UNITED CHURCH of LUDLOW
are shared ELECTRONICALLY
or call 802-228-4211
for more information.
If you are comfortable attending in person, please join us.
The doors open at 9:45 am, and worship begins at 10:00 am.
We follow procedures to minimize the risk of exposure.
Please read and follow those procedures for the safety of all.
If you are not able to attend in person, a simultaneous Zoom stream is available.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get Zoom access.
We wish to thank Hannah Sotak for leading our worship service this morning. Hannah invites anyone who has a topic or scripture they would like to hear a sermon on to please email her this week. Her email address is email@example.com. She would love to speak on any issues, questions, or themes that might be helpful.
A Warm Welcome to All Visitors
If any member of the congregation may be of service to you, please contact the church office at 802-228-4211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 church office at 802-228-4211 or email@example.com.
Executive Board Meeting - Wednesday, June 30, 7:00 pm
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week ending June 20, were $ 1100.
The costs for each week are $1,320 (derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Please continue to mail your offerings to our Receiver of Offerings,
Anne Oakes, at 145 Merrill Road, Ludlow, Vermont 05149.
Linda Alexander and Carol Wu provide our Altar Guild services.
Please keep Anne Matalonis in your prayers for a speedy recovery from the surgery for her broken ankle. Cards may be sent to her c/o The Pines, 99 Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701.
We ask that you keep Lee and Sheila Kafer in your prayers as Sheila continues her recovery from complications of her back surgery.
Cards may be sent to them at 173 Hesperus Ave., Magnolia, MA 01930.
We ask that you keep Hannah Sotak in your prayers as she deals with some health issues.
We continue to keep the following in our prayers:
James Almond, Arthur Marin, Jean Eggleston, Kathy Doyle, Rick Doyle, Mindy Doyle, Judy Edwards, Anne Oakes, Carolyn Gauthier, Susan Kneebone, Ginny Kottkamp, Evelyn Tucker, Herb Van Guilder, and Evelyn Verro.
James Almond celebrates a birthday on June 30
Laura and Jeff Lienhard celebrate an anniversary on July 3
Janet and Ralph Pace celebrate an anniversary on July 8
Annual Church Picnic
The Church Picnic will take place at the home of the Thomsons on
Sunday, August 1, following our church service.
Seeking Caregiver Help
I am seeking an individual or several individuals who are willing to spend a couple hours or an afternoon caring for Ginny as it is not safe to leave her alone. This would provide an important break for me as primary caregiver.
Since the beginning of the year we have engaged an RN for an afternoon once a week with very beneficial outcomes. But she is leaving soon. I could use help roughly once or twice a week.
I am casting a net for possibilities. Remuneration is available. If you are interested or have a neighbor or contact you think might be a possibility, including a responsible high school student, please let me know.
You can reach me at 802-228-6282.
June 27, 2021 10:00 A.M.
Service of Worship
Fifth Sunday of 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 * (Please Stand.)
Sometimes, it feels like the world swallows us whole.
Holy Spirit, be with us in the belly of the whale.
Sometimes, it feels like the world spits us out!
Savior Jesus, be with us as we try to get to shore.
Sometimes, we find this new place is exactly where we were meant to be.
Creator God, make us ready for this new way in this new day of worship.
Let us pray:
OPENING PRAYER* (In Unison)
God of power and mercy, in whom we have our being; prepare us in
body,mind, and spirit this day, to be healed and restored that we may
be made into the Sacred Space of God, present in the world. For we
pray these things by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of
Jesus the Christ.
HYMN 145* ‘Morning Has Broken’
READING OF SCRIPTURE Jonah 1: 1-12, 17
REsponsive Reading: Jonah 2: 1-10
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep
in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the
currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward
your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed
was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred
me in forever.
ALL: But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer
rose to you, to your holy temple.
“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have
vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
ALL: And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
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 12: 38-45
SERMON “Who Did Jonah Worship?”
HYMN 390* ‘Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive’
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.
At the Presentation, Hymn 95* Old 100th
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION*
HYMN 394* ‘Something Beautiful’ X3
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING*
Go forth, now, into the calling you have received from the Father, clothed in
the restoring and renewing Light of Christ, held and strengthened by the power
of the Holy Spirit. Go in peace to make peace!
* All who are able may stand.
for the June 27 Service
HYMN 145* Morning Has Broken
Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass
Mine is the sunlight
Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise ev'ry morning
God's recreation of the new day
HYMN 390* Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive
‘Forgive our sins as we forgive,' You taught us, Lord, to pray
But you alone can grant us grace To live the words we say
How can your pardon reach and bless The unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will not let Old bitterness depart?
In blazing light your cross reveals The truth we dimly knew:
What trivial debts are owed to us How great our debt to you!
Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls And bid resentment cease;
Then, bound to all in bonds of love Our lives will spread your peace
HYMN 394* Something Beautiful
(repeat 3 times)
Something beautiful, something good;
All my confusion, he understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life.