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"Poetry by Our Poets" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, August 13, 2023

Gathering Music

“Barcarolle” by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

performed by Dorothy Bognar

Welcome and Announcements



“Salut d’Amour” by Edward Elgar

performed by Dorothy Bognar

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Opening Hymn

#298 “Wake, Now, My Senses”

Traditional Irish Melody; lyrics by Thomas J. Mikelson

led by Sandy Johnson

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.

Introduction to the Service

Musical Meditation

Our First Poet: Molly Vigeant

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation


Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of August will be split among area food pantries (MACC, Hockanum Valley, and East of the River Mutual Aid).

Offering Music

“Eighteenth Variation on a Theme of Paganini”

by Sergey Rachmaninoff, arr. by H.W. Eichhorn

performed by Dorothy Bognar

Our Second Poet: Bill Lautenbach

Musical Meditation

Our Third Poet: Cory Clark

Closing Hymn

#118 “This Little Light of Mine”

Words and music: African American spiritual

led by Sandy Johnson

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Ev’rywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine…

Building up a world, I’m gonna let it shine…


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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