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

Gathering Music (Jenn Richard)

Welcome and Announcements



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 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