Bulletin 7/31/2022


LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                      Barbara Donohue,liturgist

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa, 1910-1997

PRELUDE                                    Prayer                            Humperdinck

* OPENING SENTENCES                                           from Psalm 85, adapted

Let us hear what God the Sovereign will speak,
for God will speak peace to the people.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
God will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.               

* HYMN                                       De Colores                                                       402

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 11:1-13
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.

One day Jesus was praying, and when he had finished, one of the disciples asked, “Rabbi, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say,

‘Abba God,
hallowed be your Name!
May your reign come.
Give us today
Tomorrow’s bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we too forgive everyone who sins against us;
and don’t let us be subjected to the Test.’”

Jesus said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, a neighbor, and you go to your neighbor at midnight and say, ‘Lend me three loaves of bread, because friends of mine on a journey have come to me, and I have nothing to set before them.’

“Then your neighbor says, ‘Leave me alone. The door is already locked and the children and I are in bed. I can’t get up to look after your needs.’ I tell you, though your neighbor will not get up to give you the bread out of friendship, your persistence will make your neighbor get up and give you as much as you need.

“That’s why I tell you, keep asking and you’ll receive; keep looking and you’ll find; keep knocking and the door will be opened to you. For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted. What parents among you will give a snake to their child when the child asks for a fish, or a scorpion when the child asks for an egg? If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children good things, how much more will our heavenly Abba give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?”

* HYMN                                   Seek Ye First                     see insert

PRAYER EXPERIENCE                                                                       Rev. Kim P. Wells

The Four-Stranded Garland of Martin Luther

Instruction – Thanksgiving – Confession – Guidance

CONTEMPORARY READING                                                       Annie Hillman

We look with uncertainty
Beyond the old choices for
Clear-cut answers
to a softer, more permeable aliveness
Which is every moment
At the brink of death;
For something new is being born in us
If we but let it.
We stand at a new doorway,
Awaiting that which comes . . .
Daring to be human creatures.
Vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.

INTERLUDE                                The Lord’s Prayer                   Malotte

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                             Come Sunday                               Ellington                                   

* Time of Dedication                                                    trad. Irish blessing

As plentiful as the grass that grows,
Or the sand on the shore,
Or the dew on the lea,
So the blessings of Divine Grace
On every soul that was, that is, or will be. Amen!

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER      Standing in the Need of Prayer        519


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.

*  HYMN             Thuma Mina (Send Me, Lord) 5 verses          360

* BENEDICTION                              Teresa of Avila

*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                    I Saw the Light                       Williams             

Circle of Concern: Family from Colombia,Tony Larson, Emily Bell, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Yoko Nogami, 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.

New Time for Weekly Labyrinth Walk  In August, labyrinth walks will return to Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome!

Rev. Wells Away Kim will be away on vacation with family Aug. 2-12. If pastoralcare is needed, please contact Patti Cooksey. Next Sunday, Rev.Ann Wynn-Phillips will be preaching. Ann comes highlyrecommended by Victoria Long! Ann has served as a HospiceChaplain. She and spouse Heather park their RV here at thechurch!

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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