Welcome to Eliot Chapel's Sunday service!


"Gratitude for the Hard Stuff" – Matthew Villarreal

It’s often said that we can cultivate appreciation for the blessings in our lives because gratitude heals us, but what about the difficulties in our lives? Is there anything to be grateful for in them?


Eliot Chapel is serving as one of four teaching congregations to four UU students, including our guest speaker. He introduced himself to us at the beginning of this church year: "My name is Matthew Villarreal, and I am currently a student at Eden Theological Seminary and a graduate of Doane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. I have been on a long spiritual journey from a conservative Christian background that eventually led me to Unitarian Universalism, where I could appreciate all faith traditions without being confined to the insights of any one of them. I look forward to helping a congregation find new spiritual insights through the help I will offer."


Order of Service:

Welcome: Rev. Barbara H. Gadon

Prelude: “All Good Gifts” from Godspell by Steven Schwartz – Gail Hintz, piano

Opening Words & Chalice Lighting: "The Abundance of Our Lives Together" by Katie Gelfand – Matthew Villarreal

Opening Hymn: “We Give Thanks” – Sarah Price, vocal & Gail Hintz, piano

Time for All Ages: The Cure by Christopher Buice – Heather Flick, religious education staff

Reading: Qur'an 31:12-17 

Prayer: "Prayer of Gratitude" by Matthew Villarreal

Invitation to Giving

Offertory: “Duet in G Major, S.804” by J.S. Bach – Flo Reaves and Noel Burke

Sermon: "Gratitude for the Hard Stuff" – Matthew Villarreal

Closing Hymn: “We Lift Our Hearts in Thanks” – Sarah Price, vocal & Gail Hintz, piano

Closing Words & Chalice Extinguishing –  "A Thanksgiving Blessing" by Naomi King



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Gratitude for the Hard Stuff


November 29, 2020





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