“If I Win, Do You Lose?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 6, 2022

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

Welcome

Announcements

Centering

Prelude Music

“None of Us Are Free”
By Brenda Russell, Barry Mann, & Cynthia Well
Performed by Jeannette LeSure, vocals, and Dan Thompson, instruments & production

Chalice Lighting  (Eliot)

Opening Words

“When all the People”
MO-TSE
Read by Olivia
#601 in Singing the Living Tradition

When all the people of the world love,
Then the strong will not overpower the weak.
The many will not oppress the few.
The wealthy will not mock the poor.
The honored will not disdain the humble.
The cunning will not deceive the simple.
When ALL the people of the world are guided by love,
Then there will be no room or reason for hate only love!

Opening Hymn

“Love Makes a Bridge”, Verses 1-3,
Words, Brian Wren; Music, Gerald Wheeler
#325 in Singing the Living Tradition
Singing led by Jeannette LeSure

Love makes a bridge from heart to heart, and hand to hand.
Love finds a way when laws are blind, and freedom banned.

Love breaks the walls of language, gender, [race], and age.
Love gives us wings to slip the bars of every cage.

Love lifts the hopes that force and fear have beaten down.
Love breaks the chains and gives us strength to stand our ground.

Introduction to the Service

Our February ministry theme is “Widening the Circle,” which is also the title of the UUA’s 2020 report calling on congregations to actively address systemic oppression and create inclusive, beloved community.

Through stories appropriate for all ages, this morning’s service will present the concepts of racism and white privilege, and their perpetuation through the belief in the Zero-Sum Bias. Hope for overcoming these challenges lies in the power and healing of diverse communities.

First Story

“A Chipmunk’s Zero-Sum Bias”
Written, illustrated, & read by Stacey Musulin

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Second Story

“A Kid’s Book about White Privilege”
Narrated by the author, Ben Sands

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Offering

The recipient of our February Community Outreach Offering is Operation Fuel. Operation Fuel is the country’s oldest fuel fund, serving as a model across the United States. Their primary purpose is to provide year-round emergency energy assistance to every city and town in Connecticut, aided by our statewide network of local fuel banks. They are the primary source of energy and utilities assistance for low- to moderate-income households who are struggling financially and have exhausted other options.

Offertory Music

“The Sharing Song”
Music & Lyrics: Jack Johnson
Performed by Jeannette LeSure, vocals, and Dan Thompson, instruments & production

Third Story

“Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger” by Elizabeth Cole
Read aloud by Stacey Musulin

Fourth Story

“The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates
Read by Stacey Musulin

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Homily:  “If I Win, Do You Lose?” (Alan Ayers)

Closing Hymn

“Standing on the Side of Love”
Words & Music: Jason Shelton
#1014 in Singing the Journey
Singing led by Jeannette LeSure
Note: First & last line of the Chorus has been changed to “Answering the call of love”

The promise of the Spirit faith hope and love abide. And
So ev’ry soul is blessed and made whole; the
Truth in our hearts is our guide.

(Chorus)

We are answering the call of love.
Hands joined together as hearts beat as one.
Embolden by faith, we dare to proclaim we are
Answering the call of love.

Sometimes we build a barrier to keep love tightly bound.
Corrupted by fear, unwilling to hear, denying the beauty we’ve found

(Chorus)

We are answering the call of love.
Hands joined together as hearts beat as one.
Embolden by faith, we dare to proclaim we are
Answering the call of love.

A bright new day is dawning when love will not divide.
Reflections of grace in ev’ry embrace,
Fulfilling the vision divine.

(Chorus)

We are answering the call of love.
Hands joined together as hearts beat as one.
Embolden by faith, we dare to proclaim we are
Answering the call of love.

Reading

Based on #694 in Singing the Living Tradition by Frederick Gillis
Read by Warren

May Love overcome all anger, hurts, and fears.
May Love bring together all who are apart.
May this Love be in us all now and always.

Extinguishing the Chalice  (Eliot & Spencer)

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.

Postlude (Mary Bopp)

Virtual Coffee Hour/Breakout Rooms

“The Art of the Single Task” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 30, 2022

Gathering Music (Dorothy Bognar) (Begins at 9:50 am)

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

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

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Slower and Slower”
By Rev. Mark Belletini

Opening Hymn

“Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life”
Words, George Herbert; Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams
#89 in Singing the Living Tradition

Come, my way, my truth, my life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my light, my feast, my strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes a guest.

Come, my joy, my love, my heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

Meditation

Musical Meditation

“Benediction”
Music by Dorothy Bognar; words, anon.

