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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
Happy Fourth of July! 

Worship from Home 

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Join us at 11 am Sunday
Communion (bring your "elements")
Prayer and "coffee hour" on Zoom
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Fellowship of Concern   Please keep in your prayers: those affected by the CoVID-19, especially the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; for working to bear the burdens of others.  For the healing of Shirley Millar; Jim Hoffman and family; Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Kay Lautzenheiser; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Bruce Sawyer; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; Sarah Ouellette; Doreen Hess; and George McCullen (and wife Arline);  and Mary Bliven.  
Shop Our Church-Made Pies
This summer we will  sell pies only at the Sunday, Mystic Farmer’s Market on Pequotsepos Road.
The market hours are Noon till 3 pm.
Just come to the market and look for us
OR order ahead by calling the church (Monday through Thursday. 9am – 1 pm) and then come to pick up your pie(s) at the market.  $15.00 or Small Pie $7.
Denison Farmers Market - June-October; Sundays; noon-3 p.m.
120 Pequotsepos Road, across from the Denison/Pequotsepus Nature Center Mystic, CT
Phone: 860-536-8377

Cans & Bottles  Can be brought to the church in moderate amounts now.   Thank you.

New London Homeless Hospitality Center is always in need of items. 

If you shop online you can have these items delivered to the church! 
We will make sure it gets brought to the shelter. 
AND - we can help folks transitioning from homeless to home!  More info to come.

For Shelter needs see below: 
     Kitchen/Food Needs
Disposable Plates       Disposable Cups
Disposable Utensils     Napkins
Canisters of Coffee      Coffee Creamer
Sugar packets/Bags     Tea Bags
Instant Oatmeal             Hot Chocolate
Toiletries (travel size)   Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
Toothbrush/Toothpaste     Dental Floss    Mouthwash
Razors and Shaving Cream
Lotion     Combs
Deodorant        Feminine Products
     Miscellaneous Needs
Pillows     Blankets
Paper Towels       Detergent Pods
Masks               Cleaning supplies
      Clothing Needs
Undergarments (new)

REMEBERING OFFERINGS AND PLEDGE PAYMENTS: Thanks to all who are mailing in regular checks or sending offerings online.  We hope you are able to continue in your generosity as our staff is continuing their work and the bills still need to be paid.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder, we hope!
You can use PayPal on our website.   

COMMUNION SUNDAY                                                       5 July 2020

“As an Open and Affirming church:
      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

PRELUDE                “America, the Beautiful / God Bless America”
          - arr. Michael G. Noonan                  Alice Robbins, soloist


*CALL TO WORSHIP                        based on Psalm 14:8-14
            God is all mercy and grace; not quick to anger, is rich in love.
God is good to one and all; the doing is suffused with grace.
            Creation and creatures applaud You, God; We bless you!
We tell of Your power for good, 
the lavish splendor of your kingdom.
          O God, you give a hand and a fresh start to those ready to quit.
All eyes are on you, expectant, O Holy One. 
May You bestow favor upon all us this day, and always. 

HYMN (PH)      My Country ‘Tis of Thee                  America

Holy God, ever-present Spirit, we place our lives before you this day.  Touch us deeply where we have our deepest needs.  Brush away our petty wants and show us what is good and real.  This weekend we celebrate our country’s independence and so we think we, too, must be self-sufficient and independent.  But like this country, our lives are founded on You and Your ways, O God.  Remind us that our dependence on You is not weakness.  Instead it gives us strength, courage and hope.  Abide with us, Holy One, and be welcome in our lives and our homes.  Hear us as we pray…
            We have been promised God’s presence which offers new life, which is God’s forgiveness of us.
May we live into the fullness of life that comes with that assurance.  Thanks be to God. Amen.
      Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
      Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
      Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 
THE PEACE    May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.                                       
SCRIPTURE LESSONS                Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
                                                           Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
SERMON                                   Independence Day


