Worship Bulletin – December 30, 2018

Worship Bulletin – December 30, 2018

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — December 30, 2018

Transformation

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.


Breathe
BREATHE

PRELUDE

INTROIT — C#242 “Shaping Spirit, Move Among Us” (verses 2 & 3)

WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING

CALL TO WORSHIP
Like Joseph and Mary, we want to protect the child Jesus.
We want him to be safe and sound.
And when something unexpected happens, we are frightened.
We wonder what we should have done differently.
Lord, in this day, help us to remember that God is ever with us.
Let us place our trust in God’s loving presence as we grow in our own faith. AMEN.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Share
SHARE

*HYMN—C#250 “O Breath of Life”

*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—Luke 2:41-52 (NRSV)

Reflect
REFLECT

SERMON

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.
CHORAL RESPONSE

Thank
THANK

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#241—”Holy Spirit, Truth Divine”

*BENEDICTION
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE
Carry your candle, run to the darkness.
Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn.
Hold out your candle for all to see it.
Take your candle, go light your world.
Take your candle, go light your world.

POSTLUDE

Our worship has ended… Let our service begin!

Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Maxcy Hall following worship!


Pushpins The Oldtown Message

OLDTOWN CALENDAR
Today: NO HOUSEHOLD HUDDLE
– Worship 10am
Jan 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
– NO OFFICE HOURS
Jan 3: Office Hours 10am-2pm
Jan 6: Household Huddle 9am
– Worship 10am

IN NEED OF OUR PRAYERS
Mark, Ed, Sue, Steve, Kerri, Cindy, Gordon, Kristen, Susan, Fran, Maryam, Meena, Marjon, Brooks, Hannah, Steven, Joseph, Jane, Perilene, the Brauneis & Scott Family, Robert, Allie & Elise, Matthew, Katie, Maty, the family of Tony Ferreira.
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.

NEW MEMBERS
We will be having a New Member Sunday on January 13th. If you would like to learn more about what it means to be a member of the church or are interested in joining, please talk with Pastor Kelly before January 6th.

UCC MEMBERSHIP DUES
Because of our polity and the way that our denomination works, we do not receive financial support from our denomination. On the contrary, we give money to support our denomination. Each year our church pays about $20 per member, which amounts to about $2,400. If you are a member in Oldtown and would like to pay your own membership dues, or would like to help defray the cost of this expense, please feel free put $20 in one of the pew envelops and mark it “Membership Dues” or write a check and write “Membership Dues” on the memo line.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Offering last week: $1,251.76
$113.62 less than budget
Offering to date: $50 more than budget
Fund Raising
(end of November):
$1,100 less than budget
Total Budgeted Income
(end of November):
$750 more than budget
Total Budgeted Expense
(end of November):
$4,000 less than budget
YEARLY PROGRESS AS OF NOVEMBER
Congregational Giving $63,500 of $71,000
Fundraising $21,200 of $23,500
Other Budgeted Income $11,100 of $11,450
Total Budgeted Income $95,800 of $105,950
Total Budgeted Expense $95,600 of $110,455
Non-budgeted Inc – Exp – $60
CURRENT $140 GAIN

Did You Know?

  • Congratulations again to Pastor Amie for completing her Seminary study and for being called to be the new Chaplain at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. We’re proud of Amie and glad to have her as a part of our Oldtown family. Keep up the great work, Pastor Amie!!!
  • “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
    ~ Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
(Oldtown Church)
Church Phone: 508-695-1713 — Pastor Kelly’s cell phone: 508-294-9767
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: Church@oldtownucc.org
Website: www.oldtownucc.org

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