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- "Love is the Spirit of This Church" -- UUSE Virtual Worship, March 3, 2024
Gathering Music "Thankful" by the Juicebox Jukebox performed by Meetinghouse Welcome (Rev. Josh Pawelek) Announcements Centering Prelude "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars performed by Meetinghouse Chalice Lighting and Opening Words "Love is The Spirit of This Church" by James Villa Blake Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law. This is our great covenant: To dwell together in peace, To seek the truth in love, And to help one another. Opening Hymn #1 "May Nothing Evil Cross This Door" words by Louis Untermeyer music by Robert N. Quaile performed by Meetinghouse May nothing evil cross this door; and may ill fortune never pry about these windows: may the roar and rain go by. By faith made strong, the rafters will withstand the battering of the storm. This hearth, though all the world grow chill, will keep you warm. Peace shall walk softly through these rooms, touching our lips with holy wine, till every casual corner blooms into a shrine. With laughter drown the raucous shout, and, though these sheltering walls are thin, may they be strong to keep hate out and hold love in. Time for All Ages "What Things Cost" Rev. Josh Pawelek Music "Count on Me" (Reprise) by Bruno Mars performed by Meetinghouse Joys and Concerns Offering The recipient of our March community outreach offering is Moral Monday CT, a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations, rooted in the social justice and civil rights movements. Based in Hartford, Moral Monday CT gathers voices in the struggle for freedom and justice for black and brown people. Their areas of focus, activism and social change work include police accountability, voting rights, and workers rights. Moral Monday CT was founded by Bishop John Selders and Lady Pamela Selders. Offering Music "Brighter than the Sun" by Colbie Caillat performed by Meetinghouse Sermon "Love is the Spirit of This Church" Rev. Josh Pawelek Closing Music "Stand by You" by Rachel Platten performed by Meetinghouse 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.
- Special Congregational Meeting, March 17th, 1:00 PM
February 26, 2024 Dear UUSE Voting Members: UUSE’s Policy Board is calling a Special Congregational Meeting at 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 17th, so that members may cast votes related to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s proposed revision to Article 2 of its bylaws. You can read the proposed revision to Article 2 here. This will be a single-purpose meeting with no other business conducted. The congregation will take the following votes: 1) Do you support or oppose the proposed revision of Article 2? 2) Shall UUSE’s delegates to the 2024 UUA General Assembly vote unanimously or proportionally in line with the outcome of the congregation’s vote on Article 2? There are four ways you may cast a vote at this meeting: A) in person at UUSE; B) By Zoom poll during the meeting; C) by mail/email absentee voting form (see instructions below); D) by proxy (see instructions below). During the meeting there will be opportunities for discussion of both items prior to voting. Members may join the meeting and vote in person or online. Voting results will be shared at the meeting after both votes have been taken. Our Constitution requires a quorum of voting members to be present at the meeting in order for the vote to be valid. For those attending in person, feel free to bring lunch and eat during the meeting. Watch for info on a possible soup social! Children are welcome to be present at the meeting. If you wish to have childcare provided for this meeting, please contact the UUSE office by Monday, March 11th. Sincerely, Peggy J. Webbe, Jean Mamonas Rev. Josh Pawelek UUSE President UUSE clerk UUSE minister Mail/Email Absentee Voting: If you are unable to be present for the meeting but wish to vote by absentee ballot, please contact the UUSE office to get a copy of the voting form. Return the completed form to the UUS:E office at 153 West Vernon St., Manchester, CT 06042, or email a photo to email@example.com, by Friday, March 15th at noon. Proxy Voting: If you would like to vote by proxy, please contact the UUSE office to get a copy of the proxy form. Your proxy must be a member of UUSE. Be sure to advise your proxy of your wishes in advance of the meeting. Your proxy can bring the completed proxy form with them to the meeting, or you can send the completed proxy form to the UUS:E office by Friday, March 15th at noon.
- "For the Love of ... Place" - UUSE Virtual Worship, February 25, 2024
"We will only save what we love." --Sisters of the Earth Gathering Music Welcome & Announcements Centering Prelude "For the Love of Place" Created by Dan Thompson for UUSE Dan Thompson guitar, bass, drums, keys, manipulated vocal samples (video) Introduction of Service Chalice Lighting & Opening Words (in unison) We light this chalice To abet creation and to witness to it To notice each other's beautiful face and complex nature So that creation need not play to an empty house --(Annie Dillard) Opening Hymn #21 "For the Beauty of the Earth" Words: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint; Music: Conrad Kocher For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind's delight, for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight: Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise. For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light: Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of human care, sister, brother, parent, child, for the kinship we all share, for all gentle thoughts and mild: Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise. Joys and Concerns Musical Response Words of Meditation and Prayer Musical Response Story: "The Agreement" (Attr. Barry Lopez) Offering Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of the unspecified Sunday plate collections for the month of February will go to Manchester's African American and Black Affairs Council. Offering Music "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: Yip Harburg Performed by Sandy Johnson, vocals & Dan Thompson, guitar & vocals Sermon: "For the Love of ... Place" (Rev. Alison Cornish) Closing Hymn #1064 "Blue Boat Home" Words: © 2002 Peter Mayer; Music: Roland Hugh Prichard Though below me, I feel no motion standing on these mountains and plains, Far away from the rolling ocean still my dry land heart can say: I've been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known. The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home. Sun my sail and moon my rudder as I ply the starry sea, leaning over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep. Drifting here with my ship's companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls, making our way by the lights of the heavens in our beautiful blue boat home. I give thanks to the waves upholding me, hail the great winds urging me on, greet the infinite sea before me, sing the sky my sailor's song: I was born up on the fathoms, never harbor or port have I known. The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home. Closing Words & Extinguishing the Chalice (in unison) We extinguish the chalice here that it might glow gently in our hearts. May it light our paths as we leave this place. (Adapted -- Martha Musson) 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.
- God Talk
< To Upcoming Services Mar 26, 2024 God Talk A discussion group for UU theists. This ongoing group explores how UUs can name and experience God in meaningful, useful ways. All are welcome. Zoom Only. This discussion group for UU Theists explores how UUs can name and experience God in meaningful, useful ways. God Talk meets on 4th Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m . Click here for the Zoom link. #eBlast-02-28 OOS Sermon
- AA - Mondays at Noon-
< To Upcoming Services Watch the eBlast for the next scheduled AA - Mondays at Noon- AA meets in the sanctuary every Monday at Noon. OOS Sermon
< To Upcoming Services Watch the eBlast for the next scheduled Yoga- All welcome to these gentle-to-moderate yoga classes in the UUS:E Meetinghouse, Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. $5 drop-in fee. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothes. All welcome, including beginners! Bring a friend or neighbor; you do not have to be a UUS:E member to come to the classes. Yoga provides an opportunity to quiet the mind as well as strengthen and relax the body. Yoga is one of the UUS:E adult education offerings. OOS Sermon
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