Bulletin 9.4.22


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 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      



                   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!

Many thanks!

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.

Email- cooksepa@eckerd.edu

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/ lakewooducc@gmail.com/ Lakewooducc.org

On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

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