The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation


July 5, 2020 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

(Order of Worship, Prayers and Hymn Lyrics can be found beneath the video)

~ Order of Worship ~

Judy Robinson, with organ


On This Day                                  Loonis McGlohan, arr.  John Coates
                          Jerry Alonzy, Judy Robinson & Mary Lou Keefe, vocalists

God of all creation, God of here and now,
we once more open our hearts and minds
to seek wisdom for living,
courage for choosing,
strength for following.
We trust in your forgiving love that holds us in grace,
even when we sometimes miss the mark,
knowingly or unknowingly.
Stir in us today and awaken us,
so that no matter the challenges or burdens of this time,
we might remain fixed on what is good, noble, right and true.
This we ask in Christ’s name and spirit, as we also pray 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.

Philippians 4:4-9, Galatians 3:7-9

The One We Feed

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies
                                                      Jim Todd, soloist


            Joys & Concerns, Pastoral Prayer


You are invited to participate where you are by using elements you have at hand, whether they are like the Communion bread and grape juice we use in church 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 blessings 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               Let There Be Peace on Earth
Jerry Alonzy, Judy Robinson & Mary Lou Keefe, vocalists

              Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me;
              Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
              With God, our Creator, children all are we;
             Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.
             Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now,
             With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow:
             To take each moment and live each moment
             In peace eternally.
             Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.


POSTLUDE               General Grant's March                                                     E. Mack


Judy Robinson, Chimes
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster and Videographer
Jerry Alonzy, Judy Robinson, and Jim Todd, vocalists
Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
Casey Levine, Deacon
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor