Bulletin for April 6, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Do everything with a mind that lets go.
Do not expect any praise or reward.
If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.
If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.
If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom.
Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.

Ajahn Chah, Buddhist, Thai Forest Tradition
* PRELUDE Light of Tranquility HKJ

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Sing to God a new song!
Sing to God, all the earth!
Declare God’s glory among the nations.
Proclaim God’s marvels to every people.
In God’s presence are splendor and majesty.
Strength and beauty are in God’s sanctuary.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice.
Let the sea roar and all that fills it.
Let the fields exult and all that is in them.
Let all the trees of the forest sing for joy at the presence of God,
For God is coming to rule the earth –
To rule the world with justice and its peoples with truth!

From Psalm 96, adapted

* HYMN This Is a Day of New Beginnings (vs. 1,2,3 & *) 417

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation

Communion Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.
Blessing the Bread and Cup
Sharing the Meal
Anthem: The Sacred Feast Lovelace

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-57
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.

* HYMN There Is a Balm in Gilead 553

SERMON Rev. Wells

Response: Behold, I Make All Things New 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Offertory: Song Without Words, No. 1 Bk. 6

Mendelssohn

* Prayer of Dedication2

Compassionate God,
the wind of your Spirit is the very sign of life
for all who long for you.
One breath from you and we are rescued
from the arid valley of dry bones,
given muscles and sinews and joy with which to praise you,
and filled with the holy hope you grant to all your faithful children.
Let our whole lives be filled with the life-breath of the Spirit,
that what has lain dormant may burst into bloom,
and what looks to us to be death
may be revealed as but sleep
before the emergence of new life. Amen.

* Hymn Breathe on Me, Breath of God 292

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Psalm 19 Marcello
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828
2 “Come Out! On the Breath of God,” Service Prayers for the fifth Sunday of Lent was written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister for Ministers in Local Congregations, UCC

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Bulletin for March 30, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Colleen Coughenour, Liturgist

I would like peace for a present, to stop all wars and make love where there is hate. I would like it because war separates families. Peace brings them back together. I wish I could get peace!

This was written by an elementary school student, Lauren, for her music teacher, Mr. [Randy] Allen.

PRELUDE Vincent McLean

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Bless God, O my soul.
God is clothed in majesty and glory;
wrapped in a robe of light.
God makes fresh grass to grow for cattle
and plants for us to cultivate for food.
The trees of God drink their fill,
where birds build their nests,
and, on the highest branches the stork makes its home.
What variety God has created;
Arranging everything so wisely.
The earth is filled with God’s creativity!
Bless God, O my soul!

from Psalm 1-4, adapted

* HYMN I Sing the Mighty Power of God 12

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,

(a cappella)

The Gospel in one word is love.
Love your neighbor as yourself,
Love, love, love.

(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.
1 Samuel 16:1-13
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 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 Jesu, Joy J.S. Bach

* Prayer of Dedication2

O God, we do not always know why we are here. We are often unsure of our purpose on earth. Sometimes we hope to catch a glimpse of who you are through the eyes of your startling vision, which images us as your caring, compassionate people.

ANTHEM Balm in Gilead spiritual/arr. Rogers

Morning PrayerS – Savior’s Prayer

Holy One, our only Home, hallowed be Your name.
May your day dawn, your will be done,
Here, as in heaven. Feed us today, and forgive us
As we forgive each other. Do not forsake us at the test,
But deliver us from evil. For the glory, the power,
And the mercy are yours, now and forever. Amen.

* Hymn You Are the Seed 528

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Toreador Song from Carmen Bizet

* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
2 © 1998 WGRG, Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent — OneLicense A716828
3 Rosemary C. Mitchell, quoted in Resources for Preaching and Worship Year A, compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, p. 108

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Bulletin for March 23, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Ed Kaspar, Liturgist

Creator of Peace and sustainer of justice,
lead us to this vision, we pray:
Bread
Water
A clean sky
A woman’s voice singing somewhere
The armies disbanded
The harvest abundant
The wound healed
The child wanted
The prisoner free
The body’s integrity honored
The beloved returned
Labor equal, fair, and valued
No hand raised in any gesture but greeting
All living free of fear
All living free of want
On this blessed earth,
As You would will it.
So be it
Amen.