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

“Benediction”
Music by Dorothy Bognar; words, anon.
Rev. Josh Pawelek, vocals

Offering

The recipient of our January Community Outreach Offering is the Connecticut Domestic Worker Justice Campaign. Domestic workers (house cleaners, personal care attendants, nannies, etc.) remain one of the most exploited and exploitable classes of workers in the country. Connecticut’s 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.

Video Testimony

Offering Music

“Line”
By Mary Bopp and Dan Thompson

Sermon

“The Art of the Single Task”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

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

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.

(Chorus)

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

“Benediction”
Music by Dorothy Bognar; words, anon.
Led by Rev. Josh Pawelek

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 (Dorothy Bognar)

Virtual Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms

“Do You Believe in Magic?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 23, 2022

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

Welcome & Announcements (Gina Campellone)

Call to Worship/Centering (Nancy Madar)

Prelude

“Oh, What a World”
by Kacey Musgraves
Performed by Jenn Richard

Introduction to Service (Gina Campellone)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Words from “The Minpins”
by Roald Dahl
Spoken by Nancy Madar

Opening Hymn

“Magic Penny”
by Malvina Reynolds
Performed by Jenn Richard

Love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

It’s just like a magic penny,
Hold it tight and you won’t have any.
Lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many
They’ll roll all over the floor.

For love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, gift it away.
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

Money’s dandy and we like to use it,
But love is better if you don’t refuse it.
It’s a treasure and you’ll never lost it
Unless you lock up your door.

For love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

So let’s go dancing till the break of day,
And if there’s a piper, we can pay.
For love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

For love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away.
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

Joys & Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

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 Connecticut Domestic Worker Justice Campaign.

Offering Music

“Do You Believe in Magic?”
by John Sebastian
Performed by Jenn Richard

Meditation

“Magic Is”
by members of the Elementary RE class
Spoken by Mazzy Stevenson

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Story

“Wynken, Blynken, & Nod”
by Eugene Field, illus. by Johanna Westerman
Spoken by Gina Campellone

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Moment of Magic (Eliot Garcia)

First Speaker (Gina Campellone)

Moment of Magic (Eliot Garcia)

Second Speaker (Nancy Madar)

Moment of Magic (Eliot Garcia)

Third Speaker (Leslie Greene)

Closing Hymn

“Puff the Magic Dragon”
by Peter Yarrow & Leonard Lipton
Performed by Linda Vannoni & Seneca Corsa

Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee
Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff

Oh, Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee
Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee

Extinguishing the Chalice & Closing Words

“Let Us Sing the Magic of Imagination”
By Susan L. Van Dreser
Spoken by Nancy Madar

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.

Virtual Coffee Hour & Breakout Rooms 

 

 

“Safe Streets for Whom.” – UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 16, 2022

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

Welcome

Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
(Thomas A. Dorsey, Arr. Mary Bopp)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“A Network of Mutuality”
By 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 of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

Opening Hymn

“Amazing Grace”
words by John Newton, music from Virginia Harmony, 1831
#205 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Sandy Johnson

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. 

Meditation

Musical Meditation

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 care attendants, nannies, etc.) remain one of the most exploited and exploitable classes of workers in the country. Connecticut’s 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.

Special Video Testimony

Offering Music

“Up To the Mountain (MLK song)”
(Patty Griffin)
Performed by Sandy Johnson and Mary Bopp

Sermon

“Safe Streets for Whom?”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
#199 in Singing the Living Tradition
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
Led by Sandy Johnson

(Chorus)
Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light,
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near,
when my life is almost gone,
hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall;
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

(Chorus)

When the darkness appears and the night draws near,
and the day is past and gone,
at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand;
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me 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

“On Setting Our Intentions” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 2, 2022

Gathering Music (begins at 10:50)

Excerpts from “Largo” from New World Symphony
By Antonín Dvorák
Performed by Dorothy Bognar

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Homeward Bound”
By Paul Simon
Arranged and performed by Dorothy Bognar

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“This is the Home That Love Made”
ad. from Amanda Poppei
Spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

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 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.

Reading “Unitarian Universalist Association Principles”

Leader: We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person

Congregation: Each person is important.

Leader:  Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

Congregation: Be kind in all you do.

Leader: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

Congregation: We’re free to learn together.

Leader: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

Congregation: We can search for what is true.

Leader: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

Congregation: All people need a voice.

Leader: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

Congregation: Build a fair and peaceful world.

Leader: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Congregation: We care for the Earth.

