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"People Need People" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, April 7, 2024


Gathering Music


"The Rainbow Connection"

Words and music by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher

"Sing"

Words and music by Joe Raposa

Dorothy Bognar, piano


Welcome and Announcements (Martha Larson)


Introduction and Centering


Prelude

"People"

Music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Bob Merrill

Dorothy Bognar, piano


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words by Margaret A. Keip

(Martha Larson and Anne Vogel)


Opening Hymn

#134 "Our World is One World"

Words and music by Cecily Taylor

Dorothy Bognar, piano


Our world is one world:

what touches one affects us all:

the seas that wash us round about,

the clouds that cover us, the rains that fall.


Our world is one world:

the thoughts we think affect us all:

the way we build our attitudes,

with love or hate, we make a bridge or wall.


Our world is one world:

its way of wealth affect us all:

the way we spend, the way we share,

who are the rich or poor, who stand or fall?


Our world is one world:

just like a ship that bears us all:

where fear and greed make many holes,

but where our hearts can hear a different call.


Prayer of Co-Creation by Lyn Cox followed by moment of silence


Joys and Concerns (Anne Vogel)


Offertory

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of April will go to the Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN). IREJN educates religious communities and people of faith around state and national policy issues on a variety of issues, including climate change, environmental justice, toxic chemicals, plastic pollution, and food justice.


Offertory Music

"In My Life"

by John Lennon

Andy Ricci, guitar and vocals


Reading

"Who Am I"

by Felice Holman


Hymn

#298 "Wake Now My Senses"

Words: Thomas J. S. Mikelson

Music: traditional Irish melody

Dorothy Bognar, piano


Wake, now, my senses, and hear the earth call;

feel the deep power of being in all;

keep, with the web of creation your vow,

giving, receiving as love shows us how.


Wake, now, my reason, reach out to the new;

join with each pilgrim who quests for the true;

honor the beauty and wisdom of time;

suffer thy limit, and praise the sublime.


Wake, now, compassion, give heed to the cry;

voices of suffering fill the wide sky;

take as your neighbor both stranger and friend,

praying and striving their hardship to end.


Wake, now, my conscience, with justice thy guide;

join with all people whose rights are denied;

take not for granted a privileged place;

God’s love embraces the whole human race.


Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear;

brighten my pathway with radiance here;

mingle my calling with all who will share;

work toward a planet transformed by our care.

  

Sermon

"People Need People"

Anne Vogel

 

Music   

“Imagine”

By John Lennon

Andy Ricci, guitar and vocals

 

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words

by Amy Bowden Freedman and Keith Kron


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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