“Tell Me a Story” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, November 7, 2021

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp, Director of Music) begins at 9:50

Welcome and Announcements (Stacey Musulin, member Sunday Services Committee)

Introduction of the Service  (Martha Larson, co-chair Sunday Services Committee)

Centering (Martha Larson)


“Adagio Covidia”
by David Larson
performed by Mary Bopp and Peggy Webbe

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (spoken by Anya Stolzman)

“We inherit this free faith from the brave and gentle”
by Audette Fulbright Fulson

This light we kindle is set in the lamp of our history.
We inherit this free faith from the brave and gentle,
fierce and outspoken hearts and minds that have come before us.
Let us be worthy inheritors of this faith and through our good works,
pass it boldly to a new generation.

Opening Hymn

“Here We Have Gathered” verses 1 and 2
words: Alicia S. Carpenter; music: Genevan psalter 1543
#360 in Singing the Living Tradition

Here we have gathered, gathered side by side;
circle of kinship, come and step inside!
May all who seek here find a kindly word;
may all who speak here feel they have been heard.
Sing now together this, our heart’s own song.

Here we have gathered, called to celebrate
days of our lifetime, matters small and great:
we of all ages, women, children, men,
infants and sages, sharing what we can.
Sing now together this, our heart’s own song.

Story:  The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline; read by Stacey Musulin

Musical Response

First Question:  Martha introduces Vera’s question and Christina’s response, then Priscilla’s

Joys and Concerns (Stacey Musulin)

Musical Response

Offering (Martha Larson)

For the month of November, our community outreach offering is dedicated to Manchester Senior, Adult, and Family Services.

Offering Music

“From Grandmother to Mother”
written by Jeannette LeSure
sung by Jeannette and friends
produced by Dan Thompson

Youth Questions with Elder Answers  (Introduced by Martha)

Casey Campellone, Anya Stolzman, Christina Bailey, Janet Heller, Priscilla Squires, Fred Wildes, Ellen Williams

Concluding Remarks (Stacey Musulin)

Closing Hymn

“We Are Dancing Sarah’s Circle”
words: Carole A. Etzler; music: African American Spiritual
#212 in Singing the Living Tradition

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

Here we seek and find our history (3 times)
Sisters, brothers, all.

We will all do our own naming (3 times)
Sisters, brothers, all.

Every round a generation (3 times)
Sisters, brothers, all.

On and on the circle’s moving (3 times)
Sisters, brothers, all.

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words (Casey Campellone)
by Brian Kiely

The Chalice is now extinguished,
but its light lives on in the minds and hearts and souls of each one of you.
Carry that flame with you as you leave this place and share it
with those you know
with those you love
and most especially, with those you have yet to meet.

Closing Circle (Anya Stolzman)

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.


Virtual Coffee Hour / Zoom Breakout Rooms