Bulletin 8.15.21

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE       Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

Don’t let life affect your worship; let your worship effect life.”

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PRELUDE                   

CALL TO WORSHIP                                              Lavon Baylor

God is gracious and merciful and trustworthy.
Let us join voices in giving thanks.
The works of God are all around us.
We are called to faithfulness, as God is faithful.
We are a people of the covenant, gathered to please God.
Holy and awesome is God’s name.
Come, then, as wise and faithful people.
Come, as a beloved community of the redeemed.
We reach out to a God who remembers and cares for us.

MUSICAL REFLECTION

SCRIPTURE READING

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.

Ephesians 5.15-20

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     A text from Paul, pun intended    Rev. Victoria Long

UNISON READING    A paraphrased Reminder from Psalm 150

Hallelujah!

Praise God in God’s holy house of worship,

    praise our Creator under the open skies;

Praise the Provider for acts of power,

    praise the Divine for magnificent greatness;

Praise with a blast on the trumpet,

    praise by strumming soft strings;

Praise the Divine Author with castanets and dance,

    praise with banjo and flute;

Praise with cymbals and a big bass drum,

    praise with fiddles and mandolin.

Let every living, breathing creature praise God!

    Hallelujah!

MUSICAL INTERLUDE               

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal is to:

  • Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives & in our world.
  • Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people.
  • Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.

MORNING OFFERING

Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar.

Offertory      

Prayer of Dedication                             Miriam Therese Winter

in every time and place.
Our hearts rejoice in serving You.
Make all we are and all we do
a channel of Your grace.  Amen

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

You are invited to write your prayer requests on the sheets provided in the bulletin and bring them forward and place them in the basket on the altar.  Please observe physical distancing.

MORNING PRAYER-SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Holy One, in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kin-dom, 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 kin-dom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen

* BENEDICTION

Great is this God, worthy of our praise!
We leave here, spiritually present, ready for Monday.
Bring it on!

*POSTLUDE

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