Ingathering and Water Communion

Does CVUUS have an immune system to resisting COVID? How is it holding up? We brought water from our summer travels or favorite watering holes to fill our communal bowl and pour on our plants. We also installed our Board members. Entire service was outdoors though you could choose to attend it online if that felt safer or your were out of town via zoom. We had no live streaming on You Tube. Watch the recording of it posted on You Tube.

Order of Service

Bell: Land Acknowledgement    Julia Chant

*Music: Blue Boat Home (#1064) led by Ronnie Romano, Music Dir.

Welcome & Pathways to Connection:  Julia Chant, Worship Associate

Call to Worship and Chalice Lighting: Julia Chant and Martha Fulda, Worship Associates  

The Spirit of Water by Katie Gelfand

We light this chalice as a symbol of reunion.
We reunite…to share the flow of our hearts with one another.
We gather together in ritual
to celebrate our fountains of joy
to hold each other through storms of grief
to guide one another through rapids of transformation
to rest together on ponds of stillness.
Together, we honor the spirit of water, its many forms, and its life-giving essence.

*Music: There’s a River Flowing (#1007) led by Ronnie Romano

Time for All Ages: Poppy Rees, Dir. of Religious Exploration & Rev. Barnaby

Music: The River Is Flowing    CVUUS Choir

Offering: Rev. Barnaby. Our September donee is Vital Voices Global Partnership, an internationally active backer of programs to educate and empower girls and women that is administering an emergency fund to rescue endangered women and families in Afghanistan and lobbying the US and other governments on their behalf. Contributions can be made at

Offering Music: Wade in the Water (#210, gray hymnal) led by Ronnie Romano

Milestones & Passages: Rev. Barnaby. Includes Board member installation. Future ones can be shared at

Prayer/Meditation: Rev. Barnaby

Music: Turn the World Around   CVUUS Choir

Intro to Water Communion: Rev. Barnaby

Water Communion: Congregation

Pouring Water on Plants: Martha Fulda, Julia Chant, children

*Music:  Spirit of Life (#123 gray hymnal) led by Poppy Rees and Ronnie Romano

Benediction: Rev. Barnaby

Postlude: Ronnie Romano

Credits:  Thanks to our worship associates Martha Fulda and Julia Chant; CVUUS Choir for special music; Margy Young, Alan Moore, Rich Wolfson and Richard Hopkins for technical support, Abi Sessions for hosting zoom and running the camera, and all who helped set up, usher, and greet.