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"The Bitter with the Sweet" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, June 23, 2024

Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements (Martha Larson)



"The Path"

Improvisation by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words

#447 (to be spoken in unison)

Albert Schweitzer

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Introduction of the Service

Opening Hymn

#298 "Wake Now My Senses"

Words: Thomas J. S. Michelson

Music: Traditional Irish Melody

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;

Gods 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.

Prayer (Thich N'hat Hanh)

Welcoming Visitors and Sharing Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude


During the month of June--Pride Month in the United States--the recipient of our community outreach offering will be Trans Voice and Visibility-365. Managed by our friends at the Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, TV-365 is a ministry dedicated to uplifting and supporting the wellbeing of transgender individuals in Connecticut by providing basic human needs, information and referral, service coordination and support to individuals. Their emphasis is on those most under-served, neglected, victimized and oppressed. This includes, but is not limited to, transgender women and men of color, those with disabilities, youth and elderly, immigrants (documented and undocumented), low income and victims of crime.

Offertory Music


(Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby)

Sung by Jeannine Westbrook

Introduction to the Sermon


"The Bitter with the Sweet"

Beth Hudson Hankins


#396 "I Know This Rose Will Open"

Words and Music by Mary E. Grigolia

I know this rose will open.

I know my fear will melt away.

I know my soul will unfurl its wings.

I know this rose will open.

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words

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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