Worship Bulletin – May 19, 2019

Worship Bulletin – May 19, 2019

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — May 19, 2019

Celebration Sunday

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—”Surely the Presence of the Lord”

WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING

CALL TO WORSHIP
Take a deep breath.
Let us become fully present in this place.
Take a deep breath.
May we let go of the worries of the world.
Take a deep breath
As we invite God into our hearts.
Take a deep breath
That we might prepare to celebrate and worship God together.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Share
SHARE

*HYMN—”On This Day of Celebration” (INSERT – see below)

*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—Luke 17:20-21 (NRSV)
Reflect

REFLECT

SERMON—”We Have So Much to Celebrate!”

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—”I Love Your Church, O God”
*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#638 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”

*BENEDICTION
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE
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.

POSTLUDE

Our worship has ended… Let our service begin!

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


On This Day of Celebration
(“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee)

On this day of celebration, at this time when hopes are new,
God, we gather as your people, called to put our trust in you.
You have made the world we live in;
You have worked through history.
In your plan, we find our purpose, in your love, our unity.

Through two thousand years of changes, through these passing centuries,
You have called your church to witness to Christ’s love that claims and frees.
Each new generation hears you,
Each must find a fresh new way
To make known the life you offer, to the people in their day.

On this day, we pause and wonder what the future years will bring,
Yet we know you clothe each flower and you make each sparrow sing.
How much more will you protect us
With your guiding, caring hand!
By your Spirit, lead us boldly in the future you have planned.

Tune: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824 (“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”) 
Text: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.


Pushpins The Oldtown Message
May 19, 2019
Pastor Kelly’s will be on vacation this coming week
so there will be no office hours.
However, Coffee Connection will still meet.

OLDTOWN CALENDAR
May 19: CELEBRATION SUNDAY!!
– Household Huddle 9am
– Worship 10am
– Make-Your-Own Sundaes after worship
May 21: Coffee Connection
May 24: Coffeehouse 7pm
May 26: Worship 10am – Pastor Amie Preaching

IN NEED OF OUR PRAYERS
Deb, Kathy, Ed, Kim, June, Steve, Mark, Jim, Colleen, Gayle, Alexander, Gordon, Kristen, Susan, Rita, Al, Sandra, Robert, Stacy,
Brooks, Meena, Marjon, Jane, Scott, Malcom.
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.

HELP FAMILIES AT COMMUNITY SCHOOL
From May to mid-June, we will be collecting personal hygiene items for the Community School in North Attleboro. More than fifty-eight families at Community School don’t know where their next meal will come from, nevermind how to buy personal items—toothpaste, deodorant, soap, sanitary napkins, etc. Join us in building up the Community School Pantry supply.

COFFEE CONNECTION
Coffee Connection has returned to Tuesdays! 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.

OLDTOWN UPDATE
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)” or our website at http://www.oldtownucc.org.

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 will be offering individual bags (2.25 oz which makes 1 pot) for $2 a piece. We will have decaf and regular. Money raised will go to pay for coffee hour expenses.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Offering last week: $1,099.63
$261.91 less than budget
Offering to date: $450 less than budget
Fund Raising
(end of April):
$1,800 more than budget
Total Budgeted Income
(end of April):
$1,600 more than budget
Total Budgeted Expense
(end of April):
$3,800 less than budget

Did You Know?

  • Today, we celebrate all the wonderful things we have accomplished at Oldtown over the past year and the years before. Take time to contemplate your place in all of that, and to celebrate your participation in the work of being the church and the rewards you’ve received as a result. If you’re moved to do more, we’d love to help you find ways to “step up your game.” Talk with Pastor Kelly, Jim or Deb Fennell, or Ed Clavette and we’ll get you plugged in where you’re needed most.
  • “This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations, you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.”
    ~ Exodus 12:14 (NRSV)

First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
(Oldtown Church)
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
Website: www.oldtownucc.org

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