Labyrinth picture gallery

A small group has been developing plans for an outdoor labyrinth at LUCC. Walking a labyrinth can provide spiritual opportunities, e.g., meditation, connection/reconnection with God, discernment, recovery from grief, celebration. There are trained facilitators in the congregation who would like to offer workshops in the future. To get started, the plan is to install a temporary labyrinth and evaluate its placement and usefulness. The labyrinth is expected to be available for several weeks (depending on weather conditions and its durability).

On Sundays Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 trained labyrinth facilitators from the congregation will be available to host walking the hay labyrinth. They will be available before church at 9:30 and after the service as well.

Below is a gallery of pictures from the construction and dedication of the current straw labyrinth.

Click on any picture for a larger image.

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Welcome to the Labyrinth
at Lakewood United Church of Christ
labyrinth
The Labyrinth
Labyrinths have a history of hundreds of years of use for Christian prayer and meditation. Labyrinths found on the floors of European cathedrals provided an alternative spiritual exercise for those who could not make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the Crusades. Today, labyrinths are found in many settings.
You may find a labyrinth on the front lawn between the parking area and 54th Avenue South, just west of the picnic bench. The design is based on a labyrinth found in France’s Chartres Cathedral, with ours using a 5 circuits rather than 11.
Walking a labyrinth may be helpful when:
• Facing a decision
• Processing grief and loss
• Connecting with God for direction, guidance, comfort, inspiration, hope.
Some use the walk as a time to pray. The design may encourage you to:
• Let go of your (emotional/spiritual) burdens on the way in.
• Sojourn with God in the center.
• Carry out a new perspective.
This temporary labyrinth is an experiment to test its usefulness, placement, and design. Based on feedback, we may try other designs or locations on the property and we may consider a more permanent installation in the future.
If you are unable to walk the labyrinth, you may use the design on the front of this card as a “finger” labyrinth to trace the path.
We hope you enjoy your experience. Please feel free to share your feedback.
Lakewood United Church of Christ,
2601 54th Avenue South, St Petersburg FL 33712
(727) 867-7961 Email: lakewooducc@gmail.com

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prayer vigil tonight

Dear LUCC Friends and Family,

We have just received word that there will be a prayer vigil tonight in front of the St. Petersburg City Hall at 8:00 p.m. in the wake of the Orlando attack. The mayor will be present. I hope to see many of you there as well.

This is a sickening event and we cannot let it undermine all that we are working for as a church in terms of gay rights and interfaith solidarity and gun control. We must redouble our efforts.

Please keep all the victims and their families as well as our country as a whole in your thoughts and prayers.

Blessings,
Kim
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Memorial services

triquetra-vesicaThere are two memorial services ahead for beloved members of the Lakewood UCC Church family.

There will be a memorial service for Helen Nims on Wednesday March 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lounge of the Midrise building at Westminster Suncoast (1095 Pinellas Point Dr. S., St. Petersburg). There is much to celebrate in Helen’s 100 years of life!

There will be a memorial service for Jerry Riesen, beloved husband of Yvonne Riesen, on Saturday April 2 at 2:00 p.m. again, in the Lounge of the Midrise building at Westminster Suncoast. There is much to celebrate in Jerry’s beautiful life as well.

Please keep the families and loved ones of Helen and Jerry in your thoughts and prayers.

Blessings,
Rev. Wells

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Peace Prayer

Prayer for Peace
Delivered by Rev. Kim Wells
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
Sunday January 17, 2016
Maximo Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg, FL

As we gather this day, we join our hearts in our desire for peace: Peace that is not just the absence of immediate threat, but peace in which justice reigns, all life is sacred, and the earth is revered.

We unite in our intention for peace rooted in human rights and civil rights for all people:
Where all live in safety and security,
all have meaningful work and fair pay,
where all are free to love, marry, and raise a family with whomever they choose,
where everyone has the opportunity to be creative,
and to enjoy recreation and self-determination,
where those who are vulnerable have access to needed resources.

We envision a world of peace where there is no discrimination and no privilege based on color, education, class, how you were born, language, or culture.

We gather our hearts in celebration of peace where all people thrive and flourish in a context of mutual respect and dignity. This is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived for and died for. May we, too, live for this dream. And may we love peace so much that we, too, are willing to die for it. May it be so. Amen.

