Bulletin 11.27.22

LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

A Just Peace Church

An Open and Affirming Church

A Creation Justice Church

10:30 am

November 27, 2022

CAROL SINGING              10:15AM

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                       Sherry Santana, Liturgist

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

                       Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, 1181/2-1226

 PRELUDE       There’s No Place Like Home for the Holiday’s     Allen       

* OPENING READING                  Jim Cotter, 1942-2014

O come, O come, thou wisdom strange

            from deep within God’s womb to range

            the earth at midnight’s hour of fears

            to make us wise beyond our years.

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Our God shall leap
with light that rouses us from sleep.  

* HYMN                 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel              116

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH – HOPE

Unison Prayer

We give thanks for the many ways that hope is made manifest in our lives and in our world.  We need the gift of hope to sustain us on life’s journey.  May we look for signs of hope in the darkening days of this Advent season. May we be signs of hope for the world.     Amen. 

Response:    Light our Way                                   Joyce Rupp

Light our way, light our way, as we journey in the dark-ness. Light our way, light our way, gift us with hope for our world.

SCRIPTURE LESSON

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 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44

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             Peter Hooper, 20th c.

* HYMN       Keep Awake, Be Always Ready             112

SERMON    Seeking Christ                 Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                Kate Mclhagga, adapted

Now is a time of watching and waiting

a time pregnant with hope

at time to watch and pray.

May we watch for the signs,

listen for the messenger,

wait for the good news to slip

into our world , our lives.

Christ our advent hope,

help us to clear the way for you;

to clear the clutter from our minds,

to sift the silt from our hearts,

to move the boulders that prevent us from meeting you.

ANTHEM                  I Wonder as I Wander              Amer. Trad

MISSION STATEMENT

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

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      O Come, O Come, Emmanuel     trad./arr. HKJ  

            * Prayer of Dedication    Dorothy Mcrae- McMahon

In the face of all our realities:

We are the people who heal each other,

who grow strong together,

who  name the trut

who know what it mean

  to live in community,

  moving towards a common dream

 for a new heaven and a new earth

 in the power of the love of God,

  the company of Jesus Christ

   and the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER   O God of Love, O God of Peace     571

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                All Earth Is Waiting         121

*BENEDICTION                                                                   

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (please form a circle)   

Lead Us From Death to Life                581

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth,

            from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

            Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace;

            let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world,

            let peace fill our universe.

*POSTLUDE      It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year      Pola & Wyle

Circle of Concern: Erik Johnson, Colombian Family, Family and Loved ones of Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn is under Hospice care, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Tony Larson, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

                                               Announcements

FaceBook Live- The 10:30 a.m. service is being streamed on FaceBook Live

Choir Rehearsals Resume – Rehearsals began today and will continue each Sunday in the sanctuary from 9 to 10:15 a.m.  All are welcome!  For more information, please contact music director Hilton Jones.

Guided labyrinth walks Wednesday mornings at 9:00am – Each week there is a guided labyrinth walk on the outdoor labyrinth at the church. It’s a time of prayerful faith sharing, and a time to listen more deeply to our spiritual lives. In case of rain, the walks are held on Thursday Morning.

Healing Through the Holidays– The holiday season is just ahead. We had our prologue with Halloween. Now we gear up for Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and New Years. Whew!

This time of year can be fraught – and not only because we are busy celebrating. It can be a time to remember those who will not be with us this year. It is a time to negotiate difficult family relationships. It is a time requiring us to be with people who may have different values than we do. And it is a time when many of the activities and customs don’t necessarily align with what is good and healthy for us or for the earth. There is a lot to consider and to navigate.

The holiday season can also provide a wonderful opening for healing, for reconciliation, for understanding, and for transformation. In a three part discussion

oriented workshop, we will look at some of the stresses and opportunities that may come with the holiday season. We will think about ways that this time of year can be a time of healing and restoration instead of a time of depletion and conflict.

This workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays November 29, and Dec. 13 from 7-8 p.m. All are welcome! The Zoom number is: 270 068 3648.

All Church Read – Access a copy of Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. It’s a very short story. This book is also available as an audio book. Join in a discussion of this beautiful story December 22 @ 6:30 via zoom.

Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648

Meeting Id: 270 068 3648

Holiday Gift Shop –   During this Holiday season the church is helping to support the Holiday Gift Shop Project at Maximo Elementary School. Please bring toys, jewelry, silly socks, stickers, mugs, coloring books, notepads in fun shapes and books or other gifts to church Sundays through Dec. 11. These will help to stock the Holiday Gift Shop at Maximo where children may select gifts for their families, their friends, and themselves

Baby Time – This is the time of the year to focus on the birth of a baby and the story a baby born in a barn, far away from home. Family Promise of Pinellas County is a faith-based coalition helping families without a house to move toward residential stability. This ministry to families without homes has been supported by LUCC for many years. This year Family Promise has asked that we collect diapers for the families in the program. Please bring donations of diapers- any size, any style- to church.

Christmas Caroling – Sunday Dec. 4 at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served after the service for all who go caroling.   Share the joy of the season with the homebound

 CHRISTMAS EVE

6:30      Music of the Season

7:00     Service with candlelight and communion. All ages’ welcome!  

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