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March 17, 2024: “How Things Work”


Reverend Connie Grant

Sarah Johnson, Worship Associate

“Everything affects everything” is my summary of how things work. Science and theology provide some more detailed explanations.

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Order of Service

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Ringing of the World Bell

Congregational Prelude

“Woyaya” Words and music by Loughty Amoa, Solomon Amarfio, Robert M. Bailey, Roy Bedeau, Francis T. Osei, Whendell K. Richardson, and Mac Tontoh, transcribed by Ysaye Barnwell, arr. Jeannie Gagne

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Land Acknowledgement

Lighting the Chalice Flame

Linda Pickle

Sarah Johnson, Worship Associate

“Out of the darkness, light” by Ben Soule

Opening Words

Reverend Connie Grant

Opening Hymn

#299 “Make Channels for the Streams of Love”


“Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed” by Emily Pearson (adapted)

Childcare is available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 108.

Religious Education for Children:

Ages 4-6 meet for Spirit Play in Room 105

Ages 7-12 meet for Kids' Club in Room 208

Children may be picked up at these rooms at 11:30 a.m.

Musical Interlude

“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” by Olcott, Graff, and Ball

Ray Fellman, piano

Ministerial Search Moment


"Why I Make a Financial Commitment to UUCB"

Amira Sabbagh

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation

“All Our Relations” by Gary Kowalski


“Danny Boy” traditional, arr by Harold Samuel

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.


“Science and the Search for God” by Gary Kowalski

Gift of Music

“Jargon” by William Billings

UUCB Choir

Susan Swaney, Music Director

Note: “Jargon” breaks every rule for the proper resolution of dissonance (which is an actual musical term). Billings wrote it (in 1778!) in response to critics who said his music was too easy, too consonant. The note he published with it said:

Let it be performed in the following manner, viz. Let an Ass bray the bass, let the fileing of a saw carry the Tenor, let a hog who is extream hungry squeel the counter, and let a cart-wheel, which is heavy loaded, and that has been long without grease, squeek the treble; and if the concert should appear to be too feeble you may add the cracking of a crow, the howling of a dog, the squalling of a cat; and what would grace the concert yet more, would be the rubbing of a wet finger upon a window glass. This last mentioned instrument no sooner salutes the drum of the ear, but it instantly conveys the sensation to the teeth; and if all these in conjunction should not reach the cause, you may add this most inharmonical of all sounds, “Pay me that thou owest.”


“How Things Work”

Reverend Connie Grant

Closing Hymn

#304 “A Fierce Unrest”

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

“May the Light” by Richard Fewkes


Choral Benediction

“I Am the Change” by Phyllis Wyckliff

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