Avon Congregational Church
West Avon Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Prelude......................................... Canon in D .......................................Johann
Benita Rose, organist
Greetings and Announcements
Call to Worship – Psalm 63
L: O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
P: So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
L: Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
P: So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
L: My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
P: when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
L: for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
P: My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
L: But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
P: they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
they shall be prey for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
*+ Hymn ................................ His Eye Is on the Sparrow ............................. No. 82
* Prayer of Invocation and Lord’s Prayer
Maker of heaven and earth,
We come to this place seeking your presence
and hoping for strength.
You who have given us all that we have,
continue to pour out your spirit of trust and joy,
that we may truly praise your name. Amen.
This we ask in Jesus name and spirit as we also say together:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, for ever. Amen.
*+ Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
Scripture Lesson .......................... Psalm 42 .........................................OT 515
Anthem .................................. On Wings of Song ........................ Mendelssohn
Children’s Message - Children leave for Church School.
* Passing of the Peace
Prayers of the Church
Joys and Concerns
Pastoral and Silent Prayer
* Hymn .................................................Spirit ........................................... No. 249
Sermon In a Dry and Desert Place
Offering of Gifts
Offertory ...............................Slumber Song .................... Robert Schumann
Victoria Gibbs, flute
*Doxology Tune: Old Hundredth
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. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
When we consider the love and grace
we have known,
when we reflect on the beauty of your
creation around us;
when we remember the life and
teachings of Jesus,
we are awed and give thanks.
Accept our gifts of money and deeds
which reflect our joy. Amen.
* Hymn .........................................Trust and Obey ................................... No. 556
Postlude – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba ..................George Frederick Handel
Benita Rose, organist
* All who are able may stand
+ Latecomer seating
WELCOME TO ALL – Old Friends and New Friends, neighbors and visitors.
We hope that you feel a sense of loving hospitality in our worship. Guests,
please make yourselves known by signing the guest book or filling out a
welcome card from the pew rack. As summer worship services are a union of
Avon Congregational Church and West Avon Congregational Church, we ask
that visitors please introduce themselves to the minister and ushers.
We welcome children in worship. Special activity bulletins are available for
ages 3-6 and 7-12; please ask an usher for assistance.
When people are prompted to stand, those for whom standing is difficult may
feel free to remain seated. Personal sound monitors for the hearing impaired
are available; please speak with an usher if you would like to use one.
A rocking chair is available in the narthex for those with back problems or with
a very young child. Nursery care is available in the parish house.
The yellow cards in the pew racks are for prayer requests. If you would like to
have a particular joy or concern included in today’s prayers, please fill out a
prayer request card before the first hymn. Ushers will collect them at that
Flowers Flowers this morning are given by Dick, Jeannie, Tom
and Rob Parker in memory of our cousin, Jerra Barit.
Greeters Dodi Lyhne, Liz Bourbeau
Ushers Doug and Susan Lint, Janet and Jack Kochanowski
Duty Deacon Anne Puzzo
Lay Reader Gail Alvord
Hospitality Jennifer Nordlund
Today 9:30 Worship Service – WACC Meeting House
Monday 7:00 AM AA at ACC
6:30 ACC – Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Tuesday 7:00 AM AA at ACC
7:00 PM Bible Study at ACC – Pastor’s Study
8:30 AA at ACC
Wednesday 7:00 AM AA at ACC
5:00 WACC Golf League
7:30 WACC CE/Youth Ministry Search Committee
Thursday 7:00 AM AA at ACC
10:00 ACC Bible Study – Pastor’s Study
7:30 Men’s AA Group at ACC
Friday 7:00 AM AA at ACC
10:00 AA at WACC
Saturday 7:30 AM AA at ACC
Next Sunday 9:30 Worship Service – ACC Meeting House
Prayer List: Healing: Condolences: Scott and Kathi Williams and family at the death
of Scott's father, John; Healing: Tom and Mary Ellen Voorhees’s daughter, Debbie;
Shirley Peterson; Linda Krebs; Peter Zeolla; Bob Mealey’s sister, Linda Kern; Joe
Shield’s father, Paul; Bev Rydberg; Jeannie Parker’s aunt, Martha Hixon; Elizabeth
McDonald’s mother, Ann Terry; Judy Tinsley, friend of Cheryl Barnum; Dale Perry,
friend of Phoebe Rulon; Dave Woodworth’s cousin, Sally Rowan, and his sister-in-law,
Joan; Support: Monica Aldag, leaving on a mission trip in Mexico with Simply Smiles;
the Mortimer family; Serving in the Military: Kevin Transue; Prayers of
Thanksgiving: Alex Mando returned safely from Iraq.
Prayer List: Lisa Farrar; Karen Rowntree; 1 Lt. Phil Raquepau serving in
Afghanistan; Carolyn Price; Marlea Faulkner; Midge Curtis; Nancy Bratton; Marilyn
Story; Jamie Botteon; Rebecca Taylor; Debbie Fuller; Duzdee Ryan; David Ferris;
Tanya Manchester; Janie Aylsworth; Philip; Joe Woodford; Jim Lapides; Pat Parker;
Christopher Renner; Jeanne MacGill; Jacob Coleman; all military personnel and
WACC Birthdays this Week: Suzanne Strecker, Cynthia Yee, Liz Whitney, Lorraine
Becker, Sue Budde, Christopher Dumais, Carl Carpino, Barry Chubb.
