Worship Bulletin for Sunday, April 14, 2024

9:45am -10am Shared Music, Listening, & Singing Along

Ringing of the Hour

Prelude & Bringing in the Light of God

Welcoming Rev. Nathan Gonzalez

All who are able, please stand

Call to Worship
One: Hear the words of Jesus: “I am the good shepherd….I am the gate for the
sheep.”
All: Gather us into your flock. Welcome the weak and the strong, the young
and the old, the lost, the lonely and the leaders.
Bless us together as we listen for your voice.
One: Jesus says: “Don’t be afraid; only believe.”
All: We gather as your followers. We believe. Help our unbelief. We gather
and we question. Fill us with hope.
One: Jesus says: “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
All: Open our eyes and our minds, our hearts and our lips that we may
respond with awe and humility.
You are the way to wisdom. You are the light and life of the world.

Opening Hymn “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” Red #240

Words of Assurance Rev. Nathan Gonzalez
Holy One, loving mother and father of us all, you promise to be with us whenever
two or three gathered in your name. You offer your unending presence among us, in our lives and in the beauty of the creation that surrounds us. We give you thanks for your forgiving and unending love. Amen.

Christian Scripture Reading Acts 3:12-19 Martha May

Hebrew Scripture Reading Psalm 4 Ed Lynch

Gospel Luke 24:36b-48 Lynda Overlock

Sermon Trusting God at all Times

Hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” Red #210

Sharing Time – Our Joys and Concerns

Time of Silent Reflection & Lord’s Prayer

Offertory Message and Second Offering for Rebekah’s Closet
Thank you for sharing your gifts for the ministry with
The United Congregational Church of Holyoke

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Prayer of Dedication Rev. Nathan Gonzalez
O God, whose richness is not found at the tables of those willing to exchange goods
for the sake of acquiring earthly riches, but rather is found at the table of
extravagant love for neighbor, we entrust these gifts to your care that they may
abound in your steadfast love for all persons. Use them for the building of your
beloved community here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Closing Hymn My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff NCH #418

Benediction
God, help us trust you with our decisions and future. Let us lean on you with all our
hearts instead of relying on our own imperfect understanding. Give us clear
guidance in our life. I ask for your help to direct our path. May the love of God,
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us
this day and forevermore. Amen.

Postlude

Worship Bulletin for Sunday, April 7, 2024

9:45am -10am Shared Music, Listening, & Singing Along

Ringing of the Hour

Prelude Sonata no. 3 in A Major, mvt. 2 (Adiago) – Felix Mendelssohn

Bringing in the Light of God

Opening Prayer and Welcoming

Call to Worship
All who are able, please stand.
L: Into the house of God we are called to enter,
A: to worship and receive the gift of grace.
L: As we step towards this sacred space,
A: we acknowledge all that can distract or exploit.
L: God calls upon us to cleanse our houses of all that does not find its source in
God’s love.
A: Together we give ourselves in worship and right relations with our neighbor. Let us worship God.

Opening Hymn “He Lives” FOG #299

Prayer of Awareness
O God of temples and tables turned over, we enter this sacred space of worship
seeking your transformation and healing. Make us ready for the kind of turned
upside down world you are seeking to build among us. We have come to this place of worship to be changed, so turn over our tables and make us whole. In the name of Jesus our savior. Amen.

Lesson from the Hebrew Scripture Psalm 133 Martha May

Lesson from the Christian Scripture Acts 4: 32-35

Lesson from the Christian Scripture 1 John1:1-2:2

Sermon

Sharing Time – Our Joys and Concerns
We bring our hearts together as one, and call to you O’ God, to hear our
prayers – those we have shared and those we hold close. We give thanks for
our blessings and seek your guidance and your will in all our prayers. Amen.

Time of Silent Reflection & Lord’s Prayer

Offertory Message and Second Offering for Margaret’s Pantry
Thank you for sharing your gifts for the ministry with
The United Congregational Church of Holyoke.

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Prayer of Dedication
O God, whose richness is not found at the tables of those willing to exchange goods
for the sake of acquiring earthly riches, but rather is found at the table of
extravagant love for neighbor, we entrust these gifts to your care that they may
abound in your steadfast love for all persons. Use them for the building of your
beloved community here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Sacrament of Communion
The Sacrament of Communion is offered to all who are present.

