“Mothers and Daughters” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 29, 2023

Gathering Music (begins at 10:50)

“River Flowing in My Soul”
performed by Kate Howard-Bender, guitar & vocals,
and Jeannine Westbrook and Gianna DiMaoilo, vocals

Welcome & Announcements (Gianna DiMaiolo)

Centering (Gianna DiMaiolo)

Introduction to Prelude (Marsha Howland)

Prelude

“Wind Beneath My Wings”
Words by Larry Henley; Music by Jeff Silbar
Performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Chalice Lighting (Kate Howard-Bender)

Opening Words

From Summer Island by Kristin Hannah
Spoken by Marsha Howland

Opening Hymn

“Come Sing a Song with Me”
Words and Music by Carolyn McDade
#346 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Come, sing a song with me,
come, sing a song with me,
come, sing a song with me,
that I might know your mind

(Chorus)
And I’ll bring you hope
when hope is hard to find,
and I’ll bring a song of love
and a rose in the wintertime.

Come, dream a dream with me,
come, dream a dream with me,
come, dream a dream with me,
that I might know your mind.

(Chorus)

Come, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain with me,
that I might know your mind.

(Chorus)

Come, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose with me,
that I might know your mind.

Introduction to the Service (Marsha Howland)

Speaker (Donna Johnson)

Special Reading – Written and presented by Gianna DiMaiolo

Welcoming Visitors and Sharing Joys & Concerns (Gianna DiMaiolo)

Musical Meditation

Offering (Kate Howard-Bender)
The recipient of our January 29th (fifth Sunday) Community Outreach Offering is the UUA Disaster Relief Fund. As a series of atmospheric rivers continue to pour rain onto California, many parts of the state are facing flooding, mudslides, and more damage from winds and water. Contributions to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund will enable the UUA to grant recovery funds right away to California congregations and their members who are facing natural disasters in the days or weeks immediately following them.  The Fund is a concrete, material way that we show up and support our fellow UUs and their communities in the wake of more frequent climate disasters.

Offering Music

“Landslide”
Words and music by Stevie Nicks
Performed by Jeannine Westbrook and Kate Howard-Bender

Speaker (Marsha Howland)

Closing Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
Words by Sally Rogers; Music traditional, arr. by Betty A. Wylder
#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 sing like angels,
if you cannot speak before thousands,
you can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.

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.

Extinguishing the Chalice (Gianna DiMaiolo)

Closing Words – from Mother Theresa (Marsha Howland)

Closing Circle (Giana DiMaiolo)
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. 

 

“Have We No Principles?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 22, 2023

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome and Announcements

Centering 

Prelude

“What Dreams May Come”
Improv by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Love is the Enduring Force”
excerpt from Article II Proposal, UUA Bylaws

Opening Hymn

“Faith of the Larger Liberty”
Words by Vincent Silliman, Music: Bohemian Brethren, Kirchengsang, 1566
#287 in Singing the Living Tradition

Faith of the larger liberty, source of the light expanding,
law of the church that is to be, old bondage notwithstanding:
faith of the free! By thee we live —
by all thou givest and shalt give our loyalty commanding.

Heroes of faith in every age, far-seeing, self-denying,
wrought an increasing heritage, monarch and creed defying.
Faith of the free! In thy dear name
the costly heritage we claim, their living and their dying.

Faith for the people everywhere, whatever their oppression,
of all who make the world more fair, living their faith’s confession:
faith of the free! Whate’er our plight,
thy law, thy liberty, thy light shall be our blest possession.

Meditation

“Values”
excerpt from Article II Proposal, UUA Bylaws

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Musical Reflection

Offering

The recipient of our January Community Outreach Offering is the Connecticut Domestic Worker Justice Campaign. Domestic workers (house cleaners, personal attendants, nannies, etc.) remain one of the most exploited and exploitable classes of workers in the country. Connecticut’s ongoing Domestic Worker Justice Campaign advocates for labor rights, workplace protections, and training for domestic workers. The campaign’s long-term goal is to pass an enforceable Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in our state. Organizations who participate in the campaign include the CT Workers Center, Unidad Latina en Accion, the Naugatuck Valley Project, United Action of Southeastern, CT, Comunidades Sin Fronteras, the Hartford Catholic Archdiocese Office for Social Justice and a number of congregations, including UUS:E.

Offering Music 

“Rise”
by Eddie Vedder
performed by Janet Desmarais, vocals and Dan Thompson, ukelele

Sermon

“Have We No Principles?”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“For All That Is Our Life”
by Bruce Findlow
#128 in Singing the Living Tradition

For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise;
for all life is a gift which we are called to use
to build the common good and make our own days glad.

For needs which others serve, for services we give,
for work and its rewards, for hours of rest and love;
we come with praise and thanks for all that is our life.

For sorrow we must bear, for failures, pain, and loss,
for each new thing we learn, for fearful hours that pass:
we come with praise and thanks for all that is our life.

for all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise;
for all life is a gift which we are called to use
to build the common good and make our own days glad.

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. 

 

Article II: Purposes and Covenant

Section C-2.1. Purposes

The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its organizational powers for religious, educational, and humanitarian purposes. Its primary purposes are to equip congregations for vital ministry, to support and train leaders both lay and professional, to heal historic inequities, and to advance our Unitarian Universalist values in the world. We will transform the world by our liberating love.

Section C-2.2. Values and Covenant

Love is the enduring force that holds us together. As Unitarian Universalists in religious community, we covenant, congregation-to-congregation and through our association, to support and assist each other in engaging our ministries. We draw from our heritages of freedom and reason, hope and courage, building on the foundation of love. Love inspires and powers the passion with which we embody our values. Inseparable from one another, these shared values are:

Justice. We work to be diverse multicultural Beloved Communities where all people thrive. We covenant to dismantle racism and all forms of oppression within individuals and our institutions. We are accountable to each other for this work.

Generosity. We cultivate a spirit of gratitude and hope. We covenant to freely share our faith, presence, and resources. Compassionate generosity connects us one to another in relationships of mutuality.

Evolution. We adapt to the changing world. We covenant to collectively transform and grow spiritually and ethically. Evolution is fundamental to life and to our Unitarian Universalist heritages, never complete and never perfect.

Pluralism. We celebrate that we are all sacred beings diverse in culture, theology, and experience. We covenant to learn from one another and openly explore the depth and breadth of our many wisdoms. We embrace our differences and commonalities with love, curiosity, and respect.

Equity. We declare that every person has the right to flourish with dignity and worthiness. We covenant to use our time, wisdom, attention, and money to build and sustain a fully inclusive and accessible community of communities.

Interdependence. We honor the sacred interdependent web of all existence. With humility we understand our place in the web. We covenant to care for and respect the earth and all beings by fostering relationships of mutuality. We work to repair the bonds we have broken.

Section C-2.3. Inspirations

As Unitarian Universalists, we draw upon, and are inspired by, the full depth and breadth of sacred understandings, as experienced by humanity. Grateful for the religious lineages we inherit and the pluralism which enriches our faith, we are called to ever deepen and expand our wisdom.

Section C-2.4. Inclusion

Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories. We pledge to replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect. We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcome all persons who share our values. We commit to structuring congregational and associational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation.

Section C-2.5. Freedom of Belief

Nothing herein shall be deemed to infringe upon the individual freedom of belief which is inherent in the Unitarian Universalist heritages or to conflict with any statement of purpose, covenant, or bond of union used by any congregation unless such is used as a creedal test. In expressing our beliefs, we do so in the spirit of love, in ways that further Beloved Community.

 

“Let the Children March” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 15, 2023

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome (Gina Campellone, Children’s Ministry Director)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“A Network of Mutuality”
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
#584 in Singing the Living Tradition

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

There are some things in our social system to which all of us ought to be maladjusted.

Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear, only love can do that.

We must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.

The foundation of such a method is love.

Before it is too late, we must narrow the gaping chasm between our proclamations of peace and our lowly deeds which precipitate and perpetuate war.

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

We shall hew out a mountain of despair, a stone of hope. 

Opening Hymn

“Circle Round for Freedom”
by Linda Hirschhorm
#155 in Singing the Living Tradition

Circle ’round for freedom, circle ’round for peace,
for all of us imprisoned, circle for release,
circle for the planet, circle for each soul,
for the children of our children,
keep the circle whole

Story

“Let the Children March”
by Monica Clark-Robinson, with illustrations by Frank Morrison
spoken by Gina Campellone

Song

“Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round”
Led by Rev. Josh

Note: “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me “Round” is an American freedom song and civil rights anthem based on the Black spiritual “Don’t You Let Nobody Turn You Round.” This song has been recorded hundreds of times by artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Roots and Joan Baez.

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Aint gonna let nobody turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ down to freedom land

Ain’t gonna let racism turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let racism turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land

Ain’t gonna let no hatred turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let no hatred turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land.

Ain’t gonna let injustice turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain’t gonna let injustice turn me around
I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’
Marchin’ up to freedom’s land.

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

Offering

The recipient of our January Community Outreach Offering is the Connecticut Domestic Worker Justice Campaign. Domestic workers (house, cleaners, personal attendants, nannies, etc.) remain one of the most exploited and exploitable classes of workers in the country. Connecticut’s ongoing Domestic Worker Justice Campaign advocates for labor rights, workplace protections, and training for domestic workers. The campaign’s long-term goal is to pass an enforceable Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in our state. Organizations who participate in the campaign include the CT workersWorkers Center, Unidad Latina en Accion, the Naugatuck Valley Project, United Action of Southeastern CT, Comunidades Sin Fronteras, the Hartford Catholic Archdiocese Office for Social Justice, and a number of congregations, including UUS:E.

Musical Offering

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
by Thomas A. Dorsey
performed by Mary Bopp

Congregational Conversation: “Let the Children March”

Homily: “What Would You March for Today?”

Closing Hymn

“Amazing Grace”
Words: John Newton
Music: “Virginia Harmony, 1831
#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.

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.

“What Shared Ministry Means to Me” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 8, 2023

Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Don’t Carry It All
by the Decembrists
performance by Meeting House

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Bold and Courageous Together”
by the Rev. Erika A. Hewitt

Congregation:

With full hearts
we affirm our relationships with one another;
we recognize our agency and our connective power;
and we accept our responsibility to be bold and courageous.
We light this chalice,
symbol of all that we are, all that we have done together,
and all that we will be as our shared ministry encourages those within, and beyond, our walls.

Opening Hymn

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

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

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.

Silence

Meditation

“We Are One”
by Hope Johnson

Music

Walk the Same Line
by Everything But the Girl
performance by Meeting House

Joys, Concerns and Introductions

Offering

The recipient of our January Community Outreach Offering is the Connecticut Domestic Worker Justice Campaign. Domestic workers (house cleaners, personal attendants, nannies, etc.) remain one of the most exploited and exploitable classes of workers in the country. Connecticut’s ongoing Domestic Worker Justice Campaign advocates for labor rights, workplace protections, and training for domestic workers. The campaign’s long-term goal is to pass an enforceable Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in our state. Organizations who participate in the campaign include the CT Workers Center, Unidad Latina en Accion, the Naugatuck Valley Project, United Action of Southeastern CT, Comunidades Sin Fronteras, the Hartford Catholic Archdiocese Office for Social Justice, and a number of congregations including UUS:E.

Offering Music

If I Should Fall Behind
by Bruce Springsteen
performance by Meeting House

Sermon

“What Shared Ministry Means to Me”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Song

Lean on Me
by Bill Withers
led by Meeting House

Sometimes in our lives
we all have pain,
we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise
we know that there’s
always tomorrow.

Chorus:
Lean on me when you’re not strong
and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on,
For it won’t be long ’til I’m gonna need
somebody to lean on.

Please swallow your pride
if I have things
you need to borrow,
For no one can fill
those of your needs
that you won’t let show.

Bridge:
Just call on me brother when you need a hand.
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you’d understand.
We all need somebody to lean on.