Women’s Environment and
Development Organization

PRELUDE Danza de la Rosa Granados

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Happy are those who delight in the way of God.
They are like trees planted by flowing water;
They bear fruit in every season
and their leaves never wither.
Happiness comes to those who reject the path of violence.
God watches over the steps of those who do justice.

from Psalm 1, adapted

* HYMN I’ve Got Peace Like a River 478

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,

(a cappella)

The Gospel in one word is love.
  Love your neighbor as yourself,
  Love, love, love.

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.
Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42
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 Rev. Wells

* HYMN Christ Is the Mountain of Horeb 45

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

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

Offertory Prelude Debussy

* Prayer of Dedication

My Lord is the source of love;
I, the river’s course.
Let God’s love flow through me.
I will not obstruct it.
Irrigation ditches can water
but a portion of the field;
the great Yangtze River
can water a thousand acres.
Expand my heart, O Lord,
that I may love yet more people.
The waters of love can water vast tracts,
nothing will be lost to me.
The greater the outward flow,
the greater the returning tide.
If I am not linked to Love’s source,
I will dry up.
If I dam the waters of Love,
they will stagnate.
Can I compare my heart
with the boundless seas?
But abandon not the measure
of my heart, O Lord.
Let the waves of your love
still billow there!

Wang Weifan1

ANTHEM We Are One Pethel

Morning Prayers – Savior’s Prayer

Our Father-Mother, who is in the heavens, may your name be made holy. May your dominion come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today, the bread we need; and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors; and do not put us to the test, but rescue us from evil. For yours is the dominion, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

* Hymn Shall We Gather at the River 597

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Promenade Mussorgsky
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 In Lilies of the Field, quoted in The Word and You: A Lectionary-based Exploration of the Bible, edited by Nan Duerling, p. 137

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Bulletin for March 16, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Roger Jackle, Liturgist

Dear God,
Please be with us at this critical time.
As we let go of one era,
may something new and wondrous now be born.
Replace, Dear Lord, the ravages of war
with the sweetness of peace.
May light replace all darkness
and love replace all fear.
Please heal all hearts, dear God.
Amen.
PRELUDE Danza Espanola (excerpt) Albeniz

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Sing to God with thanksgiving!
God knows the number of the stars and calls each one by name.
God covers the heavens with clouds and provides rain for the earth,
God makes grass sprout on the mountains and herbs for the service of the people.
God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
God lifts up the oppressed.
There is no limit to God’s wisdom.
God delights in those who worship with reverence and put their hope in divine love.

from Psalm 147, adapted

* HYMN Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness 286

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,

(a cappella)

The Gospel in one word is love.
  Love your neighbor as yourself,
  Love, love, love.

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.
Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17
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 Rev. Wells

Response: Behold, I Make All Things New 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS

AFFIRMATION OF LEADERS

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
There are different ways of serving, but the same God is served.
There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to each of us for our particular service.
The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way to each person for the good of all.
Christ is like a single body, which has many parts.
It is still one body even though it is made up of different parts.
If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.
All of us are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.

(I Corinthians 12:4-7, 26-27, adapted)

Vows

* Congregational Affirmation
We stand in celebration of the joy that is ours to be partners with you in the service of Jesus Christ. We promise to love you and honor your leadership, that together we may be a faithful church of Jesus Christ.

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem: What Wondrous Love Southern Harmony

* Prayer of Dedication

We know what God desires of us, yet sometimes we are too busy, or hard-hearted, or reluctant, or cynical to fulfill God’s dreams for us. May God’s forgiving love blow through us and refresh us. We give our gifts this day as a sign of our intention to live according to God’s unfolding design ever fresh and new. May we open ourselves to being equipped by God’s brooding, mysterious spirit to be a blessing in the world. Amen.

CALL TO PRAYER Beautiful Jesus 44

Morning PrayerS – Savior’s Prayer

Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one.
Help us to respond to you
To create what you want for us here on earth.
Give us today enough for our needs.
Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,
Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.
Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.
For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the world whole. Amen.
Response: Take, O Take Me as I Am2
 

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Mazurka in Bb Major Chopin
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828
2 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828

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Bulletin for March 9, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Earl Waters, Liturgist

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

Jeannette Rankin

On March 4, 1917, Montana elected Republican Jeannette Rankin as the first woman to sit in the U.S. House of Representatives three years before American women nationwide could legally vote. A persistent advocate for women’s rights, particularly suffrage, Rankin voted in Congress against American entry into both world wars, and late in life led marches against the Vietnam war.

PRELUDE Playera Op. 4, No. 5 Granados

* CALL TO WORSHIP

Give glory to God!
Give God glory and strength!
Worship God in the splendor of holiness!
The voice of God resounds over the waters.
The God of glory thunders over the raging seas.
God’s voice is powerful.
God’s voice is full of majesty.
The voice of God snaps the cedars of Lebanon.
The voice of God strikes with bolts of lightening.
The voice of God shakes the wilderness.
The voice of God twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
And in God’s Temple all cry, “Glory!”
Give strength to your people, God!
Bless your people with peace!

from Psalm 29, adapted

* HYMN O Mighty God, When I Survey in Wonder 35

Children’s Time

Response: Love, love, love, love,
The Gospel in one word is love.
Love your neighbor as yourself,
Love, love, love.

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Mark 1:9-15
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

Response: Don’t Be Afraid 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem: Sweet the Moments, Rich in Blessing

Trad./Wagner

* Prayer of Dedication2

Faithful God, let these gifts be like food and drink in the wilderness for those who have suffered and longed for your presence. May these offerings strengthen those who are resisting temptation and lead us to attend to all who need your healing touch.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, our example and savior. Amen.

CALL TO PRAYER Be Still, My Soul 488

Morning PrayerS – Savior’s Prayer3

Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.

Response: Nothing Can Trouble 772

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Sonatina in Bb Major Handel

* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 © 1995 The Iona Community. GIA Publications, Inc. exclusive North American agent. — OneLicense A716828
2 UCC Worship Ways
3 Based on the Common English Bible

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Heating Up For Lent

Heating Up For Lent

Breathing in the salt air – meditating about Lent,

Sitting around the fire – taking in the ocean scene,

Surrounded by church family – would we give up something?

What does it all really mean?

Asked to share what we are fired up about,

Takes us digging deep into our souls,

Peace and justice – supporting women in prison,

Caring for the earth – sharing the vibrancy of our church,

Appreciating music – the future and what it holds.

Always a lot to think about – worry about – pray about,

Trying to keep our joy and hope – not to fear,

Sharing communion with each other,

Seeking out our roles and what fires us up this year!

— Carol Shores, 2014


On Ash Wednesday, 31 people from the Lakewood UCC church family gathered about a fire along the seawall at the home of Jean Johnson for a beautiful beginning to the Lenten season. The service included the imposition of ashes and communion. There was also a time for participants to share what they are “fired up” about. For some, this is their favorite service of the church year.

Carol Shores, a Lakewood UCC member, wrote the above poem, reflecting on the Ash Wednesday service.

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Bulletin for March 2, 2013

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Ann Quinn, Liturgist

The price of peace is to abandon fear and replace it with faith — faith that if we obey God’s laws we will receive God’s blessing. The price of peace is to abandon hate and allow love to reign supreme in our hearts — love for all our fellow human beings over the world. The price of peace is to abandon arrogance and replace it with repentance and humility, remembering that the way of peace is the way of love. The price of peace is to abandon greed and replace it with giving, so that none will be spiritually injured by having more than they need while others in the world still have less than they need.

Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981), aka Mildred Norman Ryder. American pacifist, walker, philosopher

PRELUDE              Lord of the Dance               Shaker

* CALL TO WORSHIP

The glory of God is around us.

The glory of God is among us.

The glory of God is within us.

Let us open our eyes to the glory of God!

* HYMN   From All That Dwell below the Skies       27

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation

Communion Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen

Blessing the Bread and Cup

Sharing the Meal

Giving Thanks   Spirit of the Living God       283

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.

Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9

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                                                     Rev. Wells

* HYMN                All Earth Is Waiting                  121

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Moment for Mission – Fair Food Campaign

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem:            Holy, Holy, Holy             Schubert

* Prayer of Dedication

God, transfigure our perception

With the purest light that shines,

And recast our life’s intentions

To the shape of Your designs,

Till we seek no other glory

Than what lies past Calvary’s hill

And our living and our dying

And our rising

by Your will.

Thomas H. Troeger

* Hymn Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart   290

* BENEDICTION

* 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                Sicilienne                       Fauré

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

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Bulletin for February 23, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Jean Johnson, Liturgist

Only during a period of war does it become obvious how millions of people can be manipulated. People, millions of people, are filled with pride while doing things which those same people actually consider stupid, evil, dangerous, painful, and criminal, and they strongly criticize these things- but continue doing them.

Leo Tolstoy , Russian author

PRELUDE A Day Without Rain Enya

CALL TO WORSHIP

With God, all things are possible:
We can love our enemies.
We can confront injustice.
We can live in solidarity with the poor.
God gives us all that we need and more:
The abundance of creation.
The witness of Jesus Christ.
Boundless love and grace.
With God, all things are possible.

* HYMN My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff 418

Children’s Time

Response: Jesus Loves Me (vrs. 1 & 3) 327

(Children may proceed to Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.

Matthew 5:38-48

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 Sculpting Justice and Peace

Rev. Charles McCullough

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Anthem:

What Will We Promise…What Will We Give? Besig

* Prayer of Dedication

We give not only because of the needs of others, but because of our own need.
We give out of our need to be generous.
We give out of our need to appreciate our abundance.
We give out of our need to celebrate God as the giver of all that we have and all that we are.
We give out of our need to live beyond ourselves and in so doing to create wholeness for ourselves and for the world.
In the spirit of Christ we pray. Amen.

* Hymn Not My Brother, Nor My Sister 519

Morning PrayerS – Savior’s Prayer

Our Father-Mother, who is in the heavens, may your name be made holy. May your dominion come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today, the bread we need; and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors; and do not put us to the test, but rescue us from evil. For yours is the dominion, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

* Hymn For the Healing of the Nations 576

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Solfegietto C.P.E. Bach
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.

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Bulletin for February 16, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

JoAnne Reid, Liturgist

I vow to myself and to each of you:
To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings.
To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products, and energy I consume.
To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future generations, and my brothers and sisters of all species.
To support others in our work for the world and to ask for help when I need it.
To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart, and supports me in observing these vows.

Buddhist Prayer.

PRELUDE Air from French Suite IV J.S. Bach

CALL TO WORSHIP A Reading from Walt Whitman

* HYMN To You, O God, All Creatures Sing 17

Children’s Time

Response: For the Beauty of the Earth, verse 1 28

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37

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 Integrity in Relationships Rev. Wells

CELEBRATION OF CREATION

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Offertory First Arabesque Debussy

