The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation



June 14, 2020 Second Sunday after Pentecost

(Order of Worship can be found beneath the video)

~ Order of Worship ~

CHIMES                                                                             Judy Robinson, with organ


PRELUDE              It is Well With My Soul 


God of all creation,
we thank you for the gift of this new day
and its every blessing,
small and large, seen and unseen.
We thank you for the power of faith, hope and love in us
and in our world,
and we pray that they might persist in us
so that we might persist in them,
whether our days hold trial or joy,
contentment or fear.
Help us to be strong and brave
for the work of love that endures,
toward the just and peaceful world
you call us to build together.
This we ask in Christ’s 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 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.


Lauren Eschenbrenner, Nathan Poleyestewa, Ryan Treadwell, Jessie Webb

                                                                                    Darryl Haberern for the Diaconate

READING FROM SCRIPTURE          Romans 5:1-5, Common English Bible

Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

SERMON         On Living in the Gap

ANTHEM            The Prayer                                          Carol Bayer Sager/David Foster
Judy Robin & Jerry Alonzy, vocal duet

            Joys and Concerns
            Pastoral Prayer

HYMN                        For Each Day of Life We Thank You

   For each day of life we thank you, God, the giver of all days;
  And with hearts filled with thanksgiving, we would serve you now, always.

   As in days of youthful vigor, may we in all later years
   Know the joys of useful purpose; free us from our anxious fears.

   Give us dreams and inner vision of a new world to be gained,
   Where all people live together, by each other’s love sustained.

   May the insights gained from living be a light upon the way,
   Guiding su, and those to follow, to a brighter, better day.


POSTLUDE           Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending              Helmsley arrangement


Judy Robinson, Chimes and Vocals
Darryl Haberern, Senior Deacon
Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster, Videographer and Vocals
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor