CHRIST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

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

January 22, 2017
10:30 AM Service of Worship

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  
Pastor Gloria Grant

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

PRELUDE
Northern Song
Robert Schumann
Sam Wack, piano

*CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor Gloria Grant

Adapted from “Ecumenical Decade: Churches in Solidarity with Women,” by Rachel C. Wahlberg

We worship God
who created woman and man in God’s
own image
who created the world
and gave all sexes
the care of the earth. 

We follow the way of Jesus,
child of God
chosen of God
born of the woman Mary
who listened to women and liked them
who stayed in their homes
who discussed justice with them
who was followed and financed
by woman disciples. 

We invite the Holy Spirit
as she moves over the waters
of creation
and over the earth.

*HYMN OF PRAISE    #28    For the Beauty of the Earth    DIX
PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Brian Holland

All that has divided us will merge and compassion will be wedded to power.
Softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind.
And then both men and women will be gentle.
Both women and men will be strong.
And then no person will be subject to another’s coercion.
All will be rich and free and varied.
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old. All will nourish the young.
And then all will cherish life’s creatures.
All will live in harmony with each other and the Earth.
And then everywhere will be called Eden once again. 
We enjoy the presence of God in this place as we pray together saying. . .
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 4:12-23
Brian Holland
Children are dismissed for Church School

CONTEMPORARY READING
Sarah Ingram
A Psalm from the CCC Fall Women’s Retreat

Thank you, God, for our hands
Hands that:
played in the dirt
held a parent’s hand
dressed paper dolls
found something lost
learned to sew
took care of younger siblings
did chores
played an instrument
learned to drive
got a job
held babies
changed diapers
helped with homework
held a protest sign
wrote a check
crocheted a shawl
comforted the sick
supported a friend
Thank you, Lord, for
letting us be your hands.

MEDITATION
Jane Meier

A CALL TO REVOLUTION
Joanne Barnett

A revolution is coming,
a revolution which will be peaceful,
If we are wise enough,
a revolution that is compassionate,
If we care enough,
a revolution that is successful,
If we are fortunate enough, a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not.
We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.
– Robert Kennedy, in a speech to the Senate

MEDITATION
Gwen Garrison

CONTEMPORARY READING
Jackie Walters
A Psalm from the CCC Fall Women’s Retreat

I know that things will be fine.
But when will they be fine?

I am grateful for health
I am grateful for friends.

Why do I worry?
Worry provides no solution.

I know that God will give me strength,
peace of mind.
I should not trouble.

Wish to let go, have faith, allow
space for peace to grow.

MEDITATION
Adrianne Johnson

CALL TO PRAYER & PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Gloria Grant

OFFERTORY
Glory to God in the Highest
by Jay Althouse
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
Brian Holland

God, help us seize each moment with passion and conviction, to act decisively, even without fully knowing the personal cost or the outcomes. Help us discern the difference between what can and should be changed NOW, and what is best left alone, at least for the time being. Help us take action today where we can make a difference.

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH #391    In the Midst of New Dimensions    NEW DIMENSIONS

*BENEDICTION
Pastor Gloria Grant

POSTLUDE
Danse Brillante
Nancy Faber
Sam Wack, piano

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

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