WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE — Colleen Coughenour, liturgist
When I think about the battle, what comes to mind is that all those people, on both sides, had loved ones.
Hector Knowshisgun, Jr.
On the battle at Little Bighorn
Where his Cheyenne forebears fought with Custer, Seventh Cavalry
PRELUDE: Wendeyaho — Native American/arr. HKJ
*OPENING SENTENCES — Dakota Holy Song
O you people, be healed;
Life anew I bring to you.
O you people be healed;
Life anew I bring to you.
Through the Creator over all
do I offer healing.
Life anew I bring to you.
HYMN: Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior — 551
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.
2 Kings 5:1-19a
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 – Caring for Mother Earth
Keeshenakwat Art Solomon, Canadian Ojibway Elder
*HYMN: Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works — 3
SERMON: Learning from Naaman — Rev. Kim P. Wells
UNISON PRAYER Ojibway (Canada) Prayer
Grandfather, Grandmother, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed form the Sacred Way. We know that we are divided, and we are the ones who must come back together to walk in the Sacred Way. O God, the Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor, that we may heal the earth and heal each other.
MUSIC: My Peace — Arlo & Woodie Guthrie
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. 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: Shenandoah — American folk/arr. HKJ
*Words of Dedication
Tadodaho, Chief Leon Shenandoah, 1915-1996, Onondaga
The most important thing is that each individual must treat all others, all the people who walk on Mother Earth, including every nationality, with kindness. That covers a lot of ground. It doesn’t apply only to my people. I must treat everyone I meet the same.
*PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION
This Is a Day of New Beginnings (v. 1-3, *) — 417
CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
Communion Prayer- Savior’s Prayer — Hattie C. Enos, Nez Perce
O Great Spirit, You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.
Whose home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and the moon.
Whatever You want done, let it also be done everywhere.
Give us Your gift of bread day by day.
Forgive our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.
Take us away from wrong doings. Free us from all evil.
For everything belongs to You.
Let Your power and glory shine forever. Amen.
Blessing the Bread and Cup
Sharing the Meal
Prayer of Thanksgiving — Juanita Helphrey, 1941-2018
God is a cloud forming, an eagle soaring, a voice from the wilderness echoing through your ear. Whispering, encouraging — keep going, seek My glory, don’t worry, I’ll keep your fears.
*HYMN: For the Healing of the Nations — 576
*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: Sweet Rivers — Southern Harmony/arr. HKJ
Circle of Concern: Tony Larson, 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.
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.
Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg. Celebration Outreach has an ongoing need for men’s and women’s underwear. (Men sizes 30, 32,34 and Women’s sizes 5,6, 7,8.) Also in high demand are socks of all kinds /sizes for both men & women. Other needed items are Deodorant & disposable razors.
Voter Guide Recommended: The recent Voter Guide published by Interfaith Power and Light: offers a general perspective on issues that candidates may or may not be supporting, some of them environmental. To take a look at this free Voter Guide, see here: https://bit.ly/ipl-guide
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
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On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga
LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church
July 3, 2022