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"Some Things are Worth Praying For" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, February 11, 2024

Updated: Feb 8



Artwork: "Grace." early 20-th century black and white photograph by Eric Enstrom, later "colorized" by Enstrom's daughter Rhoda Nyberg. "Grace" is the official state photograph of Minnesota.



Gathering Music (Mary Bopp)


Welcome and Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)


Centering


Prelude

Violin and Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Movement I

by J. S. Bach


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words


Opening Hymn

#347 "Gather the Spirit"

words and music by Jim Scott


Gather the spirit, harvest the power.

Our sep'rate fires will kindle one flame.

Witness the mystery of this hour.

Our trials in this light appear all the same.


Gather in peace, gather in thanks.

Gather in sympathy now and then.

Gather in hope, compassion and strength.

Gather to celebrate once again.


Gather the spirit of heart and mind.

Seeds for the sowing are laid in store.

Nurtured in love, and conscience refined,

with body and spirit united once more.


Gather in peace, gather in thanks.

Gather in sympathy now and then.

Gather in hope, compassion and strength.

Gather to celebrate once again.


Gather the spirit growing in all,

drawn by the moon and fed by the sun.

Winter to spring, and summer to fall,

the chorus of life resounding as one.


Gather in peace, gather in thanks.

Gather in sympathy now and then.

Gather in hope, compassion and strength.

Gather to celebrate once again.


Silence


Meditation


Musical Meditation

#123 "Spirit of Life"

by Carolyn McDade


Spirit of Life, come unto me.

Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.

Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold me close; wings set me free;

Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.


Joys and Concerns


Musical Interlude


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.


AABAC is a community based organization whose mission is to uphold all aspects of the lived experiences of Black people through advocacy education, and community endeavors. AABAC strives to eliminate injustices experienced by Black people in Manchester, CT, through engagement with Manchester residents, community partners and allies.


Offering Music

Violin and Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Movement II

by J. S. Bach


Sermon

"Worth Praying For"

Rev. Josh Pawelek


Closing Music

Violin and Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Movement III

by J. S. Bach


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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