Bulletin 6/5/2022



LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                     Sally Purvis, liturgist

Jesus of the sheathed sword,
in your name, many swords have been used
and many people have perished.
Speak to us, teach us, again and again,
that violence begets violence.
Teach us. Again and again.
Over and over.
Because we keep forgetting,
and we need to keep
Over and over.                                                        

 Padraig O Tuama, contemporary

PRELUDE                                       Blowing in the Wind                                          Dylan

*OPENING READING                                                                        Andrew Harvey, b. 1952

Flame of love
Irradiate my heart.
Flame of beauty
Illumine my soul.
Flame of wisdom
Exalt my mind.
Flame of courage
Impassion my will.
Flame of peace
Steady my being.

*HYMN                                    Awake, Awake to Love and Work                                89

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.

Acts 2:1-21

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.

CONTEMPORARY READING                                                              Annie Dillard, b. 1945

SERMON                                                        Aflame!                                       Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                                 Thomas H. Troeger, 1945- 2022

Fire who fuels all fires that burn —
suns around which planets turn,
Beacons marking reefs and shoals,
shining truth to guide our souls —
Come to us as once you came:
burst in tongues of sacred flame!
Light and Power, Might and Strength,
fill your church, its breadth and length.

MUSIC                                  Here Comes the Sun                                                  Beatles

RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBER                                                        Christy Martin


* Affirmation of Faith United Church of Christ Statement of Faith    885

Vows for New Member and Sponsor

Signing the Church Registry


Extending the Right Hand of Fellowship

* Congregational Response

We welcome you with joy as a partner in the common life of this church. We promise you our continuing friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, together may we continue to grow in the knowledge of God and of God’s love, and be witnesses of our Risen Savior.

*HYMN                                Blessed Be the Tie That Binds (v. 1 & 3)                              393

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

Offertory                                                             Ring of Fire                                          Cash

Words of Dedication                                                    St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556
Go, set the world on fire. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION                O Sun                                   Peter Mayer


Invitation                                                                              Padraig O Tuama

Jesus of the table,
You gathered unexpected people around
hearths of hospitality.
You stretched out your hand
for grapes and bread, for wine and welcome.
May we populate our tables
with all kinds of people.
Because at the table
our hearts can be glad
for a while.

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

Prayer of Thanksgiving                                     Mechtild of Magdeburg, 1207-1282

See and taste the Flowing
Godhead through your Being;
Feel the Holy Spirit
Moving and compelling
You within the Flowing
Fire and Light of God. Amen.

*HYMN                                       I Am the Light of the World                                  584

* BENEDICTION    Celtic Prayer

Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
which stay invisible till darkness falls and discloses
their pure and shining presence beaming down
in compassion on our turning world. Amen.

* SUNG RESPONSE (please form a circle)

Weave, weave, weave us together;
Weave us together in unity and love.
Weave, weave, weave us together,
Weave us together, together in love.

* POSTLUDE                                      Fire of Justice                                                   HKJ

Circle of Concern:  Christopher and Dana, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Yoko Nogami walking the Appalachian Trail, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff.


Communion This is a Communion Sunday. We are using the prepackaged individual communion servings. Please know that everyone is welcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited to participate 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.

New Time for Weekly Labyrinth Walk For June and July, the weekly guided labyrinth walk will be on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. instead of Wednesdays. All are welcome!

LUCC Creation Justice Property Cleanup On Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 – 11:00am join us for a few hours to “declutter” and cleanup our beautiful Lakewood United Church of Christ grounds and to commune with nature and your fellow church members and friends! Wear work clothes, gloves, and a hat and apply sunscreen!  Fluids and snacks will be provided to sustain us!

Book Talk Ahead Join in this month’s Book Talk on Thursday June 16 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss what you have been reading and to hear what others have been reading.  It’s an informal gathering on Zoom.  A very enriching conversation.  All are welcome!  No book banning here!  Everything is open for discussion!   Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648

Admin Office Job Later in the summer, Gabi will be moving to Gainesville.  So the church is in search of a new office administrator.  If you know someone who may be interested in working in the Church Office  10-12 hours a week, please contact Kim Wells wells.kim.p@gmail.com.

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

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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