“What the Body Thinks” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, September 19, 2021

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

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)




by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

excerpt from “Boundaries”
by Lynn Ungar

 Opening Hymn

“Winds Be Still”
Words by Richard Kimball, music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
#83 in Singing the Living Tradition

Winds be still.
Storm clouds pass and silence come.
Peace grace this time with harmony.
Fly, bird of hope, and shine, light of love,
and in calm let all find tranquility.

Bird fly high.
Lift our gaze toward distant view.
Help us to sense life’s mystery.
Fly high and far, and lead us each to see
how we move through the winds of eternity.

Light shine in.
Luminate our inward view.
Help us to see with clarity.
Shine bright and true so we may join our songs
in new sounds that become full symphony.


excerpt from “Loyalty to Sensation”
by Kate Johnson

Musical Meditation


excerpt from The Extended Mind
by Annie Murphy Paul

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation


For the month of September, our Community Outreach offering will be shared by two organizations:

Power Up is a new Black Lives Matter organization in Manchester. They are courageously bringing much needed visibility to the ongoing realities of racism in Manchester and surrounding communities. Some UUS:E members and friends have participated in Power Up’s daily rallies and other actions.

KIDSAFE CT is dedicated to the early intervention, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the towns east of the Connecticut River in Hartford and Tolland Counties. Their mission is to “partner with the community to educate and empower families and promote the well-being of young people.” Their work has continued during the pandemic, though their staff is working from home.

Offering Music

“Bodies Thinking”
by Dan Thompson
music based on “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X


“What the Body Thinks”
by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“Wake, Now, My Senses”
words by Thomas Mikelson, music: traditional Irish melody
#298 in Singing the Living Tradition

Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call;
feel the deep power of being in all;
keep, with the web of creation your vow,
giving, receiving as love shows us how.

Wake, now, my reason, reach out to the new;
join with each pilgrim who quests for the true;
honor the beauty and wisdom of time;
suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.

Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;
voices of suffering fill the wide sky;
take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,
praying and striving their hardship to end.

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)

Virtual Coffee Hour / Breakout Rooms