Bulletin 8/29/21

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                    Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

Thank you, dear Oceans. Thank you, dear Mountains.

Thank you, dear Earth. Thank you, dear Animals.

Thank you, dear Plants. Thank you, dear Minerals.

Thank you, dear Water. Thank you, dear Air.

Thank you, dear Sun. Thank you, dear Planet Earth.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

The Fuji Sanctuary, Japan

PRELUDE                 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say               Tallis

CALL TO WORSHIP                                       Based on Job 12

Turn to the animals,

and let them teach you.

The birds of the air

will tell you the truth.

Listen to the plants of the earth,

and learn from them.

Let the fish of the sea

become your teachers.

In God’s hand is the soul of every living thing.

In God’s hand is the breath of all humankind.

In God are wisdom and strength,

In God are counsel and understanding.

MUSICAL REFLECTION    That Lucky Old Sun           Smith

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.

Matthew 6:24-34

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- 1991 VIII                  Wendell Berry

SERMON                         Back to Nature              Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                           Ute Prayer

Earth teach me stillness

As the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

As old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

As blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring

As the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

As the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation

As the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

As the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

As the leaves which die in the autumn.

Earth teach me regeneration

As the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

As melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

As dry fields weep in the rain.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE       Le cygne (The Swan)      Camille Saint-Saëns

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                      Baby Elephant Walk                       Mancini

Prayer of Dedication                        Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?                    

Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER     

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

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.

* BENEDICTION                                                        Native American proverb

May your life be like a

        wildflower,

growing freely in the

        beauty

and joy of each day.

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

Announcements

Facebook Live The 9:30 a.m. service is being streamed on Facebook Live.

Service time change ahead The first Sunday of September, the service will be at a NEW TIME. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Masks and distancing will remain in place. The church will continue to offer the Facebook Live option on Sunday mornings with the bulletin posted on the website so that virtual participants can follow along.

Please do what feels safest and most comfortable for you. If the church can be of assistance, please contact the church office.

Bulletin 8/22/2021

GATHERING MUSIC       Amazing Grace             trad./arr. HKJ

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                  Barbara Donohue, liturgist

It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.

The Dalai Lama

PRELUDE               Feuilles Volantes 1             Duparc

CALL TO WORSHIP                  Maren Tirabassi, adapted

Like a bleeding woman

God’s people have suffered long.

Between invocation and benediction

our fingers reach out

for the shawl-fringes

of healing and hope. 

MUSICAL REFLECTION  There’ll Be Peace in the Valley    Dorsey

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.

Mark 5:24b-34

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                       Ann Fontaine

SERMON              A Healing Touch               Rev. Kim P.

UNISON READING                           Consultation of Methodist women ministers

Oxford 1984, adapted

We all bleed,

we bleed for ourselves —

we bleed for others;

we bleed for a wounded world.

If we did not bleed for others

in some measure,

would we not be spiritually barren?

But if the pain takes over

and the bleeding becomes constant

do we not then find that we have lost touch with Jesus?

He is obscured by the crowd of

our concerns,

the crowd of our activities,

the crowd of our own words.

Jesus, help us to touch you now,

to lay before you

our own and the world’s pain.

Help us as we wait

to feel your healing power

in our lives.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE                   The Darkened Valley                        Ireland            

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                                Sicilienne                               Fauré

Prayer of Dedication                        Mother Teresa 1910-1997

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.  Amen. 

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER      Prayer of St. Francis            Temple

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

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.

* BENEDICTION                    The Hippocratic Oath

Whatever house we enter,

We shall come to heal.       

*POSTLUDE        Basse et Dessus de Trompette       Clérambault

Circle of Concern:  The family and loved ones of Christy Martin’s uncle, Kenneth Silas, Dave Radens, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall

Announcements

Facebook Live The 9:30 a.m. service is being streamed on Facebook Live.

Tree Mapping – Tree Planting on the Church Grounds SAVE THE DATE:  August 29, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

The Urban Forestry Committee of the City of St. Petersburg is sponsoring a tree mapping event on the church grounds on Sunday Aug. 29 at 10:30 following worship.  This event will involve a process for mapping the trees currently on the church property and developing a plan to add more trees to the church grounds. 

The all volunteer Urban Forestry Committee includes a landscape architect, a certified arborist, and state and county master naturalists.

Members and friends of the church are needed to help with the tree mapping.  So, plan to stay after worship on Sunday Aug. 29 to be part of this exciting initiative to ‘green’ the church grounds.  All are welcome!  

Election Day Ahead Make sure to vote on Tuesday August 24.  There are important city positions to be filled and a wide range of candidates.  Your voice is needed!

If you need transportation to the polls, please contact the Church Office.  

Operation Attack Update Many thanks to Ian Blair-Catala who has been connecting the church with Operation Attack for the last 4 years.  Ian is now moving on to attend USF in Tampa.  Ian’s brother, Owen, will be taking over as the church’s Operation Attack coordinator.  Owen will be sharing what food items are needed as well as opportunities to volunteer. It is located at Lakeview Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg.  With gratitude to Ian, the church welcome’s Owen to this important role serving those in need in the community.   OA also still needs Donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese.

