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“All Life is Sacred” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 30, 2023

Gathering Music

Welcome & Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“I Reach Out” By Sandy Johnson Sandy Johnson, vocals; Dan Thompson, guitar

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Excerpt from Sy Montgomery

Opening Hymn

#298 “Wake Now My Senses” Words by Thomas Mikelson Music: traditional Irish melody, harmony by Carlton R. Young

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.

Wake, now, my conscience, with justice thy guide; join with all people whose rights are denied; take not for granted a privileged place; God’s love embraces the whole human race.

Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear; brighten my pathway with radiance here; mingle my calling with all who will share; work toward a planet transformed by our care.

Silence

Meditation

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

Offering We are taking a special fifth Sunday offering on behalf of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries), the UUA’s oldest national People of Color organization. DRUUMM’s spring fundraiser and national worship service is on May 11th. We will publish the registration information for those who’d like to attend. As always, thank you for your generosity!

Offertory Music

“Holy Now” By Peter Mayer Dan Thompson, guitar; Sandy Johnson, vocals

Sermon

“All Life is Sacred” Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

#155 “Circle Round for Freedom” Words and music by Linda Hirschhorm

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.

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.

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