FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen, Pastor
Steve & Cathy Brooks, Lay Readers
May 3, 2020 Online Worship
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRELUDE Communion by Louis Vierne
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: How awesome to gather before God!
We are here to celebrate with wide-eyed wonder.
People: The God of all worlds is with us.
Praise God for this season of Easter.
Leader: Praise God for all the signs of new life.
Praise God for all we can do together.
People: Praise God for the life and ministry of Jesus.
Praise God for all who share that ministry today.
Leader: Christ came to offer us abundant life.
We are here today to reclaim that gift.
People: We gather in the name of Jesus Christ.
We want to follow in the steps of Jesus.
*HYMN Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks! by Donald Fishel; First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska
INVOCATION (in unison)
Let us hear your voice today, O Shepherd. Call our names and claim us as your own. Lead us beside still waters and restore our souls. Comfort those who suffer pain and loss. Assure all who are afraid. Lead us in right paths for your name’s sake. We have known your goodness and mercy in so many times and places. We open ourselves now to receive these gifts again. Unlock within us the barriers that keep us from recognizing and appreciating all the evidence of your love that surrounds us. Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER (trespasses)
GLORIA PATRI #734 (Green)
SPECIAL MUSIC Be Still My Soul ~ Ryan and Rebecca Rice Fitzpatrick
HEBREW BIBLE LESSON Psalm 23
*HYMN The Lord’s My Shepherd (Brother James Air) ~ Canterbury Cathedral Choristers
EPISTLE LESSON Acts 2: 42-47
COMMUNION MEDITATION Koinonia: All Things in Common Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen
Offertory Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose by Dimitri S. Bortniansky
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in unison)
O Guardian of our souls, we give thanks for your watchful care. We are grateful for the many ways you offer healing and renewal. We are delighted with the opportunity to return, with glad and generous hearts, the love you have given us. We praise you with our offerings and by rededicating our time, talents, and treasure to the ministry of healing your broken, troubled world. Amen.
*COMMUNION HYMN Let Us Break Bread Together ~ First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Choir, Baltimore, Maryland
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Preparing the Table
Invitation and Consecration
Sharing of the Bread
Sharing of the Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*HYMN God is Here ~ The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Varsity Chorus at First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska
POSTLUDE Rejoice the Lord is King arr. by Samuel Metzger
May 3 Kathy Postma & Nancey Wilbur
May 4 Marlin Potter & Barbara Miller
Mary 5 Cathy Coots
May 6 Cheryl Bootes
May 7 Cass Roberts
May 8 Don Oakleaf & William Maxfield
Month of May: Diaper Drive
Sunday May 3: Online Worship; 11:45 Zoom coffee hour
Friday May 8: Zoom Staff meeting 10:00AM
Saturday May 9: Mother’s Day rose delivers pick up roses
Sunday May 10: Online Worship
Monday May 11: Zoom Trustees meeting 4
Friday May 15: Weathervane deadline
Sunday May 17: Online Worship, Virtual MS walk
Tuesday May 19: Zoom Church Council meeting 7
Muriel Allemand (Jim & Connie Malone’s friend); Steve Beck (Heidi Schwarz’s brother); Keith Blaker; Brad Bliss; Ruth Bundy (Cheryl Bootes’ friend); Marjorie Case; Cathy Coots; Peggy & Bob DeSantis (Dorice & Don Raw, Sr.’s friends); Julie English (Janet & Kim Tenreiro’s friend); Brian Fuscaldo (Mara Huberlie’s nephew); Jerry Gomez (Kathi Nacca’s friend); Gayle Henry; Carin Herren; Jeff Johnson (Jim & John Johnson’s brother); Carol Kober (Debbie Lyon’s neighbor); Jim Kolesar (George & Carin Herren’s friend); Sue Kotalik; Laura (Karen DeMay’s sister); Michelle List (JoAnn Reed’s friend); Loren (Meg & Jack Radley’s friend); Lynn (Joan Ryan’s friend); Scott Lyon (Betty’s son); Eileen McCarthy (Carla DeMeco & Betsy Dresser’s friend); Sally Mueller; Liz Nelson (Kathy Ward’s friend); Chris Pritchard (Rick, Cindy Mullen & George Herren’s friend); Jack and Meg Radley; Sara (Meg & Jack Radley’s granddaughter); Scott and Amanda (nephew and niece of Don & Marilyn DeSmith); John Paul and Pat Smith; Smith/Dworetsky Family (Okke & Kathy Postma’s friends); Sally Stowell (Alice Berry’s mother); Walker (Don & Dorice Raw’s friend); Kathy Ward; Gordon Wenner (George & Carin Herren’s friend); Merle Winn (Amy Ogden’s friend); Josh Yeo (Barb Stahl’s friend); Jason Zeller (Kathy Ward’s son); Linda Zeller (Kathy Ward’s daughter in law)
VIRTUAL MS WALK: SUNDAY, MAY 17th
For the past several years our Church has participated in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS to help fund the fight against MS. This year, we will be having a “Virtual” MS Walk! Please visit the MS website at https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=30974&pg=entry
for more information. You can participate in an online walk with your friends or make a donation to the MS Society.
Healthy Families Diaper Drive – Remote Edition!
It seems so long ago that we heard Teresa Deacon’s Healthy Families presentation at the March 5 soup supper. Now that May is upon us, Social Action hopes that you will participate in our month-long diaper drive, which we will handle a bit differently than planned.
Here is a reminder of just some of the services provided by Healthy Families:
Pre- and post-natal support
Child development assessment and activities
Regular home visits for 5 years
An annual baby shower
A grandparent support group
A twice-monthly baby café
Positive parenting options
These services are free for 50 young families in the county, regardless of income or education. And they go through LOTS of diapers!
So, the diaper drive: If you would like to purchase diapers (all sizes welcome, but the newborn size (N) is least needed), you can either drop them off on the Naccas’ porch at 109 Chapel Street or call Kathi at 394-7901 and she will get them from your doorstep. If you would like to donate money for diaper purchases, please send a check to the church with the word “Diapers” on the memo line. Difficult times demand creative solutions, and we hope this diaper drive, remote edition, will gain support. If you have any questions about Healthy Families or about the diaper drive, please call Kathi Nacca at 394-7901. THANK YOU. ~Social Action
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
United Church of Christ
58 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 394-2184
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