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"Homecoming" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, September 10, 2023

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)

Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)




Arioso from Cantata No. 156

(J.S. Bach, arr. by H. R. Kent)

Played by Andy Caruk

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

"A Spacious Welcome"

by the Rev. Shari Woodbury

spoken by Lilly Coleman and Rev. Josh Pawelek

Opening 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 ...

Welcome and Charge to our New Director of Children and Youth Ministry

BACK to SCHOOL Slide Show

Blessing of the Backpacks

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


For the month of September, our Community Outreach offering will be shared by two organizations:

Power Up brings much needed visibility to the ongoing realities of racism in Manchester and surrounding communities. Some UUSE members and friends have partiipated in Power Up's pantry, after school programs, rallies, protests and other actions.

Manchester Latino Affairs Council

The Manchester Latino Affairs Council (M.L.A.C.) was established in January of 2007. It's current mission is to address social issues with a focus on diversity, inclusivity and equality within Manchester's Latino community. MLAC sponsors Manchester's annual Hispanic Heritage Day, and is looking forward to its first public "Three Kings Celebration" in January and a "Latina Heart Health Walk" next April.

Note: This year's Hispanic Heritage Day happens on September 16, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM indoors at Leisure Labs at Manchester's Mahoney Recreation Center at 110 Cedar Street. The theme is Familia/Family. The event will feature live music, dancing, food trucks, vendors, crafts and resource tables.

Offertory Music

"Boat on the River"

by Styx

Performed by Will Alexson, mandolin & vocals

Our UUSE Covenant

We will strive to ...

  • Treat each other with respect

  • Foster an encouraging and supportive congregational culture

  • Engage each other with love, compassion, kindness and forgiveness

  • Listen with an open heart and mind

  • Speak our truths thoughtfully, openly and directly

  • Acknowledge and recognize conflict as an opportunity for growth and understanding

  • Welcome, accept and care for one another

  • Nurture generous spirits

  • Be sensitive to dynamics of power and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and age

  • Be accountable to one another and honor our commitments

  • Maintain and encourage a sense of humor

  • Learn and participate in Unitarian Universalist Society East's established system of due process and governance

If any of the above fails, we strive for forgiveness.

Our Children's Covenant

Be respectful of people and space.

Treat others how you want to be treated.

Be kind (and use kind words!)

Use materials appropriately.

Listen when others are talking.

Follow the principles.


Do your best!

If we forget, we begin

again in love.

Our Congregational Commitment

We come together as companions in the search for truth and meaning. We share in our congregational mission of caring for one another, encouraging each other in spiritual growth, working for justice and peace in the wider world, and living in harmony with the earth. We join our gifts together, trusting that a gathering of diverse souls, united in common endeavor, has the power to bring freedom, healing, and love. We renew our pledge to share our time, energy and talents with this congregation; to diligently seek our spiritual truths; and to strengthen the bonds of community.


"Love Is the Spirit of This Church"

words by James Vila Blake; music by Mary Bopp

Love is the spirit of this church and service its law.

This is our great covenant: To dwell together in peace.

Love is the spirit of this church and service its law.

To seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

Love is the spirit of this church and service its law.

Reflection (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

"Spirit of Life"

by Carolyn McDade

#123 in Singing the Living Tradition

Spirit of Life, come unto me.

Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free;

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

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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