“Small Miracles” – UUS:E Virtual Worship, August 1, 2021

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

Centering (Sheila Foran)

Introduction to the Service (Sheila Foran)

Prelude

“Perpetual Motion”
by Karl Bohm
performed by Margeaux Ford

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words

“To Remind Ourselves What Is Real”
by Elena Westbrook
Read by Sandy Karosi (member of the Sunday Services Committee)

In a world ravaged by violence, by hatred,
by conflicts that seem eternal and insoluble,
sometimes the only thing we can do
is be still for a moment
to remind ourselves what is real:
the sun that rose this morning,
the dirt under our feet,
the air whispering in and out of our lungs.
This hour, try just to be present in each moment as it unfolds.
Your simple attention is what makes these moments holy.

Opening Hymn

“Morning Has Broken”
Words: Eleanor Farjeon
Music: Gaelic Melody, 1931 Oxford University Press,
Harmony by David Evans
#38 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

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 (Sandy Karosi)

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

First Speaker: Rob Sehi

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Offering

For the month of 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 (Mary Bopp)

“Gymnopédie No. 1”
by Erik Satie

Second Speaker: Anne Carr

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Reflection: Sandy Karosi

Closing Hymn

“‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”
Words: Joseph Bracket
Music: American Shaker tune
#16 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free,
‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.
To turn, turn will be our delight,
‘till by turning, turning we come ‘round right.

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words (Sandy Karosi)

“Go Forth in Simplicity”
by Samuel A. Trumbore

Go forth in simplicity.
Find and walk the path
that leads to compassion and wisdom,
that leads to happiness, peace and ease.
Welcome the stranger and
open your heart to a world in need of healing.
Be courageous before the forces of hate.
Hold and embody a vision of the common good that
serves the needs of all people.

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 with Breakout Rooms

 

For the Love of the Game — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 25, 2021

Music (Mary Bopp) (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Centerfield”
by John Fogerty
Performed by Kate Howard-Bender and Adam Bender

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“We’re Human Beings”
by Jill McDonough
spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek 

Opening Hymn

“We Give Thanks”
by Wendy Luella Perkins
#1010 in Singing the Journey
led by Bob Hewey and Carol Simpson

Oh, we give thanks for this precious day,
For all gather’d here, and those far away;
For this time (food) we share with love and care,
Oh, we give thanks for this precious day.

 Meditation

“Casey at the Bat”
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
spoken by Rob Stolzman

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

 Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

 Offering

 For the month of July, 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

“Right Field”
by Willy Welch
performed by Bob Hewey and Carol Simpson

Homily “For the Love of the Game” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Song

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer (1908)
led by Bob Hewey and Carol Simpson

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.

 Extinguishing the Chalice

 Closing Words 

May faith the in the spirit of live
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 Hours With Breakout Rooms

 

“How I Found Unitarian Universalism/UUS:E and Why I Stay” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 11, 2021

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

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

Centering  (Marsha Howland, member of the Sunday Services Committee)

Prelude 

“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
by Paul Simon
performed by Alan and Kathy Ayers and Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Opening Hymn 

“May Nothing Evil Cross this Door”
Words by Louis Untermeyer
Music by Robert N. Quaile
#1 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

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.

Introduction to the Service

First Reading:

From “Constellations of our Lives”
by Karen G. Johnston
read by Marsha Howland

First Speaker: Maureen Flanagan

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns 

Musical Meditation

Offering  

The recipients of our July outreach offering are the three area food banks serving residents in towns including Manchester, East Hartford, Ellington, South Windsor, Tolland and Vernon. They are MACC Food Bank, Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, and CT Mutual Aid East of the River Food Pantry.

Offering Music

“I Believe”
by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman
performed by Alan Ayers

Second Speaker: Rob Stolzman

Musical Meditation

Third Speaker: Marsha Howland

Second Reading:

“I Want to Be with People”
by Dana E. Worsnop
read by Marsha Howland

Closing Hymn 

“Go Lifted Up”
by Mortimer B. Barron
#1057 in Singing the Journey
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Go lifted up,
Love bless your way,
moonlight, starlight
guide your journey
into peace
and the brightness of day.

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words 

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

Breakout Rooms 

 

“If Only There Are Stars” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 4, 2021

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome and Announcements (Martha Larson and Stacey Musulin, members of the Sunday Services Committee)

Introduction to Service  (Martha Larson)

Centering   (Stacey Musulin)

Prelude

“Starburst”
Improvisation by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Out of the Stars”
by Robert T. Weston
#530 in Singing the Living Tradition

Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity, here have we come,
Stardust and sunlight, mingling through time and through space

Out of the stars have we come, up from time;
Out of stars have we come

Time out of time before time in the vastness of space, earth spun to orbit the sun,
Earth with the thunder of mountains newborn, the boiling of seas.

