Order of Service

Unitarian Society of Hartford

 Nourishing spirit, building community, working for justice

Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:30 a.m.

Haitian Tree of Life made from recycled steel drum barrels.

  I Am A Unitarian Universalist  

  Judy Robbins, Forum Facilitator, Pulpit Guest

Margaret Leicach, Worship Associate

Sam Moffett, Director of Music Ministries


Religion is like a pair of shoes. Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.” ~ George Carlin


Prelude                                                                                                      Sam                               

I’m Free – Kenny Loggins                                                                                                             

Opening Words                                                                                        Judy

Gathering Hymn

#188 (grey hymnal) Come, Come, Whoever You Are (3x)

 Chalice Lighting                                                                              Margaret

We light this chalice for the warmth of love; for the light of truth; for the energy of action; and for the harmony of peace: peace in our hearts, peace in our community and peace in our world.

 Lighting the Second Advent Candle                                               Margaret

 Welcome/Offertory/Matters of the Heart                                       Margaret                                         

 Offertory Music                                                                                      Sam

Blackbird – Lennon/McCartney

Forum                                                                                                       Judy

I Am A Unitarian Universalist

 Candles of Memory and Hope                                                                                                               #123 (grey hymnal) Spirit of Life

All are invited to come forward as we sing Spirit of Life and, in silence, light a candle in celebration, concern, sorrow, or hope with the awareness that we are held by this community and this faith through all the seasons of our lives.

 Extinguishing the Chalice                                                  Judy & Margaret We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

 Closing Hymn

#128 (grey hymnal) For All That Is Our Life

 Benediction                                                                                              Judy

 Postlude                                                                                                  Sam

Freedom! 90 – George Michael


We extend our gratitude to all who made today’s service possible: the Pulpit Guest, Worship Associate, Director of Music Ministries, USH Media Team, Ushers, Greeters, Welcome Table, and the Chancel Arts Committee.