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

Bulletin 10/17/2021

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                 Sally Purvis, liturgist

To fling my arms wide

In some place of the sun,

To whirl and to dance

Till the white day is done.

Then rest at cool evening

Beneath a tall tree

While night comes on gently,

Dark like me —

That is my dream!

To fling my arms wide

In the face of the sun,

Dance! Whirl! Whirl!

Till the quick day is done.

Rest at pale evening . . .

A tall, slim tree . . .

Night coming tenderly

Black like me.

Dream Variation by Langston Hughes, 1901-1967

PRELUDE                         How Can I Keep from Singing             Robert Lowry

CALL TO WORSHIP

Amazing grace!

How deep the love,

That saves and sets us free!

We may feel lost,

But in God, we are found,

As we are, God’s grace to see.

MUSICAL REFLECTION             How Frim a Foundation     American folk

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.

Hebrews 4:12-16

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 – Greenless Child                 Ann Weems, 1934- 2016

SERMON                                       Laid Bare                  Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                                            Ram Dass, 1931- 2019

When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE       New Britain (Amazing Grace)       anon./arr. HKJ

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                     Sheep May Safely Graze               J.S. Bach  

Prayer of Dedication              from the United Kingdom, adapted

God, use our gifts:

to lighten the darkness of those living in shadows,

to restore dignity to those robbed of their humanity,

to lift the humble and to fill the hungry with good things,

until your kindom is built with love and justice

and all your people are free. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER  Precious Lord, Take My Hand  Thomas A. Dorsey

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                             Modern prayer from Berlin, Germany

Light comes through a gap in the curtains:

the promise of morning.

Light comes through the flaws of our lives:

the promise of love.

*POSTLUDE                             Jig Fugue                Dieterich Buxtehude

Circle of Concern:  Jeff Wells and family, Bill Parsons, 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.

Sherry’s Play Sherry Santana will be in the musical parody, Dracula: The Vampire Strikes Back. Its last show will be this afternoon at St. Petersburg City Theatre at 2:00 p.m.

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.  

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 10.3.2021

GATHERING MUSIC                    Pues si vivimos                       Marty Haugen

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                      Claire Stiles, liturgist

I believe in the equality of all,

rich and poor.

I believe in liberty.

I believe in humanity and that through it

we can create unity.

I believe in the love within each of us,

and in the home, happy and healthy.

I believe in the forgiveness of our sins.

I believe that with divine help

we will have the strength to establish

equality in society.

I believe in unity, the only way to achieve peace,

and I believe that together we can obtain justice. Amen.

Ayacucho youth group, Peru

PRELUDE                 Danza de la Rosa (Escenas Poeticas)      Enrique Granados

CALL TO WORSHIP                                           

Ernesto Cardenal, 1925-202 poet, priest, politician, Nicaragua

Lord, you beat in our hearts and are present

in every cell of our bodies,

all that we are leaps for delight,

wherever we go, we know we shall find you there.

MUSICAL REFLECTION      Rumores de la Caleta (Malagueña)       Isaac Albéniz

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.

Job 1:1-3, 2:1-13

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.

MODERN READING- Deacon Samuel Francisco Rodriguez Cabrera, Cuba

SERMON                                                                                 Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                        Elena Huegel, Chile, adapted

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!

MUSICAL INTERLUDE   Danzas Españolas (Playera Op. 5, #5)   Enrique Granados

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         Danzas Españolas (Playera Op. 5, #1)   Enrique Granados

Prayer of Dedication                              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 nowhere 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. Amen!

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION    Pescador de Hombres   Cesáreo Gabaráin

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

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.

Blessing the Bread and Cup

Sharing the Meal

Giving Thanks

* BENEDICTION               Gerardo Oberman, Argentina, adapted

May the God of Life

be our guide on the road every day,

be our refuge in times of uncertainty,

and be our rest in times of fatigue.

May the God of Life

strengthen us when we feel weak,

comfort us when we feel sad,

and hug us when we feel alone.

May the God of Life,

who loves us and knows us,

cover us with the tenderness of a Mother.

Forever. Amen.

*POSTLUDE   Danza Española (Seis Danzas Españolas)  Isaac Albéniz

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

Circle of Concern:  Bill Parsons, Amayia Washignton, Dave Radens, Dana Cosper and family, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, family and friends of Rev. Dr. Jim Prickett.

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.

Operation Attack OA also still needs donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup, dried beans, and mac/cheese.

Anti Racism Demonstrations to Resume 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.  Know justice, know peace! This is an important way to inspire hope in the community and to work to create an anti-racist society

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 9/26/2021

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                 Kay Rencken, liturgist

Because I am poor,

I pray for every living creature.

Kiowa, translated by James Mooney

PRELUDE                  The Old Man’s Love Song         

Native American/harm. Arthur Farwell (1901)

The Native American melodies (of primarily the Omaha tribe) harmonized by Arthur Farwell were drawn from the late 19th Century 20 year research of Alice C. Fletcher, holder of the Thaw Fellowship, Peabody Museum, Harvard University.

CALL TO WORSHIP          Osage, translated by Francis La Flesche , adapted

I am home, I am home, I am home,

I have now come to the land that is home.

I have now come to the border of the village.

I have now come to the foot-worn soil of the village.

I have now come to the rear of the sacred house.

I have now come to the end of the sacred house.

I have now come to the door of the sacred house.

I have now come inside of the sacred house.

I have now come to the kettle pole of the sacred house.

I have now come to the fireplace of the sacred house.

I have now come to the middle of the sacred house.

I have now come to the smoke vent of the sacred house.

I have now come into the midst of the light of day.

I am home, I am home, I am home.

MUSICAL REFLECTION      Song of the Deathless Voice

Native American/harm. Arthur Farwell (1901)

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.

James 5:13-20 and Mark 9:38-50

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                 from Black Elk 1863-1950, Oglala Lakota

SERMON                                                                   Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                         Chippewa, translated by Frances Densmore

Toward calm and shady places

We are walking

on the earth.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE         Wendeyaho                

Native American/harm. & arr. HKJ

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                      The Mother’s Vow         

Native American/harm. Arthur Farwell (1901)

Prayer of Dedication           Tewa, translated by Herbert Joseph Spinden

O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky,

Your children are we, and with tired backs

We bring you the gifts that you love.

Then weave for us a garment of brightness:

May the warp be the white light of morning,

May the weft be the red light of evening,

May the fringes be the falling rain,

May the border be the standing rainbow.

Thus weave for us a garment of brightness,

That we may walk fittingly where birds sing,

That we may walk fittingly where grass is green,

O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the sky.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER           

Wakantanka Taku Nitawa (Many and Great, O God, Are Your works)

Native American melody (Dakota)

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               Hattie C. Enos, Nez Perce

O Great Spirit, You are our Shepherd Chief in the most high place.

Whose home is everywhere, even beyond the stars and the moon.

Whatever You want done, let it also be done everywhere.

Give us Your gift of bread day by day.

Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive those who wrong us.

Take us away from wrong doings. Free us from all evil.

For everything belongs to You.

Let Your power and glory shine forever. Amen.

* BENEDICTION                                                  Juanita Helphrey, UCC

God is

a cloud forming,

an eagle soaring,

a voice from the wilderness

echoing through your ear.

Whispering, encouraging —

keep going, seek My glory,

don’t worry, I’ll keep

your fears.

*POSTLUDE               Inketunga’s Thunder Song          

Native American/harm. Arthur Farwell (1901)

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

Circle of Concern:  Amayia Washignton, Dave Radens, Dana Cosper and family, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, family and friends of Rev. Dr. Jim Prickett.

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.

LUCC Book Discussion Books are on order for the 12 people interested in this Creation Justice sponsored online book discussion.  The order is expected to arrive in the last week of September. The group will meet via Zoom online at 5:00pm on Thursday late afternoons October 7, 21, and 28 from 5:00 – 6:00pm.  A few extra books will be available for anyone else interested in reading or joining the discussion!  Check with Claire Stiles at stilesca@eckerd.edu for any further details.

Anti Racism Demonstrations to Resume 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.  Know justice, know peace! This is an important way to inspire hope in the community and to work to create an anti-racist society.  

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. Also, the readings and prayers used on Wednesdays at the guided walk are put in the mailbox by the labyrinth each week for use during the week.

The labyrinth is on the church grounds near the southwest corner of the church property. It is available for use at all times.

Afghan Refugee Assistance For information about helping Afghan Refugees, please see the Weekly Update 9/23 at the church website.

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

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

Bulletin 9/19/2021

GATHERING MUSIC            

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                            Sally Purvis, liturgist

When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you: pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you.

The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.

John Lennon, 1940-1980

PRELUDE                        Sweet, Sweet Spirit                        Doris Akers

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                 Nan Merrill, Psalm 1

Blessed are those who walk hand in hand with goodness,

who stand beside virtue, who sit in the seat of truth;

For their delight is in the Spirit of Love,

and in Love’s heart they dwell day and night.

They are like trees planted by streams of water,

that yield fruit in due season,

and their leaves flourish;

And in all they do, they give life.

MUSICAL REFLECTION    I Went Down in the River to Pray

African-American Spiritual

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.

Psalm 1

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             Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek                                 

SERMON                         Well Watered              Rev. Kim P. Wells

UNISON READING                                         Mahatma Gandhi

For true love is inexhaustible;

the more you give,

the more you have.

And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead,

the more water you draw,

the more abundant its flow.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE          Peace Like a River     African-American Spiritual

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           Shall We Gather at the River           Robert Lowry

Prayer of Dedication              Leslie Brandt, Psalm 1, adapted

Those who choose to live a significant life

are not going to take cues

from the religiously indifferent.

Nor will they conform to the crowd

nor mouth prejudices,

nor dote on the failures of others.

Their ultimate concern is the will of God.

They make their daily decisions in respect to such.

They can be compared to a sturdy tree

planted in rich and moist soil.

As the tree yields fruit,

so their lives manifest blessing for others.

May we choose to live significant lives. Amen.

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER           Deep River          Harry T. Burleigh

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, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.

* BENEDICTION                                                               Celtic Prayer

Deep peace of the running wave to you,

of water flowing, rising and falling,

sometimes advancing, sometimes receding. . .

Deep peace of the running wave to you.                         

*POSTLUDE               Down by the Riverside       African-American spiritual

Circle of Concern:  Bill Parsons, Dave Radens, Dana Cosper and family, Carol Shores, Sherry Santana, William Owen-Cowan, Jen Degroot, Carolyn Moore, Ann Quinn, Maggie Brizendine, Janet Hall, family and friends of Rev. Dr. Jim Prickett.

Announcements

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

Operation Attack OA also still 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.

LUCC Book Discussion Books are on order for the 12 people interested in this Creation Justice sponsored online book discussion.  The order is expected to arrive in the last week of September. The group will meet via Zoom online at 5:00pm on Thursday late afternoons October 7, 21, and 28 from 5:00 – 6:00pm.  A few extra books will be available for anyone else interested in reading or joining the discussion!  Check with Claire Stiles at stilesca@eckerd.edu for any further details.

Anti Racism Demonstrations to Resume 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.  Know justice, know peace! This is an important way to inspire hope in the community and to work to create an anti-racist society.  

Gathering to Honor International Day of Peace and the Fall Equinox Join with your LUCC community in this time of transition.  Sept. 21 is United Nations International Day of Peace.  Sept. 22 is the fall equinox.  The LUCC community will gather on the patio of the church on Tuesday Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening celebrating peace and what we need to shed to create more peace in our lives and in the world.  You may bring a reading to share about peace or about the fall and the changing of the seasons.  This will be an outdoor event with physical distancing.  

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

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