ACC Birthdays this Week: Bill Richards, Elinor Salvetti, Abigail Inglis.
This is a Family Sunday. Children the office will be open five days a
will start worship with their week for the same hours. Please feel
families. Children up through grade 2 free to leave a message on our voice
will be dismissed for a church school mail or send an email to the addresses
program; the teachers today are Kara listed below; we will respond as soon
Mealey and Claire Wilkes. Older as possible:
children will remain in worship with RevHardee@aol.com
parents; nursery care is available for firstname.lastname@example.org
children age 3 and under. email@example.com
August Worship Services will take ACC Summer Office Hours are
place at Avon Congregational Church Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
at 9:30 a.m. with The Rev. Dr. Brian Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon; closed
Hardee leading worship. Wednesday. If you plan on stopping by
the church office, please call ahead
Pastoral Care: Rev. Ken Fuller will and make the office staff aware. When
provide pastoral care for members of the office is closed, you may leave a
the Avon and West Avon message on the answering machine or
Congregational Churches in July. He email us at:
may be reached through the ACC Pastor@avon-church.org
office at 860-678-0488 or the (Rev. Kenneth Fuller)
parsonage 860-321-7115. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brian Hardee will provide (Jennifer deSimas)
pastoral care for both churches in email@example.com
August. He may be reached through (Benita Rose)
the WACC office at 860-673-3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org
by cell phone 860-707-4340. (Beth Ferrari)
WACC Summer Office Hours: For (Denise Beeney)
the month of July the church office will We’ll return your call/email as soon as
be staffed Tuesday through Friday possible.
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In August
WACC Soul Sisters Book Groups: participate in the sewing circle. The
The Evening Group is planning to view sewing circle consists of a large group
the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, of refugee women who are learning
starring Gregory Peck, at 7:00 p.m. on how to sew so they can make clothing
Thursday, July 29 at the Powder for their families. Items may be
Forest Meeting House. This will be an dropped off at WACC.
informal gathering open to all; bring a
snack or beverage to share. Contact Do You Have Furniture That You No
Ruthie Foster (860-217-1860 or Longer Need? Catholic Charities will
email@example.com) to RSVP and come to your house and pick
get directions. up! There is a huge need for all types
The next meeting of the Daytime of furniture, ranging from sofas to
Group will be Monday, September 20; kitchen tables to twin-sized beds. To
the book for discussion is Palace Walk arrange a pickup, please contact
by Naguib Mahfouz. Catholic Charities directly at 860-548-
The WACC Covenant to Care
‘Adopted Social Worker’ has a Service for Jerra Barit: A memorial
young lady on his caseload who will be service for former ACC member Jerra
moving into her own apartment. She Barit is scheduled for Saturday,
will be attending a post-secondary August 14 , 4:00 p.m. at West Avon
educational program in the fall and Congregational Church with The Rev.
needs items to furnish her Dr. Brian Hardee officiating.
apartment. The particular need is now Immediately following the service there
for living room furniture; gift cards for will be a time to greet the family and
Wal Mart, Marshalls or Home Goods pay your respects. A private reception
can also be put to good use. Please will follow.
contact Sue Budde (860-675-1016 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) with donations or ACC Needs Your Labels! Christian
questions. Service & Outreach is collecting labels
from Campbell's products (including V-
The Rose on the Lectern is in 8 and Franco-American) for the
celebration of the birth of Zachary Cromwell Children's Home, a full-
Everett Drew. Zachary's parents are service Christian facility founded in
David and Evelyn Drew; his 1900 for at-risk children. The Home
grandparents are John and Barbara provides family/residential treatment
Drew. programs, a special education school
and a summer camp in a safe and
Catholic Charities Refugee and supportive environment. The labels
Migration Services: Thank you for are used for the purchase of items
continuing to donate to CCR&MS. All needed by the children. We need the
of the items donated are put to good UPC code from the back of the label,
use, especially the linens. In addition not the front. A basket has been
to greatly needed linens, there is a placed in the ACC Fellowship
strong need for pencils for the ESL Hall. Thank you for your help!!
classes and for sewing machines and
ironing boards for the women who
Gifts of Love Food Pantry: Thank November 6th-13th and will cost $650
you for your generous donations last which includes travel, lodging and
Sunday. However, as the summer meals. A deposit of $100 is due by
progresses the needs will August 10 (send and make the check
continue. Gifts of Love also has a payable to First Church, Simsbury).
need for bathing suits. Your donations
of paper goods, non-perishable food, The Farmington Valley Re-
and new bathing suits may be left in employment Group meets weekly on
the school bus by the WACC office on Wednesdays at the Avon Free Public
any weekday, 9:00-4:00. Library, 281 Country Club Rd., July 7
through August 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00
Back Bay Mission Trip in p.m. Meet with others, learn from
November: If you are interested in speakers about networking, resumés
going on an adult mission trip to the and other issues relating to re-
Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS to help employment. For more information
with home rebuilding in the aftermath contact Brian Jud, 860-673-7650 or
of Hurricane Katrina, please contact email@example.com.
Beth Ferrari in the Avon
Congregational Church office (860-
678-0488). The trip is scheduled for