Bulletin 01.22.23


A Just Peace Church

An Open and Affirming Church

A Creation Justice Church

10:30 am

January 22, 2023


LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                   Michelle Cloutier, Liturgist

Let us know peace.

For as long as the moon shall rise,

For as long as the rivers shall flow,

For as long as the sun shall shine,

For as long as the grass shall grow,

Let us know peace.

Native American Indian Prayer for Peace

PRELUDE   Fairest Lord Jesus with “Moonlight Sonata”                      

Arranged by Marilyn Reimer                                                

*OPENING PRAYER                    Miriam Therese Winter. 1938-

Light of the world,

we bow before You

in awe and adoration.

Bless us

and our simple faith

seeking understanding.

Epiphany means


lifting the veil,


Reveal to us then

what we need to know

to love You,

and serve You,

and keep Your word

with fidelity and truth,

courage and hope,

this day and always.


 * HYMN         I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty          50


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.

Matthew 4:12-23

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        You Have Come down to the Lakeshore              173

SERMON                                     Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                             Rev. Jim Cotter, 1942-2014

In the celebration that embraces the exile and outcast,

In the joy that sings of freedom at last,

we worship the God of justice and peace,

we praise the God of freedom and joy,

we adore the God of love and new life,

we bless the God of reconciliation and healing,

we glorify the God of harmony and bliss.

We add our voice to the music of God,

we fall silent in the presence of Mystery,

in wonder and awe and love,

the Mystery that is the Source of our being

and the God of our belonging,

beautiful, utterly holy, glorious light,

unbounded love. Alleluia! Alleluia!

*HYMN                   From All That Dwell Below the Skies            27


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.

AFFIRMATION OF LEADERS      1 Corinthian 12:4-7, 26-27, adapted

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.

There are different ways of serving, but the same God is served.

There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to each of us for our own particular service.

The Spirit’s presence is shown in some ways to each person for the good of all.

Christ is like a single body, which has many parts.

It is still one body even though it is made up of different parts.

If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts are praised.

All of us are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.


*Congregational Affirmation

We stand in celebration of the joy that is ours to be partners with you in the service of Jesus Christ. We promise to love you and honor your leadership, that together we may be a faithful church of Jesus Christ.


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       Mary, Did You Know?         Arranged by Dan Coates

            * Prayer of Dedication              William Countryman, 1941-

Hearing the good news is a beginning. The rest of our life forms our response.

MUSICAL OFFERING         Precious Lord, Take My Hand          Dorsey

                                           Barbara Donohue, soprano


Holy One, our only Home, hallowed be Your name.

May your day dawn, your will be done,

Here, as in heaven. Feed us today, and forgive us

As we forgive each other. Do not forsake us at the test,

But deliver us from evil. For the glory, the power,

And the mercy are yours, now and forever. Amen.

*  HYMN          Christ Is the Mountain of Horeb                 45

* 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         Go, Tell It on the Mountain                Evans

Circle of Concern:

 Lakewood High School Girls and Boys Basketball Teams, Jane and George Diven and Family, Sherry Santana, Erik Johnson, Katherine Conover, Yoko Nogami & Family, Ann Quinn is under Hospice care, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall. All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff


GRATITUDE! Thanks are expressed to Joyce Lee and to Barbara Donohue

for offering the ministry of music this morning while Music Director Hilton

Jones is away.


Many thanks to those who will serve as Advisors for the coming year:

Christy Martin, Barbara Donohue, Malcolm Wells, and Dyanne Edds.

Another advisor is welcome. If you are interested in considering this

opportunity to serve, please come to the meeting after the service today or

speak with Rev. Wells.

Book Talk

This monthly Zoom gathering will be held on Thursday Jan. 26 at 6:30.  Link for Zoom is below Each month, LUCC folks gather to discuss what they have been reading.  Join in the fun!  All are welcome!  

Zoom Link: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648    Meeting Id: 270 068 3648

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

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