Bulletin for Sunday, June 25

Bountiful Community Church

United Church of Christ
June 25, 2017

 

“Caring and Connecting to Create Community” 

  

Prelude

Bell Toll

Greeting & Quiet Prayer

Good morning and welcome to this service of worship at Bountiful Community Church! This is the time we enter into quiet prayer, to prepare our hearts and minds to worship God. You are invited  to come forward, if you wish, to light a prayer candle for yourself, for someone else, or for a situation in our community or the world where you desire to shine God's light and love.

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD

 Call to Worship (responsive) (based on Psalm 100)

One: Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth!

Many: Let us worship God with gladness, and come into God's             presence with singing.

One: We are God's people: God has made us, and we belong to God.

Many: Let us enter this time of worship with thanksgiving, praising      God and blessing God's name.

All: God is good, and God's steadfast love endures forever!

 

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* All Stand

Bold print - Congregation speaks

 

Litany of Confession

One: As we affirm the Goodness of God, we acknowledge that we live             broken lives in a broken world.  

Many: So many things call to us and compete for our attention.

One: Often we feel that we cannot act for good in lives and in the world.

Many: We find ourselves separated from our sisters and brothers,        divided by race and economics and politics.

One: We find ourselves separated from God, cut off from our source of            power.

Many: We find ourselves lost, confused, and adrift.

 

Words of Assurance

One: Having acknowledged the brokenness of our lives and our world, hear now these words of assurance: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Many: Thanks be to God!

 

*Hymn      # 25    (1-6)     “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

 

Visitors are welcome to introduce themselves.

 

Welcome (unison)

            No matter who you are or where you

            are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

 

*Passing the Peace  

One:  The Peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

      Leader:  Christ is the Peacemaker. He calls us to be Peacemakers too.               Let us greet one another with a sign of God's peace.

 

 

 

 

*Regathering Music       "Open My Eyes"

 

Prayers of the People

Pastoral Prayer

Our 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.

 

Sung Response:           NCH#769

            Hear our prayer, O God, hear our prayer, O God;

            Incline your ear to us, and grant us your peace.

 

Report from our Delegates to the Rocky Mountain Conference Annual Celebration

 

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S VOICE

 

Holy Scripture   Isaiah 40:28-31 (NRSV)

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.

 He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.

 Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;

 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.

Matthew 9:35-10:8 (NRSV)

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;  therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,  but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

As a sign of our respect and faithfulness, when the reader finishes the day's reading, she or he will say: 

"This is the word of God for the people of God."

 

We will respond with "Thanks be to God."

Message   “Beloved Community, Believing Hope, Embodied Action”

                                                                                    Rev. Jodi Bushdiecker

  (sermons may be found on our website: http://uccbccchurch.org/)

 

*Hymn     #539     (2-6)          “Won't You Let Me Be Your Servant”

 

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S VOICE

 

Invitation

Let us give of ourselves and our gifts as an expression of believing hope and embodied action, that we might be a sign of God's Beloved Community in the world.

 

Offertory

*Doxology                                                        NCH # 780

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God for all that love has done;

Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. Amen.

 

Blessing the Gifts (responsive)

One: Holy and loving God, for all the gifts you've given us,

Many: We give you thanks!

One: For surrounding us with your great love, and for inviting and    empowering us to share your love with others,

Many: We give you thanks!

One: For the gifts we bring to support and nurture this family of faith,

Many: We give you thanks!

One: For the special gifts we bring this month to share with our sisters and            brothers in this community,

Many: We give you thanks!

One: For gathering us in this place as a family of faith, as we learn to be    followers of Christ,

Many: We give you thanks!

All: We are Grateful, God, and we are humbled, by the opportunity to share with others a portion of what you have given us. Bless    these gifts and use them, we pray, to manifest your love and   justice in the world. Amen. 

*Hymn      #586     (1-3)      “Come to Tend God's Garden”

 

(After singing the last hymn, the congregation will form a circle to hear the benediction and sing the Choral Response.)

 

*Announcements  What’s Happening Here

 

*Benediction[1]

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God sends us into the world, to accept the cost and to discover the joy of discipleship. Therefore go – carrying with you the peace of Christ, the love of God, and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit in trail and rejoicing. Amen.

 

*Choral Response  

“Peace I Leave With You, My Friends” NCH #249, refrain

Peace I leave with you, my friends.

Shalom, my peace, in all you do.

Peace I leave with you, my friends.

I give to you so you can give to others, too.

 

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Participants in this service

Ministers ~ All of Us             Pastor ~ Jodi Bushdiecker

Organist ~Jared Gardiner Altar Guild ~Beth East

Reader ~Bobbie McNellis       

 

Our Leadership:

Pastor: Moderator: Shelley Blundell

Church Council:

Ruth Weaver Linda Russell Loyda Cracroft

Michele Fisher  Eleanor Jensen  Don Westien

Church Secretary:    Paula Ann Swift

 

                    Bountiful Community Church

150 North 400 East, P.O. Box 265,

Bountiful, UT 84011, 801-295-9439

http://uccbccchurch.org/

bccsecretary1@gmail.com ; bccchurch1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1]Ruth C. Duck, ed., Bread for the Journey: Resources for Worship (Cleveland, Ohio: United Church Press, 1981), 70.

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