Bulletin 5/22/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                         Christy Martin, liturgist

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And, if you cannot help them, at least don’t hurt them.

 Dalai Lama, b. 1935, Buddhist

PRELUDE                       Sheep May Safely Graze                                        J.S. Bach

*OPENING READING                                                                      Leslie Brandt, adapted

God is our constant companion.
There is no need that God cannot fulfill.
Whether our course points
to the mountaintops of glorious ecstasy
or to the valleys of human suffering,
God is by our side,
Ever present,
Never letting us go.

*HYMN                            Great Is Your Faithfulness                                         423

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.

Psalm 23                                                   page 633-634

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                                  The Lord Is My _________                    Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING — The 23rd Psalm         

Bobby McFerrin, b. 1950 
Dedicated to my Mother

The Lord is my Shepherd, I have all I need,
She makes me lie down in green meadows,
Beside the still waters, She will lead.

She restores my soul, She rights my wrongs,
She leads me in a path of good things,
And fills my heart with songs.
Even though I walk, through a dark and dreary land,
There is nothing that can shake me,
She has said she won’t forsake me,
I’m in her hand.

She sets a table before me, in the presence of my foes,
She anoints my head with oil,
And my cup overflows.

Surely, surely goodness and kindness will follow me,
All the days of my life,
And I will live in her house,
forever, forever and ever.

Glory be to our Mother, and Daughter
And to the Holy of Holies,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
World, without end. Amen.

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 SPECIAL OFFERING FOR BOOKS
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                                         He Shall Feed His Flock                                   Handel

*Time of Dedication                                                Nan C. Merrill, 1931-2010, adapted

O my Beloved, You are my shepherd,
You lead me in the path of goodness
to follow Love’s way.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of all my fears;
you bless me and my cup overflows.
I shall dwell in the heart of the Beloved forever. Amen.

*PREPARATION FOR PRAYER           My Shepherd Is the Living God                       247

MORNING PRAYERS- 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.

*HYMN                              God Is My Shepherd                                                   479

 * BENEDICTION                                                             Jim Cotter, 1942-2014

Dwell in me that I may dwell in you.

*SUNG RESPONSE (please form a circle)

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

*POSTLUDE                                              All We Like Sheep                                      Handel

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

Circle of Concern: Joyce Lee, Christopher and Dana, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, Yoko Nogami walking the Appalachian Trail, 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.

See Weekly Update at the church website for information about: a Sierra Club program about how to talk about climate change, Sabbatical plans for Rev. Wells.

Water Petitions Petitions are available to sign to get the Right to Clean and Healthy Waters on the ballot as a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution. You are welcome to get others to fill out these petitions and then bring them back to church to be sent in. Please put petitions in the envelope on the bulletin board.  

New Time for Weekly Labyrinth Walk For June and July, the weekly guided labyrinth walk will be on Fridays instead of Wednesdays. All are welcome!

Sunflowers If you would like to bring sunflowers for the altar, please inform Rev. Wells or the Church Office.

Special Offering TODAY This morning there will be a special offering for funds to be used to purchase anti racism books for children and youth for the South Branch Library. This is an extension of the project purchasing books for Maximo and Fairmount Park Elementary Schools. The cost of purchasing a set of books for the library is $1,000.

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 3/20/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                Sherry Santana, liturgist

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.

Jane Goodall b. 1934

PRELUDE                          The Meeting of the Waters                         trad.Irish

OPENING RESPONSIVE READING                Nan Merrill, based on Ps. 63, adapted                            

O Love, You are our Beloved, and
we long for You,
our souls thirst for You;
All that is within us thirsts,
as in a dry and barren land
with no water.
So we call out to You in
our hearts,
sensing your power and glory.

For You have been our salvation,
and in the shadow of your wings
we sing for joy.
Our souls cling to You,
your love upholds us.

MUSIC                                       Slevenamon                                  trad. Irish

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.

Isaiah 55 and Luke 13:1-9

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.

SPECIAL MUSIC                             Dreams                                      Andreyev
Bill Parsons, Balalaika

CONTEMPORARY READING                     Father Theophane Boyd, 1929-2003

SERMON                           Tyrants, Towers, and Trees            Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                 W. S. Merwin, Hawaii, 1927-2019

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water looking out
in different directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we know them we are saying thank you
looking up from tables we are saying thank you
in a culture up to its chin in shame
living in the stench it has chosen we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the back door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks that use us we are saying thank you
with crooks in office with the rich and fashionable
unchanged we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us like the earth
we are saying thank you faster and faster

with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

MUSIC                                        Carrickfergus                                 trad. Irish

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. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory                              Four Jigs                                     trad. Irish

Time of Dedication                                   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. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER         Raglan Road                                 trad. Irish       

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 PRAYERS – 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                                  Nan Merrill, based on Ps. 63, adapted

We would radiate your Love as long
as we live,
and become a blessing to others
in gratitude to You. Amen.

*POSTLUDE                          The Red Haired Boy                          trad. Irish

Circle of Concern: Christopher and Dana, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, 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.

Support for Ukraine To find more ways to support Ukraine please visit our website and look at the Weekly update for 3/18/22.

Book Talk Re-Scheduled for March The monthly Book Talk for March has been rescheduled to Thursday March 24 at 6:30 p.m.  You are encouraged to participate.  It is virtual.  Here is the Zoom link:  Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648 Meeting ID: 270 068 3648

Guided Labyrinth Walks NOTE CHANGE OF DAY:  The guided labyrinth walk next week will be held on Thursday March 24 at 9:00 a.m. 

Toiletries for Celebrate Outreach Celebrate Outreach is a local ministry with people who are living without shelter in St. Petersburg.  LUCC was asked to collect toiletries for this ministry.  This collection will be ongoing in addition to the food being collected for Operation Attack.  All are invited to donate the following items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, bar soap, wash cloths, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, travel size creams, shampoo, body wash, individual packets of Kleenex, hand wipes, toilet tissue, and paper towels. Many thanks to Janet Blair and Jim Andrews for taking the donations to Celebrate Outreach.  

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.

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 2/20/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS 

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                    Sally Purvis, liturgist 

I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

PRELUDE              Lullaby (from Preludes in African Rhythm)            

Isak Roux  (South Africa b.1959)

OPENING RESPONSIVE READING      Padraig O Tuama, adapted

We begin our day as one,
honoring this life, with all its potentials and possibilities.
We begin our day with trust,
knowing that we are created for loving encounter.
We begin our day with hope,
knowing the day can hold
love, kindness,
forgiveness and justice.

MUSIC                            Dusk (from African Sketches)               

Nkeiru Okoye (Nigeria/USA b.1972)

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.

Genesis 45:1-15, Luke 6:27-38

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.

MUSIC                                 Peace in the Valley    Thomas A. Dorsey (USA © 1939)

CONTEMPORARY READING                                                   Carter Heyward

SERMON                              Set Back Set Right                      Rev. Kim P. Wells

CONTEMPORARY RESPONSIVE READING                     Iona Community

We believe that God is present
In the darkness before dawn;
In the waiting and uncertainty
where fear and courage join hands,
conflict and caring link arms,
and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God
Who sits down in our midst
To share our humanity.
We affirm a faith
That takes us beyond the safe place:
Into action, into vulnerability
And into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change
And put ourselves on the line;
To bear responsibility, take risks,
Live powerfully and face humiliation;
To stand with those on the edge;
To choose life
And be used by the Spirit
For God’s new community of hope. Amen.

MUSIC               Builsa Work Song (from Twelve Pedagogical Pieces) 

 J. H. Kwabena Nketia (Ghana b.1921)

RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS and BAPTISM                                 

Introduction
*Affirmation of Faith 

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith in the Form of a Doxology

Vows for New Members and Sponsors
Baptism
Signing the Church Registry
Prayer
Welcome

*Congregational Response

We welcome you with joy as partners in the common life of this church. We promise you our continuing friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, together may we continue to grow in  the knowledge of God and of God’s love and be witnesses of Jesus Christ.

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. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory                          Kwela No. 1      Isak Roux (South Africa b.1959)

Words of Dedication                                                            Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you: a full measure — packed down, shaken together and running over — will be poured into your lap. For the amount you measure out is the amount you’ll be given back. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER   Just a Closer Walk with Thee    anonymous (USA) ‡

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 PRAYERS – 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                                                 Thomas Berry, 1914-2009

May we all
“learn to live graciously together on this unique, beautiful, blue planet.”

