WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Sally Purvis, Liturgist
The way to war is a well- paved highway and the way to
peace is still a wilderness.
Paul P. Harris, 1868-1947 Founder of Rotary International
PRELUDE Raglan Road Irish Trad
* OPENING SENTENCES Padraig O. Tuama, adapted
We begin our day-
honoring this life, with all its potentials and possibilities.
We begin our day with trust,
knowing we are created for loving encounter.
We make room for the unexpected,
may we find wisdom and life
in the unexpected.
We begin our day with hope.
knowing the day can hold
love, kindness, forgiveness and justice.
* HYMN Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness 288
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.
Isaiah 43: 18-21 and Ephesians 3: 18-21
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.
* HYMN Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning 369
UNISON READING Thomas Merton, 1915-1968
I can depend less and less on my own power and sense of direction…
It is so strange to advance backwards and get where you are going in a totally unexpected way
INTERLUDE The Lost ( a song of hope ) 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 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 St. Anne’s Reel Irish Trad.
* Time of Dedication Ghalib, adapted
I do not know where lead the paths;
The end of the road is out of view
May it be enough for us to know
That Love will see our footsteps through. Amen
* PREPARATION FOR COMMUNIO My life flows on in Endless Song 476
CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
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 trail 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 for Thanksgiving
* HYMN I’ll Fly Away 595
* BENEDICTION Celtic, Adapted
May the peace of Christ go with you,
wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May he bring us home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown us.
May he bring us home rejoicing
once again into these doors .
*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 The Red Haired Boy Irish Trad
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, Erik Johnson, 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 individualcommunion servings. Please know that everyone iswelcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited toparticipate at the discretion of the adult(s) who have brought them.
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!
Gratitude is expressed to Sally Purvis and to Barbara Donohue for leading worship this morning. Your ministry is a blessing!
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.
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.
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/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ Lakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga