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"Protecting Our Women and Girls" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, October 15, 2023

Updated: Oct 12, 2023


Gathering Music


Welcome and Announcements


Prelude Music

"Rise Up, Rise Up"

Words and Music/Unknown

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Led by Jeannette LeSure


Opening Hymn

"Hearts Are Healing Here"

Words and Music/Unknown

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Led by Jeannette LeSure


Hearts are healing here.

Mother Goddess hold us dear!

In your light, our path is clear.

Women's hearts are healing here.


Introduction to the Service


Joys and Concerns


Musical Interlude

"We Hear Your Cry"

Words/Music: Shelley Graff

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle Led by Jeannette LeSure


Reading: A Beat Poem written and read by Jessey Ina-Lee


Hymn

"Comfort Me Oh My Soul"

#1002 in Singing the Journey

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Led by Jeannette LeSure


Comfort me, comfort me.

Comfort me oh my soul.

Comfort me, comfort me.

Comfort me oh my soul.


(Additional verses as needed:)

Sing with me

Speak for me

Dance with me


Offering

The recipient of our community outreach offering in October is the University of Connecticut's Native American Cultural Program or NACP. NACP provides resources, services and community for UCONN's Native and Indigenous students and faculty, helps foster relationships with local tribal nations, and works towards building good relations between UCONN and the land.


Offering Music

"Cradle Me"

Words/Music: Deborah Dougherty

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Led by Jeannette LeSure


First Homily: "What Can You (men) Do? (Madeleine Cahill)


Interlude

"Courage Sister"

Attributed to the anti-Apartheid Movement of South Africa

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Led by Jeannette LeSure


Second Homily (Madeleine Cahill)


Reading: "Take Back the Day" - Excerpts from a speech by Andrea Dworkin

Read by Jessey Ina-Lee


Closing Hymn

"I Will Not Leave You Comfortless"

Words/Music: Jan Phillips

Members of the Manchester Women's Sacred Singing Circle

Led by Jeannette LeSure


I will not leave you comfortless,

I will not leave you alone,

I'll be there when you need me,

At the light of every star and every dawn.


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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