Worship Bulletin – September 25, 2022

Worship Bulletin – September 25, 2022

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

WELCOME TO OLDTOWN
North Attleborough, MA—September 25, 2022

Ministers: ALL of our Members and Friends
Pastor & Teacher: The Rev. Kelly Thibeault

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 fellowship after worship!
Please remember to mute your devices during worship.


Breathe

BREATHE

GATHERING MUSIC

WELCOME

WORSHIP WAYS

SETTING THE TABLE

CENTERING TIME
Come to the Table of Grace
Come to the Table of Grace
This is God’s Table, it’s not yours or mine
Come to the Table of Grace

CALL TO WORSHIP
Welcome, friends and strangers.
Welcome, honored guests.
We gather as a community to worship God,
To be reminded of God’s goodness,
And our call to be a part of that goodness.
May we experience peace and grace.
May we forgive and be forgiven.
Let us worship God together.

OPENING PRAYER

SHARE

⇑ HYMN C#575—”Come and Find the Quiet Center”

TIME OF SHARING
Open our eyes, Lord. We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him, and tell Him we love Him.
Open our ears Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord. We want to see Jesus.

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 18:21-22 (Oldtown Bible: NT 24)


Reflect

REFLECT

SERMON—”The Table of Peace”

PREPARING OURSELVES FOR PRAYER
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

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

DOXOLOGY
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

WORK OF THE CHURCH

⇑ SENDING HYMN—C#722 “This is My Song”

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 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.

POSTLUDE

*** Our worship has ended; let our service begin! ***


PushpinsThe Oldtown Message
September 25, 2022

OLDTOWN CALENDAR
Sun Sept 25: Household Huddle Resumes!! 9am
  ~ Worship 10am
  ~ Deacons meeting after worship
  ~ Fall fair meeting after worship
Wed Sept 28: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
  ~ Breaking Bread & Sharing Sacred Stories 6pm
Sat Oct 1: Church clean-out 8:30am-???
Sun Oct 2: Household Huddle 9am
  ~ Worship 10am
  ~ Church committee meeting 12noon
Wed Oct 5: Coffee Connection 10am-noon
Sun Oct 8: NO HOUSEHOLD HUDDLE
  ~ Worship 10am
Be sure to 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 calendar@oldtownucc.org 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, Cindi D, Linda, John, Alex, Maryam, Jared, Nelson & Judy, Don, Linda, Bob, Katie & Scott, Roxanne, June, Phoebe, Lori, Edie, Doug, Ben, Rhonda, Drew, Levi, Elain, Charlie, the families of Dick Hart, Bruce Walker, Jacob Merola, and Deborah Pierce.
(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)


COME TO THE TABLE
An Adult Spirituality Series

Our final gathering of “Come to the Table” will be this Wednesday at 6pm. “Come to the Table” is a time to gather, break bread, share a cup of soup, and reflect on one of the sacred stories of our faith. This is not simply a time of food and fellowship but rather a sacred time to stretch our hearts and minds as we deepen our faith and feed our souls.


CHURCH CLEAN-OUT

Our next church clean-out will be October 1 st from 8:30-??? We will be working on the balcony and the “Upper Room” or “flower room” where we ring the bell. If you have items in those areas that are important to you, please identify them so they will not be cleaned out. All help is appreciated as we work to make our church a safer and more welcoming place!


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.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER

Weekly Giving

  • The total giving for last week was $889.99, which is $561.93 less than expected for the week.
  • Our total giving for the year is 5,300 less than we expected it to be.

Monthly Finances for August

  • Our fundraising for August was $325 less than expected for the month, and our total fundraising as of the end of August is $4,000 less than expected.
  • Our total income as of the end of August is $5,000 less than expected.
  • Our total expenses as of the end of August are $10,500 less than expected. We continue to do an outstanding job keeping our expenses down!!!
  • For the year, our total income is $3,700 less than our total expenses. Even though we’ve been doing great at keeping our expenses down, we still need to work on increasing our income in order to keep up for the year.

As a congregational church, our church IS our congregation, and nothing happens unless WE make it happen. Please consider giving of your time to help with events at the church like our church clean-out and fundraisers like our fall fair, pet clinics, and yard sales. Keep an eye out for more opportunities to help as we begin to look at scheduling events for next year!

“Who is wise and knowledgeable among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness[e] is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
~ James 3:13, 16-18 (NRSVUE)


First Congregational Church, UCC of North Attleborough
(Oldtown Church)
675 Old Post Road, North Attleborough, MA 02760
508-695-1713
Pastor Kelly’s email: PastorKelly@oldtownucc.org
Church Email: church@oldtownucc.org
Website: www.oldtownucc.org
YouTube: www.youtube.com/oldtownucc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/oldtownucc
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