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April 7, 2024: "Wonder and Awe"

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Reverend Connie Grant
Dr. Stephanie Kimball
Jason Michálek, Worship Associate
Reading by Scott Russell Sanders
Some reflections on our human responses to experiences of awe and wonder, as we anticipate the awesome and wonderful total solar eclipse on April 8. A multigenerational service.

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Order of Service

Our order of service is available both here on our website and in print.

Ringing of the World Bell

Congregational Prelude

"Gather Us In" by Pam Blevins-Hinkle

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Ministerial Search Committee Moment

Land Acknowledgement

Dr. Stephanie Kimball, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Lighting the Chalice Flame

“Our own bright place in the universe”

by Sarah Skovlund and Cindy Johnson

Opening Words

“As surely as we belong to the universe” by Margaret Keip

Reverend Connie Grant

Opening Hymn

#309 "Earth is Our Homeland"


"I Wonder" by Annaka Harris (adapted)


"Looking to the Skies"

Dr. Kimball

Musical Interlude

"Moon River" by Mancini and Mercer

Ray Fellman, piano

Social Justice Task Force Moment

Green Sanctuary Task Force

Social Justice Task Forces

  • Green Sanctuary
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Hope for Prisoners
  • International Outreach
  • Just Peace
  • Racial Justice
  • Rainbow Rights
  • Refugee and Immigration
  • Reproductive Justice

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation

“What Gives Us Life” by Vanessa Rush Southern and Alyson Jacks

Musical Moment

“Alleluia! Sang Stars” Words by Mark Belletini, music by Patrick Rickey

UUCB Choir; Susan Swaney, Music Director


From “A Private History of Awe” Scott Russell Sanders

Musical Moment

“Alleluia! Sang Stars”


"In Reverence" by David Tolk

During the Offertory, you are invited to silently light a candle to represent a joy or sorrow in your life.

You are invited to participate in this morning’s offering by contributing as the basket passes or online at uucb.churchcenter.com/giving. You may make a non-pledge gift or a contribution towards your annual pledge, or both, at that site. This fiscal year, 25% of our non-pledge Sunday offerings will be given to All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, which provides cloth and disposable diapers/wipes, pregnancy tests, feeding supplies, and other essentials to families in need. See alloptionsprc.org for more information.


“A Few Beautiful Minutes” by Kate Allen Fox (adapted)

Musical Moment

"Alleluia! Sang Stars"


From “Teaching a Stone to Talk” by Annie Dillard

Read by Jason Michálek, Worship Associate

Gift of Music

“An Alleluia Super Round” by William Albright

Joe Donnely, saxophone


“Experiencing Wonder and Awe”

Reverend Connie Grant

Closing Hymn

#363 "Alleluia! Sang Stars"

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

“Let Us See the Stars and Wonder” by Madeleine L’Engle


Choral Benediction

“Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” words by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot, arr. Roger Emerson Pam MacLaughlin, electric bass

Sophie DeCristafaro, soloist

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