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"That Long Arc of the Moral Universe" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, February 18, 2024

Updated: Feb 15


(Artist: Vera Elzerman)

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)


Welcome (Emmy Galbraith)


Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)


Centering


Prelude

"Love Can Build a Bridge"

by Naomi Judd, John Barlow Jarvis and Paul Overstreet

Jeannine Westbrook, vocals

Kate Howard-Bender, vocals, guitar


Chalice Lighting

"Out of the Flames"

by the Rev. Sara LaWall

Sam Gonzalez, speaker (11:00)


Opening Hymn

#153 "Oh, I Woke Up This Morning"

African American spiritual, c. 1750-1875

adapted during the American Civil Rights Movement


Oh, I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.

Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.

Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.

Hallelu, Hallelu, Halleluia.


I was walking and talking with my mind ...


I was singing and praying with my mind ...


Oh, I woke up this morning with my mind ...


Time for All Ages

"Exploring the Platinum Rule"

Vera Elzerman (11:00), Emmy Galbraith, Rev. Josh Pawelek


Musical Meditation


Joys and Concerns


Musical Meditation


Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, and in recognition of Black History Month, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of February will go to Manchester's African American and Black Affairs Council or AABAC, a community-based organization whose mission is to uphold all aspects of the lived experiences of Black people in Manchester through advocacy, education, and community endeavors. AABAC is sponsoring a Black History Month event on Monday, February 26th at Manchester High School's Bailey Auditorium entitled, "The Stories We Tell"


Offering Music

"Hands"

by Jewel Kilcher and Patrick Leonard

Jeannine Westbrook, vocals

Kate Howard-Bender, vocals, piano


Reflections and Dialogue

"If You Could Fix One Thing"

Rev. Josh Pawelek


Closing Hymn

#155 "Circle 'Round for Freedom"

by Linda Hirschhorn


Circle 'round for freedom, circle 'round for peace,

for all of us imprisoned, circle for release,

circle for the planet, circle for each soul,

for the children of our children, keep the circle whole.


Closing Words

"Benediction to Build a World"

Atena O. Danner


In what world are you powerful?

In this world we can build people power, together.


In what world do you act on knowledge and truth?

In this world we can learn and move toward justice together.


In what world do you hold to your values in the face of what scares you?

In this world we can affirm each other's resolve to do right together.


In what world are you confident in your worth?

In this world we can affirm that each of us is enough.


In what world do faith and beliefs guide your choices?

Together, we can build this world.


In what world can you learn from those with less power?

Together, we can build this world.


In what world could empathy shield you from judging others?

Together, we can build this world.


In what world will your power plant roots, and tend to branches and leaves?

Together, we can build this world.


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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