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"Spiritual Connections" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, September 3, 2023

Updated: Sep 1, 2023


Gathering Music


Welcome & Announcements


Centering


Prelude

"Come, Come, Whoever You Are"

by Lynn Unger

arr. by Mary Bopp


Introduction to the Service


First Reading

"I Want to Be with People"

by Dana E. Worsnop


Musical Interlude


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

"So That We Might, Together, Shine"

by Erik Walker Wikstrom


When we light our chalice

everyone focuses on the flame.

Yet it is the paraffin of the candle,

the cotton of the wick,

the potassium chlorate and sulfur of the match,

and the oxygen in the air around us

that makes that flame possible.

As leaders we are not called to be

a lone beacon on a hill.

Rather, we are meant to work together

so that we might, together, shine.


Opening Hymn

#128 "For All That Is Our Life"

Words: Bruce Findlow

Music: Patrick L. Rickey

led by Sandy Johnson


For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise;

for all life is a gift which we are called to use

to build the common good and make our own days glad.


For needs which others serve, for services we give,

for work and its rewards, for hours of rest and love;

we come with praise and thanks for all that is our life.


For sorrow we must bear, for failures, pain and loss,

for each new thing we learn, for fearful hours that pass:

we come with praise and thanks for all that is our life.


For all that is our life we sing our thanks and praise;

for all life is a gift which we are called to use

to build the common good and make our own days glad.


Joys & Concerns


Musical Interlude


Offering

For the month of September, our Community Outreach offering will be shared by two organizations:


Power Up brings much needed visibility to the ongoing realities of racism in Manchester and surrounding communities. Some UUSE members and friends have participated in Power Up's pantry, after school programs, rallies, protests and other actions.


Manchester Latino Affairs Council

The Manchester Latino Affairs Council (M.L.A.C.) was established in January of 2007. It's current mission is to address social issues with a focus on diversity, inclusivity and equality within Manchester's Latino community. MLAC sponsors Manchester's annual Hispanic Heritage Day and is looking forward to its first public "Three Kings Celebration" in January and a "Latina Heart Health Walk" next April.


Note: This year's Hispanic Heritage Day happens on September 16, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM indoors at Leisure Labs at Manchester's Mahoney Recreation Center at 110 Cedar Street. The theme is Familia/Family. The event will feature live music, dancing, food trucks, vendors, crafts and resource tables.


Offering Music

"You've Got a Friend"

by Carole King

sung by Sandy Johnson and Jeannette LeSure


Second Reading

"Experience Connection"

by Peter Morales


Musical Interlude


Homily in Three Parts

Sheila Foran

Sandy Karosi

Congregation


Closing Hymn

#360 "Here We Have Gathered"

Words: Alicia S. Carpenter

Music: Genevan Psalter

led by Sandy Johnson


Here we have gathered, gathered side by side;

circle of kinship, come and step inside!

May all who seek here find a kindly word;

may all who speak here feel they have been heard.

Sing now together this, our hearts' own song.


Here we have gathered, called to celebrate

days of our lifetime, matters small and great:

we of all ages, women, children, men,

infants and sages, sharing what we can.

Sing now together this, our hearts' own song.


Life has its battles, sorrows and regret:

but in the shadows, let us not forget:

we who now gather know each other's pain;

kindness can heal us: as we give, we gain.

Sing now in friendship this, our hearts' own song.


Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words

"Be True, Be Well, Be Loving"

by Cynthia Landrum


We leave this gathered community,

But we don't leave our connection,

Our concerns, our care for each other.

Our service to each other, to the world, and to our faith continues.

Until we are together again, friends,

Be strong, be well, be true, be loving.


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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