FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — August 25, 2019
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Pastoral Intern: Amie McCarthy
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 coffee and refreshments after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.
INTROIT—”This is the Day”
WELCOME / 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
Now is the moment of grace. This is the hour of blessing.
We are here to walk the path to new life.
Already joy is abounding, and love is flowing.
For this is the day God is making.
Let us rejoice!
As we worship God together!
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
*HYMN—C#16 “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
*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 READING—Numbers 6:22-27 (NRSV) (OT 155)
SERMON—”Blessed to Be a Blessing”
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
BLESSING OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND SCHOOL STAFF ABOUT TO START SCHOOL
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
*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#433 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”
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
August 25, 2019
Pastor Kelly’s summer office hours for July & August are Tuesday 10am-2pm
August 25: Worship 10am
August 27: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
September 1: Worship w/Communion 10am
September 3: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
September 8: Household Huddle 9am!!
~ Missions Meeting 9am
~ Worship 10am
~ Deacons Meeting following worship
September 10: Coffee connection 10am-noon
~ Church committee 7pm
IN NEED OF OUR PRAYERS
Deb, Kathy, Brooks, Ed, Kim, June, Steve, Mark, Jim, Colleen, Gayle, Alexander, Gordon, Kristen, Susan, Rita, Al, Sandra, Robert, Stacy, Brooks, Meena, Marjon, Jane, Scott, Malcom, Sandy, Carolyn, Barbara, Christina, Chrystal, Maryam, John, Alaina, Amy, Dave, Helen, Brendan, Cyndy, Debbie, Matthew, Michael Dylan, John, Tresor, Janviere, Priscilla, Jayne, Jarod, Kelli, Jim, Peg.
If you would like to add a name to our prayer list, please fill out a prayer card and drop it in the offering plate, or use our online prayer request form.
Our next Sermon Reflection is today after worship. Grab a coffee and a snack and join us to reflect on this week’s scripture and sermon, and to discuss ways to connect our faith to our everyday lives. All are welcome!
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS
We will be having an ongoing collection of non-perishable food items for the North Attleboro School’s Food Pantry. We thank you in advance for helping to keep the children of North Attleboro from being hungry.
Would you like to sponsor flowers to be on the altar during worship? Flowers can be dedicated in memory of, in honor of loved ones or to celebrate life events. The cost will be $25 which you can hand in with your form. There is a poster on the bulletin board that shows available dates.
Join us for a time of coffee and fellowship on Tuesdays from 10-12noon. There is no program or work that needs to be done, it’s just a time to get together with friends and enjoy each other’s company.
Would you like to receive our weekly email to find out more about what is happening in Oldtown? Email Pastor Kelly at Pastorkelly@oldtownucc.org . Also, check us out on Facebook “First Congregational Church of North Attleboro (Oldtown)”.
Did You Know?
- Our Stewardship Corner is taking a brief hiatus for the end of summer. Rest assured, it will be back in the next couple of weeks.
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
Church Phone: 508-695-1713 — Pastor Kelly’s cell phone: 508-294-9767
Office Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: Church@oldtownucc.org