Rockville United Church at Lake Needwood Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rockville United Church
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)/United Church of Christ
at Lake Needwood
Sunday, June 15, 2014
10:00 am
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
One: This is the day, which the Lord has made.
We will be glad and rejoice in it.
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
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!
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.
“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.
“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!"
“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!"
“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.
“Fisher's Hornpipe”
Hannah Marion Stanford
“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.
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.
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?
We promise our love, support and care.
Prayer of Baptism
One: Peace be with you.
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.
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…
Morning Prayers
One: Holy Spirit, our Comforter,
Receive our prayer.
Lord’s Prayer*** (“...forgive us our ‘sins’…”)
“Green Pastures”
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.
“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
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 protected]
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
RUC Work Day “Spring into Summer”
Lake Needwood
Conference Room
Kaseman Hall
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
([email protected] or [email protected]),
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 [email protected]
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.
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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
Carol Fisher
Louise Frechette
Rev. Frank Gardner
Susan Gusko
Faye Haney
Jennifer Harkins
Emily Hopkins
Miriam Jackson
Henning Jensen
David & Donna Jett
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
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
Kyle Matthews
13 year old struggling with pancreatitis; friend of the Rauscher
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
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
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
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)
Rockville United Church
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)/United Church of Christ
355 Linthicum Street, Rockville, Maryland 20851
Rev. Dr. E. Scott Winnette, Pastor
[email protected]
Rev. Sarah Anders, Minister of Faith Formation
[email protected]
Joe Gascho, Director of Music
[email protected]
Jan Moody, Youth Leader
[email protected]
Phylis Austin, Special Needs Educator
Mercedes Medina, Nursery Care Provider
Stephen Cooper, Sexton
Mansfield Kaseman, Pastor Emeritus
Sarah Petermann, Church Administrator
[email protected]
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.
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.