Bulletin - Congregational Church of Boca Raton

Congregational Church
Of Boca Raton
10:00 A.M.
JANUARY 25, 2015
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.”
They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love
Psalm 46:10
P. Scholtes
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
Here we are God!
We’ve come from our week filled with many things.
Some are filled with joy and excitement; others with sorrow and
Some are filled with energy; others are filled with
Some are filled with love for you; others wonder where you are.
We are the gathered congregation; we come before you
with all the honesty we can muster.
We give you what we are; create in us clean hearts.
Fill us so we can be made holy to serve you wholly.
* Hymn (bulletin)
You Are My All in All
Prayer of Confession
Let us pray
Holy God, we admit to you that all is not right—in our
hearts and in our world, we look to the darkness and
not to the light. We look for what is broken, and not at
what is being mended. We look to criticize and not to
praise. We look at ourselves and not to you.
Turn us around so that we look at the possibility, at
hope, at promise, at grace, at healing, at love. This we
pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Children’s Time
Scripture (NT p. 131)
Choral Anthem
Acts 12:6-17
For the Beauty of the Earth
C. Kocher
A True Mind-Blower
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 New People
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.
How Great the Wisdom and the Love
T. McIntyre
* 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.
* Hymn (PH #316)
God of Earth and Sea and Heaven
* 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.
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
* Those who are able may stand
You Are My All in All
You are my strength when I am weak,
You are the treasure that I seek;
You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel,
Lord, to give up, I’d be a fool;
You are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God, Worthy is Your name!
Jesus, Lamb of God, Worthy is Your name!
Taking my sin, my cross, my shame,
Rising again I bless Your name;
You are my all in all.
When I fall down, You pick me up;
When I am dry, You fill my cup;
You are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God, Worthy is Your name!
Jesus, Lamb of God, Worthy is Your name!
D. Higarty
Prayer Requests
January 25, 2015
Heavenly Father, thank you for our new
members: Noreen; Nancy; Wendy and
Jeremy, and Hannah, Amelia, and Jack; Sue
and James. We greet them with open arms
and hearts.
Lord Jesus, help us not to focus on “more
things” in our lives. May we trust you to supply our needs, and
show us what’s important to you.
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
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: Merwin Andrews; Susan Whidden; Eric
Zachrisson; Louise Seeds; Ruth Hawkins; Ed Hindle; Margaret
Sorenson; Rhoda Alter; Leo Hermann; Willy Willard; and all
those who are grieving loved ones.
Carol and Cam Castiglia; Jim Parkin; Dot Bell; Barry Donovan;
Lucille Bruno; Rholda Francis; Diana Willard; Selwyn
Sherman; Marie Williams; Noelle and Daniel; Arleen Esposito,
Bonnie and Bob Tust; Tamara Pope; Kim Smith; Lynn Baker
Diers; Beth Soufleris; Seth Peterson and family; Rose Breakell;
Donna O’Connor; Randall Garland; Arnold Sams; Bill and
Maria Collins; Florence Gomes and her daughter, Mala; Audrey
Eisnor; Annika Ljungberg.
We pray for our service men and women.
Blessing and Dedication of Building Renovations Today
Following worship today we will have a service of
blessing and dedication to recognize and give
thanks to Mary and Lee Rivollier for their
generous gift to the church. Their special financial
contributions enabled us to renovate our building
to meet code for a preschool. This involved both
the downstairs portion where the school is housed Monday through
Friday and the upstairs, especially the kitchen. Because of their vision
and generosity, Sea Star school has continued its schooling and our
church has continued to receive their contributions.
Thank you, Mary and Lee Rivollier!
Bowling Today
Calling all bowlers for bowling after church at
Strikes Boca Raton, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. A lot of
fun for serious bowlers, but mostly for bowlers of all
ages who are serious about having fun with Church
friends! $10 per person includes bowling, shoes,
pizza and drink. Please let Marit Lacey know if you will be joining us
so we know how many lanes to book.
Tuesday Adult Study Group Tuesday, January 27th
You are invited to join our Tuesday afternoon Adult
Study Group as we read “Learning to Walk in the
Dark.” The Adult Study Group meets on Tuesday
afternoons, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more
information or information on purchasing the book by
Barbara Brown Taylor, please call Pastor Tom at
Morning Communion Service Wednesday, January 28th
Start your morning in communion with God as you
join us for a midweek worship service. We will be
resuming our Wednesday morning communion
services at 8:30 am on January 28th.
Lunch Bunch Wednesday, January 28th
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.
Wednesday Adult Study Group Wednesday, January 28th
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.
B.C.E.O. Thursday, January 29th
Boca Christians Eating Out takes place each Thursday
at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and conversation. Please join
us Thursday at Flashback Diner, 1450 North Federal
Highway, Boca Raton. So that we can reserve enough
room, please sign up in the Rosser room or call the
church anytime before that Thursday. 561-395-9255.
Prayer Fellowship Friday, January 30th
The Prayer Fellowship and Bible Study meets every
Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Rosser room. Everyone is
invited to join us. We use the Upper Room devotional as
our study guide. For more information please contact
John Bird at 561-400-5604.
Adult Fellowship Luncheon Wednesday, February 4th
The regular meeting of the Adult Fellowship will be
held on Wednesday, February 4th at noon. Come “Meet
Your Neighbor” — our Pastor, Tom Lacey, will be our
guest speaker. As always, lunch will be available for
$5.00. Please sign up in the Rosser room.
If you enjoy meeting new people or greeting familiar
friends, please sign up in the Rosser Room to be a Greeter.
Any questions, please contact Nest Jones at 954-675-4893.
A Musical Quiz
Are you an experienced choir member?
Have you ever been caught singing in the shower, or to the radio in
your car?
Do you look good in a formal blue robe?
If you answered "yes" to even just one of these questions, you are
needed in the choir! Come to rehearsal on Wednesday evening at 7:00
pm and join the wonderful group of people known as the Chancel
Choir. We would love to have you be a part of our group!
Annual Meeting Sunday, February 22nd
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be Sunday,
February 22nd at 11:15 a.m. Please mark your calendars
and make plans to attend this very important meeting.
Prayer Requests
Prayer request forms can be found in the pews or in the
prayer box in the Rosser room. Please fill one out if you
have a special prayer you would like the pastor to know
about and leave it in the Prayer Box.
Saturday, January 31, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rosser Room and Fellowship Hall
Sale hours: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31st!
Setup will be Monday-Friday, January 26-30.
Look for the signup sheet in the Rosser Room for volunteer hours.
Please sign up for hours you can serve; training will be provided.
Items for the sale are being accepted. Please call church office to
make arrangements.
Let's all work together and make this another successful sale!
Blessing of Church Renovation
Litany of Blessing
What has God called us to be?
We are a church of Christ's
disciples making a spiritual home
for God's children.
Through this church, we proclaim the good
news of salvation, celebrate God's healing
grace, nurture the growth and gifts of God's
people, and restore the joy of God's reign.
May God bless us and together
may we grow our one of a kind
Whenever one of us gives to our church, we
are all blessed.
Whenever one of us loves enough
to provide for all, God is blessed.
Bless, O Lord, the work of our hands at
Congregational Church of Boca Raton.
Bless, O God, the ministry of our
hearts among us and through us to
all who come.
We dedicate ourselves to your service, in
Christ’s name.
We dedicate our renovated church
to your glory, O Lord our God.
10:00 am
10:00 am
Blessing and
12:00 pm
6:30 pm
2:00 pm
Adult Study
6:30 pm
2:00 pm
Adult Study
8:30 am
12:00 noon
6:00 pm
Adult Study
7:00 pm
Choir rehearsal
8:30 am
12:00 noon
Lunch Bunch
6:00 pm
Adult Study
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
10:00 am
10:00 am
Congregational Church of Boca Raton
251 SW 4th Avenue
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Phone: 561-395-9255
e-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.churchofboca.org
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:
Grayce Esposito
Office Helpers: Lucille Bruno,
Grayce Esposito, Barbara Lacey,
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 and Larry
Children’s Choir:
Marit Lacey
Youth Choir:
Nest Jones-Teixeira
Sunday School Volunteers:
Preschool/K .................. Marit Lacey
1 - 3............................ Leanne Guilfu
4 - 5.................................. Juliet Carl
Middle/High .................... Kris Seeds
Teresa Van Eps
We welcome everyone, no matter who they are,
or where they are on life’s journey!