The Generous Heart

Lifespan Religious Education and Worship present
“The Generous Heart”
(A Family Worship Service)
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist and Special Music

Turkey and trimmings aside, perhaps the most important part of Thanksgiving is reflecting upon what we are truly grateful for. It’s the time of year to show appreciation for the things in life that are most meaningful to all of us. What’s more, a mindset of gratitude seems to prepare us for expressions of generosity. Join us for this all-ages service, exploring the interconnection of gratitude and generosity.


Please bring canned and boxed dry goods to the service on November 19th. The children will be collecting the food donations during the service. Foods most needed are: peanut butter, pasta, mac-n-cheese, cereal, jelly, can soup, canned meats, canned veggies, etc. All donated food items will go to the Clothes Closet & Food Pantry in Orange Park.


Special Music by BBUUC Member Dr. Gary Smart

Dr. Smart is a Presidential Professor of Music at the University of North Florida. His career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher. He composes and improvises music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, world music, and Western classical tradition. He has performed in major venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His “Concordia” for orchestra won the Concordia Jazz Competition Award and premiered at Lincoln Center, New York. Dr. Smart has spent two residencies in Japan, teaching programs at Osaka University and Kobe College. He has also taught in Indonesia as a “Distinguished Lecturer” for the Fulbright program.