Why is it that at times, being generous can feel so effortless while at other times, it can be incredibly difficult? How can we nurture a generosity of spirit toward ourselves, each other and each one that we encounter?
“Generosity of Spirit“
with Rev. Telos Whitfield
Greeter: Ellie Weiss
Order of Service
Sunday, November 26, 2023
Music For Gathering: Wilt Heden Nu Treden
Bob Wyckoff, trumpet (2021 recording)
We gather together in joyful thanksgiving, acclaiming creation, whose bounty we share
Both sorrow and gladness we find now in our living, we sing a hymn of praise to the life that we bear.
Board Welcome & Announcements Ron Niswander
Greeting & Call to Worship Rev. Telos
Remembrance Candle in Honor of Charles Henderson
Prelude in Eb, Op. 28:19, Frederic Chopin
Eva Greene, piano
Chalice Lighting “Day Break” Robin F. Gray, adptd. Jody McAssey
As we kindle our flame, day breaks on our gratitude for family and friends,
For the freedom to find our own truth, for the company of those who gather here, and the promises we offer one another. Let the light of day and our flame bring grace and abundance into our lives.
Lighting Our Children’s Chalice
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism. We are the church of the open minds. We are the church of the helping hands. We are the church of the loving hearts.
Anthem: There Will Come Soft Rains
words by Sara Teasdale, music by Tom Baehr
All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, director
Sharing a Reading Rev. Telos
Opening Hymn #360 Here We Have Gathered
Story For All of Us “The More You Give” by Marcy Campbell
Reflection “A Generosity of Spirit” Rev. Telos
Sweet Gratitude For Our Community-A Cider Communion Ceremony
“From Thee I receive
To thee I give
together we share
and by this we live.”
Offering shared with Windham County Humane Society
Offertory: Count Your Blessings Irving Berlin
Eva Greene, piano
Honoring Our Candles of Joys and Concerns
Hymn #322 Thanks Be For These
Extinguishing the Chalice by Dan Ennis, adptd. Jody McAssey
As we extinguish our flame, we give thanks for the precious gift of another day. It is an opportunity to be of service, to grow from our experiences. It is another opportunity to be happy. We remember that we are one with Creation and one with the universe. We remember that we are one with Mother Earth and one with the Great Mystery. We offer our deep gratitude.
*Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)
*Please join in standing as you are able.
Benediction Rev. Telos
Coffee Hour and Conversation