Christ Congregational Church
A United Church of Christ
9525 Colesville Road ∙ Silver Spring, MD 20901
301-585-8010 ∙ www.cccsilverspring.org

 February 19, 2017 | 10:30 AM Service of Worship | Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ Congregational Church covenants to be faithful as …

  • A Just Peace Congregation
  • An Open and Affirming Congregation
  • An Anti-racist Congregation

At CCC, we honor and celebrate people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations & gender identities.

Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

Prelude
Prelude on “Aberystwyth”
H. Willan
Sharon Rising

Call to Worship
Do Not Be Afraid
Pastor Gloria Grant

You who are weary
Sleepless
Tired
Depressed
Discouraged
Do not be afraid!
You who are fed up
Hopeless
Visionless
Fearful
Tearful
Do not be afraid!
God is present in suffering.
God will calm the winds and waves of our souls!

HYMN of praise #514
Over My Head
African-American Spiritual

 PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Jackie Walters

“The Lord’s Prayer” from “Human Rites” by Ward & Wild

God of love, peace, and unity, we thank you for welcoming us all just as we are; for making us equal as your children from all corners of the earth; for giving us your blessings as your children; and for making us belong. We pray that you help us realize that we are all made in your image and we need to bring peace to all your creation as one people who belong to you. We ask all this through Christ our brother, saying …

Beloved, our Father and Mother, in whom is heaven,
hallowed be your name,
followed be your way,
done be your will and rule throughout the whole creation.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, 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.

 

SCRIPTURE READING
Matthew 5:38-48
Jackie Walters

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your God in heaven. For God gives sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? But you are to be perfect, even as your God in heaven is perfect.”

TIME WITH CHILDREN
Pastor Matt Braddock

Honoring Black History Month
Pastor Matt Braddock

Loving God, we thank you for calling us to you,
from all corners of the world, to come home to belong.
We appreciate your love that embraces all of us.
We thank you that we are all one in you.
We thank you for your faithfulness and justice.
When we were aliens and foreigners you welcomed us.
We thank you for calling us to your ministry,
to live and do your work with the mind of Christ.

Remind us that we are here to fulfill your calling to serve.
Help all we do be done for love.
During this year’s Black History Month,
we want to draw closer to you
as we make a commitment
to go into the world as agents of your
justice, peace, and reconciliation.
Gracious God, we need your help
to do your work and fulfill this task you have given us.
We are proud to be part of the church that is serving you.

SCRIPTURE READING
Micah 6:6-8; Isaiah 43:2
Pastor Matt Braddock

SERMON
Can We Risk Compassion?
Pastor Matt Braddock

CALL TO PRAYER & PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Matt Braddock

OFFERTORY
Offertory
John Ness Beck
The Chancel Choir

DOXOLOGY
OLD HUNDREDTH

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.

 PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in unison)
Jackie Walters

God, I give you my hands to do your work. I give you my feet to go your way. I give you my tongue to speak your words. I give you my mind that you may think in me. I give you my spirit that you may pray in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me. I give you my whole self that you may grow in me.

HYMN OF GOING FORTH #473
Blessed Assurance
ASSURANCE TUNE

BENEDICTION
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

POSTLUDE
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
F. Peeters
Sharon Rising

A special thank you to Sharon Rising for providing the music for today’s service.

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