we cannot exaggerate.”
- Francis Chan
UNITED CHURCH of LUDLOW
Service will be shared ELECTRONICALLY
(contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
The doors will open at 9:45 am, and worship will begin at 10:00 am.
If you are comfortable attending in person, please join us. Procedures designed to minimize the risk of exposure are described later in this newsletter. Please read and follow these procedures for your own, and your fellow congregants', safety.
If you are not able to attend in person, the service will be streamed simultaneously using our church Zoom access to allow you to participate.
If the Pastor or any member of the congregation may be of service to you, please contact
the church office at 802-228-4211 or Rev. Harpster at 802-875-8895. His email
Regarding Individuals in the Hospital or Sick at Home
It would be greatly appreciated if you know of individuals or family members in the
hospital or sick at home, to kindly inform the pastor, Rev. Harpster.
- Executive Board Meeting, Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 pm.
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week ending July 26 were $540 The costs for
each week are $1,118 (derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Jean Eggleston will do the Altar Guild duties for the month of August.
Please keep Bill and Susan Kneebone in your prayers as Susan begins a new
phase of life as a resident at Cedar Hill, Windsor, VT, in the skilled nursing section.
Please keep Margo Marrone and family in your prayers.
Please keep Dean Alexander in your prayers for speedy recovery from his
We continue to keep the following in our prayers:
James Almond, Terry DeYoung, Kathy Doyle, Pam Dundy, Judy Edwards, Carolyn
Gauthier, Susan Kneebone, Ginny Kottkamp, Annie Oakes, Evelyn Tucker,
Herb Van Guilder, and Evelyn Verro.
Congratulations to Jean Eggleston on her recognition by the Ludlow Rotary Club as
their 2020 Community Service Award recipient for unselfishly devoting herself to
working to improve the quality of life in the community as well as providing needy
citizens with the means to enhance their lives.
CHURCH REOPENING PROCEDURES
Everyone will enter and exit the church through the rear door. The new entrance is now complete, along with the new walkway from Elm St. The LULA is operational to facilitate access by those with difficulty managing stairs.
Masks are required and should be worn when entering the church and at all times when moving about inside. We ask anyone who might need water or other refreshment to please bring your own, as the kitchen will not be available.
Upon entering you will be greeted by a church member, offered a mask if you do not have one and instructed to sanitize your hands with the sanitizer located inside the doorway. You will be asked some questions about your health and your name and address will be recorded should contract tracing be required.
You will then proceed immediately to your pew in the sanctuary. There will be no congregating inside the church building. Other than the sanctuary and bathrooms, all other areas of the church are off limits except to those participating in the service.
Upon entering the sanctuary, please look for the cushions placed in the pews. These cushions indicate where seating may take place in order to maintain proper social distancing. They will be placed in pairs, but if any core family group is attending, please feel free to add space in your area, keeping in mind the location of those around you.
While we encourage keeping masks on at all times, masks MAY be removed when you are seated in your pew. Keep in mind that masks should be worn any time you are talking with your neighbor, speaking aloud during the service, and moving throughout the building. If you wish to sing during the hymns, it must be done with the mask in place, and in a soft speaking voice. Announcements and prayers will be offered without microphones, so please stand and speak clearly wearing your mask.
When communion is celebrated, parishioners may bring their own "bread and wine".
Offerings will not be collected during the service. We ask that you continue your weekly offering by writing a check to The United Church and mailing it to Anne Oakes, 145 Merrill Rd., Ludlow, VT 05149.
When services are over, everyone should leave the church building using the rear door. You should only stop if you need to use the rest rooms, which will be available at all times.
If you wish to mix socially after services, please do so away from the exit so as not to make others leaving feel uncomfortable. Keep in mind, this is the first phase of reopening our church, and we are sure practices will need to be amended as time and circumstances dictate. We encourage anyone with thoughts, fears or suggestions to contact either our President, George Thomson, Rev. Harpster, Deacon Laura Lienhard or Trustee Dean Alexander. We look forward to worshiping together with all of you, whether in person or through the internet and pray that we soon will be able to return to a more normal worship experience together in God's house.
