Bulletin 12.11.22


A Just Peace Church

An Open and Affirming Church

A Creation Justice Church

10:30 am

December 11, 2022


SONGS OF THE SEASON                                   10:15AM


LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE             Barbara Donohue, Liturgist

The Chinese character for peace means harmony.  It derives from the combination of two words:  “rice” and “mouth.”  When no one is hungry, then truly there is peace.                                                                                       


PRELUDE                        Wexford Carol                  trad./arr. HKJ       

* OPENING READING                                          John Harvey


in the beginning

when all was very dark, you said:

‘Let there be light.’

And there was light

and life throughout the universe.

And when the human race

was exhausted, tired and weary,

in the darkness of anxiety,

confusion and sin,

into that darkness you came

as a light in Jesus Christ.

God became a human being among us all.

Once again it is dark.

Not just dark at midnight

but dark in ourselves;

dark with doubt,

dark with fear and uncertainty,

dark with confusing

and conflicting voices in our ears.

Come, Light of life,

lighten the darkness in our lives

with your mighty word of love.

Lighten our hearts with the joy

of your promised coming.

Lighten our world with the hope

that faith in you still brings.  Amen.

* HYMN              My Soul Gives Glory to My God          119


                Unison Prayer

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

Response:                  Light Our Way                      Joyce Rupp

                                    Please See Insert


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 35:1-10 and Luke 1:26-56

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.

HISTORIC READING                          Sojourner Truth, c. 1797-1883

* HYMN        My Heart Sings Out with Joyful Praise                  106

SERMON                   Mary, Mary                      Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                                              Clare McBeath

            My soul magnifies the Lord

and I dance with God who liberates me,

for she has remembered with love 

                     the whispered song of her shadow.

Surely, from now on my story will be

                      handed down to all generations.

For One who is Love

                       has cradled my life in her arms

                 and beautiful is her name.

Her tenderness enfolds our brokenness

                 through all generations.

Her voice clamours in shouts of justice,

wrenching free the grip of the abuser.

She gathers the abused to her breast,

                         her milk nurturing those who seek her,

                         according to the promise given to

                         our grandmothers,

                         to Sarah and Hagar,

                                    and their children for ever.

ANTHEM           The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came           Basque Carol


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      Good Christians All Rejoice and Sing        trad./arr. HKJ 

         * Prayer of Dedication        Emmanuel Levinas, 1902-1995

                        To know God means to know what has to be done.

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER      Mary, Woman of the Promise           123


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           Canticle of the Turning          See Insert


*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (please form a circle)   

Lead Us From Life to Death                                    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 Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas      Willson

Circle of Concern: Erik Johnson, Katherine Conover, Danielle Hintz, Colombian Family, Ann Quinn is under Hospice care, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Tony Larson, Don Ritchie, who is moving, and Yvonne Risen who has already moved. 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/ lakewooducc@gmail.com/ Lakewooducc.org

On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga


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 and All are welcome! The Zoom number is: 270 068 3648. Please Contact Rev. Wells for further Details.

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

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


6:30      Music of the Season

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

Family Promise Needs – Word was received this week that Family Promise, a local ministry to houseless families with children, is in need of the following items:

Milk, Water (small bottles), Paper Goods (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, plates, cups) Cleaning Supplies (disinfectants, sponges, dish soap, laundry soap.

Please bring items to the church and place them on the shelves behind the curtain in the hallway.

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.

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