Earth warmed by sun, lit by sunlight:
This is our home.
Out of stars we have come.

Mystery hidden in mystery, back through all time;
Mystery rising from rocks in the storm and the sea.

Out of the stars, rising from rocks and the sea,
kindled by sunlight on earth, arose life.

Ponder this thing in your heart; ponder with awe:
Out of the sea to the land, out of the shallows came ferns.

Out of the sea to the land, up from darkness to light,
Rising to walk and to fly, out the sea trembled life.

Ponder this thing in your heart, life up from sea:
Eyes to behold, throats to sing, mates to love.

Life from the sea, warmed by sun, washed by rain,
Life from within, giving birth, rose to love. 

This is the wonder of time; this is the marvel of space;
Out of the stars swing the earth; life upon earth rose to love.

This is the marvel of life, rising to see and to know;
Out of your heart, cry wonder: sing that we live. 

Opening Hymn

“For the Beauty of the Earth”
#21 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson
words by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
music by Conrad Kocher

For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human care, sister, brother, parent, child,
for the kinship we all share, for all gentle thoughts and mild:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

Prayer

“A Prayer”
by Toyohiko Kagawa
from Songs of the Slums
Translated from the Japanese by Lois Erickson. c.Cokesbury, 1935
read by Martha Larson

Star Drawing Meditation (Stacey Musulin with music by Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns and Visitors  (Martha Larson)

Musical Response

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Words by Jane Taylor, verses 1, 2 and 5
Music French melody “Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman,” published in 1761
sung by Vera Elzerman

Offering ( Stacey Musulin)

Offering Music

“When You Wish Upon a Star”
Leigh Harline and Ned Washington
sung by Sandy Johnson

Reflections on Toyohiko Kagawa (Martha Larson)

Reading

“If Only There Are Stars”
by Toyohiko Kagawa
Translated by Lois J. Erickson
read by Martha Larson

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Reading
By Alan Lightman
Read by Stacey Musulin

Homily – The Meaning and Metaphor of Stars (Stacey Musulin)

Closing Hymn

“This Little Light of Mine”
#118 in Singing the Living Tradition
words by Emmon Bach
music by Janet McLoud McGaughey
led by Sandy Johnson

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Ev’rywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine…

Building up a world, I’m gonna let it shine…

Extinguishing the Chalice  (Stacey Musulin)

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

Break out Rooms

“Arriving on These Shores of HOPE: Thoughts on the New Normal” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 20, 2021

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

Welcome and Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Prelude

“Mother Earth Prayer”
written and chanted by Eileen Driscoll

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“The Shores of Hope”
by Daniel C. Kanter
spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening Hymn

 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
music, John Wyeth, Repository of Sacred Music
words, v. 1, Robert Robinson
v. 2-3, Eugene Navias
#126 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Janet Desmarais

Come, thou fount of ev’ry blessing, tune our ears to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of life’s perfection fills our hearts with joy and love,
teach us ever to be faithful, may we still thy goodness prove.

Come, thou fount of ev’ry vision, lift our eyes to what may come.
See the lion and the young lamb dwell together in thy home.
Hear the cries of war fall silent, feel our love glow like the sun.
When we all serve one another, then our heaven is begun.

Come, thou fount of inspiration, turn our lives to higher ways.
Lift our gloom and desperation, show the promise of this day.
Help us bind ourselves in union, help our hands tell of our love.
With thine aid, O fount of justice, earth be fair as heav’n above.

Story

“Cat Knit”
by Jacob Grant

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Offering

The recipients of our June community outreach offering are Mary’s Place and Covenant to Care for Children. Mary’s Place, a non-profit organization located in Windsor, provides support to children, teens and families who are grieving a death. Covenant to Care provides a variety of social work resources to abused, neglected or impoverished children.

Offering Music

“Feeling Good”
by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
sung by Janet Desmarais

Homily

“Arriving on These Shores of Hope: Thoughts on the New Normal”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“Building a New Way”
by Martha Sandefer, arr., Jim Scott
#1017 in Singing the Journey
Led by Janet Desmarais

We are building a new way.
We are building a new way.
We are building a new way,
feeling stronger ev’ry day,
We are building a new way.

We are working to be free.
We are working to be free.
We are working to be free,
hate and greed and jealousy.
We are working to be free.

Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry.
Peace and freedom is our cry,
Without these this world will die.
Peace and freedom is our cry.

