“Earthrise for Earth Day!” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 18, 2021

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

Welcome  (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering  (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“Improvisation on ‘All Creatures of the Earth and Sky’”
by Mary Bopp
Old German hymn arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“For the Beauty of the Earth”
by Barbara J. Pescan
#417 in Singing the Living Tradition

For the beauty of the earth, this spinning blue-green ball, yes! Gaia, mother of everything, we walk gently across your back to come together again in this place: to remember how we can live, to remember who we are, to create how we will be. Gaia, our home, the lap in which we live – welcome us.

Opening Hymn

“For the Earth Forever Turning”
#163 in Singing the Living Tradition
by Kim Oler
led by Rev. Josh Pawelek

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.

Story 

“Greta and the Giants”
by  Zoë Tucker, illustrations by Zoe Persico
read by Gina Campellone

Musical Meditation 

“Improvisation I”
by Kristen Dockendorff

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation 

“Improvisation II”
by Kristen Dockendorff

Offering

The April recipient of UUS:E’s Community Outreach Offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Offering Music

“Earth Dance and Star Shine
by Vivian Murray
Performance by the Manchester Women’s Sacred Singing Circle
Video Composition by Jessey Ina Lee

Reading

“Earthrise”
by Amanda Gorman
spoken by Molly Vigeant, Logan Breen, Anya Stolzman and Paul Cocuzzo

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

Homilies

Anne Vaughan

Mary Lawrence

Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“Blue Boat Home”
words by Peter Mayer
music by Roland Hugh Prichard, ad. by Peter Mayer
#1064 in Singing the Journey

Though below me, I feel no motion standing on these mountains and plains.
Far away from the rolling ocean still my dry land heart can say:
I’ve been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel and the earth is my blue boat home.

Sun my sail and moon my rudder as I ply the starry sea,
leaning over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep.
Drifting here with my ship’s companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls,
making our way by the lights of the heavens in our beautiful blue boat home.

I give thanks to the waves up holding me, hail the great winds urging me on,
greet the infinite sea before me, sing the sky my sailor’s song:
I was born up on the fathoms, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home.

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

“Improvisation III”
by Kristen Dockendorff

Virtual Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

 

 

 

 

“On Becoming You” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 11, 2021

Coordinators: Kristen Dockendorff and Beth Hankins
with contributions from Peggy Webbe and Dorothy Bognar
Musicians:  Dorothy Bognar and Jeannine Westbrook

Gathering Music  (begins at 9:50)

Selections from “Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style”
by William L. Gillock
performed by Dorothy Bognar

Welcome and Announcements (Beth Hankins, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Centering (Kristen Dockendorff, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Prelude

“Turn! Turn! Turn!” by Pete Seeger and “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell
performed by Dorothy Bognar

Chalice Lighting

“Flame of Fire, Spark of the Universe”
by Leslie Pohl-Kosau
spoken by Beth Hankins

Opening Hymn

“Just As Long As I Have Breath”
Words by Alicia Carpenter, music by Johann Ebeling
#6 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Just as long as I have breath, I must answer, “Yes,” to life;
though with pain I made my way, still with hope I meet each day.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, “Yes,” to life.

Just as long as vision lasts, I must answer, “Yes,” to truth;
in my dream and in my dark, always that elusive spark.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, “Yes,” to truth.

Just as long as my heart beats, I must answer, “Yes,” to love;
disappointment pierced me through, still I kept on loving you.
If they ask what I did best, tell them I said, “Yes,” to love.

Reading

“The Desiderata”
by Max Ehrmann
read by Peggy Webbe

Joys and Concerns

Offering

For the month of April, the recipient of our Community Outreach Offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Offertory Music

“Adagio Cantabile” from “Sonata, Op.13”
Ludwig van Beethoven

Reflections

“Introduction to Becoming” (Beth Hankins)

“On Becoming You” (Kristen Dockendorff)

“Turn! Turn! Turn!” (Dorothy Bognar)

“The Greatest Skill of All” (Beth Hankins with reading by Robert Terry Weston)

Closing Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
by Sally Rogers
#131 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
Hope inside us, will lead the way
On the road from greed to giving,
Love will guide us through the hard night.                                                                                              

If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot speak before thousands,
You can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.                                                                                                            

(Repeat first verse.)

Extinguishing of Chalice

“May the Light Around Us Guide our Footsteps”
by Kathleen McTigue

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.

Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

“Break Forth Into Joy” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 4, 2021

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

First Musical Introit


“I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
by Marvin Frey
performed by Warren Vadas

Second Musical Introit

“Here Comes the Sun”
by George Harrison
performed by Pat Eaton-Robb and friends

Welcome (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Our flowers are given in loving memory of Bob and Marilyn Richardson

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“To the Spring” 
by Edvard Grieg
performed by Dorothy Bognar and Mary Bopp

 Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Pandemic Song” by Carl Johnson

Opening Hymn

“Morning Has Broken”
words by Eleanor Farjeon, Gaelic melody
#38 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Carol Simpson and Bob Hewey

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!

Story

Meet Jesus: The Life and Teachings of a Beloved Teacher (excerpts)
by Lynn Tuttle Gunney
illustrations by Jane Conteh-Morgan
presented by Gina Campellone

Music

“Hunter’s Chorus”
by C. M. von Weber
performed by Simone Ford

Meditation  (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Musical Meditation

“If I Can Come Back”
written and performed by Eileen Driscoll

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

“Idylle”
by Benjamin Godard
performed by Peggy Webbe

Offering

For the month of April, the recipient of our Community Outreach Offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Offering Music

“Allegro Pastorale (Spring) from the Four Seasons”
by Antonio Vivaldi
performed by Anne Stowe and Mary Bopp

 Music 

“Ose Ayo” (Nigerian Sunrise Song)
arr. Brian Tate
performed by the UUS:E choir

Homily

“Break Forth Intro Joy”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Music

“Break Forth Into Joy”
by Dave and Janet Perry
performed by the UUS:E choir

Closing Hymn

“Joy, Thou Goddess”
words by Frederick Shiller, music by Ludwig van Beethoven
#327 in Singing the Living Tradition
with second verse of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
words by Henry Van Dyke
led by Carol Simpson and Bob Hewey

Joy, thou goddess, fair immortal, offspring of Elysium,
mad with rapture, to the portal of thy holy fame we come!
Fashion’s laws, indeed, may sever, but thy magic joins again;
humankind is one forever ‘neath thy mild and gentle reign.

Joy, in nature’s wide dominion, mightiest cause of all is found;
and ‘tis joy that moves the pinion, when the wheel of time goes round;
from the bud she lures the flower, suns from out their orbs of light;
distant spheres obey her power, far beyond all mortal sight.

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and planets sing around thee, center of unbroken praise;
field and forest, vale and mountain, blossoming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.

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

“Walk in the Light”
anonymous
performed by Nancy Madar

Virtual Coffee Hour and Breakout Rooms

 

“Doing the Right Thing”–UUS:E Virtual Worship, March 21, 2021

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

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

Announcements

Introduction of the Service

Centering

Prelude 

“ Allemande from Suite 1”
by JS Bach
Leah Coloff, cellist

 

Chalice Lighting
Words adapted from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?
Expediency asks the question – is it politic?
Vanity asks the question – is it popular?
But conscience asks the question – is it right?

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither
safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right. 

Opening Hymn

“Amazing Grace!”
words by John Newton, music by Virginia Harmony
#205 and 206 in Singing the Living Tradition

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
’tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

First Reading
excerpt from All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
by the Rev. Robert Fulghum
spoken by the Ford family: Jenn, Ryan, Margeaux and Simone

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School.  These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.  Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup:  The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die.  So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.  The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.  Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

Second Reading

A variety of quotes about the right thing
spoken by Maureen Flanagan

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our plate collections for the month of March will be dedicated to Hartford Deportation Defense.

Offering Music   “True North” by Mary Bopp

Third Reading

excerpt adapted from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
performed by Glenn Campellone

Homily

“The Right Thing”
by Malcolm Barlow

Closing Hymn

“I Would Be True”
words by Howard A. Walter, music by Joseph Y Peek

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing words

excerpt from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

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)

Break Out Rooms

“Loved into Being” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, March 14, 2021

Follow today’s Order of Service here.

 

 

 

“We Have No Secret Knowledge!” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, March 7, 2021

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

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Trumpet Tune”
by William Boyce
performed by Roland Chirico

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“There is Only One Reason for Joining a Unitarian Universalist Church”
adapted from John B. Wolf
#183 in Lifting Our Voices
spoken by Rev. Josh and the UUS:E Stewardship Committee
(Adam Bender, Louisa Graver, Phil Sawyer,
Stan McMillen and Larry Lunden

Opening Song

“For a World Made Whole”
words by Josh Pawelek, music by Mary Bopp
led by Rev. Josh

May we be people, people of faith.
May we be people, people of faith.
May we be people, people of faith.
For a world made whole, may we be people of faith.

