FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA—April 17, 2022
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Pianist: Ellen Kingman
Welcome to the Oldtown Church!
We are so glad that you have chosen to worship with us today. We invite you to join in on the bold print in the bulletin and to stand as you are able any time you see a ⇑. The restrooms are out the back door of the sanctuary to the right, as is the nursery in case your little one needs a walkabout. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and please join us for fellowship after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.
WELCOME AND TIME OF CENTERING
Gathered here in the mystery of the hour,
Gathered here in one strong body,
Gathered here in the struggle and the power,
Spirit draw near.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Christ is risen!
We are called to be the church.
We need not be afraid.
Let us worship God together!
⇑ HYMN C#216—”Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
⇑ TIME OF SHARING
Open our eyes, Lord. We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him, and tell Him we love Him.
Open our ears Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord. We want to see Jesus.
SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 16:1-8, NRSV (Oldtown Bible: NT 66)
SERMON—”Do Not Be Alarmed”
PREPARING OURSELVES FOR PRAYER
In moments like these, I sing out a song,
I sing out a love song to Jesus.
In moments like these, I lift up my hands,
I lift up my hands to the Lord.
Singing, I love You, Lord.
Singing, I love You, Lord.
Singing, I love You, Lord. I love You.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
GIFT OF MUSIC
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures here below.
Praise God above, Ye heavenly host.
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
⇑ PRAYER OF DEDICATION
WORK OF THE CHURCH
⇑ SENDING HYMN—C#226 “He Lives”
⇑ BENEDICTION RESPONSE
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored:
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
*** Our worship has ended; let our service begin! ***
The Oldtown Message
April 17, 2022
Sun April 17: In-Person Worship 10am
~ Easter Sunday
Tue April 19: Church Committee 7pm
Wed April 20: Coffee Connection 10am-12noon
Sat April 23: Oldtown Yard Sale 8am-2pm
Sun April 24: In-Person Worship 10am
~ Led by Building and Grounds Ministry
Wed April 27: Coffee Connection 10am-12noon
Sat April 30: Spring Fling Craft Fair 10am-2pm
Sun May 1: In-Person Worship 10am
~ Celebration of the Life of Steve Whitney 1pm
Be sure to check our Online Calendar for even more Oldtown, denominational, and local events, free webinars, and other resources!! Have something you’d like added to the calendar? Email email@example.com with all the information and we’ll get it posted.
THE GREAT 50 DAYS
Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a season. It’s not only a celebration but an invitation to joy. During the Great 50 Days, from Easter until Pentecost, while Pastor Kelly is on sabbatical, we as a church community are working together, and sharing our gifts in worship. This is a time of great joy and celebration, and we hope you will continue to join us on this amazing journey. It’s not about how well we “perform,” it’s about sharing our faith and rejoicing in the joy of the resurrection. Our Ministries are each taking one week to lead worship. During that time, you will get to know more of our church family and hear about what our varied ministries do. Who knows, maybe you’ll also find a new way to get involved!
If you would like to get involved and help out in upcoming worship services please speak to one of our Ministry leaders
April 24 – Building & Grounds – Ed Clavette
May 1 – Deacons – Deanne Bellinger
May 8 – Christian Education – Linda Vogler
May 15 – Stewardship – Kevin Graves
May 22 – Music – Jim Fennell
May 29 – Missions – Cindi Barkley
OLDTOWN YARD SALE
Our next Oldtown Yard Sale will be on April 23rd. If you have items to donate or can help set up, sell or clean up, please see Ed Clavette.
SPRING FLING CRAFT FAIR
There will be a brief meeting after worship today, open to anyone that is interested in the Spring Fling. We will be reviewing the crafts that we have and sharing ways that you can help out!
OLDTOWN PRAYER LIST
Gordon C., Kaya, Kyle, Joan M, Cindi B., Joni, Carolyn D., Ed, Dawn, Sam and Nicole, Lucy Elizabeth, Mark, Linda, EB, Max D., Lynne, Carol, Kathy, Michelle, Peggy, Ruby, Kathleen Z, Doug, Ray, Bonnie, Maureen, Rod, Jarod, Jeanine, Joseph, the people of Ukraine and Russia, and all those in harm’s way, the family of Steve Whitney
(If you would like to add a name to our prayer list, drop a note in the offering plate, use our online prayer request form, or email Pastor Kelly at PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org)
|Offering last week:||$1,540.28
$88.36 more than budget
|Offering 2022 to date:||$450 more than budget|
|To-Date as of End of March (25% of year)|
|Fund Raising:||$441.00 (2.9% of annual budget)|
|Total Budgeted Income:||$20,037.76 (20.2% of annual budget)|
|Total Budgeted Expenses:||$28,181.86 (25.2% of annual budget)|
|Total Shortfall for 2022:||$8,192.61|
He is risen!! He is risen indeed!!!
“Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’'”
~ John 20:17 (NRSV)
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
675 Old Post Road, North Attleborough, MA 02760
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
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