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6/9/24 Bulletin


We respect tradition — and we welcome inclusive language about people and expansive language about God. Please pray using words most meaningful to you.

Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children

June 9, 2024 - PRIDE Month

Guest Speaker - Art Worster, President - Hancock County Neighborhood Support Team

Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement Program


The Altar flowers this morning are from the Kimmel-Noschese family in loving memory of Jensen Lorna Kimmel-Noschese.

This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 9:30 a.m.  (Recorded for Facebook and YouTube)

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Meeting ID: 822 2425 2518      Passcode: 755650


 The first pew in front of the pulpit has books and quiet activities for people of all ages.

Please find something that suits you, take it to your pew, and return it after the service.

Silent Prayer

Creator of all, though you have shaped us as an ecosystem, we are surrounded by illusions of individualism. Resources are privatized. People suffer in isolation. Even joy is hoarded. May we be a community brave and vulnerable enough to live otherwise. That we may become so much more together than we could ever be alone. Amen


* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit




Prelude       Reflection on “Reflection”                             Early American Melody/ David Lasky 




*Introit       We Gather Together (vs. 1)                                                                          R. #23 We gather together to ask for your blessing,you chasten and hasten your will to make known;the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.

We praise your name, O God; forget not your own.


*Call to Worship

One: This body of Christ is a holy collection of lives and stories.

All: Braided into each other, the one is made of the many.

One: This body, God has woven together: That we may find our hope in each other. That we may hold grief in community. That we may remember no life is disposable.

All: By the Spirit, we are made one body. Joined together, let us seek the flourishing of all.


*Passing of the Peace (ASL) and Lighting of Peace & Justice Candle                       B. #863


*Hymn       How Could Anyone

How could anyone ever tell you you were anything less than beautiful?

How could anyone ever tell you you were less than whole?

How could anyone fail to notice that your loving is a miracle?How deeply you’re connected to my soul.


*Invocation (in unison)

Lord, by the power of your Spirit reveal to us your Word. Let us be a holy temple built on Christ, our sure foundation. Amen


Children’s Message                          


Christian Scriptures                                            1 Corinthians 12:14-26 and Matthew 5:43-48


Special Music       A Joyful Mozart Canon                                                    W. Amadeus Mozart

Message      Hancock County NST – Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement Program       Art Worster      


*Hymn       Be Thou My Vision                                                                                    R. #445

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my Redeemer, my love thou hast won; thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.


Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise, thou mine inheritance, now and always;

thou and thou only, first in my heart, Ruler of heaven, my treasure thou art.


High King of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O ruler of all.


Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns 


   Our Father (Creator, Mother) 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but

   deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen


       Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face.

      For it is thou Lord, thou Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.   


Invitation to Offering –                                                                                               B. #842


Offertory    A Celtic Pastorale                                                                               David Lasky    


*The Doxology

     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 (spoken in unison)                                                       B. #844, adapted

All good gifts come from you, O God. As we have received, so we give back to you and to each other. Amen


*Hymn       This Is My Song                                                                                           B. #591

This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine.This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:But other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.O hear my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.




*Sung Blessing     Sent Forth by God’s Blessing                                                             B. #76

Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing,

the people of God from this dwelling take leave.

The service is ended, O now be extended

the fruits of our worship in all who believe.

The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching,

shall blossom in action for God and for all.

God's grace did invite us, and love shall unite us

to work for God's realm and to answer the call.


Postlude       Trumpet Tune                                                                                         David Lasky  


(Please remain seated for the Postlude)



If you are visiting with us today, please sign our Guest Book in the back of the sanctuary. 



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Many thanks to those who make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


Music Minister  Debbie Riley

Choir – Mary Angela Davis, Nick Davis, Jeanne Edwards, Peggy Emigh, Jack Hirschenhofer, Priscilla HIrschenhofer, Jane Lennon, David Mack, Carol Skinner, Pat Summerer

Deacons – Mary Angela & Nick Davis

Liturgist – Pat Summerer

Audio-Video Support – Patrice Alexander

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You



enfleshed: liturgy that matters - Silent Prayer, Call to Worship

Feasting on the Word - Invocation


"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE,                   

License #A-738532. All rights reserved

We Gather Together

Words and Music - ©2021 Hal Leonard Corporation (select catalogs)

Contributors: Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, Netherlands Folk Hymn, Eduard Kremser


Be Thou My Vision - Craig Courtney

Contributors: Public Domain


How Could Anyone

Words and Music - © Libby Roderick Music 1988


This is My Song

Words and Music - ©1964 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The

Contributors: Lloyd Stone and George Harkness, Jean Sibelius


Sent Forth by God's Blessing            

Words - ©1964 World Library Publications

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