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"Beloved Mystery" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, December 31, 2023


Gathering Music

"Adagio Cantabile"

by Ludwig van Beethoven


Welcome, Announcements & Introductions


Centering


Prelude

"Bluesette"

by Jean Thielemans


Chalice Lighting: Chalice Lighting for Winter Solstice by Sharon Wylie


Opening Hymn

#175 "We Celebrate the Web of Life"

by Melchior Vulpius

words by Alicia S. Carpenter


Reading: Pine Forest Fugue by Elizabeth Tarbox


Introductions, Joys and Concerns


Musical Response

"Waltz for Debby"

by Bill Evans


Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our undesignated Sunday plate collections for the month of December will go to three area shelters: McKinney Men's Shelter (Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, and Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).


Offering Music

"Gymnopedie, No. 1"

by Erik Satie


Story: The Legend of Mother Deer


Reflection: Yuletide and Ancient Sami Wisdom


Reflection: Inner Practices at Yule


Closing Hymn

#15 "The Lone, Wild Bird"

by William Walker

words by H. R. MacFayden


Closing Words: Beloved Mystery Hold Us Close by Rebekah A. Savage


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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