Rockville United Church Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)/United Church of Christ at Lake Needwood Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:00 am PREPARATION OF WORSHIP To be of the Earth is to know the restlessness of being a seed the darkness of being planted the struggle toward the light the pain of growth into the light the joy of bursting and bearing fruit the love of being food to someone the scattering of your seeds the decay of the seasons the mystery of death and the miracle of birth. - John Soos GATHERING MUSIC PRESENTATION OF OUR COMMON LIFE *CALL TO WORSHIP One: This is the day, which the Lord has made. All: We will be glad and rejoice in it. SCRIPTURE Psalm 8 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! HOMILY WORD and SONG Genesis 1:1-2-8 First off, nothing … but God. No light, no time, no substance, no matter. Second off, God says the word and WHAP! Stuff everywhere! The cosmos in chaos: no shape, no form, no function - just darkness ... total. And floating above it all, God's Holy Spirit, ready to play. Day one: Then God's voice booms out, "Lights!" and, from nowhere, light floods the skies and "night" is swept off the scene. God gives it the big thumbs up, calls it "day". Day two: God says, "I want a dome - call it 'sky' - right there between the waters above and below." And it happens. Hymn “When Morning Gilds the Skies” No. 487 (verses 1&3) Genesis 1:9-13 Day three: God says, "Too much water! We need something to walk on, a huge lump of it - call it 'land'. Let the 'sea' lick its edges." God smiles, says, "Now we've got us some definition. But it's too plain! It need, colour! Vegetation! Loads of it. A million shades. Now!" And the earth goes wild with trees, bushes, plants, flowers and fungi. "Now give it a growth permit." Seeds appear in every one. "Yesss!" says God. Anthem “De Colores” UCC, No. 402 Genesis 1:14-19 Day four: "We need a schedule: let's have a 'sun' for the day, a 'moon' for the night; I want 'seasons', 'years'; and give us 'stars', masses of stars - think of a number, add a trillion, then times it by the number of trees and we're getting there: we're talking huge!" Hymn “Earth and All Stars” No. 458 (verse 1) Genesis 1:20-23 Day five: "OK, animals: amoeba, crustaceans, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals ... I want the whole caboodle teeming with a million varieties of each - and let's have some fun with the shapes, sizes, colours, textures!" God tells them all, "You've got a growth permit - use it!" He sits back and smiles, says, "Result!" Hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” No. 267 Genesis 1:24-31 Day six: Then God says, "Let's make people - like us, but human, with flesh and blood, skin and bone. Give them the job of caretakers of the vegetation, game wardens of all the animals." So God makes people, like God, but human. God makes male and female (for the "how", see later). God smiles at them and gives them their job description: "Make babies! Be parents, grandparents, great-grandparents - fill the earth with your families and run the planet well. You've got all the plants to eat from, so have all the animals - plenty for all. Enjoy." God looks at everything made, and says, "Fantastic. I love it!" The Genesis 2:1-2:3 texts come the creative interpretation of Rob Lacy, The Word on the Street. SPECIAL MUSIC “Fisher's Hornpipe” (traditional) SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Hannah Marion Stanford Song “Jesus Loves Me” Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong. Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. Jesus loves me! This I know, As He loved so long ago, Taking children on His knee, Saying, “Let them come to Me.” Jesus loves me still today, Walking with me on my way, Wanting as a friend to give Light and love to all who live. Address One: The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their welcome into the care of Christ’s church and the sign and seal of their inclusion in the embrace of God’s abundant and merciful love. All: This is the water of baptism. Out of this water we rise with new life, members of one body, united in the love of God. Congregational Assent Chris Frentrup One: Jesus calls us to welcome all people as his disciples and to offer anyone who seeks it the gift of grace in baptism. Do you, who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise your love, support, and