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"Longing to Belong: Reflections on Pluralism" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, May 12, 2024

Updated: May 10

Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements



"Bad Kids from Out of Town"

by Luke Harper

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

"Come One, Come All"

by the Rev. Ian W. Riddell

Opening Hymn

#1023 "Building Bridges"

Words: The women of the Greenham Common peace occupation in England, 1983

Music: Contemporary English Quaker Road

Building Bridges between our divisions,

I reach out to you, will you reach out to me?

With all of our voices and all of our visions,

friends, we could make such sweet harmony.

Time for All Ages

Musical Interlude

Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude


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

"Star Trek"

by Luke Harper


"Longing to Belong"

Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Song

#162 "Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield"

words and music: African American spiritual

led by Luke Harper

Gonna lay down my sword and shield,

down by the riverside,

down by the riverside, down by the riverside.

Gonna lay down my sword and shield,

down by the riverside,

gonna study war no more.


I ain't gonna study war no more,

I ain't gonna study war no more,

ain't gonna study war no more (2x)

Gonna lay down my burden

down by the riverside ...


Gonna shake hands around the world,

ev'rywhere I roam ...


Gonna lay down my sword and shield,

down by the riverside ...


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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