LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church
September 25, 2022
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Sally Purvis, Liturgist
Now let me suggest first that we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class and our nation; and this means we must develop our world perspective.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929- 1968
PRELUDE Imagine Lennon
* OPENING SENTENCES Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
* HYMN My Eyes Have Seen the Glory 610
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.
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 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
* HYMN When Israel Was in Egypts 572
REFLECTION Danielle Hintz
UNISON READING Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Some years ago, almost two hundred now, our nation signed a huge promissory note, “ We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Oh, what a marvelous creed. Just thinking about what it says. It didn’t say some men; it said all men. ….
And then it said something else. That every man has certain basic right that are neither derived from nor conferred by the state… They are God given…….
We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
INTERLUDE God’s Eye is on the Sparrow Gabriel
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 There’ll Be Peace in The Valley Dorsey
* Time of Dedication Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Called to combat social evils, the church has remained silent behind stained- glass windows… If the church of Jesus Christ is to reign once more its power, message, and authentic ring, it must conform only to the demands of the Gospel. Amen
* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER Precious Lord, Take My Hand 472
MORNING PRAYERS- 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.
* HYMN Life Every Voice and Sing 593
* BENEDICTION Dr. King, adapted
The Beauty of genuine beloved community and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.
*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 Precious Memories Wright
Member Update: Its with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Ms. Jen DeGroot. Updates on services etc. will be released as received. Please keep the family in your prayers during this time of mourning.
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 Danielle Hintz 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.
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- email@example.com
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
Circle of Concern: Family from Colombia Erik Johnson, Christie Martin, Barbara Donahue,Tony Larson, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, William Owen-Cowan, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Yoko Nogami, All those suffering from COVID-19, and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff.
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