FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — July 1, 2018
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Pianist: Mrs. Joyce 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 — “Come and FInd a Quiet Center”
WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING
CALL TO WORSHIP
With great rejoicing, we gather here this morning!
For God is our refuge and our stronghold.
May the power and love of God flow through this gathering.
May we open our hearts as we stand on the promises of God.
Come, let us worship God.
Let us celebrate the presence of God in our lives.
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 — Mark 5:21-43 (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
SONG OF PRAISE — “Amazing Grace!”
*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 HOLY COMMUNION
Song of Preparation
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#552 — “Standing on the Promises”
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., Marty & Sandy, Shannon, Kristen, Gordon, Susan, David W, Sue, Steve, Lynne, Richard, Emily.
Summer Office Hours
Our Summer office hours will begin this week. Pastor Kelly will be in the office on Thursdays from 11-3. If you have pastoral concerns outside of office hours, please call Pastor Kelly on her cell phone at 508-294-9767.
Do you have books you are no longer reading? Consider donating them for the Church Fair book room. There is a collection bin in Maxcy Hall.
Together as church, we will be selling PawSox tickets for the Sunday, August 5th game at 1:35pm. Tickets are $10.00 each and include a $2.00 ballpark credit. The church gets $5.00 for every ticket sold using our link. You can help us to raise money by sharing the link from the Friday email on Facebook or emailing it to your friends and family. You can purchase tickets to the game using the link: http://www.ticketreturn.com Login using our User ID: FirstCongregational2018 and Password: pawsox
|Offering last week:||$1,039.17
$326.21 less than budgeted
|Offerings to date:||$700 more than budgeted|
|Fund Raising (end of May):||$1,350 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Income (end of May):||$1,800 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Expenses (end of May):||$2,200 less than budgeted|
Did You Know?
Summer is in full swing, and we hope you’re enjoying your travels with Flat Jesus. Don’t forget to continue supporting your church throughout the summer. If you’re not at worship on Sundays, you can still give online at https://www.oldtownucc.org/giving/
“But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances. Endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the good news, and carry out your service fully.”
~ 2 Timothy 4:5 (NRSV)
“For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.”
~ Hebrews 6:10 (NRSV)
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
Church Phone: 508/697-1713 – Pastor Kelly’s cell phone: 508/294-9767
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12 noon – 3 pm
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: Church@oldtownucc.org
Send Flat Jesus Pictures to: FlatJesus@oldtownucc.org