care to the one about to be baptized, as Hannah lives and grows as a disciple of Christ? All: We promise our love, support and care. Prayer of Baptism One: Peace be with you. All: And also with you. One: Let us pray... Presentation and Prayer for the Newly Baptized One: We give you thanks, O Holy One, mother and father of all the faithful, for this your child and for the grace acknowledged here today through water and the Holy Spirit. Embrace us all as sons and daughters in the one household of your love and help us to receive, nurture and befriend Hannah as a member of the body of Christ. All: We pray that Hannah will have the strength needed for life’s journey, the courage required in times of suffering, the joy of faith, the freedom of love, and the hope of new life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. Song As I went down in the river to pray Studying about that good ol' way And who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord show me the way! O sisters let's go down Let's go down, come on down O sisters let's go down Down in the river to pray As I went down... O brothers let's go down… PRAYER’S OF THE PEOPLE Morning Prayers PRAYER REQUESTS One: Holy Spirit, our Comforter, All: Receive our prayer. Lord’s Prayer*** (“...forgive us our ‘sins’…”) PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS & OFFERINGS Offertory “Green Pastures” (traditional) PRAYER OF PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in Unison) Thank you, God, for empowering our prayers and multiplying our gifts. Everything that is given to us rains forth out of the abundance of your love, even Jesus. Bless these gifts and our lives together that all we are and all we offer give glory to you; We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. SONG “I’ll Fly Away” Some bright morning when this life is over I'll fly away To that home on Gods celestial shore I'll fly away I'll fly away, oh glory I'll fly away in the morning When I die hallelujah by and by I'll fly away When the shadows of this life have gone I'll fly away Like a bird from these prison walls I'll fly I'll fly away I'll fly away, oh glory I'll fly away in the morning When I die hallelujah by and by I'll fly away Oh how glad and happy when we meet I'll fly away No more cold iron shackles on my feet I'll fly away I'll fly away oh glory I'll fly away in the morning When I die hallelujah by and by I'll fly away I'll fly away oh glory I'll fly away in the morning When I die hallelujah by and by I'll fly away Just a few more weary days and then I'll fly away To a land where joys will never end I'll fly away I'll fly away oh glory I'll fly away in the morning When I die hallelujah by and by I'll fly away I'll fly away *BENEDICTION * POSTLUDE ~~~ The cover artwork is the work of the late Shirley Briggs. A Special Welcome to Our Visitors Welcome to the Rockville United Church! We are glad you have joined us for worship this morning. I believe you will find RUC an open and safe place to ask the difficult questions of life and a community that honors each spiritual journey. We encourage you to ask our members about our community, explore our bulletin and website and to gift us with your contact information (phone, address, email) at the welcome table as you exit worship. We are ready to answer any question or to help connect you to any program that we can. I hope I have the opportunity to greet you in person after the service or that you’ll contact me. ~Many blessings, Scott Winnette, Pastor email@example.com RUC Calendar Sunday, June 15 Lake Needwood Sunday 10:00 am Worship at Lake Needwood 10:00 am Worship at RUC 2:00 pm JIL Church Monday, June 16 9 am—5pm Mont. Cty./BHTS/Training 7:15 pm Narcotics Anonymous Tuesday, June 17 9 am—5pm Mont. Cty./BHTS/Training Wednesday, June 18 9 am—5pm Mont. Cty./BHTS/Training 10:00 am Jubilee Group 11:30 am Staff Meeting 7:30 pm JIL Church Thursday, June 19 9 am—5pm Mont. Cty./BHTS/Training 7:30 pm RUC Choir Rehearsal Friday, June 20 7:00 pm Game Club Saturday, June 21 8:15 am RUC Men’s Breakfast 9am—2pm RUC Work Day “Spring into Summer” Lake Needwood Sanctuary Sanctuary Downstairs Conference Room Downstairs Downstairs Kaseman Hall Sanctuary Downstairs Sanctuary Downstairs I-Hop RUC Summer Worship Schedule begins Today, June 15 at 10:00 am continuing through end of August. Rev. Sarah Anders is away for June and July. However, she will be checking emails, attending a "Godly Play" workshop during this time. She welcomes your prayers for her son following his knee surgery this week, while she is on pilgrimage at Iona (June 20 - July 2), and during a cross country road trip with her daughter, Faith, as Faith begins a fellowship in Berkeley, California (July 6 - 15). ~~~ Sunday School (pre-k through middle school ) is on vacation for the summer! We can't wait to see you again on August 31! The nursery is always open for infants - 2 year olds. “Spring into Summer” Work Day Saturday, June 21, 2014 — 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Hosted by Buildings & Grounds Committee The Building & Grounds Committee invites RUC members & friends to participate in our “Spring into Summer” workday to be held on June 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We plan on accomplishing a lot of things inside and outside the building and there will be plenty to do for all ages and abilities. All help is appreciated; you can help for a little while or stay the whole day. This is a great opportunity to give some time & talent to RUC, work alongside your friends, and make new friends! Refreshments and lunch will be provided by the committee. The members of the Building and Grounds Committee hope to see you there. ~~~ HFH Work Camp — July 6-11, 2014 Please advise either Nicki or Tracy of your interest in attending as soon as possible. You can reach us by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), or by phone at 301-482-0862. Sign-up now! ~~~ RUC Day at the Washington Nationals! Come join us as we watch the Washington Nationals take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, July 20. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. Our seats are in section 138, just above the Nationals bullpen in Right Field and in the shade! Tickets are $28 each. Please see Janine Rauscher or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seats. Payment due by June 22 ~~~ Friday Night Board and Card Games at RUC — 7pm The Club is a casual inter-ages activity. A wide variety of board and card games are available for anyone to use for free, and include some of the newest designer strategy games. There are also a few of the traditional games such as Chess, Acquire, and Backgammon. Bridge is a new entry to the Club repertoire, and introductory lessons are offered every week. Contact John Goon at 301-613-8297 for more information. ~~~ Celebrating Seniors — Summer Luncheon Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — 11:00 am—1:30 pm Following the Olympics will be a challenge, but you will help us face it with summer fun galore. God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Prayer God Hears Pat Beatty Lewis Bellardo Amber Berry Carol Bentson & Family Sue Black Johanna Bonnelycke Jim Cain Pam Capouch Carlson Family Kat Caverly-Reeve Sue Chase Richard & Judy Cole Adam Cooper John Cooper-Martin Lottie Crawford Marti Crow Kathy Drake Erin Carol Fisher Louise Frechette Rev. Frank Gardner Susan Gusko Faye Haney Jennifer Harkins Emily Hopkins Miriam Jackson Henning Jensen David & Donna Jett Joe Pauline Kane Janet Kaufman Kovacs Family Virginia Long Janice Maguire Gary Lawson Pat Luchkowsky hospital; w/daughter 13716 Chambray Lane, Charlotte, NC 28278 brain tumor surgery; friend of Carl & Janine Rauscher non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; friend of Genny Amos ongoing prayers ovarian cancer; friend of Denise & Candice stroke; home from rehab 5/22; 21085 Cardinal Pond Terrace, #206, Ashburn, VA 20147 cancer; long-time Habitat partner from BUCC ovarian cancer metastasized; friend of Genny Amos Ann Carlson passed away at home diagnosed stage 4 breast cancer; daughter -in-law of Betty Reeve receiving treatment for cancer; friend of the Paganos/Haugruds health concerns-friends of the Hartranfts health concerns; son of John Cooper-Martin neurological disorders & back pain Hospice care; mother of Leta Kopp; (94) suffering from severe dementia; Leta’s sister is primary caregiver in California health concerns; sister of Miriam Jackson RUC neighbor; ongoing liver cancer treatment fighting non-Hodgkins Lymphoma; 18 years old.; cousin to Brennis, Cameron, and the Dulany family re-occurrence of cancer; sister-in-law of Ken and Lee Fisher lung disease (friend of Denise Rozell and Candice Spock) recovering from stroke; Wilson Health Center, Asbury Village; former RUC