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"Notes on Interdependence" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, April 14, 2024

Updated: Apr 10

Gathering Music





"The Oneness of Everything"

by Jim Scott

performed by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Excerpt from "Love Letters to the Earth"

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Opening Hymn

#203 "All Creatures of the Earth and Sky"

Words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Music from Ausserlesene Catholische Kirchengang

Verses 1-3

All creatures of the earth and sky,

come, kindred, lift your voices high,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Bright burning sun with golden beam,

soft shining moon with silver gleam:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Swift rushing wind so wild and strong,

white clouds that sail in heav'n along,

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Fair rising morn in praise rejoice,

high stars of evening find a voice:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Cool flowing water, pure and clear,

make music for all life to hear,

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Dance, flame of fire, so strong and bright,

and bless us with your warmth and light:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Time for All Ages

Musical Interlude

Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude


The Interreligious Eco-Justice Network is Connecticut's only faith-based environmental non-profit organization. Committed to justice and grounded in hope, IREJN is a unifying voice dedicated to positive, hopeful action on behalf of the earth, the one thing we all share and the one place we all call home. Their mission is to inspire and equip Connecticut's religious communities and their spiritual allies to protect our planet through education, engagement, and advocacy.

Offering Music

"Sarabande" from Suite Pour le Piano

Claude Debussy


"Interdependence in Three Parts"

Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

#7 "The Leaf Unfurling"

words by Don Cohen; music by John Corrado

The leaf unfurling in the April air,

the newborn child, the loving parent's care;

these constant, common miracles we share:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

All life is one, a single branching tree,

all pain a part of human misery,

all happiness a gift to you and me:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

The self-same bells for joy and sorrow ring.

No one can know what the next hour will bring.

We cry, we laugh, we mourn, and still we sing:

Alleluia! Alleluia!

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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