Communion Song “Breathe On Me, Breath of God” FOG #161

Invitation To Communion
Sisters and brothers, the Gospel tells us that Jesus was raised from
the dead, and on that same day he sat at a table with two disciples and was
made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
We gather here at this table to break bread with Jesus in our midst.
This is the table to which we come to celebrate life and to remember our past,
which is enfolded into and transformed by God’s future.
This is God’s inclusive table to which all are invited.

This is the joyful feast of the people of God, men and women,
all genders, all people, youth and children, who come from
east and west, from north and south, to gather at God’s table.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us, thanks be to God.
Amen

Words of Institution
The Bread of Hope
Sharing the Bread

The Cup of Joy
Sharing the Cup

Prayer of Thanksgiving
We give you thanks, O God, that you have renewed us
at your table in fellowship with one another and with Jesus.
Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another
that we follow you in courage and peace. Amen.

Closing Hymn “How a Firm Foundation” FOG #32

The Benediction
God has turned our world upside down and called us to a life of transformation.
Now, go forth changed, called anew, and turned towards a God who makes us
whole. Amen and Amen!

Postlude

Worship Bulletin for Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024

Prelude & Bringing in the Light of God

Opening Prayer Rev. Lance Humphrey 

All who are able, please stand

Call to Worship
Christ is Risen!
Christ is risen, indeed!
Hope is alive!
Hope is alive, indeed!
God’s love is eternal!
Hallelujah!
Let us give thanks for what God has done.

Opening Hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” FOG #289

*God of resurrection and grace,
Help us in our lives.
Help us follow your way which is the pathway of hope.
Help us be like the Risen Christ
and rise up, as a brave and holy people,
living beyond our suffering and fear.
And, help us remain hopeful & courageous in your steadfast love.
God, hear our prayers for grace and mercy,
and raise our countenance from despair, into resurrection joy!
God, please meet us in our human suffering,
comfort us in our tears, and offer to us renewal. We empty ourselves as Jesus
emptied the tomb that we may humbly serve you in all your glory.
Hallelujah, Christ has risen – Amen

Lesson from the Christian Scriptures Mark 16: 1-8

Sermon

Hymn “I Come to the Garden Alone” NCH #237

Sharing Time – Our Joys and Concerns

The Lord’s Prayer
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, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

Offertory Message
Thank you for sharing your gifts for the ministry with
The United Congregational Church of Holyoke

Choir Anthem “This Joyful Eastertide” arr. Vernon Hoyle

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Prayer of Thanksgiving
You, O’God, are the source of every good and perfect gift. Use these tithes and
offerings for your glory. Let your church, this church, be a spring whose
waters never fail; and let your people be repairers of the breach and restorers
of streets we live in. We pray in Christ’s name.

Closing Hymn “Now the Green Blade Rises” NCH #238

Benediction

Postlude

Worship Bulletin for Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024

9:45am -10am Shared Music, Listening, & Singing Along

Ringing of the Hour

Prelude & Bringing in the Light of God

Welcoming

Reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel John 12: 12-16 Rev. Barbara Kershner

All who are able, please stand

Call to Worship
One: Open the gates of justice. I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
Start the celebration. Hosanna!
All: I praise the Lord for answering my prayers and saving me.
God has done this with kindness and mercy.
One: Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.
All: This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad.
Hosanna in the highest!

Opening Hymn “All Glory, Laud and Honor” NCH

Opening Prayer
Merciful God, as we enter this Holy Week, turn our hearts again to
Jerusalem, to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Open our ear to
hear Christ’s wisdom. Open our mouths to sing Christ’s praise. Open our
hearts to offer Jesus our love and faithfulness. Amen.

Reading from the Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 50: 4-9a Paula Thouin

Reading from the Christian Scripture Philippians 2: 5-11 Rev. Barbara Kershner
Sermon Humbled for a Season

Hymn “At the Name of Jesus” Red #197

Sharing Time – Our Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Time of Silent Reflection & Lord’s Prayer

Offertory Message
Thank you for sharing your gifts for the ministry with
The United Congregational Church of Holyoke

Choir Anthem “The Palms” Jean Baptiste Faure

Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God, receive and bless these gifts, a portion of all that you have
first given us. Receive and bless our lives as well, so that all that we say and do may bring glory to your holy name. Amen

Closing Hymn  “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” FOG# 253

Benediction
O Christ, our only Savior, dwell within us that we may go forth with the
light of hope in our eyes, the fire of inspiration on our lips, your word on our
tongues, and your love in our hearts. Amen.

Postlude