At CCC, we honor and celebrate people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations & gender identities.
10:30 A.M. SERVICE OF WORSHIP
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT | MARCH 19, 2017
*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, St. Anne’s Reel | Acoustical Band
*CALL TO WORSHIP, A Psalm, from the CCC Women’s Retreat | Pastor Gloria Grant
Oh Lord, help us center ourselves in these busy times
Do not let us stray from your intended purpose for us
Help us remember your love for us
and that we are not alone
Enable us to spread that love to others
through our hands and our hearts
Help us to have a grateful heart
Remembering that each day is a gift.
Let us not focus on worldly distractions
but work through us in our every thought, word and action
Thank you God for this life.
*HYMN OF PRAISE (Insert), I Saw the Light by Hank Williams Sr.
WORDS OF INVITATION & THE LORD’S PRAYER | Jackie Walters
The central task of a spiritual community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all. There is a connectedness, a relationship discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others. Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice. It is the community that assures us that we are not struggling for justice on our own, but as members of a larger group. The community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done. Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed. Do more than attend; participate. Do more than believe; practice. Do more than care; help. Do more than be present; belong. Share your energy, talent and commitment to creating a stronger community for a better world. We’re all in this together, praying these ancient words of prayer
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
WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBERS
QUESTIONS TO THE NEW MEMBERS
Is it your desire to enter into covenant relationship with Christ Congregational Church, United Church of Christ?
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
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
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 are dismissed for church school
READINGS | Pastor Matt Braddock
Hillel said: The more flesh, the more worms; the more possessions, the more worry; the more servants, the more thievery. The more Torah, the more life; the more study, the more wisdom; the more charity, the more peace. Pirke Avot 2:8
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:35-38
SERMON “Mitzvah” | Pastor Matt Braddock
CALL TO PRAYER & PASTORAL PRAYER | Pastor Gloria Grant
CALL TO OFFERING | Pastor Matt Braddock
OFFERTORY, This is Amazing Grace | Chancel Choir, Acoustical Band
*DOXOLOGY | DUKE STREET
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, A Psalm, from the CCC Women’s Retreat | Jackie Walters
Bless the hand for the joy of journeying together
May we use our hands to forward your work.
Bless those whose hearts feel and share your love.
May the joy of your spirit help us bring peace to our world.
*HYMN OF GOING FORTH # 189, Down at the Cross
POSTLUDE, I’ll Fly Away | Acoustical Band
Please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the downstairs social hall following the service.
A special thank you to the members of the Acoustical Band
for sharing their musical talents with us this morning.
Jim Brown, fiddle; Gwen Garrison, guitar
Peder Maarbjerg, mandolin, bass; Doug Redmond, guitar
Paul Scribner, drums; Sam Wack, accordian
Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543
Today’s Altar Flowers are given by Sue Dollins in memory of
the birthdays of John W. Dollins, Jr. and Paul Martin
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 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 Merlene Bagley; Corine Bloss; Erven Boettner; Jenni Bunch; Jean, Randy and Ellen Caswell; Dennie, Bud; Grace Dietz; Ben Gallup; Paul Gieser; Jim Henkelman-Bahn; Joanne Hollcroft; Barry Johnson; Steve Jordan; Ruth Kaupert; Tina Lincoln; Jackie Lowery; Doris Raber; David and Maureen Squires; Elijah Simpson-Sundell; Barbara Thorn; Claudia Tornblom; Kent Abraham, husband of Dianne Abraham; Cheryl and Beverly, family of Ron Rising; Bryan “Kirk” Bland, brother-in-law of Jessica Bland; Anna Carrigan, sister of Tim Carrigan; Helen Mae Davis, granddaughter of David and Maureen Squires; Larry Duff, Sr., father of Larry Duff; Douglas Griffith son of Doris Raber; Kate Massett, mother of Holly Massett; Alice McElhinney, mother of Alison Petersen; Dr. Craig Platt, son of Audrey and Neville Platt; Beverly Rafferty, daughter of Audrey and Neville Platt; Bruce Viani, brother-in-law of Chris Braddock; Wayne Virag, brother-in-law of Steve Young.
In Memoriam … Fred Leibold, father of Sam Wack; Bill Carnahan; Katheryn D. Jensen, mother of Barbara Breads; Edward Kim, father of Elaine Kim; Cheryl D. Thorpe, aunt of Jonathan Mickles
For more information on Pastoral Care needs, see our Prayer and Care Booklet, found in the lobby.