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THE ORDER OF WORSHIP
March 25, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome! We’re glad you’re here today! For more information about our church,
please see our brochure in your pew. You are invited to return the enclosed
information card to share your contact information and/or your pastoral needs; and
you are welcome to sign our guestbook at the rear of the sanctuary. Infant/toddler
childcare is in Room 2 from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. All children visiting us today, age
3 through Grade 8, are welcome to join in on the Sunday School classes. Parents
may also accompany them to the rooms as, you see fit.
GOD’S PEOPLE GATHER
*GLORIA PATRI (unison)
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.
Sunday, April 1 – 8:00 & 10:00 AM - Palm Sunday
PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS
Thursday, April 5 – Maundy Thursday
7:00 PM Service in Sanctuary
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Meagan Dreher
PASTORAL PRAYER
Jonathan Cathèll-Williams
Prayer cards are provided in your pew if you would like to make a prayer
request. They will be collected during the prayer. Please pass your blue
card toward the center aisle for collection.
MEDITATION: Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your
Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:1
BIBLE READING 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (Pew Bible, O.T. page 247) John Skogerboe
PRELUDE
REFLECTION “Building Friendship”
River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Hannah Finton, piano
WELCOME
One: This is the day our God has made!
All: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Jonathan Cathèll-Williams
Youth Praise Choir & The Band
(Youth Choir will sing the first verse and chorus; then congregation will join in.)
Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way for my ever-wandering heart?
Chorus: Not because of who I am but because of what You’ve done,
Not because of what I’ve done but because of who You are.
I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the ocean, a vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I’m calling. Lord, You catch me when
I’m falling and you’ve told me who I am.
I am yours, I am yours.
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain and calm the storm in me?
Repeat Chorus (2x)
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)
Jocelyn Rogers
One: God welcomes all.
All: And so do we.
One: Together we build friendships, serve others, and follow Jesus.
All: Let’s listen to God’s word and praise God together.
MUSICAL OFFERING Fiddle Tunes
Jocelyn Rogers
Hannah Lyon
REFLECTION “Serving Others”
Ben Potter
Ryan Finton, violin
Cameron Lyon
GOD’S PEOPLE RESPOND
Rev. Ann Aaberg
Who Am I?
Here I Am, Lord
REFLECTION “Following Jesus”
ANNOUNCEMENTS
*OPENING HYMN
MUSICAL OFFERING
CALL TO GIVE OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY MUSIC
Rev. Ann Aaberg
Sara Cathèll-Williams & Jim Doherty
*DOXOLOGY
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.
*CLOSING HYMN
God of Justice
Youth Praise Choir & The Band
(Youth Choir will sing the first verse and chorus; then congregation will join in.)
God of justice, Savior to all, came to rescue the weak and the poor,
Chose to serve and not be served. Jesus, You have called us,
Freely we’ve received, now freely we will give.
Repeat Chorus
Fill us up and send us out. (2x)
Fill us up and send us out, Lord. (4x)
Repeat Chorus (2x)
*OPENING PRAYER (unison)
led by Sarah Ferguson
God, who creates all of us from the newborn babies and greatgrandparents, thank you for making me who I am. Thank you for
making others who they are. You gave each of us different talents,
strengths, and gifts. Help us use ours to help others as we let them use
theirs to help us. Amen.
*OUR COMMON COMMISSION (unison)
Let us go forth into the world in peace, being of good courage, holding
fast to that which is good, rendering to no one evil for evil,
strengthening the faint-hearted, supporting the weak, helping the
afflicted, honoring all persons, loving and serving the Lord, and
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
*LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
*BENEDICTION
Jonathan Cathèll-Williams
*CONGREGATIONAL AMEN
Für Elise (Beethoven)
*All who are able, please stand.
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Friday, April 6 – Good Friday
MAEC Good Friday Walk Registration, 7:00-9:00 AM Parish Hall
Open Sanctuary for silent prayer – Noon to 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 8 – EASTER SUNDAY
6:15 AM Sunrise Service – Memorial Garden
8:00 & 10:00 AM – Sanctuary
THINKING OF JOINING THE CHURCH?
