“Talkin’ to Trees: Stories from the Overstory (and the Understory)” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, August 29, 2021

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

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Rising Green”
by Carolyn McDade
performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

excerpt from (the fictional) The Secret Forest
by (the fictional) Patricia Westerford
in The Overstory
by Richard Powers

Opening Hymn

“All Creatures of the Earth and Sky”
words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
music from Ausserlesene Catholische Kirchengesang, 1623
#203 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

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:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Embracing earth, you, day by day,
bring forth your blessings on our way,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
All herbs and fruits that richly grow,
let them the glory also show:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Meditation

excerpt from The Overstory
by Richard Powers
spoken by Susan Barlow

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

Offering  For the months of July and 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

“Tree Song”
written and performed by Eileen Driscoll

Sermon “Talkin’ to Trees” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“For the Earth Forever Turning”
words and music by Kim Oler
#163 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

For the earth forever turning; for the skies, for ev’ry sea;
for our lives, for all we cherish, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the mountains, hills, and pastures in their silent majesty;
for the stars, for all the heavens, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the sun, for rain and thunder, for the seasons’ harmony,
for our lives, for all creation, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the world we raise our voices, for the home that gives us birth;
in our joy we sing returning home to our bluegreen hills of earth.

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. 

Postlude (Mary Bopp)

Virtual Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms