Bulletin 11/21/2021

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

The sun brings forth the beginning
The moon holds it in darkness
As above, so below
For there is no greater magic in all the world
than that of people joined together in love.

Wiccan Blessing

PRELUDE We Gather Together Adrianus Valerius

CALL TO WORSHIP George Herbert, 1593-1633

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days;
But such a heart, whose pulse may be thy praise.

MUSICAL REFLECTION Come, O Thankful People, Come George Job Elvey

RITUAL OF THANKSGIVING
Response: God is good

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.

I Timothy 2:1-4

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.

SERMON Aspirational Gratitude Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING Diocese of Juigalpa, Nicaragua

I give you thanks, Lord,
for my perfect arms
when so many have suffered mutilation.

For my perfect eyes
when so many cannot see.

For my voice that sings
when so many are reduced to silence.

For my hands that work
when so many beg.

O wondrous Lord,
to have a home, to return to it,
when there are so many brothers and sisters
who have no where to go.

To smile, to dream, to love,
when so many cry,
and so many hate each other.

Above all,
to have little to ask you for
and so much to thank you for.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE Now Thank We All Our God Johann Crüger

REAPING THE HARVEST Danielle Hintz

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 and pledges may be brought forward and placed in
the plates on the altar. If you would like assistance, please turn to
someone seated near you.

Offertory We Plow the Fields and Scatter

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz

Prayer of Dedication W.E.B. Du Bois

Give us thankful hearts. . . in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving.
May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and
peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that
greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but
by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and
appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction but
passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER For the Beauty of the Earth Conrad Kocher

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.
Please observe physical distancing.

MORNING PRAYER-SAVIOR’S PRAYER Aramaic Translation

Our Father-Mother, who is in the heavens, may your name be made
holy. May your dominion come, may your will be done, on earth as it
is in Heaven. Give us today, the bread we need; and forgive us our
debts, as we have forgiven our debtors; and do not put us to the test,
but rescue us from evil. For yours is the dominion, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

*BENEDICTION Angeles Arrien, adapted

Gratitude before us,
gratitude behind us,
gratitude to the left of us,
gratitude to the right of us,
gratitude above us,
gratitude below us,
gratitude within us,
gratitude all around us. Amen.

*POSTLUDE Sent Forth by God’s Blessings John Thomas

Circle of Concern: Deanna Moore, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, 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.

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Anti Racism Demonstrations – New Time The church offers a witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S. Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations are held Sundays from 4:30-5. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week.

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent This sacred season of preparation for the birth of Jesus begins next Sunday. In a season of darkness, we prepare for the light. May we open ourselves to receiving the gifts of this holy season. For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!


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

Bulletin 11/14/2021

GATHERING MUSIC                    

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                         Kay Rencken, liturgist

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968

PRELUDE                                  ‘Tis a gift                             Shaker tune

CALL TO WORSHIP               Hildegard von Bingen 1098-1179, adapted

God, the blazing life of divine wisdom,
God sets alight the beauty of the plains,
God radiates the waters,
God glows in the Sun and the Moon and the stars.
With wisdom God orders all things right.
God beautifies the Earth.
God is the breeze that nurtures all things green.
God is the rain coming from the dew
that makes the fields laugh with the pleasure of life.
God calls up tears, the perfume of holy work.
God is the yearning for good.

MUSICAL REFLECTION   All Things Bright and Beautiful     Shaw & Monk

SCRIPTURE READING

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.

2 Timothy 1:5-7, 14

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-Don’t Hesitate                    Mary Oliver, 1935-2019

SERMON                                  Receive the Gift            Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING-Mashing the Berries                                         Kiowa translated by James Mooney 

I am mashing the berries,
I am mashing the berries.
They say travelers are coming on the march.

I stir the berries around,
I stir them around.
I take them up with a spoon of buffalo horn.

And I carry them,
I carry them to the strangers.
And I carry them,
I carry them to the strangers.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                 Intermezzo                            Brahms

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.

A TIME OF GIVING-Morning Offering and Pledges

Morning offerings and pledges may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory                   As Time Goes By                         Hupfeld

Prayer of Dedication             based on a prayer by Mary Taylor

God, grant me the awareness of all I have been given, the courage to give back in full measure, and the wisdom to be grateful for these blessings. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER  Prayer from Hansel and Gretel    Humperdink

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.  Please observe physical distancing.

MORNING PRAYER-SAVIOR’S PRAYER                 Aramaic Translation

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.

BENEDICTION                                            

Let us go forth
to fan the flame of Love
within us, within others,
and in the world around us!

*POSTLUDE           Penny Lane & Yellow Submarine                Beatles

Circle of Concern: Deanna Moore, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, 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.

Thanksgiving Sunday Ahead! Sunday, Nov. 21 will be the annual Thanksgiving service. Please bringsomething to represent what you are thankful for; something thatrepresents a gift in your life, as we build an altar of gratitude together! Theservice will be outside under the tree. Please bring a chair if you can.  

Harvest Forms Please turn in your harvest form by Wednesday, Nov. 17 so that the wonderful list of the many ministries of the congregation can be celebrated!  The Harvest form is available at church or on the church website.

Operation Attack Please bring a Thanksgiving donation next Sunday.OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Wednesday Workshops Ahead! The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is offering a series of Wednesday Workshops on Zoom at 7 p.m.  These events are intended for people from all churches of the Florida Conference.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.  Here are the topics for the weeks ahead and information about how to tune in.  

Wednesday, Nov 17 Workshop Wednesdays: Small Church is not Less Church. The Zoom Meeting ID is 361-687-8295, and here’s the link to connect: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/3616878295.

Anti Racism Demonstrations – New Time The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S.  Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 4:30-5 beginning this Sunday, Nov. 14th. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. 

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

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

Bulletin 11/7/2021

GATHERING MUSIC                    

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                 Sherry Santana, liturgist

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.

Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226

What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as an instrument.

C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963

PRELUDE                                     The River’s Song                                    HKJ

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                            An African Canticle

All you big things, bless the Lord
Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria
The Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plain
Fat baobabs and shady mango trees
All eucalyptus and tamarind trees
Bless the Lord
Praise and extol God for ever and ever.

All you tiny things, bless the Lord
Busy black ants and hopping fleas
Wriggling tadpoles and mosquito larvae
Flying locusts and water drops
Pollen dust and tsetse flies
Millet seeds and dried dagaa
Bless the Lord
Praise and extol God for ever and ever.

MUSICAL REFLECTION                        Le cygne                Camille Saint-Saëns

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.

Job 12:7-8 and Luke 19:28-40

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.

HISTORICAL READING                                             John Wesley, 1701-1791

REFLECTION                          For ALL the Saints!                  Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE LITANY                                                           Chinook Blessing

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and

soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics, the high
green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snows that never
melt, the summits of intense silence, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca and salmon who share our Northwest home, and we ask them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the universe . . . to be with us to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

NAMING OF THE SAINTS

This morning we celebrate those we name as saints – those who give us a closer glimpse of God. We honor these saints with love and appreciation.

Sharing of Names and Prayer of Thanksgiving

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                   Tom Thumb                                    Ravel

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT- Celebrating Our Gifts                         Jane Diven

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 and COMMUNION OFFERING

Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar.

Offertory                            The Moldau                                 Smetana

Prayer of Dedication                                               Elena Huegel, Chile

I commit, God, to searching for;
The healing of my relationship with you.
The healing of my relationship with myself.
The healing of my relationship with others.
The healing of my relationship with all your creation.
SHALOM!

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION    What a Wonderful World    Weiss & Thiels

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.  Please observe physical distancing.

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation

Communion Prayer- Savior’s Prayer

Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Blessing the Bread and Cup     Sharing the Meal    Giving Thanks

* BENEDICTION                                            

Deep peace of an ebbing wave to you.
Deep peace of a quiet rain to you.
Deep peace of a soft white dove to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of pure blue sky to you.
Deep peace of pure red of the flame to you.
Deep peace of pure green grass to you.
Deep peace of the pure brown of the earth to you.
Deep peace of pure white moon to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to us all.
Amen.

*POSTLUDE                     The Lion Sleeps Tonight     Weiss, Creatore, & Peretti

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

Circle of Concern: Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, All those suffering from COVID-19 and all healthcare workers, Schools: Students, families, teachers, and staff

Announcements

Communion This is a Communion Sunday. We are using the prepackaged individualcommunion servings. Please know that everyone iswelcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited toparticipate at the discretion of the adult(s) who have brought them.The Communion Offering will be received. This offering is used to help people in the church and the community with basic needs such as rent and utility assistance, bus passes, prescriptions, etc. There has been heavy need for these funds. Please consider how you can help the community through this offering.

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

Stewardship Sunday Ahead! November 14 will be Stewardship Sunday. This is an opportunity to celebrate how LUCC is a gift in our lives and to offer our gratitude and support through our time, talent, and treasure. The church enriches our lives in so many ways. This is a time to celebrate that!

Thanksgiving Sunday Ahead! Sunday, Nov. 21 will be the annual Thanksgiving service. Please bringsomething to represent what you are thankful for; something thatrepresents a gift in your life, as we build an altar of gratitude together! Theservice will be outside under the tree. Please bring a chair if you can.

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Anti Racism Demonstrations The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S.  Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 5:30-6 beginning Sunday October 3. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. 

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

Bulletin 10/31/21

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                            Kay Rencken, liturgist

If there is a divine spark
that is in me,
let it flame;
that I might be
consumed
for peace.                             

Erice Fairbrother, Aotearoa/New Zealand

PRELUDE                    I Sing a Song of the Saints of God      John H. Hopkins

CALL TO WORSHIP                                       The Iona Community, adapted

With the whole church
We affirm that we are made in God’s image,
befriended by Christ, and empowered by the Spirit.
With people everywhere
We affirm the goodness at the heart of humanity,
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
With all creation
We celebrate the miracle and wonder of life;
the unfolding purposes of God,
forever at work in ourselves and the world.

MUSICAL REFLECTION               Some Glad Morning          Albert E. Brumley

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

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.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and 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.

MODERN READING Lineage           Margaret Walker, 1915-1988, poet

LITANY OF REFLECTION

Let us reflect on the pilgrimage of life; on how we all come from the earth
and all return to its womb.
In death as in life, we are all one family.
Let us acknowledge that we share this experience with all living creatures
through the unity of nature.
In death as in life, we are all one family.
Let us give thanks for those who have gone before us, and for all the
memories that their lives brings to mind.
In death as in life, we are all one family.
In the strength of God’s love, let us determine to keep alive in ourselves
those qualities which we admire in our ancestors, for
In death as in life, we are all one family.

WORD OF REMEBERENCE                                                  The Congregation

PRAYER OF REMEMBRANCE                                                   Jewish Prayer

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the glowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us, as
we remember them.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE            Shall We Gather at the River       Robert Lowry

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.

Offertory                     This Little Light of Mine        Harry Dixon Loes

Prayer of Dedication                                                  Caeser Chavez

When we are honest with ourselves,
we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us.
So it is how we use our lives that determines
what kind of people we are. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER     Sonata in A Major, Mov. II     Franz Schubert

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.  Please observe physical distancing.

MORNING PRAYER-SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

* BENEDICTION                                       The Iona Community, adapted

God of the past, who has fathered and mothered us,
We thank you.
God of the future, who is always ahead of us,
We trust you.
God of the present, here in our midst,
We praise you.
God of life beyond us, within us,
We rejoice in your glorious love.

*POSTLUDE                                 Sine Nominee            

Ralph Vaughn Williams/descants HKJ   

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

Circle of Concern: Claire Stiles, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, Jeff Wells, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, 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.

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Anti Racism Demonstrations The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S.  Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 5:30-6 beginning Sunday October 3. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. 

Wednesday Workshops Ahead! The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is offering a series of Wednesday Workshops on Zoom at 7 p.m. These events are intended for people from all churches of the Florida Conference.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.  Here are the topics for the weeks ahead and information about how to tune in.  The next workshop is Wednesday, Nov 03: Update from Immokalee

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

Bulletin 10/24/2021

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                   Barbara Donohue, liturgist

We should begin by ensuring that every child in the world is able to eat and go to school. Let us internationalize children, no matter where they are born, by treating them as a world heritage deserving of the entire world’s attention.

Cristovam Buarque, Brazil, university professor and senator

PRELUDE                    Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant

Richard Gillard/arr. Betty Pulkingham

CALL TO WORSHIP                                   based on Pat Rodgers, Canada

When our hearts turn to stone
the sun still rises and the moon still sets and rain still falls.
When our hearts turn to stone
flowers still bloom and food still grows and we are fed.
When our hearts turn to stone
babies are born and life goes on, past grief and sorrow.
As we gather this day, may our hearts be softened and awakened.
May life and love course freely through us once more!

MUSICAL REFLECTION          When Love Is Found     English folk melody

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.

Luke 1:46-55 and Mark 10:35-45

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.

TAOIST READING                                                  Lao-Tzu, b. 571 BCE

SERMON                                       Mama’s Boy              Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON PRAYER                                                                 from Brazil

Come Holy Spirit,
prepare us to change everything that imprisons
the life that comes from you.
Amen.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE     Adagio cantabile (Op. 13, Mov. 2)

 Ludwig Beethoven

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.

Offertory         Viennese Ladies’ Ländler (excerpts)       Schubert

Prayer of Dedication                                              Rory Cooney

My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn! Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER 

                           Sois la Semilla (You Are the Seed)      Cesáreo Gabarain

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.  Please observe physical distancing.

MORNING PRAYER-SAVIOR’S PRAYER

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.

* BENEDICTION                                               Helen Keller, 1880-1968

To keep our faces toward change
and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate
is strength undefeatable. Amen!

*POSTLUDE                   Prelude No. 4 in F Major                            Faure

For the safety and comfort of all, please wear a mask. Thank you!

Circle of Concern:  Jeff Wells and family, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, 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.

Operation Attack OA needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese. Donations may be placed on the shelf in the hallway at church.

Anti Racism Demonstrations The church will resume its witness against racism with weekly demonstrations along the sidewalk of 54th Ave. S.  Make your own sign or use one of the signs at the church. Demonstrations will be held Sundays from 5:30-6 beginning Sunday October 3. In case of rain, the demonstration will not be held that week. 

Electronics Recycling The church is collecting a load of electronics to be taken to an electronics recycling company in Clearwater.  The electronics are dismantled and usable components, parts, and substances are recycled.  Given the current problems getting the materials to produce electronic equipment, this recycling service has become even more important.  If you have anything you would like recycled, please bring it to the church and put it on the built-in desk in the Church Office.  These are some of the items that are accepted for recycling:  computers, amps, batteries, cables and connectors, cd players, cassette players, cell phones, televisions, etc.

Looking Ahead to Sunday Oct. 31 – Day of the Dead On the last Sunday in October, the service will involve celebrating those who have died who have been significant in our lives.  You are invited to give some thought to someone who has been particularly influential in your life.  Perhaps it is a family member or someone you knew in the past.  Or maybe it is an historic figure from the past.  Whose legacy lives on in you?  Who inspires you?  During the service, you will be invited to tell the congregation about who you would like to honor and why they are important to you.  Can’t be in church that Sunday?   Write something brief and it will be read in the service.  

Wednesday Workshops Ahead! The Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ is offering a series of Wednesday Workshops on Zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 27: Justice, Advocacy, & Action- We’ve got voting rights concerns, environmental justice concerns, mass incarceration and death penalty concerns, a health care system that does not include nearly a million Floridians in the midst of a global pandemic, farm workers still facing harassment and injustice, just to name a few. What can we do to press for expansion of voting rights rather than suppression of them? The Zoom Meeting ID is 361-687-8295, and here’s the link to connect: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/3616878295.

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