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January 14, 2024: Living in a World House

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10:15 a.m.

Reverend Connie Grant

In his 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., suggested that we are “living in a ‘world house’” in which we “must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.” True then, how much more true now?

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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

"Sanctuary" by Randy Scruggs

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Land Acknowledgement

Lighting the Chalice Flame

“The Chalice Is a Symbol of Our Faith” by Debra Faulk

Erica Whichello

Stephanie Kimball, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Opening Words

“A Network of Mutuality” excerpted from the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend Connie Grant

Opening Hymn

#131 “Love Will Guide Us”


“Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport

Religious Education for Children:

Ages 3-6 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.

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

Musical Moment

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation

“History’s Road” by Clyde Grubbs and Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley


"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" arr. by Michael Larkin

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.


“The World House” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gift of Music

"I'm Building Me a Home" spiritual arr. Uzee Brown, Jr.

Sam Cusack, soloist

UUCB Choir

Susan Swaney, Music Director


“Living in a World House”

Rev. Connie Grant

Closing Hymn

#159 “This Is My Song”

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

We extinguish this flame but not what it means:

We become beacons of truth,

spreading its warmth to others,

glowing bright with passion for life

and love of justice.

by Mark Morrison-Reed


Choral Benediction

“Love is Love is Love” by Pam Blevins-Hinkle

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