FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — September 1, 2019
Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault
Pastoral Intern: Amie McCarthy
Pianist: Ellen Kingman
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—”Breathe On Me, Breath of God”
WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING
CALL TO WORSHIP
We gather together to remember
To again tell the stories of our faith and of our lives,
Stories of faithfulness and love,
Of mercy and compassion,
Of life and of death.
We tell these stories over and over
So that we might remember who and whose we are.
Let’s worship God together!
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, we have given more weight to our successes and our happiness than your will. We have eaten without a thought for the hungry, spoken without an effort to understand others, and taken the gifts you have given us for granted. Forgive us and help us to live as disciples of Christ. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
*HYMN—C#62 “Creator God, Creating Still”
*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.
A MOMENT TO REMEMBER—by Michael Dylan Dix
SCRIPTURE READING—Genesis 9:8-17 (NRSV) (OT 9)
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
GIFT OF MUSIC—”Something You Get Through”
*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 COMMUNION
Song of Preparation—”Remembrance”
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#638 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”
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!
The flowers on our baptismal font today are in memory of Maegan Ann Dix as we remember the 2nd anniversary of her passing.
Given by Mom, Dad, Michael Dylan, and Matthew.
Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Maxcy Hall following worship!
The Oldtown Message
September 1, 2019
September 1: Worship w/Communion 10am
September 3: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
September 8: Household Huddle 9am!!
~ Missions Meeting 9am
~ Worship 10am
~ Deacons Meeting following worship
September 14: Pet Vaccination Clinic 11am-noon
September 20: Coffeehouse 7pm
September 21: Pot Roast Supper
IN NEED OF OUR PRAYERS
Deb, Kathy, Brooks, Ed, Kim, June, Steve, Mark, Jim, Colleen, Gayle, Alexander, Gordon, Kristen, Susan, Rita, Al, Sandra, Robert, Stacy, Brooks, Meena, Marjon, Jane, Scott, Malcom, Sandy, Carolyn, Barbara, Christina, Chrystal, Maryam, John, Alaina, Amy, Dave, Helen, Brendan, Cyndy, Debbie, Matthew, Michael Dylan, John, Tresor, Janviere, Priscilla, Jayne, Jarod, Kelli, Jim, James, Peg, the Hanrahan family, the Lemken family, and the Randall family.
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.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Check out September’s Member of the Month. This month we are honoring Leah Moynihan. If you want to get to know Leah better, or even if you “think” you know her, check out her bio on the bulletin board by the door. You just might learn something surprising.
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS
There will be an ongoing collection of non-perishable food items for the North Attleboro School’s Food Pantry. We thank you in advance for helping to keep the children of North Attleboro from being hungry.
Starting next week, anyone who has an announcement to share with the congregation during worship is asked to write it down and drop it in the basket by the bulletins or hand it to one of the Deacons. You can also email it to Pastor Kelly before Sunday morning. All announcements from this point on will be made at the microphone so everyone can hear them. It will also provide written information to be included in upcoming Friday emails and bulletins. Thank you in advance for helping with this transition!
PREP & PLANNING PARTIES
Thursday evening from 6-8pm, Pastor Kelly will be at the church with the coffee on. She will be working to get things ready for Household Huddle and worship on Sunday morning, and extra hands and creative ideas are always welcome! Not feeling creative? That’s okay! You are also more than welcome to simply come, have a cup of coffee and visit. All are welcome!
COFFEE CONNECTION Tuesday morning from 10am-noon
Join us for a time of coffee and fellowship on Tuesdays from 10am-noon. 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.
Would you like to sponsor flowers to be on the altar during worship? Flowers can be dedicated in memory of, in honor of loved ones or to celebrate life events. The cost will be $25 which you can hand in with your form. There is a poster on the bulletin board that shows available dates.
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)”.
Did You Know?
- Our Stewardship Corner is taking a brief hiatus for the end of summer. Rest assured, it will be back in the next couple of weeks.
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
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