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"Earth Centric Faith" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, December 10, 2023


Gathering Music


Welcome and Announcements


Prelude

"The Oneness of Everything"

Words/Music by Jim Scott


Opening Words: "The Mockingbird" by Mary Oliver


Chalice Lighting


Opening Hymn

#1007 "There's a River Flowin' in My Soul"

Words/Music: Rose Sanders


There's a river flowin' in my soul.

There's a river flowin' in my soul.

And it's tellin' me that I'm somebody.

There's a river flowin' in my soul.


There's a river flowin' in my heart ...


There's a river flowin' in my mind ...


Introduction to the Service


Joys and Concerns


Musical Interlude


1st Homily (Coryn Clark)


Musical Interlude


Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our 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

"The Forest Primeval"

Improvisational piano piece by Mary Bopp


2nd Homily (Sandy Johnson)


Musical Interlude


3rd Homily (Alan Ayers)


Closing Hymn

#21 "For the Beauty of the Earth"

Words/music: Jason Shelton


For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,

For the love which from our birth over and around us lies:

Source to all, to thee we raise this,

our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind's de-light,

For the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight:

Source of all, to thee we raise this,

our hymn of grateful praise.


For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,

hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light:

Source of all, to thee we raise this,

our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human care, sister, brother, parent, child,

for the kinship we all share, for all gentle thoughts and mild:

Source of all, to thee we raise this,

our hymn of grateful praise.


Reading: "Poem of the World" by Mary Oliver


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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