in the Hartford area, so that we can all have access to a dignified, peaceful, and joyful life.”

Unidad Latina en Accion or ULA was founded in New Haven in 2002, with the goal of building grassroots immigrant power across Connecticut to win economic and racial justice.

Offering Music

by Mary Bopp



Closing Hymn

“We Are Dancing Sarah’s Circle (Spiral)”
#212 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Carole A. Etzler
music: African American spiritual

We are dancing Sarah’s circle (spiral)
We are dancing Sarah’s circle (spiral)
We are dancing Sarah’s circle (spiral)
Sisters, brothers, all.

Here we seek and find our history …

We will all do our own naming …

Every round a generation …

On and on the circle’s (spiral’s) moving …

Extinguishing the Chalice

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.