* Prayer of Dedication1

ANTHEM Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains

Mendelssohn/arr. Bertalot

Morning Prayers – Savior’s Prayer

O Divine Womb, birthing forth the river of blessing which runs through all,
Soften the ground of our being,
and hallow in us a space for the planting of thy presence.
In our depths,
sow thy seed with its greening-power
that we might be midwives to thy Reign.
Then, let each of our actions
bear fruit in accordance with thy desire.
Impart to us the wisdom to bring forth the gifts of the earth
and share them daily according to the needs of each being,
And restore that which has been usurped
by injustice to its rightful owners,
as we restore to others that which is not our own.
Do not let us be seduced
by that which would divert us from our purpose,
but make us sensitive to the moment at hand.
For from thy fertile soil is born the creativity,
the life-energy, and the dance,
from birthing to birthing. Amen.

* Hymn We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky 563

* BENEDICTION

A reading from Hildegard of Bingen

* 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 Mazurka in A Minor Chopin
* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk.
1 Antoinette Adam in Earth Prayers edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon, p. 326

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Bulletin for February 9, 2014

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CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Earl Waters, Liturgist

“In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.”

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), graduate of Berea College and the University of Chicago with a Ph. D. from Harvard, founded Black History week in 1926. He chose February because it was the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

PRELUDE Pentatonic Study Elwell

* CALL TO WORSHIP

In the presence of joy and peace,
God’s light shines.
In the presence of beauty and truth,
God’s light shines.
In the presence of challenge and struggle,
God’s light shines.
In the presence of pain and despair,
God’s light shines.
In the presence of injustice and poverty,
God’s light shines.
Whether we see it or not,
God’s light is always shining.

* HYMN Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise 1

Children’s Time

Response: Jesus Loves Me (vrs. 1 & 3) 327

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.
Isaiah 58:3-4, 6-12
Matthew 5:13-20
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 Rev. Wells

* HYMN You Are Salt for the Earth, O People 181

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Offertory You Raise Me Up Lovland & Graham

* Prayer of Dedication

We give our gifts this morning in gratitude for the light of God. We give thanks for the light that beckons us from isolation and selfishness into community. We give thanks for the light drawing us into working for justice in the world. We give thanks for the light eliciting expressions of compassion and generosity sometimes when least expected. We give thanks for the light of God, sometimes bright to our eyes, sometimes only a dim glimmer, but always, always, illuminating the way of peace. As Jesus was led by the light, so may we follow the light of God. Amen.
Anthem Precious Lord, Take My Hand Dorsey

Morning Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one.
Help us to respond to you
To create what you want for us here on earth.
Give us today enough for our needs.
Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,
Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.
Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.
For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the world whole. Amen.

* Hymn We Are Marching in the Light of God 526

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Prelude I Gershwin

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

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Bulletin for February 2, 2014

WELCOME

(Please remember to silence all cell phones and pagers.)

CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

Barry Hamilton, Liturgist

“It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.”

Pete Seeger

PRELUDE               Turn! Turn! Turn!               Seeger

* CALL TO WORSHIP1

We worship the God of justice and peace,

We praise the God of freedom and joy,

We adore the God of love and new life,

We bless the God of reconciliation and healing,

We glorify the God of harmony and bliss.

In wonder and awe and love,

We add our voice to the music of God.

* HYMN      In the Midst of New Dimensions        391

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation

Communion Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Blessing the Bread and Cup

Sharing the Meal

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(Children may proceed to Church School and Nursery.)

Anthem                Jesus, Live in Me          Landgrave

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.

Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 5:1-12

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                                                     Rev. Wells

* HYMN               Community of Christ                 314

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

Offertory        Pete Seeger medley              Seeger

* Prayer of Dedication

We offer these gifts as a sign of our desire to be a community of Christ.    We long for the world of God’s hopes and dreams shown to us by Jesus.  We seek to live in the commonwealth of God ever unfolding in our midst; blessed by God and blessing this precious and tender world.  Amen

Hymn    Called As Partners in Christ’s Service     495

* BENEDICTION

* 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         If I Had a Hammer               Seeger

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

1 Jim Cotter, prayer after Psalm 147, adapted.  In Resources for Preaching and Worship Year A:  Quotations, Meditations, Poetry, and Prayers compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, pp. 64-65

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Bulletin for January 26, 2014

LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
2601 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 867-7961 lakewooducc.org
A Just Peace Church 10:30 a.m.

