A Thanksgiving Sermon: Lies My History Teacher Told Me (and Truths We Should Remember)

Sermon written by Rev. Tony Lorenzen, read by Mike Brown

The opening words are We Build on Foundations We Did Not Lay, by Rev Peter Spilman Raible.

We build on foundations we did not lay.
We warm ourselves by fires we did not light.
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant.

We drink from wells we did not dig.
We profit from persons we did not know.
We are ever bound in community.
May it ever be so.

This is as it should be.
Together we are more than any one person could be.
Together we can build across the generations.
Together we can renew our hope and faith in the life that is yet to unfold.
Together we can heed the call to a ministry of care and justice.

We are ever bound in community.
May it always be so.

In Autumn
By Wilson G. Smith
Permission Granted
Performed by Eva Riebold

Dorian Alleluia
Adapted from Dorian Toccata BWV 538 by John Prescott (2019)
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by the 1st UU Choir
Public Domain

For the Beauty of the Earth
By Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
With Music by Conrad Kocher
Public Domain Work
Performed by Eva Riebold

The closing words are Only Begun, by Rev William G Sinkford.
Spirit of Life and Love, dear God of all nations:

There is so much work to do.
We have only begun to imagine justice and mercy.

Help us to hold fast to our vision of what can be.
May we see the hope in our history,
and find the courage and the voice
to work for that constant rebirth
of freedom and justice.
That is our dream.
Amen.