January 07, 2024: What Makes a Family?
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 ServiceOur 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
Susan Swaney, Music Director
Welcome & Announcements
Anabel Watson, Connections Coordinator
Lighting the Chalice Flame
“Connection and Commitment” by Cynthia Landrum
Olivia Sapp, Chalice Leader
“Children of the Earth and Sky” by Alice Berry
Reverend Connie Grant
#299 “Make Channels for the Streams of Love”
“Could Anything Be Worse?” by Marilyn Hirsch
Read by Avram Primack
Social Justice Moment
Hunger and Homelessness Task Force
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
The O’Brien - Zink Family
Mary Beth, Matt, Auggie, Marina
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
Rev. Connie Grant
Dr. Stephanie Kimball
#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)
“Love is Love is Love” by Pam Blevins-Hinkle