UNITED CHURCH of LUDLOW
Service will be shared ELECTRONICALLY
(contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
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. Send an email to email@example.com to get information about Zoom access.
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.
Annual Meeting, Sunday, November 8, following the service. Dedication
of newly completed, accessible rear entrance will occur immediately
after the meeting.
Windham Association Meeting, Sunday, November 15th at 3 pm
Executive Board Meeting, Wednesday, December 9, at 7:00 pm.
Linda Alexander will do the Altar Guild duties for the month of November.
We continue to keep the following in our prayers:
James Almond, Terry DeYoung, Kathy Doyle, Pam Dundy, Judy Edwards,
Jean Eggleston, Carolyn Gauthier, Sheila Kafer, Susan Kneebone,
Ginny Kottkamp, Anne Oakes, Evelyn Tucker, Herb Van Guilder, and
There are vacancies for Board President, Board Vice-President, Board Clerk, Trustees (2), Auditor (1), and Outreach (1), and Nominating (4) Committee members. If you wish to volunteer for one of these positions, contact George Thomson (802-228-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are working on establishing a collaborative covenantal cluster of possibly one ordained minister, and a combination of licensed lay ministers, semi-retired pastors and student pastors to support one another and our individual congregations. We have been working with the Conference in developing this model of church leadership. The goal would be to have a person in our houses of worship every Sunday to lead our worship services and then provide opportunities for all the churches to gather together for a wide variety of activities. At the moment these other activities would be provided virtually through Zoom.
Thursday, November 26th -Thanksgiving Gathering during Bible Study time. All are welcome. Content in progress. All you have to do is contact Diane at email@example.com and she will make sure you get your Zoom invitation.
Thursday, December 3rd at 7 pm- Advent Bible Study for 4 weeks. A Walk with Mary. All you have to do is contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will make sure you get your Zoom invitation.
If you have any questions and/or need information on how to connect via Zoom to any of these opportunities please feel free to contact Diane at email@example.com and she will make sure you get your Zoom invitation or contact George at thomson131vt@gmail or Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
at the United Church of Ludlow
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.
The following procedures were developed to minimize the risk of attending services at the United Church of Ludlow.
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, 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.
Service of Worship
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
(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*
Listen to the good news. God is with us, this day and every day.
Because God is with us, we can face each day with courage. We can find
some good in everything, for we are never completely alone.
God’s goodness sometimes seems to be a trickle, sometimes pulsing spurts,
and sometimes a mighty flood. But always God is with us.
We worship you, O God, for your goodness. We praise you with our songs.
We seek you in our prayers. We offer ourselves to you because you are
HYMN 66* Praise My Soul the King of Heaven
CONFESSION OF SIN
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1: 8-9)
Let us confess our sins before God and one another.
Caring and compassionate Creator, we enter this place set apart for your
worship, knowing that we have failed to see you in other places. We have
ignored your beauty around us, in earth and sky, in plants and creatures,
in the people who surround us. We have chosen to live more by our fears
than by our faith, to be weighed down by what we do not have, rather than
rejoicing in your gifts to us. In these moments together, draw us so close
that we cannot help but know every day that you are with us, wherever
we go. Enlarge our capacity to care, so we may see you in all whom we meet.
SILENCE (may be observed for reflection and prayer.)
ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE AND FORGIVENESS
God hears the confession of our hearts and lips. Through Jesus Christ we are
forgiven of all our sins, and by the Holy Spirit we are empowered for new life.
Thanks be to God for the good news of Jesus Christ. Amen.
READING OF SCRIPTURE Genesis 22: 1-13
PSALM 34 Hymnal, page 769-770
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 Hebrews 11:17-29
SERMON “Who is a Saint?”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
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 blessing flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION*
HYMN 545* The Church’s One Foundation
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is meet and right so to do.
We give thanks to you, O holy Lord. . ..
With patriarchs and prophets, apostles and martyrs, with your church on earth and
with all the company of heaven, we magnify and praise you, we worship and adore
you, O Lord Most Holy:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Hymnal, page 21
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
THE LORD’S PRAYER (“trespasses”)
BREAKING THE BREAD AND LIFTING THE CUP
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Let us give thanks.
We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the
presence of Christ and have received all of Christ’s gifts. Strengthen our
faith, increase our love for one another, and let us show forth your praise in
our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
HYMN OF DEDICATION 723* Shall We Gather At the River
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING*
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
* All who are able may stand.
and Responsive Reading
November 11 Service
66. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, to the throne thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore God's praises sing.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
Praise the Lord for grace and favor to all people in distress;
praise God, still the same as ever, slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious now God's faithfulness.
Father-like, God tends and spares us; well our feeble frame God knows;
mother-like, God gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet God's mercy flows.
Angels in the heights, adoring, you behold God face to face;
saints triumphant, now adoring, gathered in from every race.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.
545 The Church's One Foundation
The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is his new creation by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.
Elect from every nation, yet one o'er all the earth;
her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.
Though with a scornful wonder we see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.
Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till, with the vision glorious, her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.
Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we
like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.
723. Shall We Gather at the River
Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod,
with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God?
Refrain: Yes, we'll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;
gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.
On the margin of the river, washing up its silver spray,
we will walk and worship ever, all the happy golden day.
Ere we reach the shining river, lay we every burden down;
grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown.
Soon we'll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease;
soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace.