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“Welcome”
S UNDAY W ORSHIP C ELEBRATION
FEBRUARY 1, 2015 • 6:00 PM • BLACK HISTORY MONTH
You’re welcome in this house
Rest inside this house
We all are flawed, no judgments made.
That’s the beauty of this place
~ GATHERING ~
Middle Church Band
PRELUDE
ANNOUNCEMENTS/INVITATION TO ART & SOUL ++
MUSIC
Jacqui Lewis
“Welcome”
(T. Burgess)
“We Are the Ones”
(T. Burgess)
Jim Kast Keat
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER
Ever loving and holy God, hallowed be your name.
Your reign come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us,
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for yours is the reign, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
(T. Burgess)
~ REFLECTING ~
SCRIPTURE
Psalm 111
HOMILY
“Do the Right Thing”
Natalie Perkins
Jacqui Lewis
~ RESPONDING ~
Jim Kast Keat
INVITATION TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT
OFFERTORY “Make Us One”
(Twila Paris)
Cassondra Kellam, soloist
DOXOLOGY* “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Middle Church Clergy
COMMUNION
“We Are the Ones”
“Everyday People”
(T. Burgess)
(S. Stewart; arr. Dionne McClain Freeney)
Jacqui Lewis
BENEDICTION*
ENCORE!! after worship food and conversation
Join us for ENCORE
and an opportunity to join our movement.
*Indicates please stand if you are able
Check middlechurch.org for full details of all events.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – NO PROGRAMMING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
• ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — 7:00–8:00 PM • Artists in Recovery – Social Hall; Step
Meeting – 3rd Floor Studio. / 8:30–9:30 PM • Closed Discussion – 3rd Floor Studio. AA.org
• MIDDLE CHURCH JERRIESE JOHNSON GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL — 7:00–8:30 PM •
Community Room — Group rehearsal. All are welcome to join! — Arts
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 – NO PROGRAMMING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5
• CREATIVE WRITING THURSDAYS — 6:30–8:00 PM • 4th Floor Studio — A supportive,
creative, and fun place to work on an idea you’ve always wanted to write. — Arts
• AL ANON — 7:30–8:30 PM • 4th Floor Classroom – Weekly Meeting. Al Anon.org
You and I are the ones we’ve been waiting for, you and I thought this was somebody else’s war
You and I are the ones, the ones we’ve been waiting for
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6 – NO PROGRAMMING
“God Has Done Marvelous Things”
God has done marvelous things, has done marvelous things –
Praise the Lord!
Marvelous, marvelous, marvelous, marvelous things –
Praise the Lord!
God has done marvelous things –
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, for God has done great things, praise the Lord,
for God has done great things
Praise the Lord!
(Trad.)
Natalie Perkins
DEDICATION PRAYER*
M IDDLE C HURCH
“We Are the Ones”
“God Has Done Marvelous Things”
(Trad, arr. Jason White, Tim McAfee Lewis, Dionne McClain Freeney)
MUSIC
Oh, it’s safe here
Minds can renew here
Come in and you’ll find out.
AT
• MIDDLE CHURCH JERRIESE JOHNSON GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL — 7:00–9:00 PM •
Community Room — Weekly rehearsal. All are welcome to join! — Arts
PASSING OF THE PEACE++ “Nothing But God’s Love”
MUSIC
No one is turned away
This rule we cannot break
And just in case you’re wondering –
We’re more alike than it may seem
T HIS W EEK
++ You may find a seat or an Usher will assist you.
PARTICIPATING IN THE CELEBRATION
Singers • Cassondra Kellam and the Middle Community Chorus
Middle Church Band • BAASSIK, bass guitar; Casual T, drums; Dionne McClain Freeney–
Director of Community Music, piano; Sean Willis, Hammond organ.
WORSHIP VIDEOS AND PODCASTS – Worship music and sermon videos are available on
the Middle Collegiate Church channel. Click the YouTube icon at middlechurch.org.
Subscribe to Middle Collegiate Church sermon podcasts on iTunes: http://ow.ly/i6fHu.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
• ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — 7:00–8:00 PM • Beginners – Community Room; Open
Discussion – 3rd Floor Studio. / 8:30–9:30 PM • Closed Discussion – 3rd Floor Studio. AA.org
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
• WEE CARE (INFANT–AGE 4) — 9:30 AM–3:30 PM • Wee Care Room — Childcare.
• NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION PART 1: WELCOME AND CONNECT — 10:00–11:00 AM •
Community Room — Information and conversation for those who joined the Middle
Movement this month. — Adult Education
• CELEBRATION! WORSHIP — 11:15 AM • Sanctuary — BLACK HISTORY MONTH “Crash
and Change” • Matlin
Matlin Gilman, preacher • Middle Church Choir • New Members
Welcomed. — Worship
• THE ARK — 11:30 AM–12:30 PM • 3rd Floor Studio — Grades K–6 explore the Bible through
the arts—singing, acting, dancing, drawing, or drumming. — Children and Youth Education
• JOIN THE MIDDLE MOVEMENT! — 12:30 PM • Sanctuary — Join our village of dreamers and
stand with us for racial, LGBT, and economic justice. — Community
• CHAT & CHEW — 12:30 PM • Social Hall — Break bread and share conversation with your
Middle Church family. — Community
• READING THE BIBLE FROM THE MIDDLE — 1:15–2:30 PM • Sanctuary — A sermon talkback
and Bible study to explore this Sunday’s text and sermon themes. — Adult Education
“Doxology”
• VILLAGE CHORUS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH — 1:00–2:30 PM • 3rd Floor Studio —
Musical and performance workshop for ages 6–14. — Youth Education
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below.
Praise God for all that love has done.
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.
• FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION — 1:30–3:00 PM • Community Room — Distribution of food
items to the community on second and fourth Sundays of the month. Volunteers are
needed for setup (1:00–1:30 PM), hosting (1:00–3:30 PM), distribution (1:30–3:30 PM), and
cleanup (4:00–5:00 PM). For more information and to volunteer, contact Alisa Joyce at 212
477 0666 ext 300 or [email protected] — Get Help
• MIDDLE COMMUNITY CHORUS REHEARSAL — 4:30–5:30 PM • Sanctuary — For details,
contact Dionne McClain Freeney at dmcclain [email protected] — Arts
• THE OPENING ACT — 4:30–5:30 PM • Conference Room — Gather every week before Art &
Soul to explore themes of faith, life, spirituality, and more. — Adult Education
• NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION PART 1: WELCOME AND CONNECT — 5:00–5:50 PM •
Community Room — Information and conversation for those who joined the Middle
Movement this month. — Adult Education
• ART & SOUL WORSHIP — 6:00 PM • Sanctuary — BLACK HISTORY MONTH “Have You
Not Known? Have You Not Heard?” Jim Kast Keat, preache
preacher • Middle Community Chorus.
— Worship
• ENCORE! — 7:00–7:30 PM • Social Hall — Food, conversation, and a time to join our village
of dreamers and stand with us for racial, LGBT, and economic justice. — Community
• ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — 7:00–8:00 PM • 3rd Floor Studio — Big Book Meeting.
AA.org
C ONNECT
What is art & soul?
Pablo Picasso once said,
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Art & Soul at Middle Church is —
A cool drink of art for your soul, and a chance to bathe in Love.
Worship at night, outside and in between the lines.
Fantastic music that makes you get off your feet or weep.
Sermons that are bold, meaningful, and make you think.
A safe space to be unsure of Spirit, but to lean into it anyway.
A powerful pause from the busy, and a way to jumpstart your heart.
Art & Soul is The Word Made Art.
Come again next week, and bring a friend.
WITH
US!
Join
ART & SOUL ON FACEBOOK
FACEBOOK –
facebook.com/groups/MiddleChurchArtAndSoul/
ART & SOUL ON TWITTER
TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM –
Find us at @MiddleChurch. Tag us with #MiddleChurch.
MIDDLE LITERARY MAGAZINE
MAGAZINE NEEDS YOU! — Submit your writing and/or art
to our annual Literary Magazine! In keeping with the Leading Edge 2015
conference, the theme is “Race, Reconciliation, and Courage—Creating the
World We Want.” Poetry, fiction, essay, art, photos, children’s work—even a
video clip—are all welcome! Send your submissions to editor Carol Wierzbicki
at [email protected] by February 8, 2015.
