Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua Recordings

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A Word About These Recordings

These recordings are all recorded live during our services using two small, unobtrusive microphones hanging from the ceiling.  We think these recordings are pretty good but for the full experience please visit us in person!  We were established in 1826 in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Our Internet home is http://www.uunashua.org/.

 

Our interim minister is Reverend Olivia Holmes.  Our pianist, organist, choir director, and music director are all Jared (Jed) Holland. 

 

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One part of many services that is too personal to share is called Joys and Concerns.  Here is a sample of the words and music that are said and sung, with the personal information removed:

Joys and Concerns, and From You I Receive

 

We are now also doing live streaming of our services on Sundays at 10 am, then repeating them again at 3 pm and 7 pm that day.  To listen to those on internet radio, go to our main website, at uunashua.org, look at “Sunday Service Live” at the top of the right column, then select “Click Here to Play” to start hearing the service.  You may have to click the “start” button on your player 2 or 3 times depending on your exact hardware and software.  We will still post here for you!


Recordings from the June 8, 2014 service

A surprise for Reverend Olivia Holmes!

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Gathering Hymn: Blue Boat Home

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children and a Surprise for Our Friend Reverend Olivia

Outreach Collection - Stop Hunger Now - Ellen Barr

Hymn: Pretty Planet (words and music by John Forster and Tom Chapin)

Homily: Life's Web is Wide - Pam Jordan and Rev. Olivia

Anthem: Bless the Beasts and the Children (arry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr., words and music; Audrey Snyder, arr.)

Homily: Life's Web is Long - Pam Jordan and Rev. Olivia

Reflection - Rev Olivia

Closing Words - Rev Olivia

Closing Hymn: Earth Was Given as a Garden

Extinguishing the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

   

Recordings from the May 25, 2014 service

Church President Ellen Fisher announced that Reverend Janet Newman will be our interim minister next year.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Announcement of Interim Minister - Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Rev. Olivia

Gathering Hymn: Soon the Day Will Arrive (146)

Affirmation

Outreach Collection: The Northern New England District Chalice Lighter Program

Anthem: The Strangest Dream (Ed McCurdy; Robert DeCormier, arr.)

Responsive Reading for Reflection, #583 - Harry Purkhiser

Spirit of Life

Sermon, War No More: Remembrance and Hope - Rev. Olivia

Lighting Candles of Memory - Congregation

Hymn: Dona Nobis Pacem

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Closing Hymn: We’ll Build a Land (121)

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Harry Purkhiser

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

   

Recordings from the May 11, 2014 service

The Search Committee announced that we will have another interim minister next year.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Lance Pratt

Search Committee and Board of Trustee Announcements - Gary Lerude and Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Anya Zakiewicz

Gathering Hymn: Morning Has Come

Affirmation

Children's Choir: Stand by Me (P. Robbins)

Conversation with the Children - Devon George

Outreach Collection - The Northern New England District Chalice Lighter Program

“Ode to Mothers” (Carl Orff, music; Matthew Hodge, lyrics; John Sanders, arrangement)

Words for Reflection - Anya Zakiewicz

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Go, Ready, Set - Rev. Olivia

The 23rd Psalm by Bobby McFerrin, dedicated to his mother

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Closing Hymn: Standing on the Side of Love

Extinguishing the Chalice - Anya Zakiewicz

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

   

Recordings from the April 27, 2014 service

The service was led by guest minister Rev. Michael F. Hall. Picture him acting out "The Tortoise and the Hare."

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Lance Pratt

Introduction of Rev. Hall - John Sanders

Lighting the Chalice

Gathering Hymn: Do You Hear?

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Rev. Hall

Outreach Collection - Girls, Inc.

Reading by Epictetus - Rev. Hall

Sermon: Fast Forward - Rev. Hall

Anthem: A Prayer for Peace (Carla Giomo)

Closing Hymn: For All That Is Our Lives

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

   

Recordings from the April 13, 2014 service

Worship Associates Sharon Machado and Kathy Fletcher led a service inspired by Mr. Rogers. Jed Holland outdid himself with the music.

Stewardship Announcement - David Hudson

Words of Welcome - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Gathering Hymn: Won't You Be My Neighbor (by Fred Rogers)

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Kathy Fletcher

Words for Reflection - Kathy Fletcher

Outreach Collection - Girl's Inc.

Solo: It's You I Like (Jed Holland channelling Mr. Rogers accompanied by Mary Liking on piano, song by Fred Rogers)

Spirit of Life, Fred Rogers Style

Sermon: UU Principles as Lived by Fred Rogers - Sharon Machado

Closing Hymn: It's Such a Good Feeling (by Fred Rogers)

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Benediction and Postlude: The Weekend Song (by Fred Rogers)

   

Recordings from the March 16, 2014 service

Reverend Shayna Appel of the United Church of Christ presented today's sermon.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Mary Licking

Introduction of Rev. Appel - Rev. Olivia Holmes

Lighting the Chalice - Rev. Olivia

Gathering Hymn: Light of Ages and of Nations

Welcoming New Members - Rev. Olivia, Harry Purkhiser, Emma and Kim Sousa, Sherri Woolsey

Stewardship - David Hudson and Rev. Olivia

Anthem: I Believe (Quodlibet with Bach-Gounod Ave Maria; Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman. Arranged by Beard and Tucker)

What this church means to me - Steve Hedges

Outreach Collection - Donna Purkhiser Scholarship Fund

Anthem: Lost in the Stars (Weill and Anderson)

Sermon: Beyond Christophobia - Rev. Shayna Appel

Closing Hymn: It Sounds Along the Ages

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

   

Recordings from the March 9, 2014 service

Today was our Stewardship Campaign kickoff, and we had a guest minister, Rev. Emily Melcher.

 

Prelude

Words of Welcome - David Hudson

Call to Stewardship - David Hudson and Kate Messner

Lighting the Chalice - Preschool and Kindergarten Class

Gathering Hymn: There’s a River Flowin’ in My Soul

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Rev. Melcher

What This Church Means to Me - Kim Steele

Outreach Collection - Donna Purkhiser Scholarship Fund

Anthem: Living in the Holy City (Stephen Hatfield)

Words for Reflection - Rev. Melcher

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Of Baubles and Juice — Rev. Melcher

Closing Hymn: The Fire of Committment

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Rev. Olivia

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

   

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Recordings from the March 2, 2014 service

Chris Parker made a big announcement. She will be retiring in June! Worship Associates Kathy Fletcher and Roy Goodman led the service.

 

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Opening Words - Roy Goodman

Gathering Hymn: Here We Have Gathered

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Kathy Fletcher

Outreach Collection - Donna Purkhiser Scholarship Fund

Anthem: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (Irving Berlin, music; E.Lazaras, words; R. Ringwald, arrangement)

Words for Reflection - Kathy Fletcher

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Our Sixth UU Principle - Roy Goodman

Closing Hymn: Wonders Still the World Shall Witness

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

   

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Recordings from the February 23, 2014 service

Rev. Olivia and Worship Associate Pam Jordan talk about the central question of the Biblical story of Job: Why do bad things happen to good people? The choir adds their take on that great Godspell tune "Yes, It's All For the Best" as well as Stephen Foster's "Hard Times"

Prelude - Jed Holland

Words of Welcome - Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Gathering Hymn: Morning Has Come

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children and Outreach Collection (Donna Purkhiser Scholarship Fund) - Rev. Olivia Holmes

Anthem: Hard Time (Stephen Foster, arr. W. Zwozdesky)

Singing our Children and Teachers to Class--Go Now in Peace, #413

Words for Reflection - Pam Jordan

Spirit of Life

The Story of Job - Rev. Olivia

Sermon: Of Job and J.B. - Rev. Olivia

Anthem: Yes, It's All For The Best (from Godspell)

Closing Hymn: Be That Guide #124

Extinguishing the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude - Jed Holland

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Recordings from the February 16, 2014 service

John Sanders and other Worship Associates led a service about people who have been saved by love. A question posed by visiting Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar, quoting another minister: "Do you love your child because she is clean, or do you clean your child because you love her?"

Prelude - Jed Holland

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Call to Worship - John Sanders

Lighting the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Gathering Hymn: Love Will Guide Us

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar with help from her stuffed friend Punce

Outreach Collection - Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Anthem: If We Only Have Love (Jacques Brel, words and music)

Homily: Stories of Love, John Sanders

Story 1: Decorations of Hope - Sharon Machado

Story 2: A Love Saves Story - John Sanders

Words for Reflection - Sharon Machado

Spirit of Life

Story 3: Brad's Story - John Sanders

Story 4: Sing for Your Sister - Tess George

Song: You are My Sunshine

Closing Words - John Sanders

Closing Hymn: There is More Love Somewhere

Extinguishing the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude - Jed Holland

 

Recordings from the February 9, 2014 service

Rev. Olivia Holmes and Worship Associate Roy Goodman give a tribute to Pete Seeger, who died recently. The tribute is in the context of the 5th principle Unitarian Universalism, "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large"

Words of Welcome – Lance Pratt

Announcments –Rev. Olivia

Lighting the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Gathering Hymn: Turn, Turn, Turn – Words from Ecclesiastes, music by Pete Seeger

Affirmation

Outreach Collection - Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Anthem: Wimoweh

(There is a great deal of controversy over the rights to this song. Solomon Linda, a black South African, wrote the original song. Decca Records and Folkways did not honor Mr. Linda's rights to compensation when they recorded it. Pete Seeger asked that his share of royalties from the Weavers' recording be sent to Mr. Linda's family when he heard of this injustice.)

Words for Reflection - Roy Goodman

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Of Principle and Purpose –Rev. Olivia

Closing Hymn: If I Had a Hammer (Words by Lee Hays, Music by Pete Seeger)

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

 

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Recordings from the February 2, 2014 service

Rev. Olivia Holmes and Search Committee member Gary Lerude led this service, which was filled with hilarity. Gary filled us in on the committee's work toward finding us a new minister. Kathy Grossman's solo on "River of Dreams" led to dancing in the aisles. At the climax of Gary's conversation with the children, picture Rev. Olivia's surprise appearance when the children helped Gary free her from a very large cardboard box.