Member; friend of Carrol Saussy & Frank Molony recovering from cancer; friend of Cathy Pagano health concerns; Ellie Jespersen’s sister cancer; Lucy Harkin’s daughter undiagnosed health problems (friend of Cooper-Martin family) recovering from surgery at home health concerns; father-in-law of Sarah Petermann Donna lost her mom; David health issues; friends of Janine Rauscher broken back after fall; brother-in-law of friend of Denise & Candice health concerns; mother of Jim Kane eye and knee concerns; cousin of John Cooper-Martin Cassandra Kovacs memorial 4/16; RUC friend sympathy upon the death of her brother, David in PA health concerns; sister of Patty Vossler recurrence of prostate cancer; long-time BUCC partner with HFH return of cancer; friend & colleague of Jed Johnson and Denise Rozell Pledged to Date $158,987 Prayer Kyle Matthews 13 year old struggling with pancreatitis; friend of the Rauscher family Larry Miller pancreatic cancer; Zelinda Fouant’s brother-in-law Mary Mullen eye & hip surgery (friend of Dee Dee Patterson) Bob O’Brien at Kindley Assisted Living at Asbury Village; former RUC member; friend of Carrol Saussy & Frank Molony Lucas Palanker 2 yr. old grandson of Mike Riches; broke upper left femur; prayers for his parents, Tim and Cat as well Blossom Patterson cancer (friend of Fran Thompson) Carolyn Patterson depression/anxiety (Dee Dee Patterson’s granddaughter ) Dee Ann Pattison health issues; John Pattison’s niece Edmund Peluso Parkinson’s disease (brother-in-law of Thom Stanton) Amado Pilliqua Sandra Amaguana’s uncle died after suffering injuries from a work accident; we pray God comfort the family. Morgan Rauscher fibromyalgia; chronic pain Betty Reeve fractures in vertebrae; at home Marty Reid hospital Aunt Rosa breast cancer; Sandra Amaguana’s Aunt Thom Stanton & Family his wife, Barbara Stanton passed away at Casey House Mary Stewart seizures (grand-niece of Annette Alder) Sue Stewart sister of Carroll Saussy; failing health Grace Strand health issues; Gary Strand’s mother Brenda Teal chronic respiratory failure (aunt of Ashley Parker) Fran Thompson Jane Thompson, her mother, passed away Tom cancer; friend of Jennifer Meininger Jake Williams 13 yr. old; great grandson of Betty Reeve; severely autistic; his family Eva, Dave & Liz Elaine Villforth chemo for breast cancer; daughter of friend’s of Diane & Jay Silhanelk Liz Woods stage 4 bone cancer; her husband is David Woods grew up at RUC & is son of late Bob & Helen Woods, (long time members of RUC) ~~~ New Prayer Requests in BOLD. ~~~ Pledges to date (5/31/14) are as follows: Given to Date Ahead (Behind) $169,600 $10,613 Percent 6.7% Rockville United Church Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)/United Church of Christ 355 Linthicum Street, Rockville, Maryland 20851 301-424-6733 www.RockvilleUnitedChurch.org Rev. Dr. E. Scott Winnette, Pastor email@example.com Rev. Sarah Anders, Minister of Faith Formation firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Gascho, Director of Music email@example.com Jan Moody, Youth Leader firstname.lastname@example.org Phylis Austin, Special Needs Educator Mercedes Medina, Nursery Care Provider Stephen Cooper, Sexton Mansfield Kaseman, Pastor Emeritus Sarah Petermann, Church Administrator email@example.com Ecumenical † Just Peace † Open & Affirming † More Light Life of the Church Welcome to Rockville United Church, an Open and Affirming/More Light Church a place of worship for everyone: people of all races, creeds, sexual orientations, and economic circumstances; adults, teens, little ones. ~~~~~~~ Liturgist—Choir; Elder for June — Scott Vossler; Greeters —Emily & Brian Edstrom; Welcome Table —Everyone ~~~~~~~ We welcome families with children. Activity bags are available outside the Sanctuary door. ~~~~~~~ Hearing amplification devices and large print bulletins are available from the ushers. ~~~~~~~ HEARING ASSISTANCE For those who would like to have worship sound boosted, wireless receivers are available with headphones or one-ear pieces. We have a new option for those who have hearing aids equipped with a “T” coil. Listeners hook the loop into their wireless receiver, slip the loop around their neck, and the "T" coil picks up the sound and amplifies the transmitted sound into the ear. Go to the ushers in the back of the Sanctuary and ask for either the headphone or loop option.
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