May we be people, people of hope….

May we be people, people of love….

Meditation

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering 

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our
Sunday plate collections for the month of March will be split between Communitas and Hartford
Deportation Defense.

Offering Music

excerpt from “Trumpet Sonata”
by Henry Purcell
performed by Roland Chirico

Homily “We Have No Secret Knowledge” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Song

“May Nothing Evil Cross This Door”
words by Louis Untermeyer, music by Robert Quaile
#1 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Rev. Josh Pawelek

May nothing evil cross this door,
and may ill fortune never pry about
these windows; may the roar
and rain go by.

By faith made strong, the rafters will
withstand the battering of the storm.
This hearth, though all the world grow chill,
will keep you warm.

Peace shall walk softly through these rooms,
touching our lips with holy wine,
till every casual corner blooms
into a shrine.

With laughter drown the raucous shout,
and, though these sheltering walls are thin,
may they be strong to keep hate out
and hold love in.

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.

Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

 

 

“Bear Witness; Save Lives” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 28, 2021

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

Words of Welcome and Introduction (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“Draw the Circle Wide”
by Mark Mitchell, arr. Mary Bopp
performed by Mary Bopp

 Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“I will not die an unlived life”
From A Grateful Heart
Dawna Markova
Spoken by Max Pawelek

Opening Hymn

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
Words adapted from Rumi, music by Lynn Adair Ungar
#188 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook and Rev. Josh

Come, come, whoever you are,
wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again come.

Story

“Spork”
by Kylo Maclear
as told by CB Beal

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of February will go to Operation Fuel.

Offering Music

“When I am Frightened”
by Shelly Jackson Denham
performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Reading

“For Nothing is Fixed” from Nothing Personal
by James Baldwin
#186 in Lifting Our Voices
spoken by Jessica Slogesky

For nothing is fixed,
forever and forever and forever,
it is not fixed;
the earth is always shifting,
the light is always changing,
the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born,
and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.
The sea rises, the light fails,
lovers cling to each other,
and children cling to us.
The moment we cease to hold each other,
the moment we break faith with one another,
the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Homily “Bear Witness: Save Lives” (CB Beal)

Closing Hymn

“How Could Anyone”
by Libby Roderick
#1053 in Singing the Journey
led by Jeannine Westbrook

How could anyone ever tell you
you were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
you were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
that your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you’re connected to my soul.

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.

Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

“Beloved Community in Our Lives” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 21, 2021

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

Welcome (Alan Ayers, member of the Sunday Services Committee)

Announcements 

Centering

Prelude

“True Colors”
by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg
performed by Janet Desmarais, Kate Howard-Bender, Nancy Madar
and Jeannette LeSure as the flower
produced by Dan Thompson

Lighting the Chalice and Opening Words

“A Place of Belonging and Caring”
by the Rev. Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson
read by Marsha Howland, member of the Sunday Services Committee

Opening Hymn

“There’s a River Flowing in My Soul”
by Rose Sanders
#1007 in Singing the Journey
led by Nancy and Joe Madar

There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
And it’s tellin’ me that I’m somebody.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.

There’s a river flowin’ in my heart…

 

There’s a river flowin’ in my mind…

Introduction to the Service (Marsha Howland)

First Reading

excerpts from the Dalai Lama
read by Alan Ayers

First Speaker Fabian Garcia

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of February will go to Operation Fuel.

Offering Music  

Humble and Kind”
by Lori McKenna
performed by Dan Thompson, Kathy Ayers and Alan Ayers

Second Reading

“One Love”
by the Rev. Hope Johnson
ready by Marsha Howland

Second Speaker   Molly Murphy

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Third Speaker   Al Benford

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Reflection Alan Ayers

Closing Hymn

“Lean on Me”
by Bill Withers
led by Joe and Nancy Madar

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

“Here for Beloved Community”
by the Rev. Dr. David Breeden
read by Marsha Howland

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)

Breakout Rooms

 

“Crazy Little Thing Called Beloved Community” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 14, 2021

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude 

Minuet in G”
by J. S. Bach
performed by Olivia Cohen

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“We Hold Hope Close”
by Theresa Inez Soto

In this community, we hold hope close. We don’t
always know what comes next, but that cannot dissuade us.
We don’t always know just what to do, but that will not mean
that we are lost in the wilderness. We rely on the certainty
beneath, the foundation of our values and ethics. We
are the people who return to love like a North Star and to
the truth that we are greater together than we are alone.
Our hope does not live in some glimmer of an indistinct future.
Rather, we know the way to the world of which we dream,
and by covenant and the movement forward of one right action
and the next, we know that one day we will arrive at home.

