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"Beacons Who Light Our Way" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, November 5, 2023

Gathering Music

Welcome, Announcements, Introduction to the Service and Guest

Centering (Rev. Sarah Pirtle)

Prelude (played by Sarah Pirtle on wooden flute made by Hawk Henries, Nipmuk)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Opening Hymn

"Everyday Bravery"

Words and music by Rev. Sarah Pirtle

Collaboration on words with Rev. Jan Thomas and Bonnie Lockhart

Led by Sarah Pirtle

With every hard choice that we make, we keep the flame alive.

With ancient embers that we rake, we keep the flame alive.

With devoted creativity and rooted authenticity,

With flowing generosity, we keep the flame alive.

Chorus: Keep the flame alive and let it show.

Light your candle and hold it high and the light will grow.

Through stormy waters we have crossed, we keep the flame alive.

Every time we try when we think we've lost, we keep the flame alive.

With joyful celebrations and far-reaching revelations,

With unsung generations, we keep the flame alive.


When we move through fear and let trust ring, we keep the flame alive.

Every time we stop to shout and sing, we keep the flame alive.

With every mountain, every tree, with water pouring to the sea,

With daily acts of bravery, we keep the flame alive.


Meditation: "The Heart of the World"

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response


For the month of November, our regular community outreach offering will be dedicated to Manchester Senior, Adult, and Family Services, which works to improve the quality of life and help maintain the independence of Manchester residents by offering information, referral, outreach, advocacy, assessment of needs and individual consultation on human services benefits and programs.

Offering Music

Improvisation by Mary Bopp

Sermon: "Beacons Who Light Our Way" (Rev. Sarah Pirtle)

Closing Chant Part I

"We're Not Alone"

Written by Rev. Sarah Pirtle


Closing Chant

"Peace Prayer"

by Sarah Pirtle

I hold you in my heart (4x)

Shalom, shalom, shalom. As-salamu alaykum.

Shalom, shalom, shalom. Alaykum as-salamu.

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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