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"May the River Renew Us" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, June 9, 2024

Updated: Jun 6

Gathering Music

“Sarabande” from Keyboard Partita #1

By J.S. Bach

Dorothy Bognar, piano


Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek)







 “Prelude” from Keyboard Partita #1

By J.S. Bach

Dorothy Bognar, piano


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“River Call”

By Manish Mishra-Marzetti


Opening Hymn

#1008 “When Our Heart is in a Holy Place”

Words and music by Joyce Poley


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.




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.




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.




New Member Welcome


Introductions (Membership Committee co-chairs)


The Charge (Minister)

As you take up membership in the Unitarian Universalist Society East, I charge you to share with us who you are. Share your creativity, your experiences, your questions, your doubts, your beliefs, and all your discoveries of life's meaning. I charge you to shake us up with your ideas, to stir us up with your conscience, to inspire us with your actions, and to stimulate our hopes with your dreams of what life can be.


Congregational Welcome (Congregation)

We welcome you as companions in the search for truth and meaning. We invite you to share in our mission of caring for one another, encouraging each other in spiritual growth, working for justice and peace in the wider community, and living in harmony with the earth. We join our gifts with yours, trusting in the power of community to bring freedom, healing, and love.


New Member Affirmation (New members)

We join the Unitarian Universalist Society East out of a desire and willingness to participate in a liberal religious congregation. We pledge to share our time, energy and gifts; to diligently seek our spiritual truths; and to strengthen the bonds of community.


Responsive Hymn

“What is this Church?”

words adapted from Eugene Sander

Music by Jean Sibelius


What is this church?

A place of love and gladness.

Where all may meet, to seek the common good.

A source of strength, to face each doubt and sadness.

Where every dream, is known and understood.

What is this church? Ask those who came before,

And found themselves, by crossing through its door.


Joys and Concerns


Musical Interlude

excerpt from Menuet I and II from Keyboard Partita #1

By J.S. Bach

Dorothy Bognar, piano



During the month of June—Pride Month in the United States—the recipient of our community outreach offering will be Trans Voice and Visibility-365. Managed by our friends at the Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, TV-365 is a ministry dedicated to uplifting and supporting the wellbeing of transgender individuals in Connecticut by providing basic human needs, information and referral, service coordination and support to individuals. Their emphasis is on those most under-served, neglected, victimized and oppressed.  This includes, but is not limited to, transgender women and men of color, those with disabilities, youth and elderly, immigrants (documented and undocumented), low income and victims of crime.”


Offering Music

“Deep River”

 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Dorothy Bognar, piano



“May the River Renew Us”

Rev. Josh Pawelek



Closing Hymn

#65 “The Sweet June Days”

Words by Samuel Longfellow

Music: English Melody, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams


The sweet June days are come again; once more the glad earth yields

its golden wealth of rip’ning grain, and breath of clover fields,

and deep’ning shade of summer woods, and glow of summer air,

and winging thoughts and happy moods of love and joy and prayer.


The sweet June days are come again; the birds are on the wing;

bright anthems, in their merry strain, unconsciously they sing.

Oh, how our cup o’er brims with good these happy summer days;

for all the joys of field and wood we lift our song of praise.


 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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