LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church
September 11, 2022
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Jim Andrews, Liturgist
Do not be satisfied until each one with whom you are concerned is to you like a member of your family. Regard each one either as a father, a brother,
or as a sister, or as a mother, or as a child.
‘Abdu’l-Baha, 1844-1921, Baha’i
* OPENING SENTENCES Huub Oosterhuis, b. 1933
What shall we say to you, our God —
You have called us
from far and near.
You have made us —
great and small,
each one of us different
in heart and face,
but all of us your people.
We ask you, then,
make new people of us
who hear your voice
with living hearts.
Do this today
and never take your hands
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.
Psalm 139:1-18 and John 20:1-18
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 Ram Dass, 1931-2019
We are all just walking each other home.
REFLECTION Coming Full Circle Claire Stiles
UNISON READING Gaelic
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.
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.
* Time of Dedication Evelyn Frances Capel, 1911-2000
In the singing of birds
Is the sound of God.
In the swimming of fish
Is the power of God.
In the moving of beasts
Is the willing of God.
In the heart of humankind
Is the dwelling of God.
In my heart and my head,
In my hands and my feet,
God’s Spirit within me
Shall move and shall speak. Amen.
* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER I need you every hour 517
MORNING PRAYER – SAVIOR’S PRAYER
Eternal Spirit, Earth Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that ever shall be,
Father and Mother of all people,
Loving God in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed
by all peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth!
With the bread that we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and testing, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen.
* BENEDICTION Celtic Prayer
Deep peace of the running wave to you, of water flowing,
rising and falling,
sometimes advancing, sometimes receding. . .
May the stream of your life flow unimpeded!
Deep peace of the running wave to you!
*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.
Circle of Concern: Family from Colombia,Erik Johnson, 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.
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 Jim Andrews and to Claire Stiles 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.
Patti Cooksey: Phone- 727-798-9321 Email- firstname.lastname@example.org
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/ email@example.com/ Lakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga
Dear Centering Prayer Friends:
We’re pleased to announce that Fr. Bill Sheehan will return on October 15th IN PERSON for his annual Centering Prayer Retreat Day. This year’s topic is “Co-laboring With the Cosmic Christ.” We hope you’ll join us to share in this enriching experience.
When: Saturday, October 15th, 2022, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Check-in at 8:30)
Where: Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg
This is an in-person event. Zoom link will be provided for those who are unable to attend.
Suggested Donation: $25 in person; $10 on Zoom
Continental breakfast will be provided. Bring a bag lunch!
To register, please go to our website at http://www.centeringprayertampabay.com/events
Contemplative Outreach of Tampa Bay
for more information contact:
Mardie Chapman, facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org