Congregational Church of Boca Raton SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:00 A.M.

Congregational Church
of Boca Raton
10:00 A.M.
NOVEMBER 9, 2014
Welcome to Worship!
 No matter who you are or where you are on Life’s journey,
you are welcome at Congregational Church of Boca Raton, UCC.
Our doors are wide open to all who desire a closer relationship
with God. We welcome believers, seekers, and doubters;
Large-print bulletin and hearing devices
are available from the ushers.
Please keep this a time of quiet reflection in preparation of worship.
 God is calling you today, but not on your cell phone!
Please remember to turn it off, or you may leave it with our
head usher if you are expecting an emergency call.
Nursery and pre-school care is available during worship,
if you wish. All children are encouraged to come to the altar
during Children's Time. Following Children’s Time, the children
will go as a group to their Sunday School classes.
Please fill out the Friendship Pad at the end of each pew,
then pass it along to your neighbor to sign.
If you are a visitor or guest, please include
your mailing and/or email addresses so we may keep in touch.
 Adult Fellowship invites you
to join us before worship for coffee in the foyer area.
After worship, please join us for conversation,
coffee, punch, and cookies in the fellowship hall.
Pastor Tom Lacey
[email protected]
251 SW Fourth Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Quiet Time
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Christians We Have Met to Worship
Psalm 46:10
M. Hayes
Tom Lacey
Today is a new day, rising fresh from the Creator’s
hand. Today we begin again, with praise and thanks to
God who made us, Christ who redeemed us and the
Spirit who guides us. Here we participate in the
fellowship of the forgiven, the church. It is good to be
together today.
Prayer Requests
Call to Worship
John Bird
With friend and strangers, with family and neighbors, we gather:
Come among us, healing God, with that love which
never ends.
With faith reaching out to you, with hearts straining to trust:
Come among us, Friend of the broken, with your
compassion which makes us whole.
With word and wonder, with silence and song, we wait:
Come among us, Dryer of our tears, to lift us to our
feet to follow you.
* Praise Songs (bulletin p. 6-7)
Open the Eyes of My Heart
Lord I Need You
Prayer of Confession
Let us pray
Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know
the old heartaches that still pain me. You know when I
sit down and when I rise up. You know the restless
worries that rob me of rest, the fears that drive me.
You discern my thoughts from afar. You know what I
attempt to conceal from everyone else. You know why
I do what I do, when I don't even know myself. You
are acquainted with all my ways. You see the good
things I do in secret, as well as the wrong things.
Forgive me and help me, gracious God. Help me lay
aside my faithless fears. Forgive my inability to trust
you in all things. I am the work of your hands; fulfill
your purpose for me. Do not forsake me when I turn to
you, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Children’s Time
Gospel (NT p. 68)
Luke 8:42b-48
God Be in My Head
Luke Loved the Ladies!
J. Rutter
Pastoral Prayer
God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God Most High.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Lord’s Prayer (Debts/Debtors)
Sharing the Peace
The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Meet Someone New
Offering of Tithes and Gifts
Gracious and loving God, giver of all that is good and
true, may our offerings represent our work, our
blessings, and our faith. May they be good and true
offerings as they witness to our gratitude and love for
you, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Choral Anthem
We Remember Him
* Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below
Praise God above, ye heavenly host
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.
J. Mansilla
* Hymn (PH # 335)
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
* Benediction
* Spirit Song
O let the Son of God enfold you
with his Spirit and his love.
Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.
O let him have the things that hold you,
and his Spirit like a dove
will descend upon your life and make you whole.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Hear My Prayer
* Those who are able may stand
The altar flowers are given today
by Diana, Garrick, Max and Boo
in loving memory of
Willy T. Willard
Open the Eyes of My Heart
P. Baloche
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord,
Open the eyes of my heart,
I want to see You, I want to see You;
To see you high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory;
Pour out Your pow’r and love
As we sing, “holy, holy, holy.”
To see you high and lifted up,
Shining in the light of Your glory;
Pour out Your pow’r and love
As we sing, “holy, holy, holy.”
Holy, holy, holy,
Holy, holy, holy;
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see You
Holy, holy, holy,
Holy, holy, holy;
Holy, holy, holy,
I want to see You
Lord, I Need You
M. Maher
Lord I come, I confess,
Bowing here I find my rest.