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Prayer for the Pinellas County Commission 2/9/16

Prayer delivered by Rev. Kim Wells at the beginning of the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016.

Let us pray –

In these quiet moments we remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who reminded us that everyone can serve regardless of where we are on the social, educational, or economic spectrum. This is important because serving affirms human dignity and ennobles the human spirit.

In the call to service, King echoes the teachings of Jesus which invite people to find their highest good in serving the common good.

This day we give thanks for all who serve especially those who serve in government and through the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners. May all seek to create a society in which everyone, regardless of past or class, has the opportunity to serve; to make a positive, constructive contribution to the greater good.

So may we all learn to live together justly and in right relationship with one another and the Earth. Amen.

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STORIES OF REDEMPTION For Martin Luther King Day

STORIES OF REDEMPTION

For Martin Luther King Day

11th Annual Alternatives to Violence Project
Co-sponsored by Living Mirror Playback Theater
Monday January 18th 2016
5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Friends Quaker Meeting House, St Petersburg, FL
130 19th Ave. SE-Just East of 1st St South
MLK
Experience an exciting and rejuvenating evening of personal stories that honor the legacy of Martin Luther King’s Social Justice work.

Alternatives to Violence Project

Since 1975, AVP has fostered new ways to build connection and stimulate learning to address diversity, conflict, misunderstanding and change. This year we are pleased to partner with Living Mirror Playback Theater to witness the work of Social Justice.

Playback Theater

Playback theater is an interactive, improvisational form of theater where actors and a musician spontaneously enact audience member’s stories. Living Mirror Playback Theater performances promote community dialogue and action by honoring the right of all voices to be heard and making different perspectives visible.

Potluck at 5:30pm

Living Mirror Playback Theater performance at 6:45-8pm

Register: to help us plan, please let us know if you are going to join us. Email Christina Bellamy cbbellamy@earthlink.net or call 727-796-9262 if you have questions. Or, just show up and be welcomed!

Bring food to share, your own dishes and utensils if possible. Coffee, tea, and water will be available.

 

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Unity of Midtown Sponsors World Day of Prayer

The congregation of Unity Church of Midtown has invited the community to join together in prayer. The world day of prayer observance will be held Thursday, September 10th, 2015. The theme for the day is: “Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World”. The affirmation for the day is: “As I pray, I connect my highest thoughts with my deepest faith.” People will gather throughout the world to raise their hearts and voices in this time of worship. This is the 22nd Unity World Day of Prayer observance. You are invited to participate in any or all of the three events offered:

Unity of Midtown will be sponsoring 3 events:

Sanctuary, Thursday, September 10th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – “Spiritual Nurturing”
Stop by anytime during these hours to give prayers of Thanksgiving, meditate, and affirm your “true” nature.

Fellowship Hall, Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 p.m. – “Spiritual Fruits”
THE TIME IS NOW! This is a free event, led by our ministers. Join us as we break bread with you and fellowship with each other so that we can establish a lasting relationship.

Sanctuary, Thursday, September 10th, 6:30 p.m. – “Interfaith Prayer Service”

Join in these different events at Unity of Midtown, bringing forth healing vibrations of light and love on behalf of the world.

Unity of Midwtown is located at:
511 Prescott Street South, St. Petersburg, FL
www.unityofmidtown.org

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Bill Ryland photos

The short video immediately below is a collection of photos from his life assembled by Melanie Moore. Following that, are photos from the Celebration of the Life of Bill Ryland at Lakewood United Church of Christ on Saturday, January 24, 2015. At the very bottom of the post is the photo that was on the front page of the memorial service bulletin.


To view larger image on YouTube click HERE

Ryland Celebration of life panorama
Click on any picture for a larger image.


