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"Applying Our UU Values to Housing in Connecticut" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, January 21, 2024

Gathering Music

Welcome & Announcements


Selections from Dvorak's New World Symphony

Dorothy Bognar, piano

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Opening Hymn

#1 "May Nothing Evil Cross This Door"

Words: Louis Untermeyer; Music: Robert N. Quaile

Dorothy Bognar, piano

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 ev'ry 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 & Readings

From "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Uvong

Statement from the National Association of Realtors

1924 Code of Ethics

Musical Interlude

"UU Benediction"

by Dorothy Bognar

Dorothy Bognar, piano

Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude

"Home, Sweet Home"

by Sir Henry Bishop and John Howard Payne

Dorothy Bognar, piano


For the month of January, the recipient of our community outreach offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Their mission is to create communities free of sexual violence and to provide culturally affirming, trauma-informed advocacy, prevention, and intervention services centered on the voices of survivors. The Alliance seeks to create a world in which everyone believes sexual violence is a preventable problem and actively plays a role in ending it.

Offering Music

"Ave verum corpus"

By W. A. Mozart,

Arranged by Franz Liszt

Dorothy Bognar, piano

Reading: "I, too, sing America" by Langston Hughes; read by Erin Boggs

Guest Speaker: Erin Boggs, Executive Director of Open Communities Alliance

Closing Hymn

#1008 "When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place"

Words & music: Joyce Poley

Keyboard arr. Lorne Kellett

Chorus: When our heart is in a holy place,

When our heart is in a holy place,

We are bless’d with love and amazing grace,

When our heart is in a holy place.

When we trust the wisdom in each of us,

Ev’ry color ev’ry creed and kind,

And we see our faces in each other’s eyes,

Then our heart is in a holy place.

When we tell our story from deep inside,

And we listen with a loving mind,

And we hear our voices in each other’s words,

Then our heart is in a holy place.

When we share the silence of sacred space,

And the God of our Heart stirs within,

And we feel the power of each other’s faith,

Then our heart is in a holy place.

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.

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