Opening Hymn

“Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire”
words by Hal Thompson, set to traditional English melody
#34 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Sandy Johnson

Though I may speak with bravest fire, and have the gift to all inspire,
and have not love, my words are vain as sounding brass and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess, and striving so my love profess,
but not be given by love within, the profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control, our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.

Story “We Love You Mister Hatch” (by Eileen Spinelli)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of February will go to Operation Fuel.

Offering Music

“March in G”
by J. S. Bach
performed by Elliot Vadas

Homily “Crazy Little Thing Called Beloved Community”

Slideshow

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Music: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
By Freddie Mercury
Performed by Jenn Richard

Closing Hymn

“Break Not the Circle”
words by Fred Kaan, music by Thomas Benjamin
#323 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Sandy Johnson

Break not the circle of enabling love
where people grow, forgiven and forgiving;
break not that circle, make it wider still,
till it includes, embraces all the living.

Come, wonder at this love that comes to life,
where words of freedom are with humor spoken,
and people keep no score of wrong and guilt,
but will that human bonds remain unbroken.

Join then the movement of the love that frees,
till people of whatever race or nation
will truly be themselves, stand on their feet,
see eye to eye with laughter and elation.

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 years to come.

Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

 

 

 

 

“What If…?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 7, 2021

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Martha Larson, co-chair Sunday Services Committee)

Announcements

Introduction and Centering

Prelude

“Pure Imagination”
by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse c.1971 for
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
vocalist, Janet Desmarais
producers, Dan Thompson and Janet Desmarais

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words 

“Let This Be a Place”
by Sharon Wylie:

Let this be the place you consider what you’ve never considered;
Let this be the place you imagine for yourself something new and unthinkable.
May this hour bring dreams of new ways of being in the world.
Come, let us worship together. 

Opening Hymn

“The Lone Wild Bird”
Words by H. R. MacFayden, music from William Walker’s “Southern Harmony”
#15 in Singing the Living Tradition
Led by Jeannette LeSure

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.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Prayer and Silent Meditation (from the Rev. Sara LaWall, spoken by Martha Larson)

Spirit of life and love, holy mystery
How do we pray for hope?
How do we bow down or look up
or sit in silence or walk among the trees
to make hope come alive,
when it feels so far beyond our grasp?
We breathe. We look within. We listen. We reach out.
We hold in the depths of our heart, that knowing
That hope is a gift we cannot destroy
It is the heartbeat always stirring within us
It is the imagination awakening to us to possibility
It is the unfolding of faith in action
May we hold on to hope
And carry it for one another
and for this broken and hurting world
May we be vessels of comfort and compassion
May we be vessels of peace and justice
May we be vessels of hope and healing
May love prevail.
In the name of all that is holy, we pray, Amen.

Offering

Offering Music

“Imagine”
by John Lennon
read by Jeannette LeSure

“Imagine (John Lennon)/Peace Like a River”(Marvin V. Frey)
(arr. by Mary Bopp)

Readings (read by Wayne Starkey)

Homily “What If? Part 1  (Jeannette LeSure)

Readings (read by Kathy Ayers)

Homily “What If?” Part 2 (Jeannette LeSure)

Closing Song

“Just Imagine”
by Matt Falkowski

Just imagine, just imagine, just imagine a little love.
Just imagine, just imagine, just imagine a little love.
I’m gonna bring a little love. And you can bring a little love.
We’ll put our love together cuz a little means a lot.
The world would be a better place  when love is what we’ve got.
Let’s all bring a little love.

Just imagine, just imagine, just imagine a little peace….

Just imagine, just imagine, just imagine a little hope….

Let’s all bring a little hope.

Let’s all bring a little peace.

Let’s all bring a little love.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words (adapted from Rev. Michael A. Schuler)

We have reached the end of this time together
For letting the imagination play with future possibilities…
Shall it be concluded, then?
What if this adventure, now commenced, continues?
What if this ending is not an ending,
But a prelude to new, more glorious beginnings?
May it be so.

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

Coffee Hour / Break Out Rooms