Bulletin 8.21.22


LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                               Barbara Donohue, Liturgist

Selfishness is the most constant of human motives. Patriotism, humanity, or the love of God may lead to sporadic outbursts that sweep away the heaped-up wrongs of centuries; but they languish at times, while the love of self works on ceaselessly, unwearyingly, burrowing always at the very root of life, and heaping up fresh wrongs for other centuries to sweep away.

Charles W. Chesnutt, novelist, 1858-1932

PRELUDE                                      Garden of Stars                                          HKJ

* OPENING SENTENCES                 Marcina Wiederkehr, 1939-2020 adapted

Oh God

help us

to believe

the truth about ourselves

no matter

how beautiful it is!

* HYMN                               I Sing the Mighty Power of God                                   12

CONTEMPORARY READING             Magnificat                    Christine Hutchins

              My soul magnifies God

                                                                 Luke 1:46                                                   


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 12:32-40

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.

* HYMN                Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning                               369

SERMON                                                                                                 Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                                                           
Teresa Of Avila, 1515-1582

The truth is that the treasure lies within our very selves.

INTERLUDE                    New Britain                               Trad/arr.HKJ                                    


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    Viennese Ladies’ Ländler                              Schubert

            * Time of Dedication                                   Vivian Greene, 1904-2003

   “ Giving is the highest expression of our power.”

And of our faith. Our love. And our trust. Amen

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER             God Speak to Me                      531       


Our Father who is throughout the universe,

Let your name be set apart.

Come your counsel.

Let your desire be, as in the universe, also on earth.

Give us bread for our necessities this day

And free us from our offenses,

As also we have freed our offenders.

And do not let us enter our worldliness,

But set us free from error.

For belongs to you the kingdom, power,

And song, from ages to ages.

Sealed in faithfulness.                                                                                                                                                                         Aramaic Translation

* HYMN                     Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life                    543


*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                  Pennsylvania Polka                                     Schubert               

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.

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

Covid Supplies: There is a table set up in the back of the sanctuary with masksand sanitizer. These supplies have been donated to the church.Please take what you can use. Thank you!

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.

Rev. Wells Away: Kim will be on sabbatical for the months of September and October walking the Camino De Santiago in Spain. For pastoral care please contact Patti Cooksey at the information below.

Patti Cooksey: Email- cooksepa@eckerd.edu

New Office Staff: The church welcomes Hailey Hetrick as the new church administrator. Hailey will be in the office Tuesday-Thursday 10-1:30pm, Please stop by and say hello, send an email or call. The church is Grateful to welcome Hailey to LUCC.

Family Promise: Family promise, a program to empower houseless families, is reopening and is in need of Volunteers. Please see the weekly update on the church website for more information.  

LUCC Needs 2 Delegates for Annual  gathering OF Florida  – LUCC is entitled to send 2 delegates as well as a clergy delegate to the Annual Gathering of the Florida Conference. Please contact Rev. Wells if you are willing to attend! The church can help with the expenses involved. This year’s theme is “This is the Day! #Building Beloved Community”

            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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