Chorus

If there is a load 
you have to bear
that you can’t carry,
I’m right up the road,
I’ll share your load
if you just call me.
Call me… call me…

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.

 

“Wanderer, Worshipper, Lover of Leaving: UU Pilgrimages” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 1, 2023

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50) – Dorothy Bognar

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“I Wonder as I Wander”
Words and Music by John Jacob Niles;
Arr. by Sharon Aaronson
Performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (Rev. Sara Ascher)

May the light from this flame be a beacon of our faith, in the days that grow dark and dreary.
May the light from this flame be warmth to our spirits, during times of restless searching.
May the light from this flame be a celebration of the truth, meaning and joy we find
within these walls and in our dreams.

Opening Hymn

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
Words adapted from Rumi; Music by Lynn Adair Ungar
#188 in Singing the Living Tradition

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

Meditation on a New Year (Beth Hudson-Hankins)

Welcoming Visitors and Sharing Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude

Offering
“We do not gather our gifts only for ourselves, but to share with the larger community.”
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty
percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of January will go to The Domestic 
Worker Justice Campaign.

Offering Music

“The Long and Winding Road”
Words and Music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon;
Arr. by Philip Kevern
Performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano

“Wanderer, Worshipper, Lover of Leaving”
Speakers: Cory Clark, Laurel Hennebury, Susan Barlow

Closing Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
Words by Sally Rogers;
Music: traditional, arr. by Betty A Wylder

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

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.

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.

“On This Day Everywhere!” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 25, 2022

 

Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“The Work of Christmas”
by Howard Thurman
#615 in Singing the Living Tradition

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.

Opening Hymn

“Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella”
words: traditional French provencal, music: French carol
#233 in Singing the Living Tradition

Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella
bring a torch and quickly run.
Christ is born, good folk of the village,
Christ is born and Mary’s calling,
Ah! Ah! Beautiful is her child.

Come and see within the stable,
come and see the Holy one,
come and see the lovely Jesus,
brown his brow, his cheeks are rosy.
Hush! Hush! Quietly now he slumbers.
Hush! Hush! Quietly now he sleeps.

First Lesson

Matthew 1:18-25
“The Birth of Jesus”

Hymn

“The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem”
Lyrics by Royce J. Scherf; music from The Southern Harmony
#232 in Singing the Living Tradition

The hills are bare at Bethlehem, no future for the world they show;
yet here new life begins to grow, from earth’s old dust a greenwood stem.

The stars are cold at Bethlehem, no warmth for those beneath the sky;
yet here the radiant angels fly, and joy burns new, a fi’ry gem.

The heart is tired at Bethlehem, no human dream unbroken stands;
yet here God comes to mortal hands, and hope renewed cries out: “Amen!”

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

Offering
“We do not gather our gifts only for ourselves but to share with the larger community.”
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of December will go to three area shelters: McKinney Men’s Shelter (Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, and Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

Second Lesson

Matthew 2: 1-12
“The Visit of the Magi”

Hymn

“We Three Kings of Orient Are”
words and music by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
#259 in Singing the Living Tradition

We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.

(Chorus)
O Star of wonder, star of light, star, with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding, guide us through this perfect night.

Frankincense to offer have I, incense owns a Deity nigh.
Prayer and praising, all are raising, worship God most high.
(Chorus)

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
(Chorus)

Born a babe on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown him again,
love forever, ceasing never, in our hearts to reign.
(Chorus)

Third Lesson

Matthew 2: 13-15
“The Escape to Egypt”

Reflection

“The Work of Christmas”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“On This Day Everywhere”
Words and music based on Theodoric Petri’s Piae Cantiones; arr. by Gustav Theodore Holst
#249 in Singing the Living Tradition

On this day everywhere
children’s songs fill the air,
greet the child, new and fair
Christmas gift so holy,
born in stable lowly.

(Chorus)
Ideo-o-o. Ideo-o-o.
Ideo gloria in excelsis Deo!

Sweet the babe, strange his bed,
manger hay round his head,
cattle there in the shed;
Mary, Joseph by him,
shepherds drawing nigh him.

