Sunday Bulletins

October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

Worship leader: Rev. Samantha Tuttle
Music provided by Oli Covington

Welcome and Announcements – Welcome to this place of worship, which we make special by our presence. Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified, the human is celebrated, the compassionate is expected. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life in the presentness of God.

Call to Worship:

Pastor: We gather at this time and in this place to celebrate the mystery of life.
Congregation: We commit to moving beyond our previous selves and to continue emerging into persons and into a community dedicated to enhancing this world.
Pastor: We affirm the worth of all, and commit ourselves to honoring the sacred in all.
Congregation: We seek to open ourselves to be more in tune, more involved with each other and the world.
Pastor: We commit ourselves to learning, changing, thinking again…deconstructing our faith and daring again to imagine how faith and risk lead us to each other,
Congregation: engaging us all in the depths and dimensions of what it means to be human, to be neighbor, to love, to include, to laugh, to be free.
All: Welcome to worship.

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October 8, 2017

October 8, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Worship Leader – Rev. Michael Lyle

For Meditation and Reflection:
Jesus was brought up in Nazareth of Galilee. This land, though despised by the more purely Jewish inhabitants of Judea because its people were of mixed racial stock, was loyal to the Jewish religion and traditions, the home of a hardy, self-respecting population, and particularly pervaded by the messianic hope. Here Jesus grew to manhood through years of unrecorded experience.
– From A History of the Christian Church

The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. – Isaiah 61: 1-2

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October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

St. James United Church of Christ
Order of Worship on Sunday, October 1st, 2017
World Communion Sunday

For Meditation and Reflection:
As surely as we belong to the universe, we belong together. We join here to transcend the isolated self. To reconnect, to know ourselves to be at home, here on earth, under the stars, linked with each other.
Let us take a moment now to settle into the silence. Hear and feel your quiet breathing. Hear and feel the quiet of this place and this community of people. In this quiet hour may our spirits be renewed. In this gathering of old and new friends may our minds be open to new truth, and our hearts be receptive to love, as we give thanks for this life we are blessed to share.

Welcome and Announcements – A warm welcome is extended to all. Your presence both enriches us and this time of celebration together.

Call to Worship
Pastor: May we greet one another with open hearts and minds;
People: inspire each other to consider new questions
Pastor: seek deeper meaning;
People: and cultivate both wisdom and compassion.
Pastor: May this time together empower us to take some steps
People: so all our living is transforming
All: and the yearning of our hearts become reality

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September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, September 24, 2017:
Blessing of the Animals

Worship Leader: Rev. Guy S. Johnson
Lay Leader: Janell Kinzie

For Meditation and Reflection
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France

Welcome music provided by Oli Covington.

Welcome and Announcements

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth
“For the beauty of the earth
For the splendor of the skies.
For God’s love, which from our birth,
Over and around us lies.
Refrain: God of all, to you we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love,
Animals that we love too.
For your grace here and above,
Shown in all we say and do.
Refrain
For the good that love inspires,
For a world where none exclude,
For a faith that never tires,
And for every heart renewed.
Refrain

Today’s Scripture Readings:

Genesis 1:22-24
Mark 11:1-3

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September 17, 2017

September 17, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, September 17th 2017

Welcome and Announcements – Welcome to this place of worship, which we make special by our presence. Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified, the human is celebrated, the compassionate is expected. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life in the presentness of God.

Call to Worship:

Pastor: The symbols of life are all around us: light and noise, children and adults, birds and animals, colors and movement, words of goodwill, songs of joy.
Congregation: May we recognize these symbols as life affirming. May we seek to renew them everyday. May we be inspired to share them generously.
Pastor: As we meet and as we prepare to depart, may we again commit as individuals and as a community to the values and ideals that would contribute to the transformation of this world.
All: Welcome to worship

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September 10, 2017

September 10, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Welcome and Announcements – Welcome to this place of worship, which we make special by our presence. Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified, the human is celebrated, the compassionate is expected. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life in the presentness of God.

