North Stonington Congregational Church
We are an Open and Affirming Church
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY 10:00 AM
“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 orientation. 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.”
*indicates those who are able are invited to stand
WELCOME And The WORK OF THE CHURCH
PRELUDE “My Tribute” (To God Be the Glory) - Crouch, arr. Livingston
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
*CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 36:5, 9-10)
God’s steadfast love extends to the heavens,
God’s faithfulness to the clouds.
With God is the fountain of life,
In God’s light, we see light.
May God’s steadfast love be with us,
May we draw closer to God.
In this time of worship,
May we seek the presence of Christ in one another.
*HYMN #1 Immortal, Invisible God St. Denio
*INVOCATION AND LORD’s Prayer (debts – debtors)
Wellspring of Life, we need water and air to live. By our breath we know Your Spirit; by the waters we know death and life. We are birthed into this world in the water of the womb, and born into You by the breath of the Spirit. As Jesus came to us, may we understand our unity in You. May we grow in understanding of our connection to the earth and all of creation. May we remember our connection, through You, to all of life. In the name of Christ, who was born of Mary and brings us into new life now on Your beautiful earth, 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.
(We greet one another with a sign of Christ’s peace)
SERMON Listen to Your Mother
*HYMN #583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us Austin
OFFERING OF OUR TITHES AND GIFTS
You may hand blue prayer request forms to ushers now.
“Bist Du Bei Mir” (Be Thou With Me) - Gottfried-Heinrich Stolzel
Lauren Rockwell, soprano
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*HYMN #448 Take My Life, God Let it Be Vienna
POSTLUDE “Toccata on Amazing Grace” – Pardini
If you wish to leave during the postlude, please leave quietly
We are live-streaming worship and recording it
for viewing on our website.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR PHONE DURING WORSHIP
Welcome to worship. Thank you for worshiping with us today! Social distancing and masks are required in order to protect one another. The service is available at www.northstoningtonucc.com
We light one white candle each Sunday to remember and pray for military and civilians serving our country and in harm’s way.
Serving in Worship: Marty booker, deacon; Matthew Sander, Pat Turner, ushers.
Our choirs are on “pause” for the remainder of January. Today we welcome soprano soloist, Lauren Rockwell. Lauren is a 2020 Wheeler graduate, longtime member of our church, and former member of our Youth Choir.
She is a second-year Music Education and Vocal Performance major at the Hartt School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Lauren has performed in both the Hartt Choir and Hartt Treble Ensemble where she is also a choir manager. She has been serving as a church musician for 11 years. In addition to multiple upcoming recital appearances, Lauren will perform in Hartt Opera Theater's La Divina by Pasatieri and Hartford Opera Company's Prelude, Prologue, Pagliacci by Leoncavallo in the Spring 2022 season.
We Pray For: healing from the continued effects of CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of: Stephanie Murray; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Seya Bishop, Janet Allen; George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Mobby Larson’s brother, Steve Brown; Mike Laing; Karen Clarke; the Bliven family; Elaine Falk Smith; Susan; Don Ouellette; William Jones (Julie’s brother); Mike Turano; and Doreen Hess (Mike Noonan’s sister.)
The new Flower and Steeple calendars are up and waiting for you to pick a date to celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one. You can still provide flowers for the recorded service. Call the office to check on available dates.
Monday: Office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Thursday, 10:30 AM: Study Group.
WF meeting (rescheduled to February 16 at Noon.)
THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF
Notice is hereby given to the members of the
Congregational Church of North
Stonington of the annual meeting to be held on Sunday, January 23rd,
2022 following church services. It will be a hybrid meeting (in-person and via Zoom).
The purpose of the meeting will be to:
1. Act upon the reports of officers and committees of
2. Hear and act upon the report of the budget committee;
3. Hear and act upon the report of the nominating
4. Transact any other business proper to come before
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT – Our January Mission!
Let’s do a team build! It’s a great way to share with your congregation. Or plan a build day with co-workers or family!
Call for more information on the Team Build days.
To be personally involved, serve on a committee; we need members on the Faith Engagement Committee. email@example.com
860-442-7890 ext.201 or 377 Broad Street, New London, CT 06320.
“My little children, keep away from idols.” - 1 John 5:21 (VOICE)
I could have been the Season 3 winner of the megahit television series, American Idol. Well, no, that’s not true. I didn’t even audition. I chickened out. I suspect that, like so many others, I was drawn to American Idol because of its grandiose claim: win here and be elevated from “undiscovered” to your rightful throne! Idol seemed like an express train to a rare kind of fame…
But like the biblical golden calf, the American Idol is a work of precise construction. It turns out that some of the show’s finalists, in fact, were already recording artists (Google “ringers of season 7”), some winners are bought not born (Google “textgate”), and even voted-off cream rises to the top (Google “Jennifer Hudson”).
Idols may be shiny and even talented, but they are always hoisted by our fantasies and demolished by our spite. Idols skew our perception of everything, including ourselves. Worse, idols entice us into worshipping what looks good instead of what is good. The writer of 1 John ends the book by repeating this evergreen warning: beware idols who worship love but don’t live love.
Prayer: God, you are the prototype. You are the real deal – your shine never fades and your dynamic love never hardens. Help us resist the forgeries of life. Mold us to take the shape of you.
- Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart
Global Ministries Prayers for the Philippines
Root us O, Lord,
Root us in your glory and mission
Let us find all that we need in the liberating and hopeful spirit of Jesus Christ.
Roots that extend in acts of justice for our communities and fight for human rights in all situations.
You are our one true vine O Creator.
Our Ministers: the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael G. Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton
Weekly Church Bulletin online