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January 07, 2024: What Makes a Family?


10:15 a.m.

with Reverend Connie Grant

Families come in many shapes and sizes, and evolve through stages of life. Members of some UUCB families of differing ages and configurations will help us explore the question "What makes a family?"

This is a multigenerational service - there will be no Religious Education classes for youth today.

Sing with the Family Choir! Meet at 9:30 a.m.
If you or anyone in your family has ever wanted to sing with the choir, come sing with Family Choir this Sunday!
* Gather in the Meeting Room at 9:30 to rehearse, and then perform during the service.
* Song: "The Gift of Love" arr. by Hal Hopson

Join us in Fellowship Hall after the service to celebrate Everybody's Birthday! Guests will sit at tables according to their birthday month, for a chance to get to know others who were born around the same time of year, possibly in different decades. Lunch will be provided, along with party games and more. And, of course, birthday cake! Hosted by our Lifespan Engagement Team.

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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


“Everything Possible” by Fred Small, arr. Zwozdesky

UUCB Choir

Susan Swaney, Music Director

Welcome & Announcements

Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator

Land Acknowledgement

Lighting the Chalice Flame

“Connection and Commitment” by Cynthia Landrum

Olivia Sapp, Chalice Leader

Opening Words

“Children of the Earth and Sky” by Alice Berry

Reverend Connie Grant

Opening Hymn

#299 “Make Channels for the Streams of Love”


“Could Anything Be Worse?” by Marilyn Hirsch

Read by Avram Primack

Musical Moment

Social Justice Moment

Hunger and Homelessness Task Force

Jason Michálek


“Our Family”

The Courtney Family

Jill, Brian, Henry, Clara

Pastoral Prayer and Meditation


“What Wondrous Love Is This” 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 Family Book” by Todd Parr

Read by Stephanie Kimball


“Our Family”

The O’Brien - Zink Family

Mary Beth, Matt, Auggie, Marina


“Our Family”

The Fellman - Hogsed Family

Ray Fellman and Scott Hogsed

Gift of Music

“The Gift of Love” arr. by Hal Hobson

Family Choir with UUCB Choir

Susan Swaney, Music Director


“Our Families”

Rev. Connie Grant

Dr. Stephanie Kimball

Closing Hymn

#311 “Let It Be a Dance”

Extinguishing the Chalice Flame

May we affirm, enjoy, include, and appreciate each other in our differences and our similarities. May our lives grow wider, expanded by our understandings of what it means to be related.

Carolyn Owen-Towle (adapted)


Choral Benediction

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

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