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

Virtual Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

 

“Religious Education Sunday” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 13, 2021

Gathering Music

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

Announcements (Gina Campellone)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“Variation on Long, Long Ago”
by T. H. Bayly
performed by Elliot Vadas

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words

“A Symbol of Learning and Love”
by Elizabeth Harding
spoken by Jenn, Margeaux, Ryan, and Simone Ford

Opening Song

“Peace Like a River”
by Marvin V. Frey
#100 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Rev. Josh

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.
I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul. (in my soul)

I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.
I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul. (in my soul)

I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.
I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul. (in my soul)

I’ve got pain like an arrow . . .

I’ve got tears like the raindrops . . . 

I’ve got strength like a mountain . . . 

Meditation

“May I Be Kind”
by Meg Barnhouse, adapted by Gina Campellone
spoken by Warren Vadas

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Joys & Concerns (Rev. Josh)

Offering
The recipients of our June community outreach offering are Mary’s Place and Covenant to Care for Children. Mary’s Place, a non-profit organization located in Windsor, provides support to children, teens, and families who are grieving a death. Covenant to Care for Children offers a safety net to abused, neglected, or impoverished children in Connecticut by providing essential support in moments that are critical for a child’s ability to thrive and a family’s ability to stay together.

Offering Music

“Rainbow Connection”
by Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher
performed by Deborah Kargher

Message from the Minister (Rev. Josh)

Reflections on Religious Education During the Covid Pandemic

It’s All About Connection!

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Volunteer Appreciation

Recognition & Transitions

  • Distinguished Youth Service Award
  • Bridging

Closing Song

“What a Wonderful World”
by Bob Thiele & George David Weiss
performed by Michelle Spadaccini

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

“Crowded Table”
by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, & Lori McKenna
performed by Kate Howard-Bender & Genevieve Bender

Virtual Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

 

 

 

 

 

“Love Outside the Box” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 6, 2021

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

Welcome and Announcements (Martha Larson, co-chair, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Centering (Martha Larson)

Prelude

“Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Violin and Clavier,” first movement
by J.S. Bach
performed by Sharon Gunderson and Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“A Universal Love”
by Rebecca Ann Parker
(unison reading)

Even when our hearts are broken
By our own failure
Or the failure of others
Cutting into our lives,
Even when we have done all we can
And life is still broken,
There is a Universal Love
That has never broken faith with us
And never will.

Opening Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
words by Sally Rogers
music, traditional, arr. by Betty A. Wylder
#131 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson and Dan Thompson

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.

Meditation (Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Offering Music

“All You Need is Love”
By John Lennon and Paul McCartney
performed by Sandy Johnson and Dan Thompson

Sermon

“Love Out of the Box”
Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull

Closing Music

Ahavah Rabbah (“Love Great”)
by Elana Arian
performed by Sharon Gunderson and Mary Bopp

Translation: How deeply you have loved us.

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)

“Loss, and Love” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, May 30, 2021

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

Welcome (Marsha Howland)

Announcements  (Marsha Howland)

Centering  (Marsha Howland)

Prelude

“Amazing Grace”
Virginia Harmony, 1831
Performed by Benjamin Elzerman

Chalice Lighting and

Opening Words  (Sandy Karosi)

“Memorial Day”
by Charles F. Flagg

In honor of those we have known and loved in the past,
In recognition of the gifts and sacrifices they have made on our behalf,
And in our sincere hopes that we may be worthy of their memory,
We light our candles,
We give our thanks
And we offer our prayers.
Amen and Blessed Be

Opening Hymn

“Abide with Me”
words by Henry Francis Lyte
music by William Henry Monk
#101 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; still with me abide.
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
change and decay in all around I see:
O thou who changes not, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if thou abide with me.

Introduction to the Service (Sandy Karosi)

First Reading “We Gather to Remember” by Nicole McKay  (David Garnes)

Reflection  Cory Clark

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns  (Marsha Howland, David Klotz)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

The recipients of our May community outreach offering are MARC, Inc. and MARCH, Inc.

Marc, Inc. provides advocacy, employment, residential, respite and retirement services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. March, Inc. provides residential programs and supportive living programs to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Offering Music

“Going Home”
William Arms Fisher and Antonin Dvorak
performed by Benjamin Elzerman

Second Reading  Excerpts from Memorial Day speech by Jennifer M. Granholm  (David Garnes)

Reflection  Jeanne Pitney

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Reflection  Marsha Howland

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Closing Hymn

“What Wondrous Love”
words by Connie Campbell Hart
music: melody from The Southern Harmony, 1835
#18 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Jeannine Westbrook

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
what wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that brings my heart such bliss,
and takes away the pain of my soul, of my soul,
and takes away the pain of my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath my sorrows ground,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul, O my soul,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul.

To love and to all friends I will sing, I will sing,
to love and to all friends I will sing.
To love and to all friends who pain and sorrow mend,
with thanks unto the end I will sing, I will sing,
with thanks unto the end I will sing.

