Bulletin 2/6/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                            Barbara Donohue, liturgist

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

PRELUDE             Tender Thought (from Ten Short Essays)              Ulysses Kay

(USA 1917-95) †  

OPENING READING                                                  David Tresemer, b. 1948

O Great Spirit . . .
Roll away from me the weight
of dead and frozen thoughts.
Clear away from me the fogs
of falsely sweet illusions.
Ignite in my heart
the warmth of true love
That with new eyes of new love
And my angel at my back
I may see the Truth of the World.
I may feel the Beauty of the World.
And I may act with courage for the good.
O Great Spirit . . .

MUSIC                                      Lullaby       Bangambula Vindu (Congo b.1953)

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.

Luke 5:1-11

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.

MUSIC                                  Lead Me, Guide Me                     Doris M. Akers

(USA b.1922) ‡

MODERN READING                                               Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011

President, Czech Republic, poet, playwright

SERMON                                      Net Worth                          Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                        Judy Chicago, b. 1939, artist

And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world
that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person
will be subject to another’s will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some
will give way to the needs of many
And then all will share equally
in the earth’s abundance
And then all will care
for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will cherish life’s creatures
And then all will live
in harmony with each other and the earth.
And then everywhere
will be called Eden once again.

MUSIC           Dancing Barefoot in the Rain (from African Sketches)

Nkeiru Okoye (Nigeria/USA b.1972)

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. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory          Sweet Mister Jelly Roll (from Portraits in Jazz)

Valarie Capers (USA b.1935)

Prayer of Dedication                       Marion Rockefeller Weber, b. 1938

May the rivers of wealth
be undammed and flow
freely over the Earth.
May the gifts move through
increased hands until
all people experience the
abundance of life. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION    Deep River     

African-American spiritual (USA)

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

* BENEDICTION                                                 Trad. Irish, adapted                                        

As plentiful as the grass that grows,
Or the sand on the shore,
Or the dew on the lea,
So the blessings of the God of Grace
On every soul that was, that is, or will be. Amen.

*POSTLUDE                          Maple Leaf Rag                         Joplin (USA)

  from the Oxford Press collection: Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora

 from The African American Heritage Hymnal

Circle of Concern: Earl Waters, Christopher and Dana, Joel Shores, Ben Shores, Amaiya Washington, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, 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.

Congregational Meeting Ahead There will be a congregational meeting after church on Sunday Feb. 20th  to take action on the budget for 2022. Everyone from the church family is encouraged to participate!

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.

The Gift of Music LUCC Music Director Hilton Jones has recorded 2 CDs for the LUCC family. The music is a gift to the congregation.  If you would like to make a donation to offset the production costs, you may.  See the display in the sanctuary.  Enjoy the gift of music from Hilton not just on Sundays but every day!

Rev. Angela Wells-Bean to be Installed at Naples United Church of Christ The Rev. Angela Wells-Bean, who grew up at LUCC and was ordained at LUCC, has begun serving as the Minister for Congregational Care at Naples United Church of Christ.  She will be installed to this ministry this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church.  This event can also be accessed through live streaming from the church website – naplesucc.org

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

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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