Musical Meditation

Joys, Concerns, and Introductions

Musical Meditation

Offering

The recipient of our January Community Outreach Offering is the Connecticut Domestic Worker Justice Campaign. Domestic workers (house cleaners, personal care attendants, nannies, etc.) remain one of the most exploited and exploitable classes of workers in the country. Connecticut’s 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

“The Homecoming”
By Hagood Hardy; arr. by Dan Coates
Performed by Dorothy Bognar

Sermon

“On Setting Our Intentions”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“Blue Boat Home”
words by Peter Mayer
music by Roland Hugh Prichard; ad. by Peter Mayer; arr. by Dorothy Bognar
#1064 in Singing the Journey
Led by Rev. Josh Pawelek

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 

“Take Me Home, Country Roads”
By Bill Danoff, Taff Nivert, John Denver

Musical Note: Bill Danoff was from Springfield, MA. One night, following a show with John Denver, he and Taff Nivert came up with the initial plans for this song.  At first it was not tied to West Virginia, but rather to the meandering country roads Danoff remembered from his childhood in central and western Massachusetts.

“Making the Best of a Turbulent Year” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 26, 2021

Gathering Music (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements (Sheila Foran, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Centering

 Prelude 

“You’ve Got a Friend”
Written by Carole King
Led by Jenn Richard

Introduction to Service

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words  

“In the Mystery of Life About Us There is Light”
By George Kimmich Beach
Read by Susan Gabriele

In the mystery of life about us there is light.
It gives us a place to be, to grow, to rejoice together.
It opens the pathways to love.

In this place of friendship there is freedom.
Let the light we kindle go before us,
Strong in hope, wide in goodwill,
Inviting the day to come.

Opening Hymn 

“Come Sing a Song With Me”
#346 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words & Music by Carolyn McDade
Led by Jenn Richard

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)
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, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain with me,
come, walk in rain 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, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose with me,
come, share a rose 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

Joys & Concerns        

Musical Mediation  (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Offering Music  

“Timshel”
Words and Music by Marcus Mumford
Led by Jenn Richard

Meditation  

When Giving is All We Have”
By Alberto Rios
Read by Sheila Foran

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference

Musical Meditation  (Mary Bopp)

Our First Shared Experience – Jim Adams and John Hankins

Our Second Shared Experience – Martha Larson and Jane Osborn

Musical Interlude   (Mary Bopp)

Our Third Shared Experience – Paula Baker and Sadie Nitzan

Closing Hymn

“There is More Love Somewhere”
#95 in Singing the Living Tradition
African American Hymn
Led by Jenn Richard

There is more love somewhere.
There is more love somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it.
There is more love somewhere.

There is more hope somewhere.
There is more hope somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it.
There is more hope somewhere.

There is more peace somewhere.
There is more peace somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it.
There is more peace somewhere.

There is more joy somewhere.
There is more joy somewhere.
I’m gonna keep on ‘til I find it.
There is more joy somewhere.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words   

“Be True, Be Well, Be Loving”
By Cynthia Landrum
Read by Susan Gabriele

We leave this gathered community,
But we don’t leave our connection,
Our concerns, our care for each other.
Our service to each other, to the world, and to our faith continues.
Until we are together again, friends,
Be strong, be well, be true, be loving.

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/Zoom Breakout Rooms

 

“Silent Night, Holy Night” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 24, 2021, 7:00 P.M.

Gathering Music

“Blue Christmas”
written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson
Performed by Sandy Johnson and Dan Thompson

Prelude

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Latin c. 9th century
Performed by Peggy and David Webbe

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Musical Invocation

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
Trad. English carol
Performed by The String Sisters

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Reflections on the Resurgence of Joy”
By Dori Jeanine Somers
Spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening Hymn

“Joy to the World”
Music by George Frederic Handel, text by Isaac Watts
Led by Jeannine Westbrook

Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love.

Christmas Pageant

Music

“Wexford Carol”
Performed by Janet Desmarais; audiovisual arrangement by Dan Thompson
Trad. Irish carol; arr. by Dorothea Baker

Christmas Prayer (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Music

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Written by Felix Mendelssohn
Performed by Anya Stolzman

Offering for the UUS:E’s Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Offering Music

“O, Holy Night”
Written by Adolphe Adam
Performed by Jeannine Westbrook

Homily (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Carols (led by Jeannine Westbrook)

“The First Noel”
English carol
Words by Edmund Hamilton Sears
Music by Richard Storrs Willis

The First Noel, the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far;
To see a king was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

“In the Bleak Midwinter”
Words ad. by John Andrew Storey from Georgina Rosetti
Music by Gustav Theodore Holst

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Christ a homeless stranger,
So the gospels say,
Cradle in a manger
And a bed of hay.
In the bleak mid-winter
Stable-place sufficed,
Mary and her baby,
Jesus Christ.

Once more mother and child
Weave their magic spell,
Touching hearts with wonder
Words can never tell
In the bleak mid-winter,
In this world of pain,
Where our hearts are open
Love is born again.

