The First Congregational Church of Canton Center

United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation


communion bread and wine and grapes

Sept. 13, 2020 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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


~ Order of Worship ~

CHIMES                                                                                   Karen Needham, with organ


PRELUDE            Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts                               arr. Marianne Forman

GATHERING PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER                        Hugh Anderson
      Holy Spirit, gather us:
      though we are not all in one physical place,
      gather us in heart and mind.
      Help us remember our oneness in you,
      our common life and our shared belonging
      in Christ,
      so that wherever we are
      and whatever our own spirits feel on this day,
      we will awaken to the power of your Spirit
      giving us life.
      Help us to be centered, strong and brave,
      guided by love and committed to living it.
      We gather our prayers into one prayer, as we 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.


READING FROM SCRIPTURE        Psalm 103:8-18
SERMON                  Slow to Anger, Full of Love

ANTHEM                        Go Down, Moses                                                         Spiritual     
Jim Todd, soloist


HYMN                   “Spirit, Come, Dispel Our Sadness”                 
       Spirit, Come, dispel our sadness; pierce the clouds of nature’s night.
       Come, O Source of joy and gladness, breathe your life and spread your light.
       From the height that knows no measure, as a gracious shower descend,
       bringing down the richest treasure we can wish, or God can send.

       Let your fire heal our dissensions, let your flame refine our goals.
       Let your peace resolve our tensions, send your dove to soothe our souls.
       Let your wind flow fresh within us, sweeping clean all hate and strife
       from our hearts; O come and win us for a more abundant life.

      Author of the new creation, come, anoint us with your power.
      Make our hearts your habitation, with your grace our spirits shower.
      Hear, O hear, our supplication, blessed Spirit, God of peace!
      Rest upon this congregation with the fullness of your grace.


POSTLUDE                    Jerusalem                                                     C. Herbert Perry



Karen Needham, Chimes
Jim Todd, Soloist
Jerry Alonzy, Webmaster & Videographer
Hugh Anderson, Deacon
Mary Lou Keefe, Director of Music
The Rev. Dr. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza, Pastor