Bulletin 1/16/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                             Barbara Donohue, liturgist

Now let’s not become panicky. If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence. Remember the words of Jesus: ‘He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.’ We must love our white brothers no matter what they do to us. We must make them know that we love them. Jesus still cries out in words that echo across the centuries: ‘Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; pray for them that despitefully use you.’ This is what we must live by. We must meet hate with love. Remember, if I am stopped, this movement will not stop, because God is with the movement. Go home with this glowing faith and this radiant assurance.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., following the bombing of his home

PRELUDE                                  

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                              based Zechariah 8

In the reality of God:
People speak truth to one another;
judgments are true and lead to peace;
people do not devise evil in their hearts against one another.
There is the sowing of peace;
the vine yields its fruit,
the ground gives its produce,
the skies give their dew.
People are a blessing to one another.
There is no fear
and hands are strong.
May we welcome the dream of God!

MUSIC

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.

John 2:1-11

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

CONTEMPORARY READING                                              Cornel West from the
introduction to The Radical King

SERMON                                 Wedded to Justice              Rev. Kim P. Wells

LITANY OF RE-DEDICATION                                                   see insert

MUSIC

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                            

Prayer of Dedication                                             Dr. M. L. King, Jr.

Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness . . . . he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness . . . . By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace; a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant. 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 PRAYERS–SAVIOR’S PRAYER

Our Creator who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.

* BENEDICTION  

Dr. King declared that “faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope.”
May we leave this place refreshed as we carry the good news into our precious, damaged world. Amen!                                                                                

*POSTLUDE            

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!

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.

MLK Service Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2022 Virtual Interfaith Memorial Service. This annual service in honor of Dr. King will be virtual this year.  It will be live streamed on Sunday Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at stjudesp.org. The theme is Reaching for Human Excellence.  The keynote speaker is Renee Flowers, County Commissioner. Rev. Wells will be doing one of the readings.  Please join in this celebration of the legacy of Dr. King.  

Book Talk Join in a lively discussion of what folks have been reading!  All kinds of books are included. This month that will be January 20th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome!

Anti-Racism Demonstration Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by peacefully demonstrating for racial justice. Join the weekly anti-racism demonstration on 54th Ave. S. in front of the church, on Sunday afternoon January 16th from 4:30-5:00 p.m. Bring your own sign or use one of the signs at church and be part of this witness to the community.

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 1/9/2022

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                              Michelle Cloutier, liturgist

If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.

Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965

PRELUDE                                  

OPENING READING                                      Henri Nouwen, 1932-1996, adapted

The one who created us
is waiting
for our response
to the love that gave us our being.
God not only says:
“You are my Beloved.”
God also asks:
“Do you love me?”
and offers us countless chances
to say “Yes.”

MUSIC

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.

Isaiah 43:1-3a, Psalm 29, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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

CONTEMPORARY READING: Jordan                                        Jan Richardson

SERMON                                    Fire and Water                     Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                       Helder Camara, 1909-1999

Go down
into the plans of God.
Go down
deep as you may.
Fear not
for your fragility
under that weight
of water.
Fear not
for life or limb
sharks attack savagely.
Fear not the power
of treacherous currents under the sea.
Simply do not be afraid.
Let go. You will be led
like a child whose mother
holds him to her bosom
and against all comers is his shelter.

MUSIC

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                            

Prayer of Dedication                                       Jean Vanier,  1928-2019 

Those who believe in Jesus will become like him.
Through their love, their words, their presence
they will transmit the Spirit
that they have received from Jesus.

They will quench the thirst of the poor, the lonely, the needy,
those in pain and in anguish
and will give them life, love and peace of heart. 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 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                                                                                   

*POSTLUDE                    

Circle of Concern: Christopher and Dana, 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.

Anti-racism Demonstrations Join in the anti-racism demonstrations Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:00 on the sidewalk along 54th Ave. S. in front of the church. All are welcome!

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!

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! 

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

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.

MLK Service Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2022 Virtual Interfaith Memorial Service. This annual service in honor of Dr. King will be virtual this year.  It will be live streamed on Sunday Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at stjudesp.org. The theme is Reaching for Human Excellence.  The keynote speaker is Renee Flowers, County Commissioner. Rev. Wells will be doing one of the readings.  Please join in this celebration of the legacy of Dr. King.  

Book Talk Join in a lively discussion of what folks have been reading!  All kinds of books are included. This month that will be January 20th at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome!

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 1/2/2022

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Sally Purvis, liturgist

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the
oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that
you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

Bishop Desmond Tutu, 1931-2021

PRELUDE

OPENING READING: Midwife of Our Lives Iona Community

God of power and presence,
you are the midwife of our lives,
always drawing us on to be born again,
encouraging, exhorting, calming,
containing even death.
You pull us, kicking, into life,
breathe spirit into us.
We thank you for the gift in our breath,
the love that we make,
the hope that we cherish,
the grace that encompasses our darkest day.
In smallness and splendor, in storm and serenity,
we celebrate your care and creativity.
We rest in you, as trustingly as any baby.

