Bulletin 2/27/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                    Claire Stiles, liturgist

In this day of man’s highest technical achievements, in this day of dazzling discovery, of novel opportunities, loftier dignities and fuller freedoms for all, there is no excuse for the kind of blind craving for power and resources that provoked the wars of previous generations. There is no need to fight for food and land. Science has provided us with adequate means of survival and transportation, which make it possible to enjoy the fullness of this great earth. The question now is, do we have the morality and courage required to live together as brothers and not be afraid?

Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

PRELUDE                             My Scarf Is Yellow         Hale Smith (USA b.1925)

OPENING RESPONSIVE READING                       Eugene Guillevic, 1907-1997

When each day
is sacred

when each hour
is sacred

when each instant
is sacred

earth and you
space and you

bearing the sacred
through time

you’ll reach
the fields of light.

MUSIC                            Until I Found the Lord      Clara Ward (USA 1924-1973) ‡

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 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-43a

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                        Precious Lord, Take My Hand              

Thomas A. Dorsey (USA © 1932)

CONTEMPORARY READING                                      Walter Wink, 1935-2012

SERMON                                   Glory! Glory!                         Rev. Kim P. Wells

CONTEMPORARY RESPONSIVE READING                Diane Ackerman, b. 1948

In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

I will honor all life—
wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell — on Earth my home,
and in the mansions of the stars.

MUSIC                                     Ticklin’ Toes       Florence B. Price (USA 1887-1952)

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

Offertory         Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus     André Crouch (USA b.1945) ‡

Words of Dedication                                         Leonardo Boff, b. 1938

Blessed are those who tearfully await the great aurora of liberation, fruit of divine grace and human struggle; for your eyes will see the glory of the sun’s rays of justice. Blessed are those who preserve good will, feed the internal flame, and ever dream of a new world. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER   Oh, To Be Kept by Jesus             

Thurston Frazier (USA © 1966) ‡

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 PRAYERS – SAVIOR’S PRAYER                                Parker Palmer

Heavenly Mother, heavenly Father,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river through us,
From each one to each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days,
Come swiftly Mother, Father, come!
For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy —
Forever your name is All in One. Amen.

* BENEDICTION                     Sufi prayer by Andrew Harvey, b. 1952, adapted

Wherever we turn
May we see the Face of God
Amen.

*POSTLUDE                           Sunflower  Slow Drag                     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, Dyanne Edds, Christopher and Dana, 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

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

Lent Ahead – The Wildness of Mercy At LUCC for Lent, the theme for services and other reflections and activities will be ‘The Wildness of Mercy.’ Themes involving nature will remind us of the wildness of Divine mercy and how blessed we are to be recipients of that mercy.  

Ash Wednesday Service on March 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Lenten season of preparation for Easter begins with Ash Wednesday.  The service is held around a fire reminding us of the healing, renewing, purifying power of Divine Love. The service will be held at the waterfront home of Emily and Bob Bell.  The address is 641 64th Ave., St. Pete Beach. You may bring a chair if you wish. You may also bring a stick to add to the fire. To carpool from the church, please meet in the church parking lot at 6:30 p.m.  If you would like a ride, please contact the Church Office.

A Call for Peace, Unity and Support for the Ukrainian People You may think there’s nothing you can do to stop this aggression, but we can stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and speak as one community against this crime and injustice. Show up and stand with the local Ukrainian community in a call for peace, unity and support. Wednesday, March 2 at 12 noon, for an outdoor gathering at the Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 430 90th Avenue N. St. Petersburg, FL 33702. All are welcome.

Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg.  LUCC was asked to collect toiletries for this ministry.  This collection will be ongoing in addition to the food being collected for Operation Attack.  All are invited to donate the following items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, bar soap, wash cloths, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, travel size creams, shampoo, body wash, individual packets of Kleenex, hand wipes, toilet tissue, and paper towels

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.

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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