FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — August 19, 2018
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Pastoral Intern: Amie McCarthy
Pianist: Suzanne Sheppard
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 coffee and refreshments after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.
INTROIT — “Take My Life”
WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING
CALL TO WORSHIP
From the farthest reaches of our separate lives, we gather here
With our struggles and questions, our doubts and our certainties, our joys and our sorrows.
And even before we speak, or sing, or move, or sit in silence, God is here – with us and for us.
Let us worship God together!
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
*HYMN C#90 — “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”
*SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
SCRIPTURE — Ephesians 5:15-20 (NRSV) (NT 238)
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
SONG OF PRAISE
*THE DOXOLOGY (Old Hundredth)
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
TIME OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
*SENDING HYMN C#15 — “Rejoice, You Pure in Heart”
Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing
The people of God from this dwelling take leave.
The service is ended, O now be extended
The fruits of our worship in all who believe.
The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us,
To work for God’s realm and to answer the call.
Our worship has ended… Let our service begin!
Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Maxcy Hall following worship!
The Oldtown Message
In Need of Our Prayers
Carolyn, Sharon, Edmond, Virginia, Jim B., Shannon, Kristen, Gordon, Susan, David W, Sue, Steve, Lynne, Richard, Emily, Ron & Margretha, Kim, Tanya, Lydia, Maryam, Barbara, Sandie, Jenn & Jim, Julio, Matt & his family, Eddie, Vinny, Patty, Paula, Susan, Jerry, Sapphire, Saylor, Jillian & Brandon, Tim, Bea.
Would you like to add someone to our prayer list?
Fill out a prayer card and drop it in the offering plate, or use our online prayer request form.
Pastor Kelly will be in the office on Thursday from 11-3.
Do you want to read ahead?
If you are interested in reading ahead, next week in worship our scripture reading will be Psalm 84 (NRSV)
|Offering last week:||$1,245.70
$119.68 less than budgeted
|Offering to date:||$300 more than budgeted|
|Fund Raising (end of July):||$2,800 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Income (end of July):||$2,000 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Expenses (end of June):||$2,400 less than budgeted|
|BUDGET POSITION (End of July):||$9,000 loss|
Did You Know?
The Mass. Conference UCC Super Saturday is coming up on October 20, 2018, a full day of worship, workshops, and networking from 8am to 3:45pm at Keefe Regional Technical High School in Framingham. More information, details of the workshops being offered, and a link to register for the event can be found at https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/10002682. Register early to ensure your choice of workshops. In the past, we have had groups meet at the church and carpool to the event.
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
~ Psalm 25:4-5 (NRSV)
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
Church Phone: 508/697-1713 – Pastor Kelly’s cell phone: 508/294-9767
Summer Office Hours: Thursday, 11 am – 3 pm
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: Church@oldtownucc.org
Send Flat Jesus Pictures to: FlatJesus@oldtownucc.org