(Chorus)

Magi three find their way
by a star’s shining ray
to the child in the hay;
give their wondrous presents,
gold and myrrh and incense.

(Chorus)

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.

 

 

 

“The Wonder of It All” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 18, 2022

Gathering Music

Choral Introit

“The Holly and the Ivy”
traditional British carol
arranged by Wayne Haun
performed by the UUS:E Choir

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

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek, UUS:E Minister)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“Christmas Time Is Here”
by Vince Guaraldi
played by Andy Caruk, trumpet; Jasmine Caruk, piano

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

excerpt from “Winter Solstice”
by the Rev. Rebecca Parker
spoken by Molly Rourke

Opening Hymn

“Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly”
Words: traditional Welsh
Music: Old Welsh Carol
#235 in Singing the Living Tradition

Deck the hall with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us, fa la la la la, la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus, fa la la la la, la la la la
Follow me in merry measure, fa la la la la la, la la la
While I tell of Yuletide treasure, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes, fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, fa la la la la, la la la la.
Sing we joyous all together, fa la la la la la, la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Story

“The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming”
by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
Gina Campellone, narrator

Music

“Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah”
traditional Yiddish song
performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

Offering
“We do not gather our gifts only for ourselves, but to share with the larger community.”
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of December will go to the three area shelters: McKinney Men’s Shelter (Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”
by Irving Berlin
performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Music

“Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming”
German Origin Christmas Carol and Marian Hymn
performed by the UUS:E Choir

Homily (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“Dona Nobis Pacem”
words, traditional Latin (“grant us peace”
music, traditional canon
#388 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by the UUS:E Choir

Dona nobis pacem

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

“Last Christmas”
by George Michael
performed by Will Alexson and Casey Campellone

 

 

 

“The Darkness Invites Wonder” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 11, 2022

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

excerpt from “Crisis Contemplation”
by Barbara A. Holmes
spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening Hymn (Dorothy Bognar)

“Now Light is Less”
Words by Theodore Roethke, music by Alfred Munroe Smith
#54 in Singing the Living Tradition

Now light is less; noon skies are wide and deep;
the ravages of wind and rain are healed.
The haze of harvest drifts along the field
until clear eyes put on the look of sleep.

The garden spider weaves a silken pear
to keep inclement weather from its young.
Straight from the oak, the gossamer is hung.
At dusk our slow breath thickens on the air.

Lost hues of birds the trees take as their own.
Long since, bronze wheat was gathered into sheaves.
The walker trudges ankle deep in leaves;
the feather of the milkweed flutters down.

The shoots of spring have mellowed with the year.
Buds, long unsealed, obscure the narrow lane.
The blood slows trance-like in the altered vein;
our vernal wisdom moves through ripe to sere.

Welcoming New Members

Introductions (Membership Committee co-chairs)

The Charge (Minister)
As you take up membership in the Unitarian Universalist Society: East, I charge you to share
with us who you are. Share your creativity, your experiences, your questions, your doubts, your
beliefs, and all your discoveries of life’s meaning. I charge you to shake us up with your ideas,
to stir us up with your conscience, to inspire us with your actions, and to stimulate our hopes with your dreams of what life can be.

Congregational Welcome (Congregation)
We welcome you as companions in the search for truth and meaning. We invite you to share in our
mission of caring for one another, encouraging each other in spiritual growth, working for justice and peace in the wider community, and living in harmony with the earth. We join our gifts with yours, trusting in the power of community to bring freedom, healing, and love.

New Member Affirmation (New members)
We join the Unitarian Universalist Society: East out of a desire and willingness to participate in a
liberal religious congregation. We pledge to share our time, energy, and gifts; to diligently seek our spiritual truths, and to strengthen the bonds of community.

Responsive Hymn (Dorothy Bognar)

“What Is This Church?”
Words adapted from Eugene Sander
Music by Jean Sibelius

What is this church?
A place of love and gladness.
Where all may meet, to seek the common good.
A source of strength, to face each doubt and sadness.
Where every dream is known and understood.
What is this church? Ask those who came before,
And found themselves, by crossing through its door. 

