FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA — September 16, 2018
“Dreaming of a new way to be church”
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.
INTROIT — “Come Let Us Dream”
WELCOME / TIME OF CENTERING
CALL TO WORSHIP
Who are we?
We are disciples, following Jesus.
How do we live out our faith?
With fairness and dignity.
How shall we treat our neighbor?
With compassion and love.
Come, let us worship God.
Yes! Let us worship God together!
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
*HYMN C#276 — “We Gather Together”
*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 — Acts 2:17, 37-42 (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
*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#357 — “We Call Ourselves Disciples” (verses 1, 4 & 5)
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
Today: Worship 10am
Sept 18: Office Hours 10-2pm
Sept 20: Office Hours 10-2pm
Sept 21: Coffeehouse 7pm
Sept 22: Pot Roast Supper 6pm
Sept 23: Household Huddle 9am
Worship 10am (Bible Sunday)
IN NEED OF OUR PRAYERS
Carolyn, Sharon, Edmond, Virginia, Jim B., Shannon, Kristen, Gordon, Susan, David W, Sue, Steve, Lynne, Richard, Emily, Ron & Margretha, Kim, Tanya, Lydia, Maryam, Barbara, Sandie, Jenn & Jim, Julio, Matt & his family, Eddie, Vinny, Patty, Paula, Susan, Jerry, Dave, Tim, Bea, John D’Amerosca & family.
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.
POT ROAST SUPPER THIS SATURDAY!
Our first supper of the season is coming Saturday. We are in need of lots of helpers in the kitchen and as waitstaff. If you are available, please talk to Ed.
COFFEEHOUSE THIS FRIDAY
If you haven’t experienced a Coffeehouse in Oldtown, please stop by this Friday night to see the amazing talent from people in our community. If you would like to share a talent of your own via music or a poetry reading, the set list is always open for new additions! We ask for a donation of $5 at the door, and it’s $1 for a bottomless cup of coffee. This month’s charity is the North Attleboro Animal Shelter. Stop by to encourage our new Coffeehouse Crew and to support this great cause. If you would like to help at the coffeehouse, see Ed. There are volunteer opportunities building the set, serving coffee, and extending an Oldtown welcome to all who attend!
DO YOU WANT TO READ AHEAD?
If you are interested in reading ahead, next week in worship our Scripture reading will be Deuteronomy 11:18-19.
|Offering last week:||$1,379.79
$14.41 more than budgeted
|Offering to date:||$13.39 more than budgeted|
|Fund Raising (end of August):||$2,500 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Income (end of August):||$1,700 less than budgeted|
|Total Budgeted Expenses (end of August):||$3,100 less than budgeted|
|CURRENT BUDGET POSITION||$8,500 LOSS|
Did You Know?
A big “Welcome Back!” to all of our Oldtown family returning from their summer travels. We have some very exciting things planned for the fall and winter this year, and our Household Huddles are just a start! Opportunities to connect and get involved in the life of the church are EVERYWHERE!!!
“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
~ 1 John 3:10 (ESV)
First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
Church Phone: 508/697-1713 – Pastor Kelly’s cell phone: 508/294-9767
Summer Office Hours: Thursday, 11 am – 3 pm
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: Church@oldtownucc.org
Send Flat Jesus Pictures to: FlatJesus@oldtownucc.org