Children Will Listen: The Humanity and Spirituality in the Music of Stephen Sondheim

In our Sanctuary (no Zoom). Led by Becky Strum with Stephen Rainville & Cathy Walsh singing and accompanied by Ronnie Romano. We shared our plate with Vermont Adult Learning.  This service was not recorded, but you can see details below.

About Cathy Walsh Having been in the right place at the right time, Cathy Walsh has appeared with Opera Company of Middlebury, Town Hall Theater, and Lyric Theatre in rolls including  Anne, Charlotte and Desire in A Little Night Music, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Sally Durant Plummer in Follies, Woman 2 in Side By Side By Sondheim.   She also credits her musical longevity to a patient family and several decades of performing regionally and in New York (along with Stephen) with the musical ensemble, ENCORE. Next weekend you can see Cathy in Welcome to Paradise, the new musical written and directed by Doug Anderson with Musical Direction by Ronnie Romano at THT.

About Stephen Rainville A native Vermonter, Stephen’s early vocalizing included calling the cows to the barn for feeding and milking. Subsequent performance opportunities include a variety of roles with Lyric Theatre, Opera Company of Middlebury, Glassboro Summer Theater, Town Hall theater, and various choral ensembles. He is a founding member of “Encore”, a five person cabaret ensemble that was very active for over 30 years, and formed lifelong friendships.

Order of Service

Bell: Land Acknowledgement   

Welcome & Pathways to Connection:  Becky Strum, Worship Associate

Prelude & Call to Worship:  Ronnie Romano, Stephen Rainville & Cathy Walsh

“Sunday” —Sunday in the Park with George

“Children Will Listen” — Into the Woods

Chalice Lighting:  Becky

Life is a gift for which we are


We gather in community to

celebrate the glories and the

mysteries of this great gift.

Offering:  We’ll share our collection with Vermont Adult Learning which will be presented by Natalie Reigle, VAL Regional Dir. and Dir. of Online Learning. Please write all checks to CVUUS. All cash and checks not otherwise specified will be split between CVUUS and our donee. You can give online at

Offering Music: Ronnie

Receiving the Offering:   From You I Receive (Gray #402)

Milestones & Passages: Becky

Reflection – Act I        Becky

Excerpts from: Stephen & Cathy with Ronnie

“Sorry Grateful” — Company

“The Little Things You Do” —Company

“Marry Me A Little” — Company

“You Can Drive A Person Crazy”–Company

“It Takes Two”—Into the Woods

Reflection – Act II       Becky

Excerpts from:  Becky, Stephen, Cathy, Ronnie

            “I Wish” – Into The Woods

“Moments” –Into The Woods

Reflection Act III      Becky

Excerpts from:  Stephen, Cathy with Ronnie

“Everybody Says Don’t”—Anyone Can Whistle

“No More”— Into The Woods

“Send In the Clowns”—A Little Night Music

“No One Is Alone”—Into The Woods

“Side by Side”—Company

Extinguishing the Chalice:  Becky

Postlude:  Ronnie

Credits: Thanks to our guest singers Cathy Walsh and Stephen Rainville; Margy Young and Richard Hopkins for tech help; Flower Co-op for seasonal arrangements; Mike Greenwood and Alan Moore for overseeing safety and social hour and Avi Freund and others who helped set up, usher, and greet.

Thank you for joining us for worship!