Bulletin 7/24/2022


LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                Christy Martin,liturgist

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is itself to succumb to the violence of our times.

Thomas Merton, 1915-1968

PRELUDE                                   Feuilles Volantes 1                          Duparc

* OPENING SENTENCES                   Lal Ded, 14th c., Kashmir

I was passionate,
filled with longing,
I searched
far and wide.
But the day that the Truthful One
found me,
I was at home.     

* HYMN                     Come, O Fount of Every Blessing                  459


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 10:38-42
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.

MODERN READING        For the Parents of One Who Has Committed a Crime

John O’Donohue, 1956-2008

* HYMN                                        Give Me Jesus                                         409

SERMON                       At Jesus’ Feet                                Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                            Iona Abbey Worship Book

Hear now the words of Jesus spoken to each one of us.

Jesus says:
My peace I give to you.
Do not be afraid.
I call you my friend.
Abide in my love.
Even the hairs of your head are numbered.
Follow me.
I am the way for you.
I am the life for you.
I am the truth for you.
Blessed are your eyes for they see.
You are my witness.
You are my brother.
I am hungry, give me food.
I am in prison, come to me.
I am thirsty, give me drink.
I am a stranger, welcome me.
I am naked, clothe me.
I am sick, visit me.
Abide in me and I in you.
You will shine like the sun.
You are in me and I in you.
Ask and it will be given to you.
Seek and you will find.
Knock and the door will be opened to you.
I am the vine, you are the branch.
I will give you rest.
You are the light of the world.
You are the salt of the earth.
You are my sister.
Give and it will be given to you.
Love others as I have loved you.
The truth will make you free.
Feed my sheep.
Watch and pray.
I am with you always.

INTERLUDE                             Morning                                               Edvard Grieg

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                      Ms Marple theme                             Goodwin                                   

* Time of Dedication                                                              Brigid Rees

O God, you claim me as your partner, respecting me,
trusting me,
tussling with me.
Support me,
as I dare to be vulnerable with you,
encourage me as I dare to take risks with you,
and together we can transform our world. Amen.

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER                       Softly and Tenderly                            449


Holy One, our only Home, hallowed be Your name.
May your day dawn, your will be done,
Here, as in heaven. Feed us today, and forgive us
As we forgive each other. Do not forsake us at the test,
But deliver us from evil. For the glory, the power,
And the mercy are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

*  HYMN                                    Beautiful Jesus                                                             44 

* BENEDICTION                                                                   Iona Worship Book

*SUNG RESPONSE (please form a circle)          Rosemary Crow

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

*POSTLUDE                  Golliwog’s Cakewalk                     Debussy           

Circle of Concern: Tony Larson, Emily Bell, 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.


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 shelf in hallway.

Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg. Needed: 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.

New Time for Weekly Labyrinth Walk For June and July, the weekly guided labyrinth walk will be onFridays at 9:00 a.m. instead of Wednesdays. All are welcome! In August, labyrinth walks will return to Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

UCC Events Ahead – Get Involved! There are several important events ahead in the wider UCC fellowship and it would be wonderful to have LUCC participation! Much can be learned from engagement with the wider church and people from other UCC congregations. ALSO, people from LUCC have much to contribute to the wider church and to other churches! Please see our weekly update for more details!

Will You Help With Facebook Live?

The church has expanded to offering the Sunday worship service live on Facebook. This has been very meaningful to those who are not able or do not feel comfortable coming to church in person. With two new recruits, each one  of our volunteers could serve one Sunday a month.

Barbara and Patti want you to know that it is very easy! There are clear instructions. A tutorial will be provided. Please contact the Church Office to express your willingness to help with this important outreach ministry. THANK YOU!

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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