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North Stonington Congregational Church

We are an Open and Affirming Church

 

 

The Congregational Church
Of
North Stonington, U.C.C

89 Main Street
North Stonington, CT 06359
860-535-0379
NoStoUCC@comcast.net
www.northstoningtonucc.com

February 5, 2023
Communion Sunday

5 TH SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY 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
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 SHARING THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
PRELUDE   “Be Thou My Vision” - Hops on
SILENT MEDITATION IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
*CALL TO WORSHIP
With what shall we come before God?
Who is worthy to stand in God’s presence?
Come, not in wisdom, but in humility.
We come without power or pretension,
Only as sense waiting and hoping.
Trust in God to grant you light and new life.
God’s blessings pour down on all;
God looks, and sees, and knows each one of us!
*HYMN #294 There’s a Spirit (vv. 1,3,5,7) ORIENTIS PARTIBUS
UNISON INVOCATION AND LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)
O God, you call out to us, saying, “Here I am,” but we do not
listen. You pour on us spiritual gifts, but we do not discern
them. You call us to build a more just society but we cling to
our advantages. Forgive us, we pray. Help us to change. Help
us to know and understand Jesus that we might reflect you in
our daily living. Create in us a generosity that reflects your
own. Pour out your Spirit on this congregation that we might
understand and use it to build and repair and restore. Hear
our prayers, O God . . .
PERSONAL CONFESSION
WORDS OF ASSURANCE

For God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the
world but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Those who believe in him are not condemned
We give thanks that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
*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 (we offer a sign of Christ’s peace)
May the peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
YOUTH CHOIR “We Come to Praise Him” - DeVinney

Children are invited to attend church school

SCRIPTURE LESSONS (OT page 688) Isaiah 58:1-12
(NT page 4) Matthew 5:13-20
SENIOR CHOIR “At the Table of the Lord” - Althouse
SERMON We’ve Got the Tools – Let’s Use Them!
MOMENTS OF SILENCE
*HYMN #528 You Are the Seed ID Y ENSEÑAD
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION Response: Lord, hear our prayer
OFFERING OF OUR TITHES AND GIFTS
OFFERTORY Cantabile on ‘Child of the Light’” - Behnke
*DOXOLOGY (#780)
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.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION
THE INVITATION

We give you thanks, God of majesty and mercy, for calling
forth the creation and breathing life into us from dust.
We bless you for the beauty and bounty of the earth and hope
for the day when sharing by all will mean scarcity for none.
We rejoice that you call us to reconciliation with you and all
people everywhere and that you remain faithful your
covenant even when we are faithless.
We rejoice that you call the entire human family to this table
of sacrifice and victory. We come in remembrance and
celebration of the gift of Jesus Christ, Immanuel - whom you
sent in the fullness of time, to be the Good News and to live
among us; to suffer and die on the cross for us, to be raised
from death and then to live in glory.
As we remember all you have done, we look to the future with
hope, knowing this mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again!
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION AND THE LORD'S PRAYER ("debts”)
DISTRIBUTION OF THE ELEMENTS
Please come forward to receive the bread and cup.
The Bread – we eat of the bread together, responding to the
words: “The Body of Christ, take and eat.”
The Cup – we partake in response to the words, “Take, drink, in
remembrance of Jesus the Christ.”
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Bountiful God, we give you thanks that you have refreshed
us at your table by granting us the presence of Christ.
Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and
send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing
in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
*HYMN #311 Renew Your Church ALL IS WELL
*BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE “All Creatures of Our God and King’” - Hopson

5 February 2023 5th Sunday of Epiphany
“So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also
an heir, through God.” – Galatians 4:7 (NRSV)
I’ve observed that one of the most difficult impediments to wellness is
in setting aside the bad things we think we “deserve.” If we think that we
deserve to be mistreated or to mistreat. That we deserve to stay under the
fist or boot of an abuser or to hold that fist or to stomp that boot.
If we believe that our place is on the floor to be someone’s doormat or
to walk across someone’s back? Then: right there on the floor is where we
will stay. Or we will put—and try to keep—someone down.
Getting up is so hard. But I want you to know this: God doesn’t want
anyone on that floor. God did not form you in the womb, breathe life into
your lungs, walk you into life, bless you at every turn, grant you every good
thing you’ve had and done for you to be on the floor or to put someone
there.
If you find yourself in the position of a doormat? Someone did that. But
it wasn’t God. You, Child of God, are heir to God’s promises. You are heir to
heaven on earth! There is no such thing as a Doormat Ministry. - Kaji Douša
Global Ministries Prayers for Costa Rica  We thank you for the country of
Costa Rica, which has provided a home for our university and welcomed
students from throughout Latin America and beyond. We give thanks for
the strong environmental laws here. May government authorities take the
necessary actions to protect biodiversity, and may other regional
governments follow.
We offer our special prayers for communities experiencing the impacts of
climate change in ever-stronger hurricanes or ongoing drought. May their
cries for climate justice be heard in those places where decisions are made,
and may resources be made available to build communities able to adapt
and thrive. These things we pray in the name of the Resurrected One as we
hope for the renewal of God’s creation. 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, 9am - 1 pm 860-535-0379

 

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