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712727-867-7961 lakewooducc@gmail.comLakewooducc.org

Bulletin 8.15.21

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE       Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

Don’t let life affect your worship; let your worship effect life.”

Unknown

PRELUDE                   

CALL TO WORSHIP                                              Lavon Baylor

God is gracious and merciful and trustworthy.
Let us join voices in giving thanks.
The works of God are all around us.
We are called to faithfulness, as God is faithful.
We are a people of the covenant, gathered to please God.
Holy and awesome is God’s name.
Come, then, as wise and faithful people.
Come, as a beloved community of the redeemed.
We reach out to a God who remembers and cares for us.

MUSICAL REFLECTION

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.

Ephesians 5.15-20

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     A text from Paul, pun intended    Rev. Victoria Long

UNISON READING    A paraphrased Reminder from Psalm 150

Hallelujah!

Praise God in God’s holy house of worship,

    praise our Creator under the open skies;

Praise the Provider for acts of power,

    praise the Divine for magnificent greatness;

Praise with a blast on the trumpet,

    praise by strumming soft strings;

Praise the Divine Author with castanets and dance,

    praise with banjo and flute;

Praise with cymbals and a big bass drum,

    praise with fiddles and mandolin.

Let every living, breathing creature praise God!

    Hallelujah!

MUSICAL INTERLUDE               

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      

Prayer of Dedication                             Miriam Therese Winter

in every time and place.
Our hearts rejoice in serving You.
Make all we are and all we do
a channel of Your grace.  Amen

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

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, in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kin-dom, 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 kin-dom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen

* BENEDICTION

Great is this God, worthy of our praise!
We leave here, spiritually present, ready for Monday.
Bring it on!

*POSTLUDE

Bulletin for 8.8.21

LAKEWOOD UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                  Sherry Santana, liturgist

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 20th century

PRELUDE                   

CALL TO WORSHIP

May we open wide the windows of our spirits,

So that we may be filled with light.

May we open wide the doors of our hearts,

So that we may be filled with Divine Love.  

MUSICAL REFLECTION

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.

Matthew 15:21-28

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 – You do not have to be good    Mary Oliver

SERMON                    Of Dogs and Crumbs             Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING-Thousand Red Birds                           Phil Porter

We clutch our tiny bits of faith in tight fists

         shoved firmly in our pockets.

We clutch it suspiciously, so unwilling to let it go —

         we don’t want to lose it.

We clutch it fearing that once it is spent,

         we will be without hope,

         cast adrift, out of luck.

Help us loosen our grip.

Help us to pull our hands out of our pockets.

Help us to uncurl fingers stiffened over time.

to grow,

to shimmer,

to pulse,

to explode into the air

like a thousand red birds.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE               

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      

Prayer of Dedication           Modern Prayer from Latin America

O God, to those who have hunger give bread.

And to those who have bread give the hunger for justice.  Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

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

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.

* BENEDICTION (unison)       based on a prayer by Mary Zimmer

Bless the quick-witted, assertive woman in each of us who trembles even as she dares.  May our spirits be open to her strength.  May we be infused us with the power of her love. Amen.  

*POSTLUDE       

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

Circle of Concern:  The family and friends of Ralph Schubert, Earl Waters, Bill Parsons, Dave Radens, Richard Wiggins and family, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall

Announcements

Facebook Live The 9:30 a.m. service is being streamed on Facebook Live.

Advisors Meeting Sunday The advisors will meet at 11:15 on Sunday on Zoom.  One of the concerns to be addressed is the safety of in person worship at this time in the covid pandemic.  If you have thoughts or feelings about this, please contact an advisor:  Patti Cooksey, Lucille Ruga, Jane Diven, or Malcolm Wells.  All are welcome.   If you would like to participate in the meeting, here is the Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648

Rev. Wells on Vacation Rev. Wells will be on vacation from August 9-21.  On Sunday Aug. 15, she will be in Burlington, MA to baptize her two grandsons, Soren and Emerson, an occasion for much joy and celebration! If pastoral care is  needed, please contact Patti Cooksey at cooksepa@eckerd.edu or the Church Office 727-867-7961 or lakewooducc@gmail.com.

Tree Mapping – Tree Planting on the Church Grounds SAVE THE DATE:  August 29, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. The Urban Forestry Committee of the City of St. Petersburg is sponsoring a tree mapping event on the church grounds on Sunday Aug. 29 at 10:30 following worship.  This event will involve a process for mapping the trees currently on the church property and developing a plan to add more trees to the church grounds.  The all volunteer Urban Forestry Committee includes a landscape architect, a certified arborist, and state and county master naturalists. Members and friends of the church are needed to help with the tree mapping.  So, plan to stay after worship on Sunday Aug. 29 to be part of this exciting initiative to ‘green’ the church grounds.  All are welcome!  

Lakewood United Church of Christ 2601 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712

727-867-7961 lakewooducc@gmail.com Lakewooducc.org