And without You I fall apart,
You’re the one that guides my heart.
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You.
Ev’ry hour I need You.
My one defense, my righteousness.
Oh, God how I need You.
Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more.
Where grace is found is where You are.
And where You are Lord, I am free,
Holiness is Christ in me.
Yes where You are Lord, I am free,
Holiness is Christ in me.
Teach my song to rise to You,
When temptation comes my way.
And when I cannot stand, I’ll fall on You,
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay.
And when I cannot stand, I’ll fall on You,
Jesus You’re my hope and stay.
Prayer Requests
November 9, 2014
Thank you Lord for all those who passed
before us, for such a great cloud of witnesses.
We remember them all with our love and
Holy God, the stories in the Bible fill us with
wonder at your awesome grace. You forgive
us. You welcome us. You love us. You include us. Not as the world
does, but only as you alone can do.
We pray for a solution to the crisis in Crimea and the Ukraine, Iraq,
Syria, Israel and Palestine. We pray for all those displaced and
terrorized by war and violence, and we pray for victims and families of
all those affected by natural disasters around our world.
We continue to pray for all those facing tough economic situations,
for those who still can’t find work. We pray for our leaders to have
continuing compassion and care for those who are struggling.
We pray for members, friends, and our neighbors:
Family and friends of: Donald Gray; Harold Greenberg; Vernon Ebert;
Eric Zachrisson; Louise Seeds; Ruth Hawkins; Frank Loriccheo; Ed
Hindle; Mildred Bird; Frank Lindsay; Daniel Marshall; Margaret
Sorenson; Rhoda Alter; David Cho; Jim Price; Leo Hermann; Willy
Willard; and all those who are grieving loved ones.
Eleanor Magee; Emily; Marcy; Lyla; Roger Davis; Noelle and Daniel;
Arlene Esposito, Bonnie and Bob Tust; Susan Whidden; Shirley W;
Anne and Bob; Tamara Pope; Kim Smith; Lynn Baker Diers; Beth
Soufleris; Paul Johnson; Sophia Turner; Berry Brown; Johnny Tinoco;
Tamra Pilosi; Seth Peterson and family; Marilyn Lehmann; Craig A.
Williams; Rose Breakell; Donna O’Connor; Anna Mae Parsons;
Randall Garland; Donna Leech; Joni Kleyla; Arnold Sams; Mark
Sultan; Sebastian Phillips; Susan Bass; Bill and Maria Collins;
Florence Gomes and her daughter, Mala; Amy McMahon; Beatrice
Flemister; Audrey Eisnor; Annika Ljungberg.
We pray for our service men and women.
We Remember Him
This piece was commissioned by Tamara K. Pope in loving memory of
her husband Rick Pope, and written by our own Juan Mansilla. It was
performed by the Chancel choir of Congregational Church of Boca
Raton for the first time on Sunday, May 19th. The text is from the
Jewish book of prayers with some extra additions from 1 Corinthians
13. The text in form of litany was converted to an uplifting mantra
expressing characteristics Tamara felt were Rick’s. The biblical text
speaks of the love they had. Instead of being a song of longing it
became a song of love and hope.
Lunch Bunch Wednesday, November 12th
A time for Food, Fellowship and Fun. Come to church at
noon on Wednesdays with a sandwich. We serve
beverages and dessert. After lunch stay and play Mah
Jongg (beginners welcome!) or bring a favorite game of
your own to share.
Adult Study Group Wednesday, November 12th
You are invited to join the Adult Study Group as we
explore the Bible from the beginning. The Adult Study
Group meets on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m. Our study is based on the Kerygma program:
Discovering the Bible. For more information, please call
Pastor Tom at 561-395-9255.
Chancel Choir Wednesday, November 12th
You are invited to join the Chancel Choir in song and
worship for this year’s Cantata. We will be doing excerpts
from the famous Handel’s Oratorio “The Messiah.” The
Cantata rehearsals are during our Chancel Choir
rehearsals Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Dress
rehearsal will be Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 am and our Cantata
day will be Sunday, December 14 at 10:00 am. For more information,
contact Juan Mansilla at [email protected]
B.C.E.O. Thursday, November 13th
Boca Christians Eating Out takes place each Thursday at
6:30 p.m. for dinner and conversation. This week join us at
Two Georges at the Cove, 1754 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield
Beach. Please sign up in the Rosser room or call the
church anytime before Thursday. 561-395-9255.
