Earth Day Service

IN OUR SANCTUARY & ON ZOOM. Led by Rev. Johanna Nichols with Steve Maier in place of Melody Brook of Atowi Group of Abenaki artists & activists who had COVID and hopes to be with us at a later time. We donated to Living Lands and Waters.

Recorded video of the service is available at

Order of Service

Bell: Land Acknowledgement   

Welcome and Pathways to Connection: Becky Strum

Canvass Update: Priscilla Bremser

Prelude: Tim Guiles

Call to Worship: We are Earth by Joy Harjo   Becky Strum

Chalice Lighting: Glory Be to the Earth by Bettye Doty   Becky Strum

Glory be to the Earth and the wind.

Glory be to the Sun and the rain.

Glory be to animals and children.

Glory be to our holy flame,

which calls us together as one.

Hymn:  For the Beauty of the Earth (Gray #21)   Tim Guiles

Time for All Ages: Rev. Johanna Nichols

Offering:  We’ll share our collection today and this month with Living Lands and Waters. All cash and checks not otherwise specified will be split between CVUUS and our donee. You can give online at

Offering Music: Tim Guiles

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

Milestones & Passages: Becky Strum


Reading: Ode to Mary Oliver    Rev. Johanna Nichols

Music: For the Earth Forever Turning (Gray #164) Tim Guiles   

Reflection: Steve Maier

Hymn:   Blue Boat Home (Teal #1064)  Tim Guiles

Benediction:  Rev. Johanna Nichols

Postlude: Tim Guiles

Credits: Thanks to Johanna Nichols for leading worship with Steve Maier; Becky Strum for assisting; Karl Lindholm, Rich Wolfson, Richard Hopkins, Steve Butterfield and others for technical support; our Flower Co-op for seasonal arrangements; Avi Freund, Helene Vanderburgh and all who helped set up, usher, and greet; Alan Moore for overseeing safety, sound and social hour and Gerry Loney for Blue Jeans Sunday help.

Thank you for joining us for worship!