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"Lifted by Pluralism" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 5, 2024




Gathering Music


Welcome and Announcements


Centering


Prelude

A melody performed by

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle


Service Introduction


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

"We Gather"

by Rev. Dr. David Breeden


Here, gathered, breath mingling,

thoughts intersecting,

we seek

the simple press of presence,

open, earnest.

Here, we strive to

live into knowing.

Our presence is sacred,

our connections divine.

In the clasp of hands,

in a shared glance,

we claim our place--

beyond thresholds that

too often refuse to yield

In words, in silence,

in music and stillness--

the performances of our existence

call to the beauty

etched in every being.

In a world too often

afraid to reach out,

we gather, here,

in the teeth of hierarchies,

in the face of walls built of lies,

we rise in wisdom.

Our presence is sacred,

our connections divine.


Opening Hymn

"Come, Come, Whoever You Are"

#188 in Singing the Living Tradition

Words adapted from Rumi, Music by Lynn Adair Ungar


Come, come, whoever you are,

wanderer, worshipper, love of leaving.

Ours is no caravan of despair.

Come, yet again come.


Reflections from Janice Knotts


Hymn

"Meditation on Breathing"

#1009 in Singing the Journey

Music and Lyrics by Sarah Dan Jones

Led by The Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle


When I breathe in,

I'll breathe in peace.

When I breathe out,

I'll breathe out love.


Joys and Concerns


Reflections from Nancy Thompson


Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts wit the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of May will be split between Hartford Deportation Defense (Colectivo de Defensa Hartford) and Unidad Latinas en Accion.


Offering Music

"Journeys"

Original Piece by Mary Bopp


Reflections from Ellen Williams


Closing Hymn

"When Our Heart is in a Holy Place"

#1008 in Singing the Journey

Music and Lyrics by Joyce Poley


Chorus:

When our heart is in a holy place,

When our heart is in a holy place,

We are bless'd with love and amazing grace,

When our heart is in a holy place.


When we trust the wisdom in each of us,

Ev'ry color ev'ry creed and kind,

And we see our faces in each other's eyes,

Then our heart is in a holy place.


Chorus


When we tell our story from deep inside,

And we listen with a loving mind,

And we hear our voices in each other's words,

Then our heart is in a holy place.


Chorus


When we share the silence of sacred space,

And the God of our Heart stirs within,

And we feel the power of each other's faith,

Then our heart is in a holy place.


Chorus


Extinguishing the Chalice


Closing Words

"Less beautiful without you"

by Tess Baumberger


This place would be less beautiful without you,

Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jew,

Hindu, Humanist, and Earth-centered, too.


This place would be less beautiful without you,

Your heart honed by hardship, grief, illness,

Seeking solace and comfort here among us.


This place would be less beautiful without you,

Filled with joy and gratitude,

Seeking celebration of life's bounty.


This place would be less beautiful without you,

Curious, inquisitive, asking questions,

seeking transformation emerging from within.


This place would be less beautiful without you,

Striving to resist a world that tells us

We are so much less than we can truly be.


This place would be less beautiful without each of us,

Borne here in this morning to seek heaven's fire

In each other's souls, our own flames rising to meet.


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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