Learn
THIS WEEK: DO THE RIGHT THING
• This week, make Psalm 111 your meditation/devotional practice. Try reading it when you
wake up when you lie down for bed, praising God for the freedoms you enjoy.
• Verses 3–6 rehearse the story of God emancipating Israel from the bonds of slavery. This
month, as we think about racial reconciliation as an act of justice, pray daily for God to
free the United States of America from systemic racism. Prayer changes hearts; prayer
changes things.
• In Hebrew, the words for awe and fear have the same root. Motivated by awe of the Lord,
THE OPENING ACT — Sundays, 4:30–5:50 PM • Conference Room — Join us for
an education group where we will explore creative and inspiring ideas about
spirituality, justice, theology, and more. For more information, contact Jim Kast
Keat at [email protected]
Pray
Please pray with us this week for these people and concerns: John Dyett; the
African continent; Europe; the Middle East; Zen Browne, Gloria Moy; Asia;
Sierra Sue Goodale; Djana Maria Hughes; Mr. Jerome Artis; Boyd family;
Nkhereanye family; Middle Church family; the world family.
rather than fear of the Lord, what might you do differently in your personal life to keep
God’s commandment to love God, neighbor, and self?
LAST WEEK: WHAT’S IN YOUR HAND?
• This week, set aside a period for meditation and reflection. During this time, reflect on
what you feel is the core of your nature. What is your make up?
• Next, reflect on: Where do you see God in this? Where do you see room for personal
growth?
• Finally, reflect on: How do you see this reflected in who you are and how you present
yourself? What would shift as you continue to grow into your relationship with God?
WELCOME TO MIDDLE CHURCH. We are glad you are here today. If you are visiting for the
first time, we invite you to return often and make Middle Church a home for you, your
family, and friends. If you want to join our movement, see a clergy after worship. Complete
the pew card or sign the guest book in the narthex to receive our paper newsletter or
weekly eblast. For more information, visit middlechurch.org. Please silence your cell phone
and leave food or drink outside. Thank you for your cooperation.
By entering the Sanctuary, you grant Middle Collegiate Church unrestricted right to use and
publish, transmit, or telecast photographs or likenesses that might be taken of you this day
for use in communications related to the church. You agree that all such material will be the
sole property of Middle Collegiate Church. If you are uncomfortable in the Sanctuary, you
are welcome to worship in the Sanctuary balcony.
DEAR MIDDLE FAMILY— Every week, we do ministry because of your kindness and your
generosity. Our offering goal for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, is $525,000. You were
super during Gift to Bring season. Together, we raised more than $250,000 in the first half of
our fiscal year! Remember that there are several ways to give—including sponsoring a brick
in our newly renovated Church House, directing donations to one of our funds, and giving
online. We love you! —The Consistory
M I D D L E CO L L E G I A T E C H U R CH VI S I O N S T AT E M E N T
Middle Collegiate Church is a celebrating, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing
community of faith where all persons are welcomed just as they are as they come through
the door. Rooted in Christian tradition as the oldest continuous Protestant Church in North
America, Middle Church is called by God to boldly do a new thing on the earth.
As a teaching congregation that celebrates the arts, our ministries include rich and
meaningful worship, care, and education that nurture the mind, body, and spirit, social
action which embraces the global community, and participation in interfaith dialogue for
the purpose of justice and reconciliation. :: middlechurch.org
M I D D L E CO L L E G I A T E C H U R CH
Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. – SENIOR MINISTER
Rev. Adriene Thorne – MINISTER • Chad Tanaka Pack, M.Div. – MINISTER
Rev. Jim Kast Keat – ASSOCIATE MINISTER
Alisa Joyce, M.Div. – ASSISTANT MINISTER
SANCTUARY
OFFICE
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WEBSITE
112 Second Avenue (at 7th St.)
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212 477 0666
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[email protected]
middlechurch.org
CONSISTORY
ELDERS
Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.
Veronica Carrera
Kent Holliday
Jeff Mummert
Shanta Thake Chair
Darren Major
James Wu
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DEACONS
Malia T. Blake
Graham Bridgeman
Johanna Goepel
Erica Hunt
Jonathan Lucas
Hadaryah Morgan
Representatives to
INTERSECTIONS
Elder – Danita Branam
Deacon – Marvin Rodriguez