Words of Welcome – Pat Ladew

Announcments –Rev. Olivia

Lighting the Chalice - Rev. Olivia and Gary Lerude

Gathering Hymn: Winds Be Still

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Gary Lerude

Words for Reflection 1 - Rev. Olivia

Outreach Collection - Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Anthem: River of Dreams (Kathy Grossman, soloist; Billy Joel, words and music; Mark Brymer, arrangement)

Words for Reflection 2 - Rev. Olivia

Spirit of Life

Homily: The State of Our Church, Gary Lerude

Closing Hymn: Amen

Anthem: Go Out! (Elizabeth Alexander, music; words attributed to John Murray)

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Rev. Olivia

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

 

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Recordings from the January 26, 2014 service

Our Unitarian Universalist Association District Executive, Joe Sullivan, talks about the nature of shared ministry in Unitarian-Universalism and how it relates to our search for new settled minister.

Prelude

Words of Welcome – Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice – Harry Purkhiser

Gathering Hymn: Wake Now My Senses

Affirmation

Anthem: Count On Me (by Bruno Mars; sung by our Children's Choir, led by Frona Avery)

Story For All Ages – Joe Sullivan

Outreach Collection – Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Words for Reflection – Harry Purkhiser

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Like A Shining Light, by Roger Lenz

Sermon: The Minister and our Ministry - A Partnership to Bless the World

Closing Hymn: Fire of Commitment

Closing Words – Joe Sullivan

Extinguishing the Chalice – Harry Purkhiser

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

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Recordings from the January 19, 2014 service

Rev. Olivia Holmes and Worship Associate Burns Fisher tell the dramatic, moving stories of civil rights martyrs Jimmie Lee Jackson, Rev James Reeb, and Viola Liuzzo. The choir's "Harriet Tubman" will have you dancing.

Prelude

Words of Welcome – Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Burns Fisher

Gathering Hymn: When Our Heart is in a Holy Place

Affirmation

Story For All Ages - Chris Parker

Outreach Collection - Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Anthem: Harriet Tubman (Walter Robinson,words and music; John Coates, Jr., arrangement)

Words for Reflection - Burns Fisher

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Standing on the Side of Love, Rev. Olivia

Anthem: Our Children (from the musical "Ragtime". Lynn Ahrens, lyrics; Stephen Flaherty, music; Jeff Funk, arrangement)

Afterword, Burns Fisher

Closing Hymn: We Shall Overcome

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Burns Fisher

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

   

 

Recordings from the January 12, 2014 service

In this service, Worship Associate Kathy Fletcher shares her thoughts about the fourth principle of Unitarian Universalism, A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

Prelude

Words of Welcome – Harry Purkhiser

Anthem: A Time For All Things (Lyrics: words from Ecclesiastes, Scottish Folk Tune, Arrangement Douglas E. Wagner)

Lighting the Chalice - First and Second Grade RE Class

Gathering Hymn: Sing Out Praises for the Journey (No 295)

Affirmation

Story For All Ages - Kathy Fletcher

Anthem: Lo A Rose ere Blooming/The Rose (Arrangement: Craig H. Johnson, Vocalists: Sean, Wes, Sue, and Sarah Chadwick))

Outreach Collection - Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Anthem: I Seek A Journey (Gwen McLeod Hall)

Words for Reflection - Pam Jordan

Spirit of Life

Sermon, A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning -- Kathy Fletcher

Closing Hymn: Blessed Spirit of My Life (No 86)

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

   

 

 

Recordings from the January 6, 2014 service

Prelude

Words of Welcome – Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Chris Parker

Outreach Collection - Tracy Desmarais,Southern New Hampshire Services: Fuel Assistance

Hymn: Find a Stillness(No 352)

Words for Reflection - Sharon Machado

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Questing -- Rev. Olivia

Anthem: To Dream the Impossible Dream (music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, arranged by Roy Ringwald)

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Closing Hymn: Life Is the Greatest Gift of All (No 331)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Peace and Joy (by K. Grossman)

Postlude

 

 

Recordings from the December 29th, 2013 service.

This service was led by Roy Goodman who gave a short sermon (sometimes called a homily) about holding on and letting go.  He also left time for the congregation to share readings and poetry.

Words of Welcome – David Hudson

Lighting the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Opening Words – Roy Goodman

Gathering Hymn: Love Will Guide Us (No 131)

Affirmation

Outreach Collection  

Words for Reflection - Roy Goodman

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Flying Free (by Don Besig, Flute Soloist Linda Lewis)

Homily: Holding on and Letting Go -- Roy Goodman

Sharing readings, music, stories, poems

Closing Words/Extinguishing the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the December 24th, 2013 9 pm Christmas Eve service. Our special music today is provided by Dan and Jordan Murphy, John Brobst, Suellen Davidson, and a French horn trio: Lori Lerude, Erica Agnew, and Bridget Foner.

Prelude: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - French Horn Trio

Bringing in the Light - Rev Olivia

Processional Carol: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (No 244)

The First Lesson: The Work of Christmas - Rev Olivia

Interlude: I Wonder As I Wander (by John Jacob Niles. Vocalist and organist Dan Murphy, and Jordan Murphy on saxophone.)

The Second Lesson, Luke II: 1 - 7 - Harry Purkhiser

Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem (No 246)

The Third Lesson, Luke II: 1 - 7 - Harry Purkhiser

Interlude: Do You Hear What I Hear? (words and music by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne) - John Brobst

The Fourth Lesson: The Stranger Came Down the Path - Rev Olivia

Carol: On this Day, Everywhere (No 249)

The Fifth Lesson: Each One of Us - Harry Purkhiser

Offertory: Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

Interlude: Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (Appalachian Christmas Carol, arranged by John Jacob Niles. Soloist Suellen Davidson)

Lighting the Candles, singing Dona Nobis Pacem

Silent Night

Benediction - Rev Olivia

Postlude - French Horn Trio

 

Recordings from the December 24th, 2013 7 pm Christmas Eve service. Our special music today is provided by the Christmas Eve Choir and a French horn trio: Lori Lerude, Erica Agnew, and Bridget Foner.

Prelude: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - French Horn Trio

Bringing in the Light: The Call - Rev Olivia

The Response: The First Nowell. Verse 1 sung by choir, verses 2 and 3 sung by congregation and choir processional.

Opening Words - Rev Olivia

Anthem: Caroling, Caroling Through the Snow (music by Alfred S. Burt, words by Wihla Hutson, arranged by Hawley Ades)

A Reading: The Little Red Bird - Sharon Machado

Anthem: In the Bleak Midwinter (music by Gustav Theodore Holst, words by Christina Georgina Rosetti, new words by John Andrews Story)

A Reading from the Book of Luke - Robert Sampson

Anthem: Do You Hear What I Hear? (words and music by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, arranged by Harry Simone) - Christmas Eve Choir

A Reading: Barry’s Story - Rev Olivia

Anthem: Call the Baby Jesus (Michael Barrett) - Christmas Eve Choir (soloists Marty Storer, Ben Morton, Martha Holland, Katie Woolsey)

A Reading: Judith's Thank You

Offertory: Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

Carol: On This Day Everywhere (No 249)

Lighting the Candles, singing Dona Nobis Pacem and Silent Night

Extinguishing the Candles and Chalice

Postlude - French Horn Trio

 

Recordings from the December 22nd, 2013 Solstice service.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - 3rd and 4th grade class

Gathering Hymn: Morning Has Come (No 1000)

Affirmation

Singing our Children to their service project

Outreach Collection  

Anthem: Dark of Winter (by Shelly Jackson Denham)

Words for Reflection - Pam Jordan

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Through the Solstice Cracks - Rev Olivia

Anthem: Turn the World Around (Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman)

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Hymn: Blue Boat Home (No. 1064)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the December 15th, 2013 service. Today had a foot of snow outside, so there were not enough musicians for special music, except for Jed, who always provides special music!

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Lance Pratt

Lighting the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Gathering Hymn: Wake Now My Senses (No. 298)

Affirmation

Singing Dona Nobis Pacem

Reflection - Sharon Machado

Spirit of Life

Song - Jed Holland

Sermon: Growing in Acceptance - Rev Olivia

Outreach Collection  

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Hymn: We'll Build a Land (No. 121)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the December 8th, 2013 service. Our speaker today is Mr Barb Greves. Band members today are Geoff Goodell lead guitar, John Burkitt bass, Adrian George and Grace Morton rhythm guitar, and Tess George vocals.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Mary Licking

Introducing our Speaker today - Rev. Olivia Holmes

Lighting the Chalice - Chris Parker

Gathering Hymn: When Our Heart is in a Holy Place

Story for the Children - Mr Barb Greves

Sing children and teachers back to their classes with Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

A Story - Chris Parker

Hymn: Where Do We Come From?

Sermon on Religious Education - Barb Greves

Outreach Collection  

Anthem: Teach Your Children Well (Choir accompanied by band members)

Closing Words - Barb Greves

Hymn: Forward Through the Ages (No. 114)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Rev Olivia

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the December 1st, 2013 service. Our speaker today is Bob Sampson.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Kate O'Shea

Lighting the Chalice - Rev. Olivia Holmes

Gathering Hymn: Spirit of Life (No. 123 )

Affirmation

Introduction to the Service - Bob Sampson

Hymn: Light of Ages and of Nations (No. 190)

A Reading, in the words of Bob Sampson

Hymn: Land of Hope and Glory

Sermon: A Different Kind of Savior - Bob Sampson

Outreach Collection for Community Dinners - Keith and Kathy Fletcher

Hymn: Not in Vain the Distance Beacons (No. 143)

Closing Words - Bob Sampson

Hymn: Rule Brittania (soloist Kathleen Griffis, and congregation)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Rev Olivia

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the November 22nd, 2013 Intergenerational Thanksgiving service.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice - Frona Avery & Rev Olivia

Gathering Hymn: We Sing Now Together (No. 67 )

Affirmation

Words for Reflection (No. 518) - Rev Olivia

Spirit of Life (No. 123)

Story for All Ages "The Greatest Table" by Amy Savoie and friends.  The beautiful artworks shown were made by Paula Super, the kindergarten RE class, Kathy Grossman, and Jessica Parker. If you want to see them in person, you'll have to come in the next 3 weeks to see those in person, and you can buy raffle tickets to try to get one to take home!

Anthems: Let Us Give Thanks (by Joyce Poley) and We Give Thanks (words and music by Wendy L. Perkins, arranged  by Susan Peck. Sung by Children's Choir and combined Choirs.)

