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May 19, 2024: “How is a Congregation Like a Bouquet of Flowers?”

flower communion

“How is a Congregation Like a Bouquet of Flowers?”

Rev. Connie Grant

Dr. Stephanie Kimball

Worship Associates

Chalice Leaders

Please bring a flower or a few, and take a different flower home. We’ll honor the unique beauty that each person brings with the traditional Unitarian flower celebration.

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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

“Joy” by Jenna Torres, arr. Pam Blevins Hinkle

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Land Acknowledgement

Lighting the Chalice Flame

“Children of the Earth and Sky” by Alice Berry

Chalice Leaders

Clara Courtney, Harriet Walz, Olivia Sapp, Reid Walz

Opening Words

“Travelers on the Earth” by Liz Strong

Rev. Connie Grant

Dr. Stephanie Kimball

Opening Hymn

#63 “Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers”

Reading

“A Bouquet of People” by Thomas Rhodes

Clara Courtney, Harriet Walz

Musical Interlude

Ray Fellman, piano

Reading

“Take a Deep Breath: Little Lessons from Flowers for a Happier World” by Allison Stoutland

Olivia Sapp, Reid Walz

Musical Interlude

#1009 “Meditation on Breathing”

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation

Norbert Čapek's prayer

Offertory

Ray Fellman, piano

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.

Readers' Theater

“The three little wolves and the big bad pig” by Eugene Trivizas (adapted)

Chalice Leaders & Worship Associates

Gift of Music

“We Came Here to Remember” by Maggie Wheeler, arr. Pam Blevins Hinkle

Blessing of the Flowers

Flower Celebration

“Blessing to the World” by Karen Drucker, arr. Pam Blevins Hinkle

Closing Hymn

#163 “For the Earth Forever Turning”

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

Just as the sun bathes us in its light and its warmth, so may the spirit of this chalice bless us with truth, life, and love.

by Derek McCullough

Benediction

Choral Benediction

“We Will Sing” by Sister Stella Sabina, arr. Pam Blevins Hinkle

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