LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church
October 9, 2022
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Sally Purvis, Liturgist
I cannot have what I want if I don’t wish it for others
Betty MacDonald, 1907-1958
* OPENING SENTENCES Guatemala
Rejoice, people of God!
Celebrate the life within you,
and Christ’s presence in your midst!
Our eyes shall be opened!
The present will have new meaning,
and the future will be bright with hope.
Rejoice, people of God!
Bow your heads before the One
who is our wisdom and our strength.
We place ourselves before our God
that we may be touched and cleansed
by the power of God’s Spirit. Amen!
* HYMN Great Is Your Faithfulness 423
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.
Psalm121 Page 704 & Matthew 5:14-16
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 Not My Brother, Nor My Sister 519
REFLECTION Be the light Christy Martin
UNISON PRAYER Jim Cotter, 1942-2014
Give to each of us a candle of the Spirit , O God,
as we go down into the deeps of our being.
Show us the hidden things, the creatures of our dreams,
the storehouse of forgotten memories and hurts.
Take us down to the spring of life,
and tell each one of us our nature and our name.
Give us freedom to grow in order that we each
may become that self,
the seed of which you planted in us at our making.
Out of the deeps we cry to you, O God.
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
A flame can light a thousand candles without being diminished. So may the flame of divine love shine in us so that we illumine the world with beauty, compassion and justice, Amen.
* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER What a Friend We Have in Jesus 506
MORNING PRAYERS- SAVIOR’S PRAYER
Fathering and Mothering God, lover of us all, most holy one.
Help us to respond to you
To create what you want for us here on earth.
Give us today enough for our needs.
Forgive our weak and deliberate offenses,
Just as we must forgive others when they hurt us.
Help us to resist evil and to do what is good.
For we are yours, endowed with your power to make the world whole. Amen.
* HYMN This Little Light Of Mine 524
*LITANY OF FAREWELL FOR CLAIRE STILES: SEE INSERT
*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 Christy Martin 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