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10:00 A.M. SERVICE OF WORSHIP | TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

*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

PRELUDE, “Prelude No. 1” from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach
Elliott Chamberlin

*CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor Gloria Grant

Before us each day are challenges. The choices we make craft us into who we are becoming.

May we ever open our eyes to the newness of our days.
May we sense the surge of wonder just beneath the surface of the ordinary.
May we find purpose in each breaking moment

*HYMN OF PRAISE, What is the Purpose? 
sung to the tune As We Gather at Your Table, TNCH #332

Lord our God we often ponder,
Where is meaning? What is life?
Anxious, troubled, stressed by living;
Is there any end to strife?
In the isolation crying,
Is there anyone who care?
Is there life or only dying?
Can we challenge God? Who dares?

There is purpose in our wandering,
Found in others and their plight.
Found outside the limitations
Of our self and of our sight.
Found in pleasure and in sorrow,
Found by those who wish to seek;
Found today and found tomorrow;
Found by ‘strong’ and found by ‘weak’.

Open life to hidden beauty;
To the cosmos and its charm;
To the love and joy around us
Giving us a sense of calm.
If we open all our windows,
Loving breeze may softly blow;
Union with another’s caring,
God’s own healing starts to flow.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Ann Marshall

“Let us be Gentle with Ourselves,” by Barbara Cheatham
Let us be gentle with ourselves just now.
For a few moments, let us release ourselves from a world that is too much with us,
too noisy,
too frantic,
too demanding,
too judging.

Let us be gentle with ourselves just now.
For a few moments, let us release ourselves into the calm, still world that waits to receive us,
where the quiet is broken only by sounds of our own making, by those of our children near-at-hand,
by passers-by in the street outside,
by a bird,
an airplane high overhead.

Within this welcoming quiet, let us befriend ourselves.
Where we would unfairly and endlessly berate ourselves for our imperfections,
let the tongue of harsh judgment be silent.

We will do better tomorrow.
We will rise to the occasion.
We will surprise the world with our goodness and achievements.
For now, let us simply rest in the gentleness of this moment,
letting the healing hand of self-understanding and forgiveness touch us with peace,
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, Mark 5:21-43
Ann Marshall

WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBERS

Introduction
Pastor Matt Braddock

Questions to the New Members
Pastor Gloria Grant

Is it your desire to enter into covenant relationship with Christ Congregational Church, United Church of Christ?

Response
It is. We will seek to be faithful, with God’s help. We pledge to share with you the joys and sorrows of our life together, affirming our mutual ministry in Christ.

Christ Congregational Church Covenant
Member Care and Fellowship Team

We covenant with one another as a community of faith grounded in God, the source of all life. We seek to walk in the ways of God’s abiding love, made known or to be made known to us through the Holy Scriptures, the life and teachings of Jesus, and the continuing guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives and worship. Affirming that all persons are created in the image of God, we honor and celebrate people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. In our life together we endeavor to support each other on our spiritual journeys with open minds and loving hearts. We hold it to be the mission of the church to embody the good news of God’s love for all people by laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, and the reign of peace. We work and pray for the transformation of ourselves and all creation into realms of God’s compassion; and in faith we place ourselves in God’s hands, in death as in life.

Welcome and Promise from the Congregation
Member Care and Fellowship Team

We, members and friends of Christ Congregational Church, welcome you with great joy into our Christian walk, work and worship. We pledge to you our love and prayers. May God grant that by loving and being loved, serving and being served, forgiving and being forgiven, we may truly further God’s Reign on earth.

Signing Book of Membership
Clerk of the Rolls

TIME WITH CHILDREN
Pastor Matt Braddock

Children dismissed for church school

SERMON, “The Healing or the Cure?”
Pastor Matt Braddock

CALL TO PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

CALL TO OFFERING
Pastor Gloria Grant

OFFERTORY, “To A Wild Rose,” Op. 51, No. 1 by Edward MacDowell
Elliott Chamberlin

*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
Ann Marshall

God, we give thanks for all your works. Accept our grateful hearts, along with our gifts. We ask for wisdom as our church determines priorities for the use of resources. As you are faithful to us. O God, may we be faithful in all things, seeking always to live by your gracious will. Amen.

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH #588, Let Justice Flow Like Streams

*BENEDICTION
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

POSTLUDE, “Allemande,” Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816 by J. S. Bach
Elliott Chamberlin

Please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the lobby following the service.

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

The flower arrangement on the altar is given by Rick Sniffin
in celebration of all Grandchildren everywhere.

The Sanctuary Committee invites you to take a bouquet of flowers, made from the beautiful altar arrangement, to someone to whom you’d like to extend support and prayers.
You will find the bouquets in the church lobby window after the 10:30 worship service.

THIS WEEK IN PASTORAL CARE
As the church of God in this place, we ask your prayers for the persons listed below. If persons no longer need our immediate prayers, please let the church office know so we can keep the list current.

Immediate care . . . We ask your prayers for Sarah Anders; Merlene Bagley; Corine Bloss; Erven Boettner; Carl Brandt; Jean, Randy and Ellen Caswell; Ben Gallup; Ruth Kaupert; Tina Lincoln; Doris Raber; Sharon Rising; Barbara Thorn; Harriett Duff, mother of Larry Duff; Steve Edwards, brother-in-law of Marti Hoffacker; Alice McElhinney, mother of Alison Peterson.

In Memoriam . . . Elijah Simpson-Sundell; Barry Johnson; Helen Mae Davis, granddaughter of David and Maureen Squires; Richard Skinner; Grace Dietz; Jenni Bunch.

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