Bulletin 11/7/2021

GATHERING MUSIC                    

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                 Sherry Santana, liturgist

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.

Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226

What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as an instrument.

C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963

PRELUDE                                     The River’s Song                                    HKJ

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                            An African Canticle

All you big things, bless the Lord
Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria
The Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain
Fat baobabs and shady mango trees
All eucalyptus and tamarind trees
Bless the Lord
Praise and extol God for ever and ever.

All you tiny things, bless the Lord
Busy black ants and hopping fleas
Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae
Flying locusts and water drops
Pollen dust and tsetse flies
Millet seeds and dried dagaa
Bless the Lord
Praise and extol God for ever and ever.

MUSICAL REFLECTION                        Le cygne                Camille Saint-Saëns

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.

Job 12:7-8 and Luke 19:28-40

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.

HISTORICAL READING                                             John Wesley, 1701-1791

REFLECTION                          For ALL the Saints!                  Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE LITANY                                                           Chinook Blessing

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and

soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics, the high
green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snows that never
melt, the summits of intense silence, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca and salmon who share our Northwest home, and we ask them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the universe . . . to be with us to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

NAMING OF THE SAINTS

This morning we celebrate those we name as saints – those who give us a closer glimpse of God. We honor these saints with love and appreciation.

Sharing of Names and Prayer of Thanksgiving

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                   Tom Thumb                                    Ravel

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT- Celebrating Our Gifts                         Jane Diven

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 and COMMUNION OFFERING

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

Offertory                            The Moldau                                 Smetana

Prayer of Dedication                                               Elena Huegel, Chile

I commit, God, to searching for;
The healing of my relationship with you.
The healing of my relationship with myself.
The healing of my relationship with others.
The healing of my relationship with all your creation.
SHALOM!

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION    What a Wonderful World    Weiss & Thiels

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.

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    Giving Thanks

* BENEDICTION                                            

Deep peace of an ebbing wave to you.
Deep peace of a quiet rain to you.
Deep peace of a soft white dove to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of pure blue sky to you.
Deep peace of pure red of the flame to you.
Deep peace of pure green grass to you.
Deep peace of the pure brown of the earth to you.
Deep peace of pure white moon to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to us all.
Amen.

*POSTLUDE                     The Lion Sleeps Tonight     Weiss, Creatore, & Peretti

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

Circle of Concern: Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

Announcements

Communion This is a Communion Sunday. We are using the prepackaged individualcommunion servings. Please know that everyone iswelcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited toparticipate at the discretion of the adult(s) who have brought them.The Communion Offering will be received. This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc. There has been heavy need for these funds. Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

Facebook Live The 10:30 a.m. service is being streamed on Facebook Live.

Stewardship Sunday Ahead! November 14 will be Stewardship Sunday. This is an opportunity to celebrate how LUCC is a gift in our lives and to offer our gratitude and support through our time, talent, and treasure. The church enriches our lives in so many ways. This is a time to celebrate that!

Thanksgiving Sunday Ahead! Sunday, Nov. 21 will be the annual Thanksgiving service. Please bringsomething to represent what you are thankful for; something thatrepresents a gift in your life, as we build an altar of gratitude together! Theservice will be outside under the tree. Please bring a chair if you can.

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Anti Racism Demonstrations The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S.  Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 5:30-6 beginning Sunday October 3. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. 

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

727-867-7961 lakewooducc@gmail.com Lakewooducc.org

On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

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