Prayer Fellowship Friday, November 14th
The Prayer Fellowship and Bible Study meets every Friday
at 10:00 a.m. in the Rosser room. Everyone is invited to join
us. The basis of our study is the Upper Room Daily
Devotional. For more information contact John Bird at 561-400-5604.
Prime Time! Wednesday, November 19th
Join us for Prime Time! on Wednesday evenings Nov. 19,
Dec. 3 and 17. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, followed
by band practice and drama group meeting until 8:00 pm.
Our first performances will be at our Thanksgiving service on
Nov.23rd. Questions? Email Marit Lacey at [email protected]
Pecans for Sale
The Adult Fellowship will again offer pecans for sale in
the Rosser room following worship. These bags of prime
pecans are only $10.00 per pound. Buy now for your
holiday baking! Tickets for the annual Christmas raffle
are also available.
Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 23rd
Children’s Choir, Drama Club, and our brand
new kids worship band “Prime Time!” will
perform for the Thanksgiving service November
23. Please come and support our children’s band
and drama group for their first performances. Bring a pumpkin or apple
pie to share to make the fellowship time after church even more special
to celebrate the holidays.
Prayer Requests
Prayer request forms can be found in the pews or in the
prayer box on the post in the Rosser room. Please feel free to
fill one out if you have a special prayer you would like the
pastor to know about and leave it in the Prayer Box.
50 Good Deeds for 50 Great Years!
Caring enough to do good works.
Titus 3:8
Thanksgiving Dinner at Boca Helping Hands
Let’s spend Thanksgiving together this year! We are
getting together teams to help serve Thanksgiving
Dinner at Boca Helping Hands. Two shifts are
available: 8 am-12 noon, and 12 noon-4 pm. You must
be able to work the full shift. (No children under 12,please.) If you
would like to help, please sign up in the Rosser room. Boca Helping
Hands is also looking for help in the warehouse preparing
Thanksgiving Baskets the week prior to Thanksgiving — again, please
sign up in the Rosser room. For more information, contact Sarah
Hugus, [email protected]
Knit One, Crafts Too! Friday, November 14th
Join us on Friday morning, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. for a joyful hour
of crafts. Bring your project, or help us make preemie caps and blankets
for local hospitals. Free knitting lessons if you want to learn in order to
help with this Good Deed! For more information call Sandi in the
office, 561-395-9255.
Advent Workshop Saturday, December 6th
On Saturday, December 6, grab an early dinner and then come join us
for an ADVENT WORKSHOP at 6:30 pm. We will have 6 to 8 tables
set up with simple advent-themed crafts for all ages, hot chocolate,
desserts, and Christmas Carols too! Please remember our community
by bringing a gift for the Giving Tree and/or non-perishable foods for
Boca Helping Hands.
We have crafts planned already, but are looking for a few more. We are
in need of 2-3 more simple advent-themed craft ideas (any age group)
that can be completed in about 20-30 minutes. We are also in need of
adults/teens to assist at each table. Students can earn community
service hours. To volunteer or for questions, please contact Leanne
Guilfu at [email protected]
Don’t forget to log your hours for any Good Deed
on our Rosser Room poster!
50 Good Deeds for 50 Great Years!
Caring enough to do good works.
Titus 3:8
Wreaths Across America Saturday, December 13th
Wreaths Across America is an organization that has
been placing Christmas wreaths on the graves of
our veterans. The wreaths are donated and we are
forming a team to help place those wreaths at
gravesites in the South Florida National Cemetery.
We will gather at the church at 9:00 a.m. on
Saturday, December 13th. Please sign up in the
Rosser room so we will know how many to expect.
For further information contact Audrey Michele.
The Giving Tree Sunday, November 30th
The Giving Tree begins November 30th. Please
help make Christmas a little brighter for several
local needy families. Look for the Giving Tree in
the Rosser room. Select an ornament and fulfill the
Christmas wish on the back of the ornament. Return
your wrapped gift with the attached name tag no later than December
14th. Santa’s Helpers will ensure that your gift arrives on time for
Christmas Eve delivery. Without your help, these children will have no
gifts under the Christmas tree.