HYMN #484         O Come to Me, You Weary               Meirionydd

The Invitation
            At this table we gather, whether it be alone or surrounded by family, at a table or on the lawn, we come to meet Jesus here. 
We have an invitation, and we need only accept it.  In our acceptance we are welcome and Christ sets before us nourishment for body, soul and spirit.  
            As we come to the table, we remember Jesus’ words:
            ‘When you celebrate, be sure to . . . share something with folk
            who are different in their outlook from yourself.’
Jesus also said: ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  Come to me, I will never turn you away.’
            So we find joy in this, and encouragement to bring what we are and what we have to God, for Jesus to make things better.  For    this we give thanks and join as one with all God’s people –
            the church that was and is and will be:   
Holy, holy, holy Lord.  God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest!
Words of Institution
Prayer of Consecration and Lord's Prayer("debts” and “debtors”)
Sharing the Elements
Prayer of Thanksgiving
O Brother Jesus, we have been guests at your table; come with us wherever we go and be present in all we share. As you have fed us, now draw out of us a generosity of spirit to ensure that all the hungry are nourished and earth’s barren places are fertile with food, faith, hope and love.    Amen

HYMN #571                O God of Love, O God of Peace       Hesperus           


 POSTLUDE        “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” - Edward Broughton 

Worship Notes:    
“America, the Beautiful “, tune by Samuel Ward, text by Katherine L. Bates. Public Domain.
“God Bless America” by Irving Berlin. One License # 123241.
“My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by Edward Broughton, copyright 1981, Lorenz Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
HYMN (PH) My Country ‘Tis of Thee, Samuel F. Smith, 1808–1895; music ‘America’ from Thesaurus Musicus, London, Public Domain.  From the Pilgrim Hymnal. 
HYMN #484, O Come to Me You Weary, William C. Dix, 1867; Meirionydd, Welsh hymn tune.
HYMN #571, O God of Love, O God (King) of Peace, ‘Hesperus’ by Henry W. Baker, 1854.  Public Domain, CCLI Song Number: 4549545
Hymns from the New Century Hymnal ©1995 The Pilgrim Press.  Permission is granted for this one-time use.      
Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 
Prayer of confession adapted from rev-o-lution.org 
"Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.”


“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23a (NRSV) 
        The best proverbs are comical. Here’s one:  You can’t hold two watermelons in one hand.  It’s so obviously impossible that it’s silly.
        Sometimes we can trick ourselves into doing impossible things. We load too much onto our plates. We carry too many things at once. And then one of them drops. Or they all do. Or we drop ourselves, in exhaustion. There is nothing more exhausting than trying to do something impossible.
        We are told, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” That’s a pretty tall order if we have to pull off all those thing for ourselves. Fortunately, we don’t have to. They come to us like gifts, fruits from the tree of the Holy Spirit.  It reminds me of one of my favorite prayer songs:
        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.
In other words. put down those two watermelons you’ve been trying to carry, and let the Spirit do her work.                                    - Lillian Daniel
Global Ministries Prayers for Puerto Rico:  God, Creator of what we see and what we cannot see, we praise your name and give all glory to you. As we serve your calling in Puerto Rico, many only see what is missing, and are blind to your mercy and grace. Today, we serve a community recovering from hurricanes, earthquakes, financial distress, and the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge that the strength, willingness, and eagerness to provide comfort, shelter, and food and to share your loving gospel was not ours but only yours. And through them, you made us a living testimony of your mercy, your love, and your blessing to all people in Puerto Rico. We ask for the steady stream of your overflowing grace to be poured over “The Enchanted Island.” As we continue to serve this portion of your kingdom, may our words be light to condemn but strong and heavy to comfort. Amen.

Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am -1 pm
--Please Note:  due to our concern to protect one another, if you plan to visit the office, wearing a mask is required and entry is only by the front door (near the ramp).  Call ahead or call from the parking lot when you arrive so someone can let you in.  Thank you. 

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