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold!
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From heaven’s all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the wearly world;
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing.
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world hath suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring:
Oh hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And all the world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

“Silent Night, Holy Night”
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Postlude

 

 

 

 

“Joy Will Come” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 19, 2021

 

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

Prelude

“Adagio” from “Sonata in E Major”
by J. S. Bach
Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano

Welcome  (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Musical Invocation 

“A Solstice Message”
Composed and performed by Eileen Driscoll

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“We Are Waiting”
by Leslie Takahashi
spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening Hymn

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
words by Frederick Okeley, tr.; music by John Francis Wade
led by Jeannine Westbrook

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

Lo, humble shepherds,
Hastening to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks in the fields, draw near.
We, too, with gladness, thither bend our footsteps,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens
Of heaven above;
Glory to God,
Glory in the highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

Story, Part I

“Joy Will Come”
by Rev. Josh Pawelek and UUS:E’s 2013-2014 Youth Group
Spoken by Gina Campellone and Rev. Josh Pawelek

Music

“Someday at Christmas”
by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells
performed by Pat Eaton-Robb

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
traditional English carol
performed and arranged by Anya Stolzman

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

“Deck the Halls”
Words, Traditional Welsh; music, old Welsh carol
UUS:E Choir

Story, Part II

Music

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
Words, Latin c. 9th century, trans. composite based on John Mason Neale
Music, adapted by Thomas Helmore
Performed by Women of UUS:E Choir

Story, Part III

Music

“Tambourin”
by Jean-Marie Leclair
Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano

Homily (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Music

“Night of Silence”
by Daniel Kantor
UUS:E Choir

Closing Hymn

“Dona Nobis Pacem”
words, traditional Latin (“grant us peace”)
music, traditional canon
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

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
performed by Chris Crossgrove

Virtual Coffee Hour / Zoom Breakout Rooms

 

“Dare We Make a Joyful Noise?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 12, 2021

 

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

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Shout for Joy”
excerpt from Psalm 65
#643 in Singing the Living Tradition

You make the outgoings of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
You visit the earth, watering it, making it very rich.
The great river swells with water, filling the ridges, blessing the growth of grain.
You crown the year with your abundance.
The pastures are perfumed with dew.
The hills deck themselves with joy.
The meadows adorn themselves with flocks.
The valleys gown themselves with grain.
They shout for joy.
They join in song.

Opening Hymn

“People Look East”
traditional French carol; words by Eleanor Farjeon
#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.

*****

New Member Welcome

Introductions (Membership Committee co-chairs)

Jennie Purcell

Sue Myers

Jerry Myers

Victoria Bassett

Laurel Hennebury

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

“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, Concerns, Introductions

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

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, Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

Reading

excerpt from “Joy”
by David Whyte

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

 Sermon

“Dare We Make a Joyful Noise?”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“Angels We Have Heard on High”
words by Earl Marlatt
music, French Carol

Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains
and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

(Chorus)
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see? What glad tidings did you hear?

(Chorus)

See him in a manger laid whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while we raise our hearts in love.

(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.

Postlude

Greeting each other / Online Breakout Rooms

“What Gives Us Joy” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, December 5, 2021

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

Joy to the World Chorus
by Hoyt Wayne Axton
sung by Jeannine Westbrook

Welcome and Announcements (Sandy Karosi)

Centering (Sandy Karosi)

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words (Marsha Howland)

Prelude

Feels Like Home”
by Randy Newman
sung by Jeannine Westbrook

Introduction to the Service (Marsha Howland)

First Speaker (Marsha Howland)

Opening Hymn

“Gather the Spirit”
#347 in Singing the Living Tradition
by Jim Scott, c. 1990
led by Jeannine Westbrook

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)

Second Speaker (Sandy Karosi)

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns (Sandy Karosi and Marsha Howland)

Musical Response

Offering (Sandy Karosi)
For the month of December our regular community outreach offering will be dedicated to three area shelters: McKinney Men’s Shelter (Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, and Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

“Clair de Lune”
by Claude Debussy
played by Mary Bopp

Third Speaker (Sid Soderholm)

Fourth Speaker (Benjamin Elzerman)

Joy to the World Chorus
sung by Jeannine Westbrook

Fifth Speaker (Roland Chirico)

Closing Hymn

“Joy to the World” (traditional)
by Isaac Watts, 1719
arr. Lowell Mason, 1848
led by Jeannine Westbrook

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns
Let all their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world, with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love

Extinguishing the Chalice (Marsha Howland)

Closing Song

Joy to the World Chorus
sung by Jeannine Westbrook

Closing Circle (Sandy Karosi)

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