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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC
Worship from Home 

May 31, 2020
Pentecost Sunday!

 Zoom Prayer and Conversation
with Pastor Sue at 11 am Sunday

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- Worship at Home-
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Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

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PENTECOST SUNDAY                                                10 a.m. 

“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        “Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord”
                                                                            - Andreas Armsdorf
 
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
 
CALL TO WORSHIP          based on Psalm 104
       Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great.         You are clothed with honor and majesty,
            Wrapped in light as with a garment.
            You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
  You set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
    you make the clouds your chariot,
            You ride on the wings of the wind,
            you make the winds your  messengers,
            fire and flame your ministers.
All creation looks to you to give them their food in due season;
             When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
             and you renew the face of the ground.
             We rejoice in the works of the Lord!
 
HYMN #293       Sweet, Sweet Spirit            Sweet, Sweet Spirit

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION AND LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
You come like a dove, Anointing God, in every time, in every place, announcing through your Spirit that we are your Beloved.  You come like a whirlwind, Justice doing cartwheels before you, hope gusting open the windows of our shuttered hearts. You come first as a whisper and then a mighty shout.  Wind of God, You come: flame, voice, joy   - Life for all you call your children and so we pray: Our Father...
 
GLORIA PATRI  (#759)
      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. 

PASSING OF THE PEACE   May the peace of Christ be with you.
      And also with you.
                              
SCRIPTURE LESSONS           Acts 2:1-21
                                             1 Corinthians 12:3-13
                                                  John 20:19-23
 
TIME FOR CHILDREN
 
SERMON                Breath of Fresh Air                                      


MOMENTS OF SILENCE

 
HYMN #286         Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness                 Spirit

 

Because the music and text is so small in the copy below,
here are the lyrics! 

 

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness,
calling and free.
Spirit, Spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness,
Wind, Wind on the sea.

You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep,
and over the eons you called to each thing:
Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.

(refrain):
You swept through the desert,
you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people with a law and a land,
and when they were blinded with their idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.

(refrain):
You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still,
and down in the city you called once again,
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.

(refrain):
You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes,
from the bondage of sorrow the captives dream dreams,
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes,
with bold new decisions your people arise.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
HYMN #391       In The Midst of New Dimensions       
New Dimensions
 
BENEDICTION    

POSTLUDE                               “Allegro”- G.F. Handel     

 

 

 

Worship Notes:
­­ “Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord”, Andreas Armsdorf (1670-1699). Public Domain.
“Allegro”, G.F.Handel, (1685-1759). Public Domain.
In the Midst of New Dimensions, tune New Dimensions; music and lyrics Julian Rush, 1985; arr. New Century Hymnal, 1994. 
Spirit, James K. Manley © 1978   CCLI Song Number: 101393
Sweet Sweet Spirit, Doris Akers  © 1962  CCLI Song Number: 18204
 
All Hymns from the New Century Hymnal;  copyright 1995 The Pilgrim Press. 
Permission is granted for this one-time use.  
Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116
 

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 For the healing of Shirley Millar; Jim Hoffman; Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Thurlow Coats; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Harriet; Janet Allen; Earl Bond; Kay Lautzenheiser; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter; Bruce Sawyer; John Wohlleber; Deb Janda; Don Ouellette;  and Doreen Hess.

We particularly pray for all those keeping food, medical, and building supplies available; workers on the front  lines of dealing with the virus outbreak.  We give thanks for all the medical and emergency folks and everyone in the workforce who have to deal directly with customers. 
 

All onsite group meetings are cancelled. 
Groups should consider using Zoom or GoToMeeting in order to stay in touch.


Face Masks  - we are still making and collecting face masks to help out the “Masketeers” who are donating them to local health services.  If you NEED a mask, please call the office and we will set one aside for you as long as the supply lasts. 
 
Cans & Bottles  Please do not bring cans & bottles to the church, for now,  as the redemption center is closed.  Thank you.

May Mission Focus
Blanket Fund through Church World Service.  
CWS Blankets literally save lives. 
Let us spread love to others going through difficult times
such as people in homeless shelters, or recovering after tornadoes, hail, high winds or hurricanes.
Notify Melanie Ouellette (chairman of Mission committee) if you have questions.
Thank you for your support in advance


Looking Ahead
What will worship in our near future look like?  As some churches begin to gather in-person to worship we may be tempted to jump right in as well. 
            Before we do that, it is important to consider some logistical, physical and spiritual issues as we think about phasing back in some previous practices whilst CoVID-19 is still affecting all of us. 
            Pastor Sue has been consulting with other clergy in Connecticut and Rhode Island over the last weeks as well as researching resources that help us look at some of the Personal Protection Practices we need to implement. 
            It is a multi-layered situation that our church leadership is exploring right now and will be discussing over the next couple of weeks and prayerfully be making decisions.  Please pray as well, that we will cautiously and responsibly take into account the emotional, spiritual and physical health of our community as we think about how best to be church in this challenging time.  Your thoughts are welcome so please call, write a note or email us at the church office

 
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.   

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”  
                                                                              – John 14:1 (KJV)
        “Troubling times. Troubled minds. News reports full of trouble. Health care systems in dire trouble. A deeply troubled economy. Trouble on every side.
        Jesus knew something about trouble.  According to John, Jesus had a troubled spirit when he announced the betrayal of one of his disciples.
In between Jesus’ troubling prediction of his betrayal and the troublesome realization of his betrayal in the garden, Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
        Much more than a pious platitude, Jesus was offering his disciples a very definite basis of peace in trouble-filled times. Jesus invites us to not only believe in God’s eternal existence. He invites us to believe in God’s very present presence.”
        God is present in the dedication of health care professionals. And food suppliers. And grocery store workers. And sanitation and cleaning service personnel.  God is present in the challenge we all now face to differentiate that which is tangential to life from that which is essential to life.
        “The presence of God expressed in giving our planet some time to breathe from the relentless assaults of environmental abuse.” 
God, help us to realize the cure for our ‘heart trouble’ in your never-failing presence. Amen. 

(excerpt from daily devotion by Kenneth Samuel, Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia,)

Global Ministries Prayers for Thailand:   We pray with thanksgiving for the people of Thailand, who have long had the gift of adapting and thriving in a world of constant change.  Let their redoubled commitment to mutual encouragement and to “a cool heart” be a beacon to the world in this time of trouble. Let their concern for the larger world be a gift of hope, and let that hope be part of your work to draw all the people of the world together to be stewards of life and love and healing—throughout the whole wide earth. We pray through the Risen Christ, 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

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Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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