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"Flower Communion" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 19, 2024

Updated: May 17




Welcome and Announcements


Processional Hymn

#361 "Enter, Rejoice and Come In"

Words and music by Louise Ruspini


Enter, rejoice, and come in.

Enter, rejoice, and come in.

Today will be a joyful day;

enter, rejoice, and come in.


Open your ears to the song...


Open your hearts ev'ryone...


Don't be afraid of some change...


Enter, rejoice, and come in...


Centering


Prelude

"The Chrysanthemum"

by Scott Joplin

performed by Dorothy Bognar


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words


Story: "The Flaming Chalice"


Music


"Andante Cantabile"

"by unknown"

Performed by Dean Gonzalez, euphonium


Joys and Concerns


Musical Interlude


Offering

In keeping with our congregation's 2018 resolution to become a sanctuary congregation, our community outreach offering for May is dedicated to two important immigrants' rights groups in Connecticut.


Hartford Deportation Defense say "we are an immigrant-led mutual aid collective that fights for the rights of all immigrants in the Hartford area, so that we can all have access to a dignified, peaceful, and joyful life.


Unidad Latina en Accion or ULA, was founded in New Haven in 2002, with the goal of building grassroots immigrant power across Connecticut to win economic and racial justice.


Offering Music

"Intermezzo"

by Heinz Provost

Anhared Stowe, violin; Mary Bopp, piano


Story: "Righteous Among the Nations"


Hymn

#8 "Mother Spirit, Father Spirit"

words and music by Norbert F. Capek


Mother Spirit, Father Spirit, where are you?

In the sky song, in the forest, sounds your cry.

What to give you, what to call you, what am I?


Many drops are in the ocean, deep and wide.

Sunlight bounces off the ripples to the sky.

What to give you, what to call you, who am I?


I am empty, time flies from me; what is time?

Dreams eternal, fears infernal haunt my heart.

What to give you, what to call you, O, my God?


Mother Spirit, Father Spirit, take our hearts.

Take our breath and let our voices sing our parts.

Take our hands and let us work to shape our art.


Story: "Flower Communion"


Flower Communion Ceremony


Closing Hymn

#12 "O Life That Maketh All Things New"

Words by Samuel Longfellow

Music: Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789


O Life that maketh all things new,

the blooming earth, our thoughts within,

our pilgrim feet, wet with thy dew,

in gladness hither turn again.


From hand to hand the greeting flows,

from eye to eye the signals run,

from heart to heart the bright hope glows,

the seekers of the light are one:


One in the freedom of the truth,

one in the joy of paths untrod,

one in the soul's perennial youth,

one in the larger thought of God;


The freer step the fuller breath,

the wide horizon's grander view,

the sense of life that knows no death,

the Life that maketh all things new.


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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