“O, We Give Thanks For This Precious Day”

As we navigate the challenges and blessings of our individual lives, we come together to express our gratitude for each other and for our dear community. All are welcome to bring a symbol of harvest for our altar table! 

We anticipate that this service will be both in-person and on Zoom. Click right here Sunday shortly before 10:00 a.m. to join via Zoom. Click here to read our protocols for in-person attendance.When attending in person, please completely power off your cell phone during the service to preserve the Church’s WiFi bandwidth for our Zoom attendees.

“O, We Give Thanks for This Precious Day”
with Rev. Telos Whitfield

Order of Service
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Greeting                                                                                              Rev. Telos

Board Welcome & Announcements                                                Catie G. Berg

Prelude:  Nocturne in Eb major, Op.9:2  Frederic Chopin 
                     Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting: “
Day Break” by Robin F. Gray, words [adapted]    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.

Call to Worship                                                                                     Rev. Telos                                                     

Opening Hymn #1010:  O We Give Thanks

Story For All of Us: “The Secret of Saying Thanks” by Douglas Wood, illust. by Gred Shed     

Sweet Gratitude For Our Community – A Cider Communion Ceremony  

Anthem: “Crossing the Bar” music by C H. H. Parry, poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
                         All Souls Choir, Tom Baehr, Director

Sermon: “O, We Give thanks for This Precious Day”                       Rev. Telos

Hymn #67: We Sing Now Together

Offering shared with 350 Brattleboro

Offertory:  Un día de noviembre     Leo Brouwer
  Eva Greene, piano

Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Closing Hymn #128: For All That Is Our Life

Exitinguishing the Chalice by Maggie Lovins                                 Jody McAssey
We extinguish this flame but not its meaning
and mission in our hearts.
Our time together has come to an end.
Go in peace, be of service to one another,
and may you move through the world in love for all of your days.

Closing Circle: “Carry the flame of peace and love
Until we meet again.” (sung two times)
Benediction                                                                                          Rev. Telos