Call to Worship:

Pastor: Sharing life’s journey with others is always a privilege.
Congregation: We are enriched by the company of each other.
Pastor: We are drawn closer to the heart of love in this time of celebration.
Congregation: May this gathering be touched with tenderness,
Pastor: refreshing us anew by the grace that encompasses this day.
Congregation: Together may we support each other,
Pastor: empower each other,
All: welcome each other.

Opening Hymn: #28 – For the Beauty of the Earth

Opening Prayer: (Unison)

During this time of prayer and quiet reflection, may we be enabled to find that power that already lies within us: for love, for creativity, for hope. May our hearts be open to compassion, our minds open to wisdom, our spirits open to grace. This morning, we gather, sing, pray and think – offering ourselves to and with the reverberating hum, mystery and presence of life. We commit again to facing each other with new desire and intention, with embrace, laughter, tears and honesty. May we always rejoice in life and work to cultivate a sense of its giftedness. May ours be a faith that shines to the world as the light of deeds and the witness of actions. Amen.

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September 3, 2017

September 3, 2017

NOTE – WORSHIP TIME RETURNS TO 11:00 AM

Worship Leader: – Rev. Dr. Mary Mason

For Meditation and Reflection

“A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
– Albert Einstein
Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship – Psalm 8 – #624, Black hymnal

Opening Hymn: #436 – God of Grace and God of Glory

Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-33

Reflections by Rev. Mason: “Take Heart, Take Courage”

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August 13, 2017

August 13, 2017

Lay Leader – Tena Brass
Guest Speaker – Donna Fortier from Mobile Hope

For Meditation and Reflection: “By lifting others, we rise”.

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: Leader: Blessings on this day
All: Blessed is this day that God has made.
Leader: Say more of your God…
All: God is the Alpha and the Omega.
Leader: Blessings on your lives.
All: Blessed are our lives filled with the Holy Spirit.
Leader: Say more of this Spirit…
All: Holy is the Spirit of our ancestors, the Spirit of our children and
our children’s children.

Leader: Blessings on your hearts.
All: Blessed are our hearts full of love
Leader: Say more of this love…
All: The love of our families, our community, and the love of all creatures.
All: Let us worship together and seek the guidance of God, the joy of Spirit,
and the wonder of Love.

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August 6, 2017

August  6, 2017

Worship Leader – Rev. Samantha Tuttle

For Meditation and Reflection:

“God is real for me, a mystical, undefinable presence that I can experience but never explain. I experience God as the source of life in the act of living fully. I experience God as the source of love in the act of loving wastefully. I experience God as the Ground of Being in the act of having the courage to be. Jesus is the revelation of this God for me, not because of miracle stories or excessive pre-modern claims, but because he is portrayed as one who is fully alive with the life of God, totally loving with the love of God, and as one who possesses the capacity to be all that he could be revealing the very Ground of Being that I call God. I serve the God that I meet in Jesus, not by trying to convert others to my way of believing, but by seeking to transform the world so that every person might have that God-like capacity to live fully, to love wastefully and to be all that each person can be.”

Christ and the Body of Christ – By John Shelby Spong
From The Once and Future Jesus

Welcome and Announcements – Welcome to this place of worship, which we make special by our presence. Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified, the human is celebrated, the compassionate is expected. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life in the presentness of God.

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July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017

Worship Leader – Rev. Michael Lyle

For Meditation and Reflection:

“I believe he (Christ) says it to all of us: to feed his sheep, his lambs, to be sure, but first to let him feed us – to feed us something of himself. In the sip of wine and the crumb of bread. In the dance of sun and water and sky. In the faces of the people who need us most, and of the people we most need. Who knows where we will find him…or whether we will recognize him if we do? Who knows anything even approaching the truth of who he really was? But my prayer is that we will all of us find him somewhere, somehow, and that he will give us something of his life to fill our emptiness, something of his light to drive back our dark.
– Frederick Buechner, Excerpt from his sermon “The Great Dance”

Welcome and Announcements

Opening Prayer

Responsive Call to Worship:
Leader: This is the day that God has made.
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Leader: O come, let us worship and bow down;
People: let us kneel before God, our Maker.

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