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November 26, 2023: Grateful Anyway

Greetings and Thanks

November 26, 2023

10:15 a.m.

Thankful Anyway

Reverend Connie Grant and Worship Associates

The “words spoken before all others” are words of thankfulness, in a prayer sometimes referred to as the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address. We’ll explore the spiritual practice of gratitude, even in difficult times.

Order of Service

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

Ringing of the World Bell


“Prairie Sunrise” by John Leavit

Ray Fellman, piano

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Land Acknowledgement

Lighting the Chalice Flame

Words by Katie Gelfand

Jesica Conger

Erica Whichello, Worship Associate

Opening Words

“Give Us Thankful Hearts”

by W.E.B. DuBois

Reverend Connie Grant

Opening Hymn

#347 "Gather the Spirit"


“We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” by Traci Sorell

Read by Sarah Johnson

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.

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

Musical Interlude

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation

“When Giving Thanks Comes Hard”

by Robert Mabry Doss


“Autumn Gold” by David Tolk

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.


“Words Spoken Before All Others” from the Haudenosaunee Tradition

Madison Colquette and Erica Whichello, Worship Associates

Gift of Music

“Lakhóta Lullaby” traditional, arr by Martin Malto

Ray Fellman, piano


"Grateful Anyway"

Reverend Connie Grant

Closing Hymn

#322 “Thanks Be for These”

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

Words by Charles Howe (adapted)


Choral Benediction

“We Give Thanks” by Wendy Luella Perkins, arr. by Susan Peck

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