Bulletin 3.26.23

A Just Peace Church
An Open and Affirming Church
A Creation Justice Church
March 26, 2023
10:30 a.m.



LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                                        Michelle Cloutier, Liturgist

We send up a cry of thanksgiving for people of all races, creeds, classes and colors the world over, and pray that through the instrumentality of our lives the spirit of peace, joy, fellowship and brotherhood shall circle the world.

Mary McLeod Bethune 1875-1955


Garden of Stars                                                      HKJ

*OPENING READING                                                                                             Eric Routley 1917-1982

            So, my soul, why such disquiet?

                        Why such mourning, why such fear?

Day already breaks on darkness;

God has sought you; God is near.

Hope in God, and you shall live,

all delight God waits to give,

peace and power and every blessing

you shall know, this faith possessing.

Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good                                    6                             


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.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45               

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!

CONTEMPORARY  READING – “Can these bones live?” – Improv on Ezekiel 37

Maren C. Tirabassi

God beyond all names                                           John L. Bell                  

Out of Control                                        Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                                                                                                     Zuni Chant    

Beseeching the breath of the divine one,
the life-giving breath,
the breath of old age,
the breath of waters,
the breath of seeds,
the breath of riches,
the breath of fecundity,
the breath of power,
the breath of good fortune,
Asking for this breath
And into my warm body drawing this breath,
I add to your breath
That happily you may always live.

Have This Love                                                    HKJ


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. 

The Darkened Valley                                     Ireland

            * Time of Dedication                                                                                                                            Haiti

            Hope is there
            like a smouldering fire
            that cannot be extinguished . . .
            some day that purifying furnace
            will heat a decent poor person’s stove. 

* PREPARATION FOR PRAYER                      Don’t be afraid               Iona Community


Our Father who is throughout the universe,
Let your name be set apart.
Come your counsel.
Let your desire be, as in the universe, also on earth.
Give us bread for our necessities this day
And free us from our offenses,
As also we have freed our offenders.
And do not let us enter our worldliness,
But set us free from error.
For belongs to you the kingdom, power, 
And song, from ages to ages.
Sealed in faithfulness.                                                                  Aramaic translation

Breathe on Me, Breath of God                                               292

* BENEDICTION                                                                                            Albert Camus 1913-1960

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE   (please form a circle)                     Rosemary Crow

Weave, weave, weave us together;             Weave, weave, weave us together,
Weave us together in unity and love.          Weave us together, together in love.

Teje, tejenos juntos,                          Teje, tejenos juntos,
Tejenos juntos en unidad y amor.    Tejenos juntos, juntos en el amor.

*POSTLUDE                                                Andante Con Moto                                       J.S. Bach   

Circle of Concern

Samantha Wassmer and Family  –  Tony and Jim Larson  –  Erik Johnson  – Ann Quinn is under Hospice care  –  Maggie Brizendine  –  Janet Hall  –  Lorne Palmer

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

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