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering
We do not gather our gifts only for ourselves, but to share with the greater community.
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday
plate collections for the month of December will be given to the three area shelters:  McKinney Men’s Shelter
(Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, and Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

“Flieder, op 21, no. 5 (Lilacs)”
by Rachmaninoff
performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano and Peggy Webbe, bass flute

Meditation

“Early Waking Reflections”
by Carrie Kocher

Sermon

“Darkness Invites Wonder”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn (Dorothy Bognar)

Hymn #55 “Dark of Winter”
by Shelley Jackson Denham
#55 in Singing the Living Tradition

Dark of winter, soft and still, your quiet calm surrounds me.
Let my thoughts go where they will; ease my mind profoundly
And then my soul will sing a song, a blessed song of love eternal.
Gentle darkness, soft and still, bring your quiet to me.

Darkness, soothe my weary eyes, that I may see more clearly.
When my heart with sorrow cries, comfort and caress me.
And then my soul may hear a voice, a still, small voice of love eternal.
Darkness, when my fears arise, let your peace flow through me.

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.

“Wonder: Igniting Scientific and Spiritual Curiosity” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 4, 2022

Gathering Music (Jenn Richard)

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Wonder”
by Natalie Merchant
performed by Jenn Richard

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Intro to the Service

Opening Hymn

“Morning Has Broken”
#38 in Singing the Living Tradition

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!

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response (Mary Bopp, video)

Reflection #1

Offering

Offering Music

“I am Willing”
by Holly Near
performed by Jenn Richard

Reflection #2

Closing Reading

Closing Hymn

“The Oneness of Everything”
#1052 in Singing the Journey

Far beyond the grasp of hands, or light to meet the eye,
Past the reaches of the mind
There find the key to nature’s harmony in and architecture so entwined
Like the birds whose patterns grace the sky
And carry all who join in love expanding,
The message of peace will rise in flight
Taking the weight of the world upon its wings,
In the oneness of everything.

Peace is in the dance of trees, who stir before the first breath of wind
Is yet perceived.
Trust in the song, becoming one with the dance, and all mysteries can be believed.
Songs of lives long past that touch our own
Are written in the earth evergiving,
And now to maintain the harmony gives to us all lives worth living,
For the oneness of everything.

Still we seek to find a truth that we might understand and reduce to terms defined
Vast and immeasurable time and space all so overwhelmingly designed.
Oh, passing years just might I know the faith that winters in the heart to be reborn in spring.
To hear and to feel the pulse of life enters my soul as a song to sing,
Of the oneness of everything.

Closing Words and Extinguishing of 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.

Breakout Rooms

 

“For So the Children Come…” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, November 27, 2022

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Clare De Lune”
by Claude Debussy
performance by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Give Us the Spirit of the Child”
By Sara Moores Campbell
Spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening Hymn

“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”
Early Quaker song, American gospel tune
#108 in Singing the Living Tradition

My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing.
It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing!

What though the tempest ’round me roars, I know the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness ’round me close, songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging.
Since love prevails in heav’n and earth, how can I keep from singing!

When tyrants tremble as they hear the bells of freedom ringing,
when friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing!
To prison cell and dungeon vile our thoughts to them are winging;
when friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing!

Meditation

“For So the Children Come”
Words by Sophia Lyon Fahs
Music by Jason Shelton
#1061 in Singing the Journey

Each night a child is born is a holy night:
A time for singing,
A time for wondering,
A time for worshipping,
Each night a child is born is a holy night.

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering
The recipient of our November community outreach offering is Manchester Senior, Adult, and Family Services.

Offering Music

“We Are The World”
by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie
performance by Dorothy Bognar

Sermon

“For So the Children Come”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“People Look East”
Words by Eleanor Farjeon
Music: traditional French carol
#226 in Singing the Living Tradition

People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today: Love, the Guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, one more seed is planted there.
Give up your strength the seed to nourish, that in course and flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today: Love, the Rose is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim, one more light the bowl shall brim,
shining beyond the frosty weather, bright as sun and moon together.
People look east and sing today: Love, the Star, is on the way.

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.