Extinguishing the Chalice  (Marsha Howland)

Closing Words (Sandy Karosi)

“Share Your Glorious Light with the World”
by James Morison

Within each of our hearts there is a most glorious light.
Go forth, and let its spark help you understand what troubles both you and others;
Go forth, and let its light of reason be a guide in your decisions;
Go forth, and bring its ray of hope to those in need of help in both body and spirit, that they may find healing;
Go forth, and fan the flames of passion to help heal our world;
Go forth, and spread the warm glow of love, pushing back the darkness of the world;
Go forth, and share your glorious light with the world.

Closing Circle  (Marsha Howland)

The service has ended. Go in peace.

“This Is What Reopening Looks Like!” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, May 23, 2021

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

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“Better Things”
by Dar Williams
performed by Carole Capen-Kargher

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Always there is a beginning”
Adapted from Edward Searl
#172 in Lifting Our Voices

Always there is a beginning—
A new day
A new month,
A new season,
A new year.

Forever the old passes away
And newness emerges
From the richness that was.

Nothing is ever lost
In the many changes
Time brings

What was, in some way,
Will be,
Though changed in form. 

Always, there is a beginning—
A new day,
A new month
A new season.
A new year.

Opening Hymn 

“Gather the Spirit”
by Jim Scott
#347 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Carole Capen-Kargher

Gather the spirit, harvest the power.
Our sep’rate fires will kindle one flame.
Witness the mystery of this hour.
Our trials in this light appear all the same.

(Chorus)
Gather in peace, gather in thanks.
Gather in sympathy now and then.
Gather in hope, compassion and strength.
Gather to celebrate once again.

Gather the spirit of heart and mind.
Seeds for the sowing are laid in store.
Nurtured in love, and conscience refined,
with body and spirit united once more.

(Chorus)

Gather the spirit growing in all,
drawn by the moon and fed by the sun.
Winter to spring, and summer to fall,
the chorus of life resounding as one.

(Chorus)

New Member Welcome

This morning we welcome the following new members to our congregation:

Gina Mango
Maureen Flanagan
Ann Simon
Stephen Simon
Ginny Bennett
Robin Byrne

We also welcome Peg Darrah, who signed the membership book in May of 2020.

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.

Signing the Membership Book

Responsorial Hymn

“What is this Church?”
words adapted from Eugene Sander
music by Jean Sibelius
led by Rev. Josh Pawelek

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

Offering

The recipients of our May community outreach offering are MARC, Inc. and MARCH, Inc.

Marc, Inc. provides advocacy, employment, residential, respite and retirement services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. March, Inc. provides residential programs and supportive living programs to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Offering Music

“Something to Get Through”
by Dar Williams
performed by Carole Capen-Kargher

Homily “This is What Reopening Looks Like!” (Rev. Josh Pawelek and Gina Campellone)

Closing Hymn

“We Give Thanks”
by Wendy Luella Perkins
#1010 in Singing the Journey
led by Carol Capen-Kargher

Oh, we give thanks for this precious day,
For all gather’d here, and those far away;
For this time (food) we share with love and care,
Oh, we give thanks for this precious day.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

Postlude

Annual Meeting

 

“Lighting the Flame of Spiritual Leadership” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, May 16, 2021

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

Welcome and Announcements (Beth Hankins, Sunday Service Committee member)

Prelude

“Why Are We Here”
composed and sung by Eileen Driscoll

Chalice Lighting (words by Beth Hankins)

Opening Hymn

“Enter, Rejoice, and Come In”
by Louise Ruspini
#361 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

Enter, rejoice, and come in.
Enter, rejoice, and come in.
Today will be a joyful day;
Enter, rejoice, and come in.

Open your ears to the song…

Open your hearts ev’ryone…

Don’t be afraid of some change…

Enter, rejoice, and come in…

Opening Reading

“To Be of Use”
by Marge Piercy
ready by Kate Kimmerle

Joys and Concerns

Offering

The recipients of our May community outreach offering are MARC, Inc. and MARCH, Inc.

Marc, Inc. provides advocacy, employment, residential, respite, and retirement services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. March, Inc. provides residential programs and supportive living programs to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Offering Music

“What Does the World Require of You?”
by Jim Strathdee, arr. Pawel Jura
sung by UUS:E Choir

Reflections “Lighting the Flame of Spiritual Leadership”

  • Centering in Gifts (Beth Hankins)
  • Covenanting (Stan McMillen)
  • Binding to tradition (Beth Hankins)
  • Meditation on Doing Our Inner Work (Lynn Dove)
  • Faithful Risking (Rhona Cohen)

Closing Hymn

“My Life Flows On in Endless Song”
#108 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

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!

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

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.     

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