FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — August 4, 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—”Nearer, My God, To Thee”
WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING
CALL TO WORSHIP
Let us remember that we are not here because of our goodness
But because of Christ’s grace,
That we are not here to enlighten ourselves,
But to allow Jesus to enlighten us,
That we have not come to be entertained
But to worship God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, you tell us we cannot serve two masters, yet we spend more time focusing our energies elsewhere, diverting our time, our energy, our money, and our attention away from you. Forgive us, when our hearts are led astray. Lead us back from our distractions and sin and strengthen us that we might be faithful followers of Jesus. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
*HYMN—C#480 “I Love to Tell the Story”
*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—Hebrews 13:1-8, 25-26 (NRSV)
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—”What on Earth Will You Do for Heaven’s Sake?”
*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
CELEBRATION OF COMMUNION
HYMN OF PREPARATION—P#287 “Here, O My Lord” (verses 1 & 2)
THE SACRED STORY
THE BLESSING OF THE ELEMENTS
SHARING OF THE BREAD & CUP
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Gracious God, we thank you for this meal and for all of the ways you nourish us. Grow in us that we may nourish others. Sustain us as we press toward the goal of your call in Christ Jesus. Amen.
TIME OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
*SENDING HYMN—C#622 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
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 4, 2019
Pastor Kelly’s summer office hours for July & August are Tuesday 10am-2pm
August 4: Worship 10am—Communion service
August 6: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
August 11: Worship 10am—Communion service
~ Church Committee Meeting 12noon
August 13: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
~ Missions Ministry Meeting 6pm @ Unlikely Story Bookstore, Plainville
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, Carlos, Cyndy, Debbie, Matthew, Michael Dylan, John, Tresor, Janviere.
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.
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)”.
FAIR TRADE COFFEE
Do you enjoy the coffee that we served in Oldtown? Would you like to purchase some to have at home? During coffee hour, we have individual bags (2.25 oz which makes 1 pot) for sale for $2 apiece, both decaf and regular. Money raised will go to pay for coffee hour expenses.
|Offering last week:||$699.80
$661.74 less than budget
|Offering to date:||$3,000 less than budget|
(end of June):
|$3,200 more than budget|
|Total Budgeted Income
(end of June):
|$150 less than budget|
|Total Budgeted Expense
(end of June):
|$7,900 less than budget|
Did You Know?
- Summer is a “Sabbath time” when we rest and recharge our batteries, often involving travel with family or just taking time away from the daily routine. Enjoy the rest, and remember it’s easy to continue supporting your church even when you’re not joining us for worship on any given Sunday by giving online at https://www.oldtownucc.org/giving
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
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