MUSICAL REFLECTION

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Colossians 3:12-17, and Matthew 2:1-12

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.

MUSICAL INTERLUDE

MODERN READING: The Work of Christmas Howard Thurman, 1899-1981

SERMON Following the Light into the New Year Rev. Kim P. Wells

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Allan Boesak, b. 1945

We are called to proclaim the truth. . . . And let us believe:
It is not true that this world and its people are
doomed to die and to be lost.
This is true: I have come that they may have life
in all its abundance.

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and
discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction.
This is true: the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life,
the poor are hearing the good news.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last
word, and that war and destruction have come to stay forever.
This is true: death shall be no more, neither shall there
be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore.

It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of
evil who seek to rule the world.
This is true: the Lord whom we seek will suddenly
come to the temple; and the Lord is like a refiner’s fire.

It is not true that our dreams of liberation, of human dignity,
are not meant for this earth and for this history.
This is true: it is already time for us to wake from sleep.
For the light is far gone, the day is at hand.

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 and COMMUNION OFFERING

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

Offertory

Prayer of Dedication Jeffrey S. Nelson, adapted

In Jesus, God has shined the light of love on us all. In the warm glow
of God’s light, our path is illumined and we leave this place enabled
to look up and see the need of those around us. For this great gift,
we give thanks! Amen.

PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION

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

In the beginning, God made the world;
Made it and mothered it,
Shaped it and fathered it;
Filled it with seed and with signs of fertility,
Filled it with life and with song and variety.
All that is green, blue, deep and growing,
God’s is the hand that created you.
All that is tender, firm, fragrant and curious,
God’s is the hand that created you.
All that crawls, flies, swims, walks or is motionless,
God’s is the hand that created you.
All that speaks, sings, cries, laughs, or keeps silence,
God’s is the hand that created you.
All that suffers, lacks, limps or longs for an end,
God’s is the hand that created you.
The world belongs to God,
The earth and all its people.
When the time was right, God sent the Son.
Sent him and suckled him,
Reared him and risked him;
Filled him with laughter and tears and compassion,
Filled him with anger and love and devotion.
Unwelcomed child, refugee and runaway,
Christ is God’s own son.
Skilled carpenter and homeless wayfarer,
Christ is God’s own son.
Feeder and teacher, healer and antagonist,
Christ is God’s own son.
Lover of the unloveable, toucher of the untouchable,
forgiver of the unforgivable,
Christ is God’s own son.
Loved by the least, feared by the leaders;
befriended by the weak, despised by the strong;
deserted by his listeners, denied by his friends;
bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh,
writing heaven’s pardon over earth’s mistakes,
Christ is God’s own son.
The Word became flesh,
He lived among us, he was one of us.
When the world could wait no longer,
The carpenters took up their tools,
They made a cross for God’s own son,
Fashioned from wood and skill of human hands,
Fashioned from hate and will of human minds.
He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,
For us he grieved.
He was nailed to the cross by human hands,
Bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh.
He died declaring God’s forgiveness.
He rose on the third day, transforming death.
He ascended into heaven, that he might be everywhere on earth.
He sent the Holy Sprit as the seal of his intention.
He sets before us bread and cup, and invites us to his table.
This is the place where we are made well again.
And all will be made well.
For God sent the Son into the world not to condemn the world,
But that the world through him might be saved.
Hear us, O Christ, and breathe your Spirit upon us and upon this
bread and cup.
May they become for us your body,
vibrant with your life,
healing renewing and making us whole.
As the bread and cup which we now eat and drink are
changed into us,
may we be changed again into you,
bone of your bone,
flesh of your flesh,
loving and caring in the world.

Sharing the Meal

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

Circle of Concern: Amaiya Washington, Dana Cosper and family following the
death of Dana’s mother, 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 prepackaged individual communion servings. Please know that everyone is welcome to participate in communion. Young people are invited to participate 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 a 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 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 Join in the anti-racism demonstrations Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:00 on the sidewalk along 54th Ave. S. in front of the church. All are welcome!

Labyrinth Walk There will be a guided labyrinth walk after church this morning. Please gather by the labyrinth to the west of the Memorial Garden. This is a way to deepen your intentions as the New Year begins! All are welcome.

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 12/19/2021

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                 Sally Purvis, liturgist

A good portion of the evils that afflict humankind is due to the erroneous belief that life can be made secure by violence.

Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910

PRELUDE                            

OPENING READING                                                        Ruth Burgess

Bless to us, O God, the road that is before us.
Bless to us, O God, the friends who are around us.
Bless to us, O God, your love which is within us.
Bless to us, O God, your light which leads us home.

MUSICAL REFLECTION  

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE- Love

Unison Prayer

We give thanks for the many ways that love is made manifest in our lives and in our world. We need the gift of love to sustain us on life’s journey. May we look for signs of love in the darkening days of this Advent season. May we be signs of love for the world. Amen.

Musical response

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.

Luke 1:39-45

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us. Thanks be to God.