Conversation with the Children - Chris Parker, Frona Avery, and Chant "Sen Zenena" - Rev Olivia

Homily: Simple Gifts of Gratitude

Outreach Collection for CASA

Anthem: Lord of Feasting and of Hunger (composed by Rusty Edwards, Author Hervert F. Brokering, setting Carl Schalk)

Closing Words - Chris Parker

Closing Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth (No. 21)

Extinguishing the Chalice (No 694) - Frona Avery

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the November 17th, 2013 service. Our guest minister today is Rev. Richard Trudeau, with a UU perspective on the story of Eve in the garden of Eden.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Pat Ladew

Introducing our Guest Minister

Lighting the Chalice - John Sanders

Gathering Hymn: Guide My Feet (No. 348 )

Affirmation

Children's Homily - Rev Richard Trudeau, and singing our children and teachers back to class with Go Now in Peace

Words for Reflection "Eve and the Forbidden Fruit", Genesis 2:25, 3:1-24 - Rev Richard Trudeau

Spirit of Life (No. 123)

Anthem: It Ain't Necessarily So (by George and Ira Gershwin. Soloists Stuart Schneiderman, Wes Chadwick, Sue Chadwick, Ellen McCormick, and Harry Purkhiser)

Sermon: Mother of Us All - Rev Richard Trudeau

Outreach Collection for CASA

Reflection - Rev Richard Trudeau

Closing Hymn: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! (No. 201, adapted)

Extinguishing the Chalice - John Sanders

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the November 10th, 2013 Beyond Categorical Thinking service, focused on exploring our unconscious biases as we go toward calling a new settled minister. Please take a listen to our two thoughtful presenters, Donna Dolham and Jacqui C. Williams, and our beautiful music today.

Sing-along: All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir, Love Will Guide Us, and This Little Light of Mine (Today's house band is Kathy Grossman, Jed Holland, John Brobst, Adrian George, and Billy Parker)

Words of Welcome - David Hudson and moment from auction committee - Sue Chadwick

Today's Service - Rev. Olivia  

Call to Worship - Jacqui C. Williams

Lighting the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Gathering Hymn: When Our Heart is in a Holy Place

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children - Donna Dolham and Jacqui C. Williams

Singing Our Children and Teachers to Class: Go Now in Peace (No. 413)

Responsive Reading (by Theresa Gustilo Gallardo) - Laurie Goodman

Music: Leslie is Different (Fred Small. Musicians Kathy Grossman soloist and guitar and Jed Holland on piano.)

Sermon: Beyond Categorical Thinking - Jacqui C. Williams

Hymn: How Could Anyone  

Sermon, continued - Donna Dolham

Anthem: We Are One (by Brian Tate)

Candle of Remembrance, and a time for silent reflection - Laurie Goodman

Spirit of Life

Outreach Collection for CASA

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Where is Our Holy Church? (No. 113)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the November 3rd, 2013 service, focused on our UU Second Principle: We affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Listen to the beautiful music and the thoughtful sermon today!

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice - Pam Jordan and Frona Avery

Gathering Hymn: We Are a Gentle, Angry People (No. 170)

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children - Rev. Olivia, Pam, and Frona, and From You I Receive

Responsive Litany of Light (response : We are the light of the world.)- Frona Avery

Music: Love's In Need of Love (by Stevie Wonder. Soloist/guitarist is Steve Hedges)

Sermon: On the Road to Justice, Equity, and Compassion - Rev Olivia

Outreach Presentation: CASA - Angela Delyani

Anthem: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (music by Bobby Scott, words by Bob Russell, arranged by John Coates Jr)

Chant: All I Ask of You is Forever You Remember Me as Loving You

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: De Colores (No. 305)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Pam Jordan and Frona Avery

Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the October 27th, 2013 Day of the Dead service, led by John Sanders and Frona Avery. Today’s service is both a celebration with lively music and a contemplative time of remembrance.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Lance Pratt

Call to Celebrate - John Sanders

Lighting the Chalice - 5th and 6th grade RE class

Gathering Hymn: Somos El Barco/We Are the Boat

Affirmation

Offering for the Nashua Senior Center

Anthem: Breaths (by Ysaye M. Barnwell)

Reflections on Our Ancestors' Breaths - John Sanders and Frona Avery

Placing Mementos on the Ofrenda

Spirit of Life

Conversation with our Children - Chris Parker

Song: Dance in the Graveyard (sung by children's choir and adult choir, soloists Mary Ellen Wessels and Emily Stauff)

Closing Hymn: Wade in the Water (No. 201 adapted)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the October 20th, 2013 service.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Ellen Fisher

A message from the AV committee - Burns Fisher

Greeting from Olivia

Lighting the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children - Kathy Fletcher

Sing our Children and Teachers to their classes - Spirit of Life (No. 123)

Words for Reflection - Kathy Fletcher

Anthem: What Matters (words and music by Randi Driscoll, arranged by Kevin Robison)

Sermon: The Promise of Our First Principle - Rev Olivia

Offering for the Nashua Senior Center

Anthem: Standing on the Side of Love (by Jason Shelton)

Closing words - Rev Olivia

Closing Hymn: Wade in the Water (No. 201 adapted)

Extinguishing the Chalice (Rev Diane Teichert) - Frona Avery

Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the October 13th, 2013 service. This weekend marks Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Mary Licking

Hymn: The Morning Hangs a Signal (No. 40)

Lighting the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children - Rev Olivia

Sing our Children and Teachers to their classes - All Over the Earth

Words for Reflection: Speech from Chief Seattle - Pam Jordan

Anthem: A Native American Prayer

Sermon: A Vision for Our People - Rev Olivia

Introduction of Ann Richards: Nashua Senior Activity Center

Offering for the Nashua Senior Center

Closing words - Pam Jordan

Closing Hymn: Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky (no. 301)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Pam Jordan

Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the October 6th, 2013 service. Our guest minister today is the Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Introducing our Guest Minister - John Sanders

Lighting the Chalice - Rev. Dr. M'ellen Kennedy

Gathering Hymn: Come, Come, Whoever You Are (No 188)

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children: It Matters What We Believe - M'ellen

Sing our Children and Teachers to their classes -Eyes That See Beauty (K. Grossman)

Hymn: When Our Heart is in a Holy Place (No 1008)

Sermon: Intimacy and Ultimacy - M'ellen

Offertory for Harbor Homes, Ending Hunger and Homelessness

Anthem: You Raise Me Up (Rolf Loveland)

Closing Hymn: Now Let Us Sing (No. 368)

Extinguishing the Chalice - M'ellen

Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the September 29, 2013 service.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - David Hudson

Message from the Ministerial Search Committee  

Lighting the Chalice - John Sanders

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children - Ganesha and Rat

Sing our Children and Teachers to their classes -"Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti"

Testament to the Value of Small Group Ministry - Laurie Goodman

Hymn: Winds Be Still (No. 83)

Homily: Soul Food - John Sanders (Note – during the homilies, a congregation member had a health problem, and had to be attended to by emergency workers, so there are many background sounds. She is doing fine now.)

Homily: Birth and Rebirth - Rev Olivia

Homily: Gandhi's Gifts - John and Oliva

Offertory for Harbor Homes, Ending Hunger and Homelessness

Anthem: Nada Brahma ("The World is Sound", Brian Tate)

Closing Hymn: Ubi Caritas (Chant, adapted)

Extinguishing the Chalice - John Sanders

Sung Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the September 22, 2013 service. Today’s sing-along band members include Dan Murphy on vocals and guitar, John Brobst on melodica, John Burkitt on string bass, Jed Holland on piano, and Adrian George, Greg Deneen, and Kathy Grossman on guitar.

Sing-along before church: If I Had A Hammer, We Shall Overcome, Circle Game

Quiet prelude

Words of Welcome - Mary Licking

Covenant Group Reflection - Jerry Ross

Lighting the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Affirmation

Conversation with our Children - Rev. Olivia Holmes

Sing our Children and Teachers to their classes -Eyes That See Beauty (K. Grossman)

Reflection - Sharon Machado

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Come Into the Circle (By Betsy Jo Angebranndt)

Sermon: The Bridges of Community - Rev Olivia Holmes

Offertory for Harbor Homes, Ending Hunger and Homelessness

Anthem: Hands Across the Aisle

Closing Words  

Closing Hymn: 'Tis A Gift to Be Simple (No. 16)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Sung Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the September 15, 2013 service. Today’s sing-along band members include John Brobst on ukulele and vocal, John Burkitt on string bass, and Jed Holland on piano.

Sing-along before church: Lean On Me, Three Little Birds

Words of Welcome - Pat Ladew

Lighting the Chalice (words from the Passover Haggadah, The Living Tradition #453) - Kathy Fletcher

Hymn: Wake Now My Senses (No. 298)

Affirmation

Practicing Shalom Chavarim

A Time to Affirm our Children and Teachers - Chris Parker and Rev. Olivia Holmes

Singing Shalom Chavarim to sing our children and teachers to class (No. 400)

Reflection - Kathy Fletcher

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Oh, To Be Written in the Book of Life - Rev Olivia Holmes

Offertory

Anthem: Bashana, Haba'ah

Closing Words (by Elizabeth Selle Jones)

Closing Hymn: We Laugh, We Cry (No. 354)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Sung Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the September 8, 2013 water service welcoming everybody back to our regular services in the sanctuary. Rev Olivia Holmes leads this service. Today’s band members are Jed Holland on piano, John Burkett on bass, John Brobst on melodica, Steve Hedges on guitar and ukulele, Kathy Grossman on guitar, and Billy Parker and Ben Morton on drums. Today’s cast for the story: Harry Purkhiser storyteller 1, Pam Jordan storyteller 2, John Sanders village elder, Kathy Fletcher newest council member, Burns Fisher husband, and the other council members are Sharon Machado, Frona Avery, Anya Zakiewicz, and Rev Olivia Holmes.

Celebration Sing-along before church! - Splish Splash, Rubber Ducky, The Water Is Wide, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, Somos El Barco

Words of Welcome - Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Frona Avery

Banner Parade and Opening Hymn: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In (No. 361)

Opening Words and Unison Reading of our Church Vision - Rev Olivia Holmes

Hymn: Gather the Spirit (No. 347)

Story for All Ages: What Will You Bring to the Feast? (by Rev. Erika Hewitt, adapted)

Offertory

Anthem: Homeward Bound (words and music by Marta Keen, arr by Jay Althouse)

Story for All Ages, continued

Hymn: I've Got Peace Like a River (No. 100)

Comingling the Waters of our Living

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Let It Be a Dance (No. 311)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Frona Avery

Sung Benediction - Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the September 1, 2013 service, led by John Sanders, called “Love Saves Stories”.

Prelude: "What is This Thing Called Love?" (by Cole Porter. Recorded by Andre Previn.)

Call to Worship "Loneliness and Love", Rev. Richard S. Gilbert

Lighting the Chalice: "Love Does That, by Meister Eckhart" - Harry Purkhiser

Gathering Hymn: "Love Will Guide Us" (No. 131)

First Thoughts - The Idea Behind "Love Saves" Stories - John Sanders

Words of Affirmation

More Thoughts - What is This Thing Called Love? - John Sanders

Story 1: "You Saved Me"

Story 2: "Lovingkindness at Hospice" - Karen M. Wyatt, MD

Words for Reflection "Kindness" - Naomi Shihab Nye

Responsive Hymn: "Spirit of Life" (No. 123)

Story 3: "Mother Teresa"

Story 4: "Decorations of Hope" by Rev Paul S. Sawyer

Outreach Collection and the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Story 5: "The Strength to Fight Our Fears" = Terry Ahwal

Story 6: "The Omagh Community Youth Choir"

Song: "Love, Rescue Me", Omagh Community Youth Choir

Story 7: "Love and Kindness - 'Sing To Your Sister""

Story 8: "Brad's Story", by Rev. Olav Nieuwejaar

Closing Hymn: There is More Love Somewhere (No. 95)

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice (#694)

Blessing: "Peace and Joy", by K. Grossman

Postlude: "Real Love", Regina Spektor

 

Recordings from the August 25, 2013 service. This morning’s service is led by Grace and Ben Morton, Mia Taylor, Mary and Christopher Holland, Erica and Samuel Agnew, and Nick and Nate Griffis. Today we have a special music treat. Our very own swing French horn trio, UU Swing Trio, made up of Erica Agnew, Bridget Foner, and Lori Lerude, is playing. Today’s pianist is Jed Holland.

Do the Hokey Pokey! - led by Bridget Foner

Greeting - Grace Morton

Chalice Lighting - Nick Griffis

Hymn: Let it Be A Dance (No. 311)

What this Church Means to Me - Mia Taylor

Reflection - The Seven UU Principles

Spirit of Life

UU Swing Trio: You've Got a Friend in Me (french horn players: Erica Agnew, Bridget Foner, and Lori Lerude)

The Adventures of Captain Potato - from the magazine Plays.  The narrator is Samuel Agnew. The actors in the play are: Mary Holland (Captain Potato), Ben Morton (Spud), Christopher Holland (police officer), Erica Agnew (evil henchman Sour Cream), Grace Morton (evil henchman Butter), Mia Taylor (Polly Plastic from eye’s on news), Nick Griffis (Criminal mastermind Big Mouth), Nate Griffis (autograph requester Bill), Chris Holland (another autograph requester), Grace & Mia & Erika & Nate & Chris (potato masher)

Outreach - music "Same Love" (written by Mack Amour and Mary Lambert)

What this Church Means to Me - Erica Agnew

UU Swing Trio: As Time Goes By

What this Church Means to Me - Samuel Agnew

What this Church Means to Me - Ben Morton

Extinguishing the Chalice with the song "This Little Light of Mine" - Guitarist Grace Morton

Closing words - Grace Morton

Closing Song: Go Now in Peace (No. 411)

postlude: Jazz french horns (Bridget Foner, Erica Agnew, and Lori Lerude)

 

Recordings from the August 11, 2013 “Rumi and Universal Sufism” service. This morning’s service is given by John Sanders. Today’s pianist is Dan Murphy. Today’s worship associates are Roy and Laurie Goodman. Both of the videos used in the service (which unfortunately, you can only hear) were part of the DVD “RANT – Who Says Words With My Mouth?”, published by Four Seasons Productions, LLC, in 2006.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - John Sanders

Chalice Lighting: The Guest House, by Rumi - Roy Goodman

Gathering hymn: Come, Come, Wherever You Are (No. 188)

Sermon Part 1:  Rumi? Who was that guy? - John Sanders, including video called "Only Breath"

Spirit of Life (No. 123)

Sermon Part 2: Sufi? Whazzat? - John Sanders, including video "Who Says Words With My Mouth?"

Sermon Part 3: Universal Sufism - John Sanders

Outreach and anthem: The Love, Light and Guidance Round (by W.A. Mathieu. Sung by the Sufi Pickup Choir.)

Closing words: "Two Kinds of Intelligence", Rumi

Hymn: What Wondrous Love (No. 18)

Extinguishing the chalice: "Let yourself be silently drawn."

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

 

Recordings from the August 4, 2013 service. Listen to Gary’s thoughtful words about humility and the beautiful cello music played by Carolyn Regula, a reknowned cellist.

Prelude

Opening words - Gary Lerude

Centering: Bach Suite No. 3, Bourrée - Cellist Carolyn Regula

Welcom & Greeting - Gary Lerude

Reflecting: Pale Blue Dot (by Carl Sagan)

Meditating: Bach Suite No 2 Prelude

Reflecting: The Paradox of Humility

Acknowledging: Spirit of Life (No. 123)

Serving: Outreach collection for Harbor Homes - with special music by Carolyn

Singing: Love Will Guide Us (No. 131)

Closing words

Extinguishing the Chalice - words by the Dali Lama

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)   

 

Recordings from the July 14, 2013 service. Listen to hear Laurie’s search for her family history, and some beautiful music!

Welcome - Laurie Goodman

Prelude - Guitarist Greg  

Greeting - Laurie Goodman

Reading

Laurie's Journey to the Past

Song -Guitarist Greg

Outreach - Roy Goodman and Greg

Part of joys and concerns was singing Happy Birthday to Laurie!

Part 2 of the story - Laurie Goodman

Song: Feels So Near (by Dougie McLain, sung by Greg)

Part 3 of the story - Laurie Goodman

Closing Words

Closing Words -Laurie Goodman

Stories shared by the attendees

 

Recordings from the July 7, 2013 service. Music is provided today by Burns Fisher on clarinet. Listen to the sermon to hear some wonderful thoughts, including some thoughtful comments by attendees at the end of the sermon.

Welcome - Burns Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Sharon Macado

Words of Affirmation

Outreach

Words of Reflection

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Throw Away the Things You Cling To - Burns Fisher, with discussion at end

Extinguishing the Chalice  

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

 

Recordings from the June 16, 2013 service. (We have started recording some summer services if they are in the sanctuary. You still need to come in person if you want to hear the rest of the summer services, which are held in the chapel.) Today, listen to Olivia’s thoughts on prayer and Jed’s beautiful piano playing.

Welcome

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Rev Olivia Holmes

Gathering Hymn: Gathered Here (No. 389)

Lighting the Chalice (sing #362, Rise Up, O Flame)

Words of Affirmation

Sermon: The Possibilities of Prayer - Rev Olivia Holmes

Hymn: From the Crush of Wealth and Power (#125)

Sermon Part 2 - Oops Prayer

Hymn: Winds Be Still (No. 83)

Sermon Part 3 - Prayer of Thanks

Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth (No. 21)

Outreach collection - Harbor Homes. Listen to Jed's beautiful piano music during the offering!

Sermon part 4 - Wow!

Extinguishing the Chalice  

Postlude

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Closing music

 

Recordings from the June 2, 2013 service.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Jenn Morton

Gathering Hymn: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In (No. 361)

A Word from our Search Committee

Lighting the Chalice -Anya Zakiewicz

Words of Affirmation

Welcoming the Gifts from our Garden - Rev Olivia and the congregation

Anthem: Down in the Valley (directed by Frona Avery)

Remembering those members who have died this year

Anthem: Evening Prayer (by E. Humperdink; English translation by Tom Hammond. Vocalists Suellen Davidson and Pam Jordan)

Poem by Rev "O" - Rev. Olivia

Homily by Rev Olivia

Outreach collection - Harbor Homes

Anthem: All Through the Night (Welsh folk song, arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram. Vocalists Suellen Davidson and Pam Jordan.)

Responsive Reading for Reflection, No. 489 - Anya and Rev Olivia

Spirit of Life

Sharing of the Gifts of our Gardens

Celebration Hymn: Let it Be A Dance (No 311)

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice - Anya and congregation

Anthem: There Is A River in Judea (music by Feldman, lyrics by Marcus, arranged by Leavitt)

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Memorial Day service, May 26th, 2013. Listen to the beautiful anthems and the heartfelt homilies today.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Harry Purkhiser

Gathering Hymn: Gathered Here (No. 389)

Lighting the Chalice -Laurie Goodman

Words of Affirmation

A Hymn of Peace: Dona Nobis Pacem

Responsive Reading "The Young Dead Soldiers", and response: "From You I Receive"

Homily for Reflection - Laurie Goodman

Anthem: Hear My Prayer (by Moses Hogan)

Homily for reflection - Rev. Olivia

Spirit of Life

Outreach Collection: Marguerite's Place

Anthem: Distant Land (by John Rutter)

Lighting Candles of Memory and Hope, and a Hymn of Peace: Dona Nobis Pacem

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Wonders Still the World Shall Witness (No. 139)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Children’s Service, May 19, 2013. The RE classes have many wonderful parts in this service – check them all out!

Words of Welcome  - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Preschool Class

Gathering Hymn: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In (No. 361)

Words of Affirmation

A Story for All Ages: "Parachuting Cats to the Rescue" - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes

Activity - 6th and 7th grade class (at the end, they lead blindfolded adults to their seats)  

Drumming: Bear Spirit Song - 5th grade class

OWL Skit - OWL class (Our Whole Lives)

Body Prayer - Kindergarten/First Grade

Outreach Collection: Marguerite's Place - Tom Woolsey

Anthem: This Little Light of Mine - Youth Choir, followed by recognition of the youth choir & their directors

Graduating Seniors

Thanking our Teachers

Closing Hymn: Now Let Us Sing (No. 368)

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the May 12 service, 2013. Today we have very beautiful, moving music and a touching sermon that talks about Olivia’s experience meeting representatives from a trade union for sex workers in India.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Jenn Morton

Lighting the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Gathering Hymn: Wake Now, My Senses (No. 298)

Words of Affirmation

A Stewardship Message - Kate Messner and Dave Hudson

Anthem: Mama A Rainbow (Hal Hackady, lyrics; Larry Grossman, music; Ed Lojesky, arr) sung by the youth choir

Sing our Children and Teachers to Class (Eyes That See Beauty, by Kathy Grossman)

Unison Reading #477 by Vivian Pomeroy

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Fix You (words & music by Berryman, Buckland, Champion, Martin; arranger Anders and Astrom; adaption Brymer) Soloists Grace Morton and Steve Hedges.