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Prayers requested

Bill Ryland was hit by a car crossing a street yesterday. He is in ICU at Bayfront.  The extent of his injuries have not been determined yet. Please pray for Bill and Don.
When more information comes available it will be given.
Thank you.
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Deaths at United Church of Christ in the Philippines

A terrorist bombing at a United Church of Christ in the Philippines congregation resulted in the death of two UCCP church members attending an evening service Wednesday. Please join us in prayer for the congregation, and for peace and reconciliation in the Philippines. The statement of the UCCP’s general secretary is attached.
A Call for Prayer for Peace for UCCP-Pikit
www.uccphils.com
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Photos from Dan McKnight memorial service

Beautiful service this morning to remember Dan McKnight, partner of Ray Raymond Duplease, at Faith UCC, Dunedin, Rev. Mike MacMillan officiating.

photos by Melanie Moore

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Ray Duplease ~ Roslyn Reneau
Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Ray Duplease ~ Randy Allen
Roslyn Reneau ~ George Lewis Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA Please keep these people in your prayers. Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Randy Allen ~ Roslyn Reneau ~ George Lewis
Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Roslyn Reneau ~ George Lewis ~ Bill Delcamp Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA Please keep these people in your prayers. Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Roslyn Reneau ~ George Lewis ~ Bill Delcamp
Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

George Lewis ~ Bill Delcamp
Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

George Lewis ~ Bill Delcamp
Betty Harris ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

George Lewis ~ Bill Delcamp
Betty Harris (in Bayfront) ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Carolyn Moore ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Carolyn Moore ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Betty Harris ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Carolyn Moore ~ Livy Parsons Rhodes
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Betty Harris ~ Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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Bulletin for Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014

* GREETING

* SCRIPTURE LESSON Matthew 21:1-11

Sue Sherwood, Liturgist


As they approached Jerusalem, entering Beth-phage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent off two disciples with the instructions,
 
Go into the village straight ahead of you, and immediately you will find a tethered donkey with her colt standing beside her. Untie them and lead them back to me. If anyone questions you, say, ‘The Rabbi needs them.’ Then they will let them go at once.
 
This came about to fulfill what was said through the prophet:
 
Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Your Sovereign comes to you without display,
riding on a donkey, on a colt –
the foal of a beast of burden.’
 
So the disciples went off and did what Jesus had ordered. They brought the donkey and her colt, and after they laid their cloaks on the animals, Jesus mounted and rode toward the city.
Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while some began to cut branches from the trees and lay them along the path. The crowds – those who went in front of Jesus and those who followed – were all shouting,
 
Hosanna to the Heir to the House of David!
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Most High!
Hosanna in the highest!
 
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred to its depths, demanding,
 
Who is this?
 
And the crowd kept answering,
 
This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.

* BLESSING OF THE PALMS

* PROCESSION TO THE ALTAR

ANTHEM God Rules in Might and Splendor

Pergolesi/arr. Hopson

* HYMN All Glory, Laud, and Honor 216

 

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God as
it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Our hearts and minds are open.
Philippians 2:5-11
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of
God among us, for the word of God within us.
Thanks be to God.

SERMON Adaptation Rev. Wells

Response: In Love You Summon1

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

You are invited to place your prayer requests in the offering plate along with your morning tithes and offerings.

Offertory The Palms Faure

* Prayer of Dedication

This holy day, we remember Jesus’ relentless, undying faithfulness and love. He did not let fear hold him back. He faced the consequences of unconditional loving with courage. He did not resort to violence even in self defense. May his witness draw forth goodness and mercy from us. May we love ourselves, others, the world, and God with the fearless, unconditional love of Jesus. May this be our tribute to him. Amen.

*CALL TO PRAYER How Deep the Silence of the Soul 509

MORNING PRAYERS – SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Eternal Spirit, Earth Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that ever shall be,
Father and Mother of all people, Loving God in heaven:
The way of your justice be followed by all peoples on earth!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and
come on earth!
With the bread that we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
* HYMN When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 224

* BENEDICTION

Jesus, Master Carpenter of Nazareth,
 
Wield well your tools in this your workshop
That we who come to you rough hewn
May here be fashioned into a truer beauty by your hand.
 

* CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,
from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;
let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,
let peace fill our universe.

* PASSING THE PEACE

* POSTLUDE Toccata in E minor Pachelbel

* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.

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Circle of Concern

CIRCLE OF CONCERN

Joey Williams and family ~ Ben Shores and family
Jerry Riesen and Knud Uth are under hospice care
Betty Harris ~Gertie Pirazzini ~ the USA
Please keep these people in your prayers.
Calls and notes are appreciated also.

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