*POSTLUDE                              The Entertainer                          Joplin (USA)

  from the Oxford Press collection: Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora

 from The African American Heritage Hymnal

Circle of Concern: Earl Waters, Ron Huff, Christopher and Dana, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, 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.

Ash Wednesday Service on March 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Lenten season of preparation for Easter begins with Ash Wednesday.  This beautiful service involves a re-commitment to the way of Jesus, re-turning our lives to God.  The service is held around a fire reminding us of the healing, renewing, purifying power of Divine Love.  Communion will be served.  This year the service will be held at the waterfront home of Emily and Bob Bell.  You may bring a chair if you wish. You may also bring a stick to add to the fire

New Members This morning Michelle Cloutier and Sherry Santana are being received as new members of the congregation.  They are welcomed with joy!

Congregational Meeting Ahead There will be a congregational meeting after church today to take action on the budget for 2022. Everyone from the church family is encouraged to participate!

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.

Hymnals LUCC has been given 60 used New Century Hymnals. If you would like a hymnal for home use, they are available on the bookshelf in the main hallway. Please help yourself! 

Guided Labyrinth Walks The guided walk is held weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. This provides an opportunity to be aware and deepen your spiritual journey. If it is raining, the walk is held on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Date Change for Monthly Book Talk This month Book Talk will be held on Wednesday February 23 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.  This is a wonderful time of sharing about books.  Everyone is welcome to listen in and to share about what you have been reading.  It’s a very inspiring time!  Join in!  Here’s the link:  Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648Meeting ID: 270 068 3648

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.comLakewooducc.org
On land originally inhabited by the Tocabaga

Bulletin 2/13/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                              Michelle Cloutier, liturgist

The aftermath of violence is always bitterness; the aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community so that when the battle is over, it’s over, and a new love and a new understanding and a new relationship comes into being between the oppressed and the oppressor.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

PRELUDE             Soufiane (from Mekta’ in the Art og Kita’ Book 2)

Halim El-Dabh (Egypt b.1921)

OPENING READING                                                                 Hasidic Prayer

May my prayer
Be pure and unstained
So this holy breath
That pours from my lips
Can join with the breath of Heaven
That is always flowing
Into me from above
So the spark of God within me
Is reunited with the Fire.

MUSIC                      Piano Piece No. 2, Call and Response       

Robert Mawuena Kwami (Ghana 1954-2004)

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.

Jeremiah 17:5-10 and Luke 6:12-26

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.

MUSIC                             God’s Eye Is On the Sparrow         

Charles H. Gabriel (USA © 1905) ‡

CONTEMPORARY READING                                     Ali Kasum, Macedonia

SERMON                                      Connected                         Rev. Kim P. Wells

CONTEMPORARY RESPONSIVE READING                        Philippines, adapted

God, we come to you in our need.
Create in us an awareness of the massive forces
that threaten our world today.
Give us a sense of urgency
to activate the forces of goodness, of justice, of love and of peace.

Where there is armed conflict,
let us stretch our arms to our brothers and sisters.
Where there is abundance,
let there be simple lifestyle and sharing.

Where there is poverty,
let there be dignified living and constant striving for just structures.
Where there are wounds of division,
let there be unity and wholeness.
Help us to be committed to the building of your kindom.

Not seeking to be cared for,
but to care.
Not expecting to be served,
but to place ourselves in the service of others.
Not aspiring to be materially secure,
but to place our security in your love.

Teach us your spirit.
Only in loving imitation of you
can we discover the healing springs of life
that will bring new birth to our world.                      

MUSIC                  The Monk (from Portraits in Jazz)     Valarie Capers (USA b.1935)

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. If you would like assistance, please turn to someone seated near you.

Offertory          Off-Beat Shorty (from Faces of Jazz)            Hale Smith (USA b.1925)

Words of Dedication                                                            C.S. Song

Jesus and the crowds! This is where God’s secret for the world is revealed. But it is not the size of the crowd that inspired Jesus. . . . It was their sorrow and hunger that moved him. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER            Precious Memories         

Roberta Martin & Mrs. Georgia Jones (© 1939) ‡

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 PRAYERS – 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                                                         Annie Besant, adapted                        

O Hidden Life, vibrant in every atom,
O Hidden Light, shining in every creature,
O Hidden Love, embracing all in Oneness,
May we who feel as one with Thee
Know we are therefore one with every other. Amen.