CONTEMPORARY READING                                     Bishop Desmond Tutu

SERMON                     Receive the Gift: Community           Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                               Shirley Erena Murray

Spirit of love, you move within creation,
drawing the threads to color and design;
life into life, you knit our true salvation,

come, work with us,
and weave us into one.

Though we have frayed the fabric of your making,
tearing away from all that you intend,
yet, to be whole, humanity is aching —

come, work with us,
and weave us into one.

Great loom of God, where history is woven,
you are the frame that holds us to the truth,
Christ is the theme, the pattern you have given —

come , work with us,
and weave us into one.

LINING THE CRADLE

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

Offertory      

Prayer of Dedication                                               Janet Morley

O God our deliverer,
you cast down the mighty,
and lift up those of no account:
as Elizabeth and Mary embraced
with songs of liberation,
so may we also be pregnant with your Spirit,
and affirm one another in hope for the world,
through Jesus Christ. 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                                                     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

Circle of Concern: Dana Cosper and family following the death of Dana’s mother, 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

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.

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

The Gift of Music LUCC Music Director Hilton Jones has recorded 2 CDs for the LUCC family.  One is Christmas Piano featuring favorite songs of this season.  The second is Simply Hymns featuring favorite hymn tunes.  Both CDs are available at the church. If you would like to make a donation to offset the production costs, you may. Enjoy the gift of music from Hilton not just on Sundays but every day!

The Christmas Eve Offering will be used to support the Creation Justice ministries of the church. Projects under consideration include reforesting part of the church property, signs for the EV station, and installing solar panels. The Christmas Eve offering will help the church to increase its greening initiatives.

Pledges Requested If you have not yet returned a pledge for 2022 and would like to do so, forms are available in the back of the sanctuary. Many thanks to all for your faithful support of the ministry of LUCC!

Advisors Needed Each year 3-5 wonderful people meet monthly to support the life and ministry of the church especially attending to matters involving finance, administration, personnel, and property. This past year, the church was ably served by Patti Cooksey, Lucille Ruga, Jane Diven, and Malcolm Wells. Some new advisors are needed for 2022. Is this something you might like to be involved in? Is there someone you would like to recommend? There are forms to fill out on the bulletin board.

Holiday Cheer to the Homebound The Care Team is planning visits to some of the homebound members of the church family.  The congregation is welcome to be part of these visits today following worship.

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! 

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

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 12/12/2021

WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                    Colleen Coughenour, liturgist

We are Indian, black, European, but above all mixed, “mestizo.” We are Iberian and Greek, Roman and Jewish, Arab, Gothic, and Gypsy. Spain and the New World are centers where multiple cultures meet — centers of incorporation, not of exclusion. When we exclude, we betray ourselves. When we include, we find ourselves.

Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012, Mexican novelist

PRELUDE                            

OPENING READING                                                        Christina Rossetti

Open wide the windows of our spirits
and fill us full of light;
open wide the door of our hearts
that we may receive and entertain Thee
with all our powers of adoration.

MUSICAL REFLECTION  

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLE- Joy

Unison Prayer

We give thanks for the many ways that joy is made manifest in our lives and in our world. We need the gift of joy to sustain us on life’s journey. May we look for signs of joy in the darkening days of this Advent season. May we be signs of joy for the world. Amen.

Musical response

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.

Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 1:46b-55

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                                          Walter J. Burghardt

SERMON          Receive the Gift: The Virgin of Guadalupe   Rev. Kim P. Wells

RESPONSIVE READING                                     Janet Morley, contemporary

Sing out my soul,
sing of the holiness of God:
who has delighted in a woman,
lifted up the poor,
satisfied the hungry,
given voice to the silent,
grounded the oppressor,
blessed the full-bellied with emptiness,
and with the gift of tears
those who have never wept;
who has desired the darkness of the womb,
and inhabited our flesh.
Sing of the longing of God,
sing out, my soul.

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

Offertory      

Prayer of Dedication                         Edmund Banyard, adapted

God, we need your blessing
to make us whole, fulfilled people;
but if that blessing should lead us
into strange and difficult paths
we ask that you will strengthen
our faith and our trust
that we may accept what you would do with us
so that blessed,
we may in turn be a blessing to others. 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, 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                                                     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

Circle of Concern: Dana Cosper and family following the death of Dana’s mother, 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

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 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. 

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

The Gift of Music LUCC Music Director Hilton Jones has recorded 2 CDs for the LUCC family.  One is Christmas Piano featuring favorite songs of this season.  The second is Simply Hymns featuring favorite hymn tunes.  Both CDs are available at the church.  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!

The Christmas Eve Offering will be used to support the Creation Justice ministries of the church.  There are several projects under consideration including reforesting part of the church property, signs for the EV station, and installing solar panels.  Caring for the Earth is a priority ministry of LUCC.  The Christmas Eve offering will help the church to increase its greening initiatives.

Christmas Eve will be celebrated with an outdoor service at 7:00 p.m. on the church lawn.   Music of the season will begin at 6:30. Please bring your own chair if you can.  The offering on Christmas Eve will be used to support the Creation Justice ministries of the church.

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