“Jack the Bike Man”
There is still time to help “Jack the Bike Man” make it a
wonderful Christmas for needy children in Palm Beach
County. If you are getting rid of your child’s bike, please
bring it in to church and we will bring the bikes that we
collect up to “Jack the Bike Man” so he can repair and gift them to
needy children. Remember that he also collects adult bikes that he sells
to get money to keep his warehouse. Don’t forget to check the curbs in
your neighborhood to see if someone is putting a bike in decent shape
out to be thrown away. It could be the bike that will bring the biggest
smile to a little girl or boy. For more information, contact Marit Lacey
at [email protected]
Poinsettia Orders
I would like to order ____ plants to decorate the church on Christmas Eve
Please enclose $11 per plant
Print Name (to be printed in bulletin):
Contact Phone: _____________________________________________
Please PRINT clearly
Circle Memory or Honor
In Memory/Honor of:
In Memory/Honor of:
In Memory/Honor of:
In Memory/Honor of:
Orders must be placed by December 11th
Additional forms available in Rosser Room
Greening of the Church Saturday, November 29th
The Hanging of the Christmas Greens will be on
Saturday, November 29th, from 9:00 am until 12 noon.
Please join us at the church to prepare for Advent and
Christmas by decorating with garlands and good cheer.
Coffee and Doughnuts (healthy and otherwise) will be
Children’s Christmas Decorating Fun Sunday, Nov. 30
Kids, enjoy fellowship and fun while decorating our very
own Christmas tree in our Sunday school "living room" on
Sunday, November 30th. Make Christmas decorations, set
up our nativity scene and watch a Christmas movie.
Cantata Sunday, December 14th
The Chancel Choir will perform excerpts from
Handel’s Oratorio “The Messiah” on Sunday,
December 14th. Be sure to mark your calendars to
attend this wonderful performance. Even better,
add your voice to the joyful celebration—just
speak with Juan for the rehearsal schedule.
Children’s Christmas Program Sunday, December 21
Please join our youth on Sunday, December 21st at 10:00
am as they celebrate Christmas with a special program.
Mark your calendars for our special rehearsal dates for our
Christmas program:
Sunday, December 7th and December 14th after church.
Wednesday, December 3rd during Prime Time!
Saturday, December 20th at 8:30 am.
Christmas Eve Worship
Wednesday, December 24th
4:00 pm—Family Worship
8:00 pm—Candlelight Service
10:00 am
10:00 am
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
6:30 pm
(details p. 9)
7:00 pm
(details p. 12)
6:00 pm
Adult Study
(details p. 10)
6:00 pm
Prime Time!
(details p. 14)
12:00 noon
Lunch Bunch
(details p. 9)
7:00 pm
(details p. 9)
7:00 pm
(details p. 10)
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
(details p. 10)
(details p. 9)
6:00 pm
Adult Study
6:30 pm
12:00 noon
Lunch Bunch
(details p. 13)
10:00 am
(details p. 13)
10:00 am
(details p. 15)
9:00 am
Knit One,
Crafts, Too
Congregational Church of Boca Raton
251 SW 4th Avenue
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Phone: 561-395-9255
e-mail: [email protected]
Web site:
Pastor: Tom Lacey: Home: 561-381-5222 Cell: 561-306-5208
Moderator: John Fenner: 561-750-5044
Sandi Kilbride
Children’s Ministry Director
Marit Lacey
Wendell Jackson
Nicholas R. Wurster
Music Ministry Director
Juan Mansilla
Nicholas R. Wurster
Section Leaders
Lindsey Novitske, Alto
Linda Siers, Soprano
Jorge Valls, Tenor
This Week’s Volunteers
Deacon of the Sunday:
Victor Ivy
Office Helpers: Lucille Bruno,
Grayce Esposito, Eleanor Magee,
Audrey Michele, George Sinclair,
Carol Vass, and Diana Willard
Hospitality: Frances Bell; Gail and
Barry Donovan; Grayce Esposito,
Lorraine Folino; Sarah Hugus;
Audrey Michele; Judy Vandermark,
Larry Williams
Children’s Choir:
Marit Lacey
Youth Choir:
Nest Jones-Teixeira
Sunday School Volunteers:
Preschool/K ......................................
1-3.............................. Leanne Guilfu
4-5............................ Debbie Randall
Middle/High ........... Javier Valverde
We welcome everyone, no matter who they are,
or where they are on life’s journey!