*POSTLUDE                              Easy Winners                          Joplin (USA)

  from the Oxford Press collection: Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora
 from The African American Heritage Hymnal

Circle of Concern: Earl Waters, Ron Huff, Christopher and Dana, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, 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.

Congregational Meeting Ahead There will be a congregational meeting after church on Sunday Feb. 20th  to take action on the budget for 2022. Everyone from the church family is encouraged to participate!

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.

Hymnals LUCC has been given 60 used New Century Hymnals. If you would like a hymnal for home use, they are available on the bookshelf in the main hallway. Please help yourself! 

Guided Labyrinth Walks The guided walk is held weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. This provides an opportunity to be aware and deepen your spiritual journey. If it is raining, the walk is held on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

New Church Directories are available. Please take one with you to help you keep in touch with your LUCC family.

Date Change for Monthly Book Talk This month Book Talk will be held on Wednesday February 23 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.  This is a wonderful time of sharing about books.  Everyone is welcome to listen in and to share about what you have been reading.  It’s a very inspiring time!  Join in!  Here’s the link:  Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2700683648 Meeting ID: 270 068 3648

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 1/30/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                    Claire Stiles, liturgist

One day youngsters will learn words they will not understand.
Children from India will ask:
What is hunger?
Children from Alabama will ask:
What is racial segregation?
Children from Hiroshima will ask:
What is the atomic bomb?
Children at school will ask:
What is war?
You will answer them.
You will tell them:
Those words are not used any more
like stage coaches, galleys or slavery
Words no longer meaningful.
That is why they have been removed from dictionaries.

 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

PRELUDE                                  Come Sunday                                   Ellington

OPENING READING                                 Julian of Norwich, 1343 – after 1416

God wants to be thought of
as our Lover.
I must see myself so bound in love
as if everything that has been done
has been done for me.
That is to say,
The Love of God makes such a unity
in us
that when we see this unity
no one is able to separate oneself
from another.

MUSIC                                       To a Wild Rose                              MacDowell   

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 Corinthians 13

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.

MUSIC                                        Celebration                                 Løvland                  

MODERN READING                                                     Oscar Romero, 1917-1980

SERMON                            The Gospel in One Word              Rev. Kim P. Wells

CONTEMPORARY RESPONSIVE READING                           Mary de La Valette

Let us understand
The gravity of our situation.

Let us understand
That our only redemption
Is love.

Love for a small, endangered planet
On which we are utterly dependent.

Only love can transform us
From plunderers and savages
Into Earthkeepers and peacemakers.

Only love can show us
The integrity and rights
Of all other beings.

Only love can open our eyes
To the truth and beauty
That surround us.

Only love can teach us
The humility we need
To live on this Earth.

And only love can now save us
From extinction.                                  

MUSIC                                    First Arabesque                            Debussy                                      

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.

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 preform 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.

Vows

*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 OFFERING

Morning offerings 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                          Under the Sea                                 Menken

Words of Dedication                                     Anne Primavesi, b. 1934

It is the combination of both power and love which makes a community workable and sustainable. It is the combination of power and love which Christians call the Spirit, and which empowers us to shape our common future for the good of all.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER                 Chanty                                     Bloch

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 PRAYERS–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                                               

They’ll know we are Christians by our love. Amen.

*POSTLUDE       Fugue #2 C minor (Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk 1)       J.S. Bach       

Circle of Concern: Christopher and Dana, Joel Shores, Ben Shores, Amaiya Washington, Ann Quinn who is under Hospice Care, 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.

The Gift of Music LUCC Music Director Hilton Jones has recorded 2 CDs for the LUCC family. The music is a gift to the congregation.  If you would like to make a donation to offset the production costs, you may.  See the display in the sanctuary.  Enjoy the gift of music from Hilton not just on Sundays but every day!

Rev. Angela Wells-Bean to be Installed at Naples United Church of Christ The Rev. Angela Wells-Bean, who grew up at LUCC and was ordained at LUCC, has begun serving as the Minister for Congregational Care at Naples United Church of Christ.  She will be installed to this minsitry on Sunday Feb. 6 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church.  This event can also be accessed through live streaming from the church website – naplesucc.org

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