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"For the Love of ... Place" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, January 7, 2024


"We will only save what we love"

Sisters of the Earth


Gathering Music

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

Centering

 

Prelude

"Heart is Where the Home Is"

Improvisation – Mary Bopp

 

Introduction to the Service

 

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words (in unison)

 We light this chalice

To abet creation and to witness to it

To notice each other’s beautiful face and complex nature

So that creation need not play to an empty house.

                                    (Annie Dillard)

 

Opening Hymn

"For the Beauty of the Earth"

#21 in Singing the Living Tradition

Words: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, 1835-1917 adapt.

Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786-1872, abridged

 

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 of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,

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.


Silent Meditation

 

Joys and Concerns

 

Words of Meditation and Prayer

 

Musical Response

 

Story: "The Agreement" (Attr. Barry Lopez)

 

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of the unspecified Sunday plate collections for the month of January will go to the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. 

 

Offering Music

 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Music: Harold Arlen.  Lyrics: Yip Harburg

Performed. By Sandy Johnson & Dan Thompson

 

Sermon: “For the Love of Place ...” (Rev. Alison Cornish)

 

Closing Hymn

Blue Boat Home

#1064 in Singing the Journey

Words: Peter Mayer, 1963 - , ©2002 Peter Mayer   

Music: Roland Hugh Prichard, 1811-1887, adapted by Peter Mayer

Keyboard arr: Jason Shelton, 1972-


Though below me, I feel no motion standing on these mountains and plains.

Far away from the rolling ocean still my dry land heart can say:

I’ve been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known.

The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home.


Sun my sail and moon my rudder as I ply the starry sea,

leaning over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep.

Drifting here with my ship’s companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls,

making our way by the lights of the heavens in our beautiful blue boat home.


I give thanks to the waves upholding me, hail the great winds urging me on,

greet the infinite sea before me, sing the sky my sailor’s song:

I was born up on the fathoms, never harbor or port have I known.

The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home.

 

Closing Words & Extinguishing the Chalice (in unison)

We extinguish the chalice here that it might glow gently in our hearts.

May it light our paths as we leave this place. 

                    (Adapted – Martha Musson)

 

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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