FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — July 29, 2018
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
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 — “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING
CALL TO WORSHIP
What do you do when God calls?
We try hard to listen.
What do you do when God asks you to do something difficult?
We try hard to hold onto our faith.
What do you do when God asks you to do something impossible?
We trust in God, because, with God, nothing is impossible.
Even changing ourselves?
Even changing the world!
Have you ever heard such exciting news?
Let us worship God together!
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
*HYMN C#337 — “Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”
*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 — John 6:1-21 (NRSV) (NT 118)
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#537 — “My Hope is Built”
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
Pastor Kelly will be in the office on Thursday from 11-3.
In Need of Our Prayers
Carolyn, Sharon, Edmond, Virginia, Jim B., Shannon, Kristen, Gordon, Susan, David W, Sue, Steve, Lynne, Richard, Emily, Ron & Margretha, Tanya, Alex & Ashley, Lydia, Maryam, Barbara, Sandie. Jenn & Jim, Julio, Matt & his family, Eddie, Vinnie.
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.
Throughout the summer we are collecting school supplies to help families in our area. If you would like to donate pencils, notebooks, crayons, markers or any other school supplies, there is a box by the door where you can leave them. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Do you have books you are no longer reading? Consider donating them to be sold in the “Book Room” at our Fall Church Fair. There is a collection bin in Maxcy Hall.
Pawsox Fundraiser – The game is next Sunday!!
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
Do you want to read ahead?
If you are interested in reading ahead, next week in worship our scripture reading will be Psalm 51:1-12
|Offering last week:||$787.17
$578.21 less than budgeted
|Offering to date:||$550 more than budgeted|
|Fund Raising (end of June):||$2,900 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Income (end of June):||$2,100 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Expenses (end of June):||$5,300 less than budgeted|
Did You Know?
There is A LOT of AWESOME praise and worship music coming our way soon! Next weekend is Soulfest at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH. On Saturday, September 8, the Connect Festival – a FREE full day of music – comes to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth with bands like Sidewalk Prophets, We Are Messengers, and Zealand. And on Saturday, November 10, Ryan Stevenson and TobyMac are coming to the Vets Auditorium in Providence.
“Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and the lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”
~ Psalm 150:1-6 (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