“The Spiritual Art of Imperfection” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, August 7, 2022

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)  —  Jenn Richard

Welcome & Announcements



“Japanese Bowl”
Words and music by Peter Mayer
Performed by Jenn Richard

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

by Lynn Unger

Opening Hymn

“Morning Has Broken”
#38 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Eleanor Farjeon; trad. Gaelic melody
Arr. by David Evans
Led by Jenn Richard

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!

Silent Meditation

Welcoming Visitors and Sharing Joys & Concerns

Musical Interlude


“Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”
Words and music by John Fogerty
Performed by Jenn Richard


“The Teaching Bean”
by Elizabeth Tarbox

Homily:  “The Spiritual Art of Imperfection” – Beth Hudson Hankins

Closing Hymn 

“The Lone Wild Bird”
#15 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by H. R. MacFayden
Music from William Walker’s Southern Harmony 1835

The lone, wild bird in lofty flight
is still with thee, nor leaves thy sight.
And I am thine! I rest in thee.
Great spirit come and rest in me.

The ends of earth are in thy hand,
the sea’s dark deep and far-off land.
And I am thine! I rest in thee.
Great spirit come and rest in me.

Closing Words & Extinguish 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.