FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen, Pastor
Debbie Lyon, Lay Reader
August 9, 2020 Worship 9:30 AM
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRELUDE “There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy” arranged by Dale Wood c.2001 The Sacred Music Press
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. As we gather in this place, allow your
spirit to fill our very being.
People: As we worship today, we remember our brothers and sisters who are
worshipping elsewhere throughout the world. Inspire each of us to work
more faithfully for justice and dignity of life everywhere.
Leader: Raise our vision above the barriers of color, culture, and creed that separate us.
Give us wisdom as we deal with one another; help us to recognize and to respect
different ways, rather than to judge.
People: In the spirit of Jesus who came not to be served but to serve, we now must
walk in the world, we now must reach out our hands with help and open our
hearts in love. Awake in us the desire to seek your way of serving you in the
Leader: Come, people of God, rejoice!
People: Come, let us worship together.
HYMN When Morning Gilds the Skies – The Joslin Grove Choral Society
INVOCATION (in unison)
Compassionate God, in a world which is broken, in communities which are divided, with lives that are wounded – we turn to you for healing. We open our hearts to you and receive encouragement; we listen to your word and find meaning; we stretch our hands to you and find wholeness. Amen.
LORD’S PRAYER (trespasses)
HEBREW BIBLE LESSON Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 14:22-33
SERMON Saved From Sinking Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen
OFFERING OF SPECIAL MUSIC Be Thou My Vision arr. David S. Abramsky; copyright 2002-2015 by David S. Abramsky; Hannah Cox, cello; Edie Rice, piano
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in unison)
Thank you, God, for guiding us through life. Thank you for the abundance we have enjoyed. Thank you for prospering our efforts and blessing us far beyond our own work. We are grateful for all we have learned when we dared to trust you in difficult times. Use these experiences to your glory. Use our offerings to prosper your mission among us and beyond us. Use our lives to communicate your salvation to all who long for the fullness of life you intend. Amen.
HYMN Love Divine, All Loves Excelling – Zion Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir
BENEDICTION/POSTLUDE “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” J.S. Bach arrangement by A. Schreiner c. 1967 J. Fischer & Bros.
Greeters this Morning: Bonnie and John Maguire, Jean Landes
*Please Stand if you are able
Call to Worship reprinted from Flames of the Spirit, NancyMcMaster, Pilgrim Press, c. 1985; Invocation adapted and reprinted from Acorns and Archangels, Jan Sutch Pritchard, Wild Goose Publications, C/ 2009; Unison Prayer of Dedication reprinted from Fresh Winds of the Spirit, Book 2, Lavon Baylor, Pilgrim Press, c. 1992
Aug 9: Betty Lou Palmeri & JoAnn Reed Aug. 12: Barb Sarkis
Aug 10: Guy Burns & Pam McGuire Aug. 14: Erich Rudolph Aug. 11: Milan Kutner Aug. 15: Carla DeMeco
Food and Restaurant Gift Cards for the School:
Our congregation is invited to purchase gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores for those families in need in the area. We are hoping for a quantity of thirty $10 gift cards. Please give any cards purchased to Mike Parsons, or you can mail directly to the school to the attention of the School Superintendent, Jamie Farr.
Muriel Allemand (Jim & Connie Malone’s friend); Steve Beck (Heidi Schwarz’s brother); Keith Blaker; Sue & Bill Blaker & Family; Brad Bliss; Ruth Bundy (Cheryl Bootes’ friend); Marjorie Case; Kira Casellas; 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); Hannah Morgan & Family; Gayle Henry; Carin Herren; Jeff Johnson (Jim & John Johnson’s brother); Jim Kolesar (George & Carin Herren’s friend); Sue Kotalik; Family of Melanie (Dennis Maxfield’s niece); Michelle List (JoAnn Reed’s friend); Loren (Meg & Jack Radley’s friend); Lynn (Joan Ryan’s friend); Eileen McCarthy (Carla DeMeco & Betsy Dresser’s friend); Sally Mueller; Liz Nelson (Kathy Ward’s friend); Claude Peters; Chris Pritchard (Rick, Cindy Mullen & George Herren’s friend); Jack and Meg Radley; Sara (Meg & Jack Radley’s granddaughter); 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); Robin Wisniewski (Alicia’s mom); Josh Yeo (Barb Stahl’s friend); Jason Zeller (Kathy Ward’s son); Linda Zeller (Kathy Ward’s daughter in law)
Gleaner’s Kitchen continues to hand out bagged lunches every day and bags of food for families twice a week. Although volunteers cannot be there, hungry people come to the door every day. Gleaner’s still needs our help. If you are able, please send a check to help them continue. Tom Carter can make money go a long way by using Foodlink. The address is Gleaner’s Community Kitchen, Attn: Tom Carter, manager, c/o St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 North Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Thank you and God bless you.
Aug. 10 Trustees 10 AM
Aug. 11 Men’s Group 8:30 AM at the Gateway
Aug. 13 Resource Committee 11 AM
Aug. 16 Worship 9:30 Live Streaming and In-Person
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
United Church of Christ
58 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 394-2184
We’re a Different Kind of Church
We value and respect diversity in the ways we express our faith.
We enjoy thoughtful dialogue about faith issues.
We encourage each other to work for justice and to care for people in need in our community and in our world.