The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

peace justice dove


June 7, 2020 First Sunday after Pentecost
Thirteenth Sunday of Shutdown Due to Pandemic

(Order of Worship can be found beneath the video)

~ Order of Worship ~

CHIMES                                                                                                          Karen Needham, with organ


PRELUDE               You Do Not Walk Alone                                                                      Elaine Hagenberg

GATHERING PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER                                          Kim Treadwell, reader

    God of grace and goodness,
    God of the beloved creation,
    stir in us today and in all days
    with the Spirit of love,
    so that within this world’s wounds
    we can bring healing,
    within its trials
    we can bring strength,
    within its fears
    we can bring hope.
    Help us to be the hands and feet and voice of Christ,
    the one we follow and in whose name we pray,
    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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
     And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.
     For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
     and the glory forever.  Amen.


    Matthew 22:34-40, The Great Commandment   (Common English Bible)   

       34 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together. 35 One of   them, a legal expert, tested him. 36 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
        37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being,[a] and with all your   mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your  neighbor as you love yourself.[b40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Matthew 7:12, The Golden Rule Contemporary English Version (CEV)
       12 Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets[a] are all about.

SERMON                Reflections in a Turbulent Time

SOLO                           “Anthem”                                                From the musical “Chess”
Jerry Alonzy, vocal soloist                           Tim Rice, Benny Anderson

No man, no madness,
Though their sad power may prevail,
Can possess, conquer, my country’s heart.
They rise to fail.

She is eternal.
Long before nations’ lines were drawn
When no flags flew, when no armies stood,
My land was born.

And you ask me why I love her.
Through wars, death, and despair.
She is the constant, we who don’t care.
And you wonder will I leave her
But how?

I cross over borders but I’m still there now,
How can I leave her?
Where would I start?
Let man’s petty nations tear themselves apart.
My land’s only borders lie around my heart.

 You are invited to participate from where you are by using elements you have at hand, whether they are just like Communion bread and grape juice or something else that, when prayerfully taken, can represent the meaning of sharing
this sacrament:  remembering the life of Christ and taking into ourselves his spirit, his love, and our call to be his risen body in the world.]

     Words of Invitation
     Prayer of Preparation
     Sharing the Elements

     Prayer of Thanksgiving
         We give thanks to you, Gracious Spirit,
         for the gifts of your table,
         reminders of the gifts of all creation
         and of all that makes us one.
         As we strive to live in this world as people of the gospel,
         we pray that today and tomorrow,
         we might learn to see the world through Christ’s eyes
         and love the world with Christ’s heart.  Amen.

HYMN                   God of Grace and God of Glory

     God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power;
     Crown your ancient church’s story, bring its bud to glorious flower.
     Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour,
     For the facing of this hour.

     From the evils that surround us and assail the Savior’s ways,
     From the fears that long have bound us free our hearts for faith and praise.
     Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days,
     For the living of these days.

     Cure your children’s warring madness, bend our pride to your control.
     Shame our reckless, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
     Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, made our broken spirits whole,
     Make our broken spirits whole.

     Set our feet on lofty places, gird our lives that they may be
     Armored with all Christ-like graces, in the fight to set all free.
     Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, in the quest for liberty,
     In the quest for liberty.

     Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
     Let the search for your salvation be our glory evermore.
     Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving you whom we adore,
     Serving you whom we adore.


POSTLUDE        The Majesty and Glory of Your Name                                                        Tom Fettke


Karen Needham, Chimes
Kim Treadwell, Lay Reader
Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster & Videographer
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor