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Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete.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
when each hour
when each instant
earth and you
space and you
bearing the sacred
the fields of light.
MUSIC Until I Found the Lord Clara Ward (USA 1924-1973) ‡
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)†
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 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
*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
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 email@example.com Lakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga