FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA—November 6, 2022
CALLED AS PARTNERS IN CHRIST’S SERVICE
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Welcome to the Oldtown Church!
Thank you for joining us in worship today. Today is a special service to celebrate and honor who we are as the Body of Christ in Oldtown and how our church responds to God’s call.
As you hear about the work our ministries do, if you feel called to join in, there will be an opportunity to sign up after worship to serve on the ministry of your choice for the 2023 term. So, we encourage you to open your hearts and listen to where God might be calling you!
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 fellowship after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.
⇑ HYMN C#261—”Sweet, Sweet Spirit”
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (Oldtown Bible: NT 212)
THE BODY OF CHRIST IN OLDTOWN
Moderator, Vice Moderator, Clerk/Historian, Treasurer, (Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer)
SUNG RESPONSE C#490 “Sister Let Me Be Your Servant,” verse 1
Sister, let me be your servant; brother, let me walk with you;
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
Deacons, Music, Flowers
SUNG RESPONSE C#490 “Sister Let Me Be Your Servant,” verse 2
We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow trav’lers on the road.
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
TEACHING AND ENCOURAGING
Christian Education, Missions
SUNG RESPONSE C#490 “Sister Let Me Be Your Servant,” verse 3
I will weep when you are weeping. When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey thro’.
BUILDING & GROUNDS
SUNG RESPONSE C#490 “Sister Let Me Be Your Servant,” verse 4
When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony.
Born of all we’ve known together of great love and agony.
SUNG RESPONSE C#490 “Sister Let Me Be Your Servant,” verse 5
Brother, let me be your servant. Sister, let me walk with you;
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
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
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
FOR LOVE OF THE CHURCH
WORK OF THE CHURCH
⇑ SENDING HYMN—C#453 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”
You are the hands and feet of God here in Oldtown
You are called to soothe suffering,
You are called to live with compassion,
You are called to build up God’s loving peace.
So as you leave this place, how will you live?
We go from this place of worship to share the gifts we have been given. We go from this time of worship to build up the Body of Christ. We go from this holy space to work together that our church might be welcoming and strong.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, know that you are awesome, know that you are loved, and know that you needed to make our church complete! May we all go with God’s grace! And may God’s church say… Amen.
⇑ 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 our 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! ***
The Oldtown Message
November 6, 2022
Sun Nov 6: NO HOUSEHOLD HUDDLE
~ Worship 10am
Tue Nov 8: To Everything There Is a Season 6pm
Wed Nov 9: NO COFFEE CONNECTION
Fri Nov 11: Oldtown Church Fair 5pm-8pm
Sat Nov 12: Oldtown Church Fair 9am-2pm
Check our Online Calendar for even more Oldtown, denominational, and local events, free webinars, and other resources!! Have something you’d like added to the calendar? Email email@example.com with all the information, and we’ll get it posted.
OLDTOWN PRAYER LIST
Gordon C., Kaya, Joan M, Carolyn D., Ed, Dawn, Lucy Elizabeth, Mark, Linda, Max D., Lynne, Carol, Kathy, Michelle, Peggy, Kathleen Z, Doug, Ray, Maureen, Rod, Jeanine, Joseph, Linda, John, Maryam, Jared, Nelson & Judy, Don, Linda, Bob, Katie & Scott, Roxanne, June, Phoebe, Lori, Edie, Doug, Ben, Drew, Levi, Sue, Elain, Stephen, Sandy, and Trudy.
(If you would like to add a name to our prayer list, drop a note in the offering plate, use our online prayer request form, or email Pastor Kelly at PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org)
THE OLDTOWN FAIR
Thank you to all the crafters who have been busy…. Our closet is getting full of beautiful items just waiting to be sold!! Just a few orders of business on the fair:
There will be a table in Maxcy hall with signup sheets for helpers and bakers. For the Saturday shift, please arrive at 8:30. Remember any time you give will be helpful. Items that do not sell must go home with the original owners.
All craft items must be at the church by Wednesday November 9th. Please have them priced and ready to sell.
Baked goods can be dropped off Friday November 11th. There will be someone at the church from 3-8. If you cannot make it on Friday, please have your items at the church by 9:00 Saturday morning November 12th.
After service on Sunday November 6th help is needed to bring up a few tables. This also will be the time to remove any items from Maxcy hall that may hinder fair set up.
Set up will begin on Wednesday November 9th from 9-1pm, Thursday 4-7pm, Friday TBD.
TABLE OF REMEMBRANCE
Next Sunday, we will be celebrating All Saints Sunday. You are welcome to bring a 5×7 (or smaller) picture of any friend or loved one the has passed away, it doesn’t matter if it was this past year or thirty years ago.
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON
In the book of Ecclesiastes, we are told that “to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die…a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We have many families in Oldtown that have experienced loss, so we are starting a grief support group to help our church family through those difficult days. The group will be meeting every other Tuesday night at 6pm. All are Welcome!
HELP FEED OUR COMMUNITY
Throughout the fall, we will be collecting non-perishable food items to share with our local food pantries. If everyone brought one item per week, the baskets would quickly become bountiful and help so many hungry neighbors.
Requested items are: beans (white, black or red), bags of white rice, pasta, tomato paste, tomato sauce, canned meats, canned fruit.
- Last week, the total giving was $748.43, which is $703.49 less than expected for the week.
- Our total giving for the year is $6,200 less than we expected it to be.
We hope that today’s service has given you some great ideas about how you can get more involved in the life of the church. If you have any questions about any of the information you heard, please feel free to reach out to any of our presenters in Maxcy Hall after worship. If you still have unanswered questions, ideas, or just want to talk about the life of the church, reach out to the stewardship ministry in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
~ Hebrews 10:24-25 (NRSVUE)
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
675 Old Post Road, North Attleborough, MA 02760
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: email@example.com
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