In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding

The Sunday Service from General Assembly 2016 will be shown.

General Assembly (GA) 2016

Program Description

In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding

What do we enter into congregational life hoping to get? So many things, perhaps—but underneath the consumer’s idea of acquisition is the pull to a deeper encounter with the experience, hope, heartbreak and yearning of others in community. Can we be a place of deep encounter where borders are crossed and faiths connect, where real stories and real struggle intersect and understanding arises anew?


  • Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd
  • Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout

Order of Service

Gathering Music

GA Band

Opening Words

Rev. Peter Morales


GA Choir: “Alleluia Incantation” (Miller)

Call to Worship and Chalice Lighting

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout and Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd


“Gather the Spirit” (Scott)


“More Love” (Ladd)

“There is More Love Somewhere”


) a f t e r a l l (” (Rideout)


Jimmy Cheedle, Graduate; Fazeel Khan, Board member; Bishop Joseph Sprague, President

Recipient: Horizon Prison Initiative

What if Prisoners Transformed Prisons?

The prison system in the U.S. is broken. Some people say it turns inmates into better criminals. Imagine a program that teaches inmates another way to view the world, one that helps them recognize and change the criminal mindset that led them to incarceration. Imagine inmates leaving prison transformed—into better partners, better parents, better employees. Horizon Prison Initiative is that program. Donate to Horizon.

Offertory Music

“Sing Me To Heaven” (Griner/Gawthrop)


Nelson Moroukian and Alison Butler-Cordova: Hebrew Scriptures: Proverbs 4: 1-11

“The Place Where We Are Right” (Amichai)


“Ubi caritas” (10th c. gregorian/Gjeilo)


“In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding”


“Reach Out and Touch” (Ashford/Simpson, arr. Huff)


Shared Ministry: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd & Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout; Elizabeth Norton, violin; GA Choir with David Blazer, piano; Mark David Buckles, GA Band Leader, guitar; Markus Grae-Hauck, piano; Will Strickler, bass; Tomasz Jarzecki, drums; Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President; Nelson Moroukian, Summer Seminarian ‘15; Alison Butler-Cordova, Youth Caucus staff ‘16; Horizon Prison Initiative representatives Jimmy Cheedle, Graduate; Fazeel Khan, Board member; Bishop Joseph Sprague, President, Dianna S. Doyle, CEO; and Jeff Hunsaker, COO

Special Thanks: Susan Peck, GA Music Coordinator; Rev. Carolyn Patierno, Worship Arts Team Liaison; Dea Brayden, Liturgist; Tim Murphy, Production manager; and the entire tech and house team who helped create magic this morning and all week long!