PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 232 East Onondaga Street Syracuse, New York 13202 (315) 474-4836 plymouthuccsyracuse.org firstname.lastname@example.org Rev. Quinn G. Caldwell, Pastor Dr. Joseph Downing, Director of Music Ms. Judy Spencer, Interim Director of Christian Education Mrs. Doris A. Dorkof, Church Administrator SERVICE OF THE WORD February 24, 2013 Second Sunday in Lent THE GATHERING RINGING OF THE BELL HYMN SING (seated) 1. Lord, I want to be a Christian 4. I heard my mother say (3x): in my heart, in my heart. “Give me Jesus.” Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart. Refrain: Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, In my heart (2x) You may have all this world, give me Jesus. Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart. In the morning when I rise (3x), give me Jesus. 2. Refrain: I want to be ready (3x) Refrain To walk in Jerusalem just like John. Oh, John, oh, John, what do you say (walk in Jerusalem just like John) That I’ll be there at the coming day 5. Steal away (3x) to Jesus! (walk in Jerusalem just like John) Steal away, steal away home, Refrain I don’t have long to stay here! John said the city was just four-square I hear God calling, (walk in Jerusalem just like John) God calls me by the thunder; And he declared he’d meet me there the trumpet sounds within my soul, (walk in Jerusalem just like John) I don’t have long to stay here. 3. Refrain: Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart, I will pray. (2x) Upon the mountain my God spoke; out of God’s mouth came fire and smoke. Looked all around me, looked so fine; I asked my God if all were mine. Refrain Oh Jordan river, chilly and cold, it chills the body, not the soul There’s only one train on this track; it runs to heaven then right back. WELCOME AND JOYS AND CONCERNS Quinn G. Caldwell *OPENING HYMN Praise to the Living God No. 8 *PRAYER OF INVOCATION Carola Shave One: Father, Mother, God Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days. Many: For then we have you to lean upon. One: Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days, Many: For then we can share that which we have with those who have less. One: And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days, Many: For then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends. One: For those who have no voice, Many: We ask you to speak. One: For those who feel unworthy, Many: We ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness. One: For those who live in pain, Many: We ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing. One: For those who are lonely, Many: We ask you to keep them company. One: For those who are depressed, Many: We ask you to shower upon them the light of hope. One: Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, Many: We ask you to give to all the world that which we need most—Peace. Amen. -Maya Angelou PRAYER OF CONFESSION SUNG CONFESSION Joseph Downing Once through in unison, then watch your section leader for cues in singing the round. SILENT PRAYER *WORDS OF ASSURANCE *PASSING OF THE PEACE Please share a sign of peace with those around you. *PRAISE SONG STORY FOR ALL AGES ANTHEM Calvary’s Mountain Southern Folk Hymn THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE FAMILY PRAYER You are invited to pray this prayer in the language and tradition of your choice. There is a suggested version on page 9 in the New Century Hymnal. MUSICAL RESPONSE (unison) Children and leaders may depart for Worship Circle. THE GIFT OF THE WORD SCRIPTURE Luke 13:31-35 Page 951 *HYMN O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns No. 212 SERMON MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS CALL TO THE OFFERING OFFERTORY SOLO Jerusalem! Felix Mendelssohn *DOXOLOGY 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 *CLOSING HYMN Standing at the Future’s Threshold, vv. 1-4 No. 538 *BENEDICTION POSTLUDE Elegy Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Today’s Music for Sunday, February 24th, 2013 As we come to the last Sunday in Black History month, we begin the service with a hymn sing of favorite spirituals, led by our own Plymouth members, Gert Danzy, Martha Johnson, Mable Wilson and Eleanor Russell. When we think of the music contributions of black people, we often limit our thoughts to spirituals, jazz and blues, but often neglect the music of black composers who wrote “classical” music. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a prominent black English composer who was one of the most successful composers of his day. His cantata Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast was rivaled in popularity only by Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Our postlude is a charming piece that shows his skill in writing for the organ. Our offertory solo comes from Felix Mendelssohn’s (1809-1847) oratorio St. Paul and is a setting of our scripture passage for today. The anthem is a Lenten folk hymn from the southern states: Jesus died on Calvary’s mountain, long time ago, And salvation’s rolling fountain now feely flows. Once his voice in tones of pity melted in woe, And he wept o’er Judah’s city, long time ago. On his head the dew of midnight fell long ago. Now a crown of dazzling sunlight rests on his brow. Jesus died, yet lives forever, no more to die. Holy Jesus, blessed savior, now reigns on high. Children, let your lights be burning in hope o heaven. Waiting for our Lord’s returning at dawn or ev’n. When he comes, a voice from heaven shall pierce the tomb. “Come, ye blessed of my Father. Children, come home.” ANNOUNCEMENTS Hospitality Ministry – Please consider serving as a host for Community Time on Sunday morning, offering some simple snacks, cold beverage, and making sure there is enough coffee. A sign-up sheet is found at the back of the sanctuary. Tina Goodall is the Greeter. Carola Shave is the Liturgist. Laine Wojcik is the Acolyte. Frank Leonard and Gert Danzy are the Ushers. Ann Badger is the Welcome Ambassador. Charlottee Vallejo and Laura Masuicca are hosting today’s Community Time. The flowers are given by Jacqueline Manier in celebration of the gifts of our new members. They are truly a blessing to Plymouth Church. TODAY AT PLYMOUTH 10:00 am Worship 10:30 am Children’s Worship Circle after worship Community Time 11:15 am Forum on Forgiveness Lenten series 11:15 am Welcome Ambassadors’ Orientation THIS WEEK AT PLYMOUTH Mon. Feb. 25 Senior Conversation, 10:30 am, home of Polly Cadwell Tue. Feb. 26 Care Team, 3:00 pm, Parlor Wed. Feb. 27 Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 pm, Sanctuary Thur. Feb. 28 Food Pantry, 10:00 am to noon, Parlor Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm, Memorial Hall NEXT SUNDAY AT PLYMOUTH – March 3 – Third Sunday in Lent 10:00 am Worship - Communion 10:30 am Learning Community Classes after worship Community Time 11:15 am Forum: The Bible and Forgiveness: Hebrew Scriptures 12:15 am Youth Mission Trip Informational Meeting Today in worship, we will continue our Lenten journey. During forum-time, Joe Steiner will lead the second part of our five-part look at forgiveness, its nature and its power in our lives. All youth (entering 7th grade or higher in September) and their parents are invited to an Informational Meeting about the 2013 Youth Mission Trip. The gathering will take place next Sunday at 12:15 pm in the Parlor. Christian Education Board members will present information and answer questions about plans for this summer’s trip. Love Notes from Plymouth: Sign up for Plymouth’s Friday email updates, which include information about that weekend’s worship, service and learning opportunities, prayer requests, news about the wider church, and most importantly, a weekly reminder that you are a beloved part of the Plymouth community. Email George Bain at email@example.com to be put on the list. There is ample free street parking on the blocks around our church on Sundays. For those able to walk a block or two, taking advantage of this excellent resource will allow those with mobility impairments or small children to use the spots directly in front of the church. Please don’t park in the driveway leading to the lot behind the Catholic Diocese building; this prevents others from exiting. The Food Pantry requests your participation in its “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of deodorant will be gathered during February. Warm gloves, scarves and hats (clean, gently used) are being gathered to give away through the winter. Calling all mission trip participants, friends and family! Do you have photos and/or special memories from a mission trip you or someone you know has attended with Plymouth Church? We want to see and hear! Where did you go? What did you do? What did you learn and how did the experience affect your life? Send your thoughts, memories, and especially photos to Patty Tooley at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1. God in your Inbox: The Stillspeaking Daily Devotional is written by UCC pastors and leaders, including Plymouth’s own Quinn Caldwell. Subscribers are sent a daily email containing a Scripture passage, short reflection, and a prayer. Sign up at http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/daily-devotional/ Soul Hungry? How to take care of your spirit the six days of each week you don’t go to worship? The UCC has just launched a new area of its web site designed to support people in their individual spiritual journeys: Feed Your Spirit. Daily prayers, a biblical personality test, advice column from God-lovers, and a magic 8-ball await! Check it out at www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit. From the CNY Coalition for Immigration Reform: Arely Orozco is a mother who has been detained by On Forgiveness: ICE. She was a passenger in a A Lenten Journey car her partner, 11:15 am TODAY in Memorial Hall Hector What is forgiveness? What makes it so hard? Why should we Navarro, was do it? What does the Bible say about it? And most pressing of driving and the all: how do you do it? Join us in Memorial Hall every Sunday car was stopped in Lent for an examination of this most important of Christian by NYS disciplines. troopers on I-81 on January 8. They came This week: “The Power of Forgiveness” Part II to the US about In this compelling movie, we will hear Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims nine years ago telling of forgiveness in their lives, their struggles and successes with forgiveness, searching for a and its impact on themselves and others. We will examine the scientific research better life and into the effects that forgiveness and vengeance have on our brains. We will ponder are forgiveness in our own lives. undocumented. They are from Guatemala and March 3 The Bible and Forgiveness: Hebrew Scriptures they have three Bible study with small group discussion amazing children - ages March 10 The Bible and Forgiveness: Christian Scriptures I 3 yrs., 5 yrs. Bible study with small group discussion and 6 yrs. - who are United States citizens. March 17 The Bible and Forgiveness: Christian Scriptures II The family Bible study with small group discussion moved to Central New York in 2008 after Arizona enacted anti-immigration laws. Arely was released from the Wayne County jail on January 16 (Hector remains in detention) after pressure from Catholic deacon David Sweeny, a reporter and others. She got out under the condition that she had to prepare her kids’ documents to leave the country (US passports for her kids, as they are US citizens). She hopes and prays that they can stay in the country until their two older daughters finish the school year. Up until now, the family has been living off the money they saved from Hector’s job doing landscaping and painting. Due to the winter weather he has been laid-off, and the money for the support of their family is running very low. As a New Sanctuary church, Plymouth members are being asked to make donations – no amount is too small – to help this family pay rent, buy food and survive during this very difficult time. Also prayers from the congregation would be greatly appreciated, as would letters to Senator Schumer asking him to look into the matter. The money is being collected by Paul Welch of Catholic Charities and will be made available to the family for necessities. Please keep these neighbors in your thoughts and prayers.
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