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

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.

    *Please stand as you are able
Please turn off mobile phones before worship begins

Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

We invite you to sign & pass the red pew registers as worship begins

FOR REFLECTION

When we look and see things that should not be, God’s counting on me,
God is counting on you
.

-Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

PRELUDE
Adagio (from Toccata No. 11)
George Muffat
Sam Wack

*CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor Gloria Grant

Seize each moment with passion and conviction. Act decisively, even without fully knowing the personal cost or the outcomes. Discern the difference between what can and should be changed NOW, and what is best left alone, at least for the time being. Take action today in one area where you can make a difference.

We are committed to a world of peace, compassion, and justice. Let us worship God.

*OPENING HYMN # 588    Let Justice Flow Like Streams    ST. THOMAS

PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Middle School Students

Based on “A Return to Love” by Mariann Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

For every mountain, there is a miracle of fear conquered.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

For every mountain, there is a miracle of potential realized.

You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you. It’s not just in some; it’s in everyone. And as you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Our empowering presence moves mountains and liberates others to their highest aspirations.

We pray these holy and ancient words . . .

Holy God, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your 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.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  AMEN

SCRIPTURE READING    Matthew 5:1-12
Middle School Students

TIME WITH CHILDREN
Pastor Gloria Grant

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION & RECONCILIATION
Pastor Gloria Grant

God, source of life and grace, we are aware that we are, at times, creatures of fear and habit. Through the healing touch of Christ, set us free to live and to love, that we may be the people you have created us to be.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Pastor Gloria Grant

The good news is that Christ calls us to new life and enables us to begin again and again and again. Let us praise God with songs of joy
HYMN OF GRACE # 4, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You  HYMN TO JOY
Stanzas 1 and 4 (Please remain seated)

SCRIPTURE READING    Micah 6:1-8
Pastor Matt Braddock

SERMON    The Life of Justice
Pastor Matt Braddock

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Matt Braddock

OFFERTORY
Drop Thy Still Dews of Quietness
Susan J. Clearman and John G. Whittier
The Chancel Choir

Drop Thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy Peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire Thy coolness and Thy balm.
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm.

*DOXOLOGY         OLD HUNDREDTH
Words by Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

All people that on earth do dwell, Sing out for peace ‘tween heav’n and hell.
‘Tween East and West and low and high, Sing! peace on earth and sea and sky.

Old Hundred, you’ve served many years, To sing one people’s hopes and fear,
But we’ve new verses for you now. Sing peace between the earth and plow.

Sing peace between the grass and trees, Between the continents and seas,
Between the lion and the lamb. Between young Ivan and young Sam.

Between the white, black, red and brown, Between the wilderness and town,
Sing peace between the near and far, ‘Tween Allah and six-pointed star.

The fish that swim, the birds that fly, The deepest seas, the stars on high,
Bear witness now that you and I Sing peace on earth and sea and sky.

Old Hundred, please don’t think us wrong, For adding verses to your song.
Sing peace between the old and young,’Tween every faith and every tongue.

All people that on earth do dwell, Sing out for peace ‘tween heav’n and hell.
‘Tween East and West and low and high, Sing! peace on earth and sea and sky.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Middle School Students

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 PREPARATION # 342  Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread ST. FLAVIAN
(Please remain seated)

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

CCC practices open communion. Anyone who seeks the love of God is welcome at the Table. Jesus shared his life for the whole world; we seek to be as welcoming and open as he is. Ushers will invite you to come forward by row from the center aisle. As you approach the Table, you may take bread and then dip the bread in the cup, returning to your seat by the side aisle.

Invitation & Prayer of Blessing

Keeper of our days,
we are grateful for the ways you have been revealed to us in the past:
through the love of community – gathered here and beyond;
through nature and the beauty each season brings;
and through a shared hope ignited within us that does not flicker or fade.
Confident of your love,
we bring our whole selves into your presence:
our achievements and our failures,
our proud moments and our hidden shame,
our undying dreams and our detached resolve.
At this gracious table we meet you
in bread made of common wheat,
broken and shared and made whole again
through a sacred communing with all of creation.
Spirit of All Life,
move among this bread and this cup
and make us mindful of our oneness with all creation
so this meal of simple substance
may become a true communion
with the one who makes every tomorrow possible.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
.

Words of Institution

Sharing the Bread & the Cup, Singing as We Commune

Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving

God, we give you thanks for the simplicity and splendor of this holy meal. Unite us with all who are fed by this meal, that we may faithfully proclaim the good news of your love and that your church may be a place of inspiration in an uncertain world.  

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH # 181    You Are Salt for the Earth, O People    BRING FORTH

*BENEDICTION
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

POSTLUDE
Ballet Anglois
Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer
Sam Wack

Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543

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