Zoom Church Services
at the United Church of Ludlow
We will continue to offer access to our church service using Zoom. If you are not already in the “Zoom Community” it is not very hard. We would love to have you join us for Sunday worship. If you have used Zoom before and have it installed on your computer you are ready to go.
If you have never used Zoom, please contact us before Sunday so we can help you navigate the program. For help send an email to:
Laura Lienhard (Laura_Lienhard@hotmail.com)
Dean Alexander (DiggerDa@aol.com)
PLEASE NOTE: You should only have one live microphone at any one location. Please DO NOT use your phone AND the microphone on your computer at the same time. Turn one off. When both are on, rather unpleasant feedback noise can be produced.
Service of Worship
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
(All are encouraged to use the prelude as a quiet time of meditation in
preparation for the worship service which follows.)
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND GREETING
The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
(2 Corinthians 13: 13)
And also with you.
CALL TO WORSHIP*
We are gathered to give witness of the enduring realities of life.
We have come to affirm that life is a gift, that the gift is good, and that it
comes from God.
We are gathered to renew our hope in Jesus Christ, as we travel
life’s long journey.
We find God in the paths of your present and our past, but we also
trust in God’s love in our future.
The same God guides us all the way, every day of our lives, and beyond life.
Let us praise God with our whole hearts and entrust our lives
to God’s hands.
HYMN 732* Come, We that Love the Lord
PRAYER OF INVOCATION*
We give you all praise, O God of salvation. We come with devotion to
you, O Christ our redeemer. We honor you, O Holy Spirit, our source of
encouragement; one God who sustains us with your love and your
presence. Hear our words of reverence as we bow down before you.
Grace us with your presence, that we may learn of your way. Amen.
READING OF SCRIPTURE
PSALM 91 Hymnal, pages 810-811
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.
THE GOSPEL LESSON Matthew 15: 21-28
SERMON “Out of Order”
HYMN 382* Have Thine Own Way, Lord
JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord be with you.
And also, with you.
Let us pray.
LORD’S PRAYER (“trespasses”)
PRAYER RESPONSE Hymnal, No. 473
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.
“I will freely sacrifice to you: I will praise your name, O Lord,
for it is good.”
At the Presentation, Hymn 95* Old 100th
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION*
HYMN 375* There is a Balm in Gilead
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING*
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
* All who are able may stand.
we cannot exaggerate.”
- Francis Chan
August 16 Service
732. Come, We That Love the Lord
1. Come, we that love the Lord,
and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord,
and thus surround the throne.
2. Let those refuse to sing
who never knew our God;
but children of the heavenly King
may speak their joys abroad.
3. The hill of Zion yields
a thousand sacred sweets
before we reach the heavenly fields,
or walk the golden streets.
4. Then let our songs abound,
and every tear be dry;
we're marching through Emmanuel's ground,
to fairer worlds on high.
382. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
1. Have thine own way, Lord!
Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter;
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me
after thy will,
while I am waiting,
yielded and still.
2. Have thine own way, Lord!
Have thine own way!
Search me and try me,
Wash me just now, Lord,
wash me just now,
as in thy presence
humbly I bow.
3. Have thine own way, Lord!
Have thine own way!
Wounded and weary,
help me I pray!
Power, all power,
surely is thine!
Touch me and heal me,
4. Have thine own way, Lord!
Have thine own way!
Hold o'er my being
Fill with thy Spirit
till all shall see
Christ only, always,
living in me!
375. There Is a Balm in Gilead
There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole;
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.
1 Some times I feel discouraged,
and think my work’s in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.
2 Don't ever feel discouraged,
for Jesus is your friend,
and if you look for knowledge
he'll ne'er refuse to lend.
3 If you can’t preach like Peter,
if you can’t pray like Paul,
just tell the love of Jesus,
and say he died for all.
Responsive Reading for the August 16 Service