Sermon: From Pain Through Passion to Power - Rev. Olivia

Outreach Collection - Marguerite's Place

Anthem: Sing Me To Heaven (Jack Grinier, text; Daniel E. Gawthrop, music.)

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Closing Hymn: We Will Build A Land (No. 121)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Kathy Fletcher

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the May 5 service, 2013. Listen to some wonderful anthems today, and to Olivia’s sermon as she preaches her auction sermon.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Anya Zakiewicz

Welcoming of New Members

Sing our Children and Teachers to Class (Eyes That See Beauty, by Kathy Grossman)

Outreach Presentation - Barbara Alves, Marguerite's Place

Outreach Collection

Anthem: I Seek A Journey (by Gwen McLeod Hall)

Words for Reflection - Anya Zakiewicz

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Bridging our Barriers - Rev. Olivia

Anthem: Seize the Day (Jack Feldman, lyrics; Alan Menken, music; Roger Emerson, arr.)

Closing Words - Rev. Olivia

Closing Hymn: We Laugh, We Cry (No. 354)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Anta Zakiewicz

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Youth service April 28 service, 2013. Listen to the thoughtful vignettes by our youth.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Ellen Fisher

Lighting the Chalice - Max Better

Reflection on creativity

Hymn: Gather the Spirit (No. 347)

Conversation with the Children

Sing our teachers and children to class (As We Leave This Friendly Place: No 414)

Reflection on a Lullabye

Spirit of Life

A Word from our Search Committee - Laurie Goodman

Outreach Collection

Vignette 1 - Thomas Woolsey

Discussion of words

Vignette 2 - Julia Fletcher

Discussion

Hymn: Come, Sing A Song With Me (No. 346)

Vignette 3 - Katie Woolsey

Guided Meditation

Vignette 4 - Andrew Holland

Discussion of music

Vignette - Chuck Rehberg

Discussion of becoming a youth group advisor

Closing Hymn: Let It Be A Dance (No 311)

Closing Words - Thomas Woolsey

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the April 21 service, 2013. Today, listen to the thoughtful sermon, and the “Biggest Crazy UU Band that Ever Was,” which has over 100 people playing all sorts of instruments! 

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Sharon Machado

Words from the Stewardship Committee - Steve Griffis

Hymn: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In (No. 361) - The Biggest Crazy UU Band That Ever Was

Words of Affirmation

Song: This Little Light of Mine (No 118) - the Biggest Crazy UU Band

Words for Reflection -  The UU Sources - Sharon Machado

Spirit of Life

Outreach Collection

Song: Hi-ne ma tov (Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to sit down together in unity)

Sermon: How Big Is Our Tent?  - Roy Goodman

Closing Hymn: Come, Come, Whoever You Are (No 188)

Closing Words - Roy Goodman

Extinguishing the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the April 14 service, 2013. Our guest minister today is Rev. Dr. David Robbins, speaking about blasphemy and Universalist Rev. Abner Kneeland.  We have a couple of beautiful anthems today too!

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Kathleen Griffis

Introducing our Guest Minister - John Sanders

Lighting the Chalice - Preschool RE Class

Hymn: Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers (No. 63)

Words of Affirmation

Conversation with the Children

Sing our children and teachers to class (Eyes That See Beauty, by Kathy Grossman, edited by Jenny Grossman)

Words for Reflection - Rev Dr David Robbins

Spirit of Life

Anthem: How Can I Keep From Singing (Quaker folk hymn, arr. Paul Hendrickson.  Featured vocalists Kathleen Griffis, Linda Lewis, and Jamie Reifsnyder)

Sermon: Blasphemy, Yesterday and Today - Rev. Dr David Robbins

Outreach Collection

Anthem: How Lovely Are the Messengers (Romans v 15,16; Felix Mendelssohn)

Closing Words - John Sanders

Closing Hymn: O Star of Truth (No 293)

Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the April 7 service, 2013.

Words of Welcome  - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Burns Fisher

Hymn: Here On the Paths of Every Day (No. 312)

Words of Affirmation

Conversation with the Children

Sing our children and teachers to class (Eyes That See Beauty, written by Kathy Grossman, edited by Jenny Grossman)

Reading for Reflection

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Sakura

Sermon: Shintoism - Rev Olivia

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Shojoji

Closing Hymn: We Celebrate the Web of Life (No 175)

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Easter service March 31, 2013. We have some lovely music for you today, including an anthem by the youth choir, 2 adult choir anthems, and 2 brass choir numbers.  The UU Brass Band musicians today are: trumpeters Bruce Cleaveland and Bruce Dye, French horn players Erica Agnew, Bridget Foner, and Lori Lerude, baritone horn player Ben Bate, trombonists Kathy Grossman and Jon Lasselle, percussionist Andrew Holland, and pianist/organist Jed Holland.

Prelude: This Joyful Eastertide, by Joel Raney

Words of Welcome  - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice - Gary Lerude

Hymn: The Morning Hangs A Signal (No. 40)

Words of Affirmation

Anthem by the Youth Choir: All God's Critter's Got a Place in the Choir (Conductor Frona Avery, guitarist Greg Deneen)

Sing our children and teachers to class (#414: As We Leave this Friendly Place)

Reading of Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Spirit of Life

Responsive Reading #637

Anthem: Alleluia (by Randall Thompson)

Sermon: Rolling Away the Stones- Rev Olivia

Outreach Collection - Donna Purkhiser White Wing Fund

Anthem: Gloria in Excelsis (by Vivaldi, edited by Martens)

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Lo, the Earth Awakes Again (No 61)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Gary Lerude

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude: Easter Celebration (by Vruechten, arranged by Sondra K Tucker)

 

Recordings from the service March 24, 2013.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Pat Ladew

Lighting the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Greeting and Hymn: Morning, So Fair To See (No. 42)

Words of Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Kathy Fletcher

Anthem: Peace and Joy and Love (by Barberi Pauli)

Words for Reflection: - Laurie Goodman

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Humor is the Grace of God - Kathy Fletcher

Outreach Collection

Anthem: When the Spirit Says Do (African-American spiritual, civil rights period; Mark Freundt, arranger)

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Closing Hymn: Now Let Us Sing (No 368)

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Celebration Sunday service March 17, 2013. Please listen to this spirited service, especially the anthems, hymns, and Nick Page’s conversation with the children!

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Ellen Fisher, church president

Introducing Nick Page

Lighting the Chalice - Nick Page

Hymn: There's Honey in the Rock

Words of Affirmation

Conversation with the Children -Nick Page.  Do You Shine?, Twinklie Twinkle dialogues, and Body Prayer: the Laughing Buddha Ritual.

This Is My Church - Pam Jordan

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Walk With Us For the Road is Long (South African folk song. Soloist Pam Jordan.)  

Words for Reflection - Nick Page, followed by Spirit of Life

Anthem: I Am Willing (by Holly Near.  Soloist Pam Jordan)

Call to Joyful Stewardship - Rev Olivia, Nick Page, and the whole church!

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Alle Brider

Extinguishing the Chalice - Rev Oliva and Nick Page

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Special Congregational Meeting

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service March 10, 2013.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - David Hudson

Lighting the Chalice - Gary Lerude

Hymn: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In (No. 361)

Words of Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Rev Olivia

Sing our children and teachers to class (Open Hearts, Hands, and Minds.  By O. Holmes)

Reflection: This is My Church - Burns Fisher

Spirit of Life

Words for Reflection: The Pebble Pile -  Gary Lerude

Anthem: Fire of Commitment (music by Jason Shelton, text by Mary Katherine Morn and Jason Shelton)

Sermon: The Fire of Commitment - Rev Olivia

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Brand New Day (music and words by Kathy Grossman, arranged by Jed Holland) This is the first performance of this song, written and arranged by two church members.

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Let It Be A Dance (No 311)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Gary Lerude

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service March 3, 2013.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice - Kindergarten/First Grade RE class

Hymn: As Tranquil Streams (No. 145)

Words of Affirmation

Conversation with the Children - Rev Olivia

Sing our children and teachers to class (No. 1003)

Reflection: This is My Church - David Hudson

Response: Where Do We Come From

Reflection 2: Where Do We Come From? - John Burkitt

Anthem: Things Are Always Changin (words by Alicia Carpenter, music by Steven Kuperschmid.)Sung in celebration of Janice M. Whittaker, our music director from 1967 to 1997.

Reflection:  What Are We? - Kathy Fletcher

Anthem: We Gather Here Together (16th century German Madrigal.  Sean Deibler, English text) Sung in celebration of Sandra LaBarge-Neumann, our music director from 1998 to 2006.

Where are we Going?  - Rev Olivia

Response: Where Do We Come From (No 1003)

This is my church - Amy Savoie

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Acts of Creation (Catherine Faber, arranged by Jed Holland) Sung in celebration of Jed Holland, our music director from 2007 to the present.

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: May Nothing Evil Cross this Door (No 1)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Laurie Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service February 24, 2013.  Listen to Jed’s beautiful prelude, Roy’s moving reflection, and Olivia’s thoughts on Nelson Mandela today!

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Hymn: Dark of Winter (No. 55)

Words of Affirmation

Reflections from childhood in South Africa - Roy Goodman

Hymn: We Shall Overcome (No. 169)

Sermon: Faith, Hope, and Reconciliation

Outreach Collection

Anthem: N'Kosi Sikele'I Afrika (by Enoch Sontongo.  Adult small choir)

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Soon the Day Will Arrive (No 146)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Presidents’ Day service February 17, 2013.  Please take a listen to the homilies today – we have very honored guests!  For the 2 homilies, here are the actors:  Narrator = Rev Olivia Holmes, First Lady Abigail Adams = Maggie Woolsey, President George Washington = Gary Lerude, President John Adams = Harry Purkhiser, First Lady Dolley Madison = Claire Cowan, President Thomas Jefferson = David Robbins, President James Madison = Andrew Holland.

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Jenn Morton

Lighting the Chalice - John Sanders

Hymn: Gathered Here (No. 389)

Unison Words of Covenant: Humility, Gratitude, Compassion, Service, Transcendence, May we awaken to the fullness of life each morning.

Gaudeamus Hodie (by Natalie Sleeth.  Sung by treble choir, directed by Frona Avery, guitarist Greg Deneen)

Spirit of Life

Homily: Beginnings and Endings - Rev Olivia and special guests

Hymn: Simple Gifts (No. 16)

Homily: Endings and Beginnings

Outreach Collection

Anthem: We Are (by Ysaye M. Barnwell.  Soloists Kathy Fletcher, John Sanders, Gil Dubray, and Geri Davidson)

Closing Words

Song: From You I Recieve

Closing Hymn: Faith of the Larger Liberty (no 287)

Extinguishing the Chalice - John Sanders

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service February 10, 2013.  Please take a listen to the special music today– it got a standing ovation!

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice

Hymn: Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire (No. 34)

Unison Words of Covenant: Humility, Gratitude, Compassion, Service, Transcendence, May we awaken to the fullness of life each morning.

Conversation with the Children - Rev Olivia

Singing the children to class

Anthem: What If I Never Speed (by John Dowland; edited by Peter Warlock)   Note – the word “speed” means “success” in this song

Words of Reflection - Harry Purkhiser

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Love versus Life

Outreach Collection

Special Music: Somewhere (from West Side Story.  Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Steven Sondheim.   Vocalists Kathy Grossman and Kathleen Griffis, pianist Jared Holland.)

Closing Hymn: Come, Sing a Song with Me (No 346)

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service February 3, 2013. 

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Kathleen Griffis

Introducing our Guest Minister

Call to Worship - The Reverend Colin Bossen

Lighting the Chalice

Hymn: This Little Light of Mine (No. 118)

Unison Words of Covenant: Humility, Gratitude, Compassion, Service, Transcendence, May we awaken to the fullness of life each morning.

A Story for all Ages (from Mother Catherine, by Zora Neale Hurston)- Kathy Fletcher

Singing the children to class

Anthem: I Dream a World (words by Langston Hughes, music by Rosephanye Powell)

Words of Reflection (from Parable of the Talents, by Octavia Butler)

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Unknown Visions of Love

Outreach Collection

Anthem: What the World Needs Now is Love (music by Burt Bacharach, words by Hal David, and arranged by Lou Hayward)

Closing Hymn: There is More Love Somewhere (No 95)

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Compassionate Communication service January 27th, 2013. 

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Donna Larue

Lighting the Chalice  - Lori Goodman

Hymn: Winds Be Still (No. 83)

Unison Words of Affirmation: Humility, Gratitude, Compassion, Service, Transcendence, May we awaken to the fullness of life each morning.

Anthem: Being Who You Are (By Elizabeth Alexander.  Sung by Youth Choir)

Conversation with the Children  - Kathy Fletcher

Singing our Children and Teachers to Class (No. 374)

Words of Reflection

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Compassionate Communication

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name (traditional spiritual arranged by Brazeal W. Dennard. Soloist Jim Woolsey.)

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice  

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Martin Luther King Jr service January 20th, 2013. 

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Mary Licking

Lighting the Chalice  - Gary Lerude

Hymn: Find A Stillness (No. 352)

Unison Words of Covenant: Humility, Gratitude, Compassion, Service, Transcendence, May we awaken to the fullness of life each morning.

Conversation with the Children  - Chris Parker

Singing our Children and Teachers to Class (No. 374)

Anthem: Battle Hymn of the Republic (Howe-Steffe, arr Kirby Shaw)

Words of Reflection

Spirit of Life

Sermon: I Have A Dream

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Wade in the Water (traditional spiritual, arr. by Rosephanye Powell)

Closing Words

Hymn: America

Extinguishing the Chalice  

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service January 13th, 2013. 

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Rev Olivia Holmes

Lighting the Chalice  - the 2nd and 3rd grade class

Hymn: Be That Guide (No. 124)

Conversation with the Children  - Rev Olivia

Singing our Children and Teachers to Class (No. 374)

Responsive Reading #610  - Burns Fisher

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Daoona Nayeesh (words by Samir Badri, music by Ted Warmbrand, arr. Jed Holland) This piece was a collaboration between an American Muslim writer and a Jewish composer.  It was performed by Moroccans and Saudi Arabians at the Tucson Jewish-Muslim Peace walk in 2004.  The words mean “Let us live in peace.  Let us live in inner peace.  Let us weave our dreams together.”

Sermon: The Five Pillars of Islam

Outreach Collection

Anthem: All the Rivers (words from Ecclesiastes 1:7 9:11, music by Charles Baker)

Closing Words

Hymn: One More Step (No. 168)

Extinguishing the Chalice  

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service January 6th, 2013.  This service is led by church member Gary Lerude.  The special music today is provided by John Burkitt on upright bass and Jed Holland on piano. It’s a delightful service, so check it out!

Prelude

Words of Welcome  - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Chalice  - Gary Lerude

Hymn: Morning So Fair to See (No. 42)

A Homily for our Children - Kathy Fletcher

Singing our Children and Teachers to Class (No. 374)

Homily: A Meditation on Spirituality: Humility  - Gary Lerude

Musical Interlude: "Vallat Fran Jamtland"   - Jed Holland and John Burkitt

A Meditation on Spirituality: Gratitude  - Gary Lerude

Musical Interlude: "Amazing Grace"   - Jed Holland

A Meditation on Spirituality: Compassion  - Gary Lerude

Musical Interlude: "Clair de Lune"   - Jed Holland

A Meditation on Spirituality: Service  - Gary Lerude

Outreach Collection - Southern NH Fuel Services

Musical Interlude: "Bach Prelude No. 1 in C (Ave Maria)"   - Jed Holland

A Meditation on Spirituality: Transcendence  - Gary Lerude

Musical Interlude: "Forever"   - Jed Holland and John Burkitt

Hymn: For All That is Our Life (No. 128)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Harry Purkhiser

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service December 30th, 2012.

Prelude

Welcome - Pat Ladew

Chalice Lighting (Rev. M. Maureen Killoran, Rejoice Together, p. 10) - Roy Goodman  

Hymn: Gather the Spirit (No. 347)

Resolutions: Thoughts for the child at heart - Olivia

Musical Interlude: Blowin' In the Wind (by Bob Dylan)

Reading: Life is Always Unfinished Business (Richard Gilbert)  - Roy Goodman

Spirit of Life

Homily - Olivia

Outreach Collection - Southern NH Fuel Services and music The Circle Game (Joni Mitchell)

Homily - Olivia

Hymn: Come, Come, Whoever You Are (No. 188)

Candles of Hope and Letting Go, silent and spoken reflection, response: From You I Recieve (No. 402)

Closing Words - Olivia

Hymn: Blessed Spirit of My Life (No. 86)

Extinguishing the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the 9 pm Christmas Eve service, 2012.

Prelude

The Blessing of this Holy Night (Rev. Patrick T.A. O’Neill, Seaburg, ed., Celebrating Christmas, p.87, adapted by Rev. Holmes)  

Processional Carol: O Come All Ye Faithful (No 253)

The First Lesson: "Why Not a Star" (by Margaret Gooding, Singing the Living Tradition, #621) - Anya Zakiewicz

Carol: Angels We Have Heard on High (No 231)

The Second Lesson: "For So the Children Come" (Fahs, Sophia Lyon, Singing the Living Tradition, #616)  - Rev Holmes and Jed Holland

The Third Lesson: Luke 2:1-7 - Harry Purkhiser

Carol: "In the Bleak Midwinter" (No. 241)

The Fourth Lesson: "A Gift" (Nancy Dahlberg) - Laurie Goodman

Offertory for Harbor Homes Homeless Housing Fund

The Fifth Lesson: Luke:2:8-20  - Harry Purkhiser

Lighting the Candles and singing Dona Nobis Pacem and Silent Night

Benediction - Rev Olivia

Recessional Carol: "Joy to the World" (No. 245)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the 7 pm Christmas Eve service, 2012.  All anthems are sung by the multi-generational Christmas Eve Choir.  Brass players tonight are Bruce Cleaveland and Jonathon Orr on trumpet, Kathy Grossman on trombone.

Prelude: Angels We Have Heard on High (played by brass players and pianist Jed Holland)

Anthem (Music by Julie Gardner Bray, words by Janie Gardner Cunningham.  Sung by Christmas Eve Choir.  Soloists Suellen Davidson and Ben Morton.)

Chalice Lighting - The Reverend Olivia Holmes

Carol: The First Nowell (No 237. Accompanied by brass players.)

Reading by the Rev. Lynn Ungar - Kathy Fletcher

Carol: Gather Round the Manger (No. 229)

A Christmas Story:  In a Distant Land (cast: narrators Greg and Claire Cowan, old couple: David Robbins and Kathy Fletcher, Christmas Child: Julia Fletcher)

Anthem: O Holy Night (music by Adolphe Adam, arranged by Biery, words by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, English translation by Dwight)

Reading from the Book of Luke - Robert Sampson

Carol: We Three Kings (No. 259.  Accompanied by brass players.)

Reading by Rev Lynn Ungar - Dave Robbins

Offertory for Harbor Homes Housing Fund

Anthem: Il Est Ne'! Noel! (He is Born.  Arranged by Steve Kuperschmid)

Bringing the candles forward

Dona Nobis Pacem & Silent Night

Extinguishing the Chalice

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Solstice service December 23, 2012.  Please take a listen to the beautiful music today.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - Jenn Morton

Greeting - Olivia

Gathering Hymn: For the Earth Forever Turning (No 163)

Chalice Lighting - Burns Fisher

Anthem: A Gift for Every Child (by Sally K. Albrecht.  Sung by Youth Choir; pianist is Caleb Wagner.)

Conversation with the Children - Kathy Fletcher

Singing our Children to their Activities (No. 374)

Anthem: Solstice Carol (by Diane Benjamin.)

Reading: Winter  - Burns Fisher

Anthem: Some Children See Him (music by Alfred s. Burt, words by Wihla Hutson.  Soloists: Wes Chadwick, Tina Marshman, Linda Blais & Geri Davidson, Kim Steele)

Homily: As the Earth Turns - Rev Olivia

Meditation - Anya Zakiewicz

Spirit of Life

Outreach Collection: Southern NH Fuel Services

Closing Words - Olivia

Closing Hymn: Wake Now, My Senses (No 298) 

Extinguishing the Chalice - Burns Fisher

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Chanukah service December 16, 2012.

Prelude

Words of Welcome - David Hudson

Words from Olivia

Chalice Lighting (words from the Passover Haggadah)- Roy Goodman

Responsive Reading (No 698)

From You I Receive (No 402)

Gathering Hymn: Light One Candle (No. 221)

Singing the children and teachers to class (Go Now with Open Hearts, by O Holmes)

Reading for Chanukah (adapted from words by Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub) - Roy Goodman

Spirit of Life

Sermon: The Miracle of Light - Olivia

Outreach Collection: Southern NH Fuel Services

Anthem: Bidi Bom (by David Eddleman)

Closing Words (Gates of Joy, by Stern Chaim) - Olivia

Extinguishing the Chalice - Roy Goodman

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)

 

Recordings from the service December 9, 2012.  Special speaker today is the Rev. Dr. Gene Reeves.  We also had a special guest musician: Greg Deneen on classical guitar, and a lively choir anthem.

Prelude: Etude in C Major (by Fernando Sor.  Played by Greg Deneen.)

Words of Welcome - Ellen Fisher

Chalice Lighting  and Opening Words- Rev Holmes

Gathering Hymn: From all the Fret and Fever of the Day (No. 90)

Conversation with the Children - The Rev. Dr. Gene Reeves

Singing the children and teachers to class (No 374)

Outreach speaker - Ms. Louise Bergeron

Outreach collection - So. NH Fuel Assistance

Musical Medley: Theme and Variations in A Major (by Mauro Giuliani) and Etude in E Minor (by Fernando Sol) - both played by Greg Deneen.

Introduction to the Lotus Sutra - Rev Dr Reeves

Spirit of Life

Sermon: A Story for You - Rev Dr Reeves

Anthem: Dance Today With Joy (by Vijay Singh)

 

Recordings from the service December 2, 2012.

Prelude

Words of Welcome

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words - Laurie Goodman

Spirit of Life

Children's Story

Singing the children to their classes

Anthem: Will the Angels Still Sing (words and music by Heidi M. Singer, arranged by Jed Holland)  

Reading by Kathy Fletcher

Hymn: Dark of Winter (No. 55)

Sermon

Outreach collection

Closing Words

Hymn: Dona Nobis Pacem (No. 388)

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Gratitude service November 25, 2012, provided by the Worship Associates committee.

Words of Welcome - Harry Purkhiser

Opening Words - Kathy Fletcher

Chalice Lighting - Harry Purkhiser

Gathering Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth (No. 21)

Outreach collection

Words for Reflection (Thanksgiving by Mark Belletini)- Harry Purkhiser

Spirit of Life

Reflection #2 (Thanks Be For These, by Richard Gilbert) - John Sanders

Reflection #3 (Gate 4-A by Naomi Shihab Nye) - Anya Z

Musical interlude by Jed Holland on organ

Reflection #4 (Starfish by Eleanor Lerman) - Anya

Reflection #5 (That Passeth All Understanding by Denise Levertov, #479) - John Sanders

Reflective Hymn: The Peace Not Past Our Understanding (No. 164)

Congregational Gratitude Exercise - Kathy Fletcher

Musical interlude by Jed Holland on piano 

Reflection #6 (Be Thankful) - Laurie Goodman

What are we grateful for?

Closing Hymn: What Wondrous Love (No. 18)

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the intergenerational Thankgiving service November 18, 2012.  Listen to the combined youth and adult choir anthems!

Words of Welcome by Jenn Morton

Chalice Lighting: Dave Robbins

Gathering Hymn: Come, Ye Thankful People (No. 68)

A Unison Affirmation

Conversation with the Children

Anthem: Mahalo (by the Laurie Berkner Band.  Sung by combined adult and youth choirs.)

Reading for Reflection

Spirit of Life

Thanksgiving Patchwork of Sharing

Chant: Sen Zenneyna

Guest at Your Table Reflection, "Making Blessings Count"

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Thanks Be To God (by Marty Haugen.  Sung by combined youth and adult choirs.)

Candles of Memory

From You I Receive 

Closing Thoughts

Closing Hymn: We Sing Now Together (No. 67)

Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service November 11, 2012.   We have a guest minister today, and two beautiful anthems!

Words of Welcome by Diane Fontas

Chalice Lighting: Olivia Holmes

Gathering Hymn: Gather the Spirit (No. 347)

Conversation with the Children (Rev Jeanne Nieuwejaar)

Go Now With Open Hearts and Hands and Minds (by Olivia Holmes)

Reading for Reflection

Spirit of Life

Anthem: Metta Prayer (tune by Binny Clark)

Sermon: The Soldier's Soul (Rev Nieuwejaar)

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Choose Something Like A Star (words by Robert Frost, music by Randall Thompson.)

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: This Is My Song (No. 159)

Extinguishing the Chalice (Oliva Holmes)

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service November 4, 2012.  Listen to another fun auction song, sung by Paula Super this time!  And you might want to check out the sermon of a democrat and a republican having a civil discussion.

Prelude

Words of Welcome by Harry Purkhiser

Auction Skit: soloist Paula Super 

Chalice Lighting: 6th and 7th grade class

Gathering Hymn: The Morning Hangs a Signal (No. 40)

Go Now With Open Hearts and Hands and Minds (by Olivia Holmes)

Outreach Collection: Division for Children, Youth, and Families (Jennifer Bishop Saucier)

Anthem: Which Way America? (words and music by David Allen)

Reading for Reflection: Harry Purkhiser

Spirit of Life

Dialogue Sermon: Human Rights - Human Needs (Rev Olivia Holmes and David Robbins)

Anthem: Turn the World Around (words and music by Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman, arr. by Jason Sheldon.)

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Wonders Still the World Shall Witness (No. 139)

Extinguishing the Chalice (David Robbins)

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Harry Potter service October 28, 2012.  While you’re listening, try to imagine a sanctuary full of Harry Potter, Hermione, and witch costumes!

Cast in order of appearance:

Professor McGonagall: Tina Marshman, Hermione Granger: Katie Woolsey, Harry Potter: Marc McClure, Draco Malfoy: Maggie Woolsey, Severus Snape: Martin Storer, Albus Dumbledore: Russ Leonard, Lord Voldemort/Tom Ridele: Harry Purkhiser, Marshalls: members of the senior high youth group.

Welcome, Invocation and Introduction - Rev Olivia Holmes

Opening Words by Professor McGonagall and the Processional of students.  "Harry's Wondrous World" by John Williams.  Played by Nicole Straussberg on piano. 

Chalice Lighting - Professor McGonagall and Harry Potter

Youth Choir Anthem: "We're Off to See the Wizard" (words by E.Y. Harburg, music by Harold Arlen)

Reflection on our Divisions: Professor McGonagall, Harry, Hermione, and Draco

Opening Hymn: Come, Come, Whoever You Are (Hymn No. 188)

Reflection on our Unity: Prof. McGonagall, Prof Snape, Prof. Albus Dumbledore, Lord V-, Hermione, Harry, and Draco

Anthem: Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus (music by Justine Paul, words by J.K. Rowling)

Reflections on our Hope: Prof MCDonagall, Prof. Snape, Prof Albus Dumbledore, Lord V-, Hermione, Harry, and Draco  

Outreach Offering for Lamprey Health Care.  "Hedwig's Theme" (music by John Williams.  Played by Caleb Wagner on piano.)

Closing Words

Spirit of Life

Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude "Hogwarts Forever!" (Music by John Williams.  Jed Holland on piano.)

 

Recordings from the service October 21, 2012.  Listen to Steve Hedge’s great solo about the auction – and let’s remember to donate to the auction, but more importantly, think about: “Want to Change the World?  Just UU It!”

Prelude

Words of Welcome by Kate O'Shea

Auction Skit: soloist Steve Hedges 

Chalice Lighting: Roy Goodman

Gathering Hymn: For the Earth Forever Turning (No. 163)

Conversation with the Children (story "The Three Questions" read by Jamie Hinkle)

Now You May Go (by K. Grossman)

Reading for Reflection: Roy Goodman

Spirit of Life

Anthem: We Can Sing the Same Song (words by Pamela Martin, music by Mark Hayes.  Guitarist Jonah Wagner.)

Sermon: A Humanist Pathway

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Standing on the Side of Love (words and music by Jason Sheldon.  Congregation is singing along.)

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky (No. 301)

Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Open House service October 14, 2012.  Check out Olivia’s message to newcomers, and listen to all the beautiful music of the choirs, as well as Jed’s piano playing during the outreach collection.

Words of Welcome by Donna Larue

Anthem:  African Processional (music by D. V. Montoya, lyrics by Carah Reed.  Soloist Kathy Grossman, Billy Parker on drum.) 

Chalice Lighting

A Special Welcome to Guests and the Youth Choir singing Penobscot Greeting

Conversation with the Children (book "Henry Hikes to Fitchburg" by DB Johnson, read by Kathy Fletcher)

Youth Choir sings: Open the Door (by Joyce Poley.  Greg Deneen on guitar)

Now You May Go (by K. Grossman)

Homily

Anthem: Mystery (words and music by Jeremy Geffen, arranged by Jim Scott.  Soloist Sue Chadwick.)

Reflection

Spirit of Life

Homily - part 2

Outreach Collection

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Tis a Gift to Be Simple (No. 16)

Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service October 7, 2012.  Check out the beautiful organ music during the outreach collection, and the thoughtful sermon.

Prelude 

Words of Welcome by Ellen Fisher

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words

Gathering Hymn: Wake Now My Senses (No. 298)

Opening Words

Connecting with our Outeach Partner: Dr Vasuki Nagaraj of Lamprey Healthcare

Outreach Collection - to go to Lamprey Healthcare

Conversation with the Children, including song "Here's a Hand Pulling You On"

Reflection

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Reverence for Life

Hymn: Be That Guide (No. 124)

Closing Words

Closing Hymn: Sound Over All Waters (No. 122)

Extinguishing the Chalice

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service September 30, 2012.

Prelude 

Words of Welcome by Ellen Fisher

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words

Gathering Hymn: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In (No. 361)

Conversation with the Children (David Robbins)

Singing the children and teachers to their classes." Now You May Go" (by K.Grossman)

Outreach Collection - to go to the Front Door Agency

Music:  All the Time in the World (by Fred Small.   Dan Murphy on piano and voice.)

Reflection

Spirit of Life

Musical Interlude: I'm Gonna Put It On (by Bob Marley and the Wailers.  John Brobst on ukelele and lead voice.  John Burkitt on bass, Billy Parker on drums.  Harry Purkhiser, Kathy Grossman, and Jed Holland backup vocals.)

Sermon: We Live By Faith and Not By Sight

Closing Hymn: The Star of Truth (No. 297)

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service September 23, 2012.

Prelude 

Opening Remarks by Ellen Fisher

Gathering Hymn: Gathered Here (No. 389)

Chalice Lighting

Anthem: Circle of Life (lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Elton John.  John Burkitt, bass; Geoff Goodell, guitar; Billy Parker, drums)

Opening Words

Singing the children and teachers to their classes.  "Hearts, Hands, and Minds" by Olivia Holmes.

Reflection

Spirit of Life

Sermon: Why Do We, or Don't We?

Outreach Collection - to go to the Front Door Agency

Anthem: An Ancient Prayer (music by Ann MacDonald Diers, words adapted from those found on a wall of an old inn in Lancaster, England)

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service September 16, 2012.

Prelude 

Opening Remarks by Jenn Morton

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words by Dick Gilbert

Hymn 83: Wind Be Still

Conversation with the Children

Singing the children and teachers to their classes.  "Hearts, Hands, and Minds" by Olivia Holmes.

Outreach Collection - to go to the Front Door Agency

Anthem: I Walk the Unfrequented Road (words by F.L. Hosmer,  American Folk Hymn arr. by Lee Kjelson)

Reflection

Spirit of Life

Anthem: In the Heart of the World (words by Brian Andreas, music by Bob Chilcott)

Sermon: Lessons learned from Khasi Unitarians

Closing Hymn: For All That Is Our Life  (No. 128)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

We are back for a new year of services!  We have a new interim minister: Olivia Holmes, so check things out!

 

Recordings from Rev. Olivia Holmes’s first service September 9, 2012.

Prelude 

Opening Remarks by Ellen Fisher

Introducing Rev Olivia Holmes

Chalice Lighting

Opening Words by Christine Robinson

Hymn 361: Enter, Rejoice, and Come In.  Presentation of church banner by youth.

Reading of church vision statement

Conversation with the Children

Outreach Collection

Sharing Water (all of the personal statements are omitted)

Some words from Olivia

Spirit of Life

Dedication of RE teachers

Reading of our mission and covenant statement

Closing Hymn: Let it Be a Dance  (No. 311)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

 

All recordings prior to this date are from Rev. Steve Edington’s ministry here in Nashua.

Recordings from Steve’s last service June 3, 2012.  A very wonderful service in honor of 24 years of Steve’s ministry.

Prelude - Steve Edington, sung to the tune of "Sweet Caroline" 

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting - lit by Gordon and Michelle Edington

Words of Welcome

Reading: From "Born to Win" by Woody Guthrie.  Read by Anya Zakiewicz.

Musical Selection: Forever Young (by Bob Dylan.  Performed by Sandra LaBarge-Neumann)

Outreach Collection

Musical Selection: In My Life ( by Lennon & McCartney.  Performed by Adult Choir)

Reading from "The Town and the City" (by Jack Keruoac.  Read by Burns Fisher)

Musical Selection: Ripple (by Hunter/Garcia.  Performed by UU band: Dan Murphy, John Burkitt, Geof Goodell, Tess George, John Brobst)  

Words for Reflection

Spirit of Life

Musical Selection: River in Judea (by Feldman/Marcus.  Sung by adult choir)

Sermon: It's Still About the Ministry

Closing Hymn: May Nothing Evil Cross This Door (No. 1)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude  - Happy Trails led by youth choir

 

Recordings from Steve’s retirement party June 2, 2012.  Some wonderful moments here.

Greeting 

Chalice Lighting and Welcome 

Rose Edington and Mel Hoover reflections - presented by Laurie and Roy Goodman

Musical number by choir:  Let It Be 

Reflections by Sam Deibler, Gordon Gibson, and David Tomkinson

Musical number by choir:  Julian of Norwich

Peter Morales video (just audio here) 

Congregational appreciation of Steve Edington

Congregational appreciation of Michelle Edington

Congregational video.  Just audio here -  for video, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/uunashua

Hymn 311 Let It Be A Dance

Steve's mini-sermon (collection of snippets of his sermons over the year)

Presentation of Gifts

Steve's comments

Blessing for Steve and Michelle

 

Just a snippet of Steve doing Alice's Restaurant with his friend David

 

Recordings from the Memorial Day service May 27, 2012. 

Prelude 

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Opening Hymn:  Gather the Spirit (No. 347)

Service of dedication

Outreach Collection

Song: Memories -sung by Suellen Davidson

Presentation of Cal Libby Art Scholarship to Mariah Geiger

Words for Reflection

Spirit of Life

Song: America, Sweet Country! - sung by Suellen Davidson

Sermon: How We're Remembered

Closing Hymn: Blessed Spirit of My Life (No. 86)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Sorry, but due to technical glitches, we don’t have a recording of the May 20th service.

 

Recordings from the ROPES (Rites Of Passage) and Mother’s Day service May 13, 2012. 

Prelude: May You Grow in Your Own Sweet Way (by Tom Chapin.  Mattsen Bradbury-Koster on flute; featured singers Kim Steele, Kathleen Griffis, and Kathy Grossman; youth choir) 

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Conversation with the Children

Children's Recessional (by K Grossman) 

Outreach Collection

Anthem: I Hope You Dance (by T.Sillers and M. Sanders)

Introduction to ROPES program 2011-2012

Credo Statement by Greg Cowan

Credo Statement by Goran Orr

Credo Statement by Alyssa Lederhos

Musical Interlude: Hallelujah (written by Leonard Cohen.  Sung by Alyssa Lederhos and Billy Parker, guitarist Steve Hedges)

Credo Statement by Max Better

Credo Statement by Caleb Wagner

Music by Thomas Woolsey on saxophone

Credo Statement by Thomas Woolsey

Anthem: The Path You Walk Upon (flute Mattsen Bradbury-Koster)

Credo Statement by Andrew Holland

Credo Statement by Marc McClure

Credo Statement by Maggie Woolsey

Credo Statement by Kyle Lange

Credo Statement by Jonah Wagner

Credo Statement by Claire Cowan

Presentation of Certificates

Bridging Ceremony

Closing Hymn: We Would Be One (No. 318)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Matt Meyer service May 6, 2012. 

Opening Remarks

Words of Welcome

Chalice Lighting  

Conversation with the Children: The Story of Brazil

Children's Recessional (by K Grossman) 

Joys and Concerns

Outreach Presentation: UUSC in Haiti

Musical Interlude: Percussion (Matt Meyer)

Reflection

Sermon: Beyond Light Bulbs: Covenant and Collective Action (Matt Meyer)

Closing Hymn: There Is More Love Somewhere (No. 95)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Youth service April 29, 2012. 

Prelude: Zoe Goodell

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Hymn: For All That is Our Life (No. 128)

Conversation with the Children: Giving Thanks (Zoe Goodell & Steph Pelletier)

Children's Recessional (by K Grossman) 

Welcoming New Members

Outreach Collection

Music: With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)

Gratitude Vignettes: Katie Woolsey, Steph Pelletier, Steph George

Reflection

Spirit of Life  

Music: I Need You (Beatles)

Gratitude Vignettes: Charlie Shepherd, Zoe Goodell, Cory Atkinson

Closing Hymn: Let It Be A Dance (No. 311)    

Closing Words

Go Now In Peace (No 413)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service April 22, 2012.  We have many special musicians today!

Prelude: This Train is Bound for Glory (Woody Guthrie.  Performed by Kathy Grossman, Dan Murphy, and Harry Purkhiser, with Billy Parker on percussion)

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Hymn: Old Hundred (words by Pete Seeger.  Led by musicians Jed Holland, John Burkitt, Dan Murphy, John Brobst, and Charlie Baroody)

Outreach Collection

Anthem: The Road Home (by Stephen Paulus.  Sung by adult choir.)

Reflection

Spirit of Life  

Anthem: Pastures of Plenty (by Woody Guthrie.  Performed by Kathy, Dan, Harry, and Billy)

Sermon: My Two American Heroes: Jack Keruoac and Woody Guthrie

Closing Song: This Land is Your Land (Kathy, Dan, Harry, Charlie, John Burkitt, John Brobst, Jed)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service April 15, 2012.

Prelude

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Hymn: Morning So Fair To See (No. 42)

Conversation with the Children

Children's Recessional (by K Grossman) 

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Lullabye (by Billy Joel, arranged Mac Huff)

Reflection

Spirit of Life  

Anthem: I Seek A Journey (by Gwen McLeod Hall)

Sermon: Fake It 'Til You Make It

Closing Hymn: We Laugh, We Cry (No. 354)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the Easter service April 8, 2012.  Lots of music today!

Prelude

Opening Remarks

Music: Shojojee (Japanese folk song arr by B. Wayne Brisbee.  Sung by youth choir.)

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Hymn: Lo the Earth Awakes Again (No. 61)

Music: The Moon (by Andy Beck.  Sung by the Youth Choir)

Conversation with the Children

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Hallelujah! (by Emma Lou Deimer)

Reflection

Spirit of Life  

Anthem: How Can I Keep From Singing (Quaker folk hymn. Featured vocalists: Linda Lewis, Ellen Fisher, and Kathleen Griffis)

Sermon: A Matter of Life and Death

Closing Hymn: Oh Day of Light and Gladness (No. 270)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service April 1, 2012.  This is Steve’s annual Jesus Sermon he offers on Palm Sunday.

Prelude

Opening Remarks

Chalice Lighting  

Words of Welcome

Hymn: Gathered Here (No. 389)

Conversation with the Children

Children's Recessional (by K Grossman) 

Outreach Presentation & Collection - Harbor Homes, Inc

Anthem: When Jesus Wept (by William Billings)

Reflection

Spirit of Life  

Anthem: What A Friend We Have in Jesus ( music C. Crozat, words: T. Larson)

Sermon: Inventing Jesus: With a Little Help From Chris Moore

Closing Hymn: It Sounds Along the Ages (No. 187)    

Closing Words

Peace and Joy (by K Grossman)  

Postlude

 

Recordings from the service March 25, 2012.  Today’s sermon topic was purchased at last year’s auction by Billy Parker, and is about our religious education program, especially the About Your Sexuality program and Our Whole Lives program.

Opening Remarks

Auction moment - Sue Chadwick and Mike Ballentine, band Burns Fisher, Kathy Grossman, and Bruce Dye

Chalice Lighting - Steve Ladew

Words of Welcome

Hymn: For the Earth Forever Turning (No. 163)

Conversation with the Children - Kris and Gwen Davidson

Children's Recessional (by K Grossman) 

Outreach Collection

Anthem: Seasons of Love

Reflection

Spirit of Life  

Anthem: Everything Possible (Fred Small)

Auction Sermon: Everything Possible - How We Teach Our Children