An Open and Affirming Church January 26, 2014

Celtic Cross 71 cropped

Welcome to Lakewood United Church of Christ, a Christian community dedicated to worship, spiritual growth, fellowship, and service. Jesus is offered as a guide to abundant life. Everyone is welcome regardless of religious expression, theological orientation, race, gender, age, sexual identity, national origin, or financial means. May all experience the love and grace of God through this faith community!

 

WELCOME

(Please remember to silence all cell phones and pagers.)

CHIME

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE JoAnne Reid, Liturgist

Let us therefore not think of our movement as one that seeks to integrate into all the existing values of American society. Let us be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved country to a higher destiny, to a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRELUDE Tom Thumb Ravel

* CALL TO WORSHIP1

Love is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
Love is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
Teach me to be love, as You are Love;
Lead me through each fear;
Hold my hand as I walk through valleys of illusion each day,
That I may know your Peace.
Based on Psalm 27

* HYMN Bring Many Names 11

Children’s Time

Response: Jesus Loves Me (vrs. 1 & 3) 327
(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.

Matthew 4: 12-23

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 Rev. Wells

* HYMN You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore 173

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORNING OFFERING

You are invited to place your prayer requests in the offering plate along with your morning tithes and offerings.
Anthem Jesus, Live in Me Landgrave

* Prayer of Dedication2

Inviting God,
you call us to follow in many ways.
You call some of us to witness with public deeds of justice,
and you call some of us to do the quiet work of companionship.
You call some of us to proclaim your truth in stirring speeches,
and some to sing your love in gentle lullabies.
Invite us to follow you
by respecting the many different ways of witness,
and rejoicing that we have so many chances to answer your call. Amen.

call to prayer Jesus Calls Us, o’er the Tumult 171

Morning Prayer – Savior’s Prayer

Our Father-Mother, who is in the heavens, may your name be made holy. May your dominion come, may your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today, the bread we need; and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors; and do not put us to the test, but rescue us from evil. For yours is the dominion, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

* HYMN We Who Would Valiant Be 494

* BENEDICTION

* 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 Ducks on the Millpond Baker

* Those who wish to stand may do so at the places marked with an asterisk
1 From Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, Nan C. Merrill, pp. 45-46
2 From Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, 2007-2008, p. 109.
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Prayers for Samuel Loliger, national coordinator UCC Coalition for LBGT Concerns

Coalition logoPlease join the Coalition in prayer and support for Samuel Loliger, our longtime national coordinator.

December 9, 2013

Dear Coalition family,

Samuel Loliger, the Coalition’s longtime National Coordinator who shared that office with Jan Griesinger, is in hospice care at the end of a long illness. The UCC Coalition and the wider Open and Affirming movement owe Sam a deep debt: he and Jan were leaders when General Synod adopted the UCC’s ONA resolution in 1985, and it was on their watch that the foundations were laid for what later became the largest and fastest-growing LGBT-welcoming church movement in the world.

The Coalition joins with Don Behr, Sam’s husband, in inviting prayers and messages of encouragement and gratitude for Sam.

If you have a story about Sam and his impact on your life or on the church, please share it by posting a comment on the Coalition’s website. If you want to share a prayer with Sam and Don, please do so. You can also write directly to their home address:

Mr. Samuel E. Loliger
333 Argonne Dr
Buffalo, NY 14217-2417

For more about Sam’s life and ministry in the LGBTQ community, read this biography.

Yours in Christ,
Coalition signature
Andy Lang
Executive Director
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

700 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
ed@ucccoalition.org
ucccoalition.org
216-736-3228

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