Rev. Barnaby looked back on this year’s Thanksgiving with a reflection inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s ironic use of this insult in his largely forgotten essay on Native American civility, which he saw as exemplary and deeply rooted in healthy communal relationships. Watch a recording of it here.
Order of Service
Entire service indoors (please mask AND distance).
Bell: Land Acknowledgement
Prelude Music: Chuck Miller
Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Esther Thomas, Worship Associate
Call to Worship For You by Walt Whitman (Gray #659) Responsive Reading led by Esther Thomas and Rev Barnaby
Chalice Lighting Esther Thomas
Community is the spirit, the guiding light of the tribe, whereby people come together in order to fulfill a specific purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose, and to take care of one another. Sobonfu Some
Honoring the Children in Song: Let Us Open Our Eyes Poppy Rees
Story for All Ages: Esther Thomas
Milestones & Passages: Rev. Barnaby. Those on zoom may enter theirs in chat. Future ones can be shared at https://cvuus.breezechms.com/form/YellowCard
Prayer/Meditation: Rev. Barnaby
Music M’ikmaq Blackbird sung by Emma Stevens
Readings: Esther Thomas
“Affirmation” by Rev. Barnaby Feder (adapted from the words of Rev. Edward Everett Hale (Gray #457)
Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America
(Introduction) by Benjamin Franklin
Sermon: Savage Gratitude Rev. Barnaby
Music: Wake Now My Senses (Gray #298) Chuck Miller
Benediction: Rev. Barnaby
Postlude: Chuck Miller
Credits: Thanks to our worship associate Esther Thomas; Alan Moore, Margy Young, Jordan Young, Rich Wolfson and Abi Sessions for technical support; Bobbie Carnwath for fall arrangements; Mike Greenwood and all who helped set up, usher, greet and provide hospitality.
Thank you for joining us for worship!
Topics: Nurturing Community