COME AND LEARN MORE!
Mystic Congregational Church invites all who are interested
in joining our church to a series of orientation gatherings
designed to give you information, answer your questions
and extend a hearty welcome!
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Dessert social for prospective members (Keith & Sue Barker’s Residence)
Sunday, April 15
Tour of church facilities and Information Session
Sunday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Welcome new members
Flowers
In loving memory of Kwan Do Kim,
by her daughter, Uisun Kim, & Family
NOTES OF PARISH LIFE
As of 3/19/2012, your church has received $75,433.28
or 24.3% of the $310,000 budget for 2012.
To act justly every day, loving mercy in every way,
Walking humbly before You God. Jesus, You have called us.
Freely we’ve received, now freely we will give.
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9:30 AM Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms – Mystic River
9:50 AM – Procession from Memorial Garden
CHURCH-GIVING TO DATE
Chorus: We must go live to feed the hungry.
Stand beside the broken, we must go.
Stepping forward, keep us from just singing.
Move us into action, we must go.
POSTLUDE
LENT & EASTER Calendar 2012
Hannah Finton
AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS Throughout the season of Lent you are invited
to come forward to the front of the sanctuary and write your own special prayer(s)
on one or more of the cards available at the foot of the cross and to tuck them
under the cord anywhere on the cross as a symbol of turning your concern over to
Jesus. You will also find an array of small polished stones there which you are
invited to take with you and carry as a remembrance that Jesus carries our burdens
and is with us always as Comforter and Guide.
AS YOU SEEK SABBATH, GIVE THE EARTH A REST, TOO A reminder
that we are invited this Lent to participate in the 2012 Ecumenical Lenten Carbon
Fast by signing up for daily e-mails containing tips for reducing our carbon
footprints. Reducing our carbon emissions is the most effective way to reduce
greenhouse gases and reverse global warming. To find the link to sign up, simply
go to www.macucc.org/carbonfast!
WIN - WIN - WIN! That is the Good Friday Walk! Enjoy the exercise
from the scenic 7-mile route from our church to Old Mystic Methodist Church and
back. Feel the trauma of Jesus' walk when you see the scenes on the stations of the
cross. Aid local food banks and rural communities in the Deep South with sponsor
donations. Registration sheets on the bulletin board near the library have the
essential information.
PLEDGES TO DATE FALLING SHORT The church has received $289.000
in pledges to date, toward the goal of $310,000. If you have not made your pledge
for 2012 yet, please do so as soon as possible.
EASTER MEMORIAL FLOWERS If you would like to dedicate flowers to a
loved one(s), please complete an order form available on the sanctuary and narthex
tables or in the March issue of the Anchor. Cost is $20 per plant. Please return
your order form to the church office not later than tomorrow, March 26th, with
your check payment made out to Mystic Congregational Church with “Easter
Memorial Flowers” in the memo/note line.
ARE YOU A NUMBERS ANALYST? Do you like to run figures and graph
them for fun? Or maybe you have a project due for school involving such an
action. If so, Children's Ministries has some numbers which we would love to have
analyzed. This would be a one-time project at the end of the current Sunday
School year. If this is up your alley, please see Kathy Kerns.
PALM SUNDAY, EASTER SUNDAY, & CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES Palm
Sunday is Communion Sunday, so all grades through Grade 8 will proceed to
Parish Hall after the Gloria Patri. There is no Sunday School on Easter Sunday,
however, little coloring crafts and Play-Doh will be available in the Noah's Ark
Room for anyone who finds the service challenging (the sermon can be heard over
a speaker in that room). The Nursery, for toddlers and younger, will be
operational.
LAST CALL FOR DESIGNS FOR OUR CHILDREN'S WELCOME BAGS!
These bags, although very colorful, need a design to identify their purpose.
Children's Ministries is accepting ideas through today from young and old. Let
your imaginations run free!
A NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL UNIT, LIVING AND PLAYING JOYFULLY,
begins NEXT SUNDAY. It will carry us through the remainder of the formal
Sunday School year, April 1-June 10 (Children's Worship Sunday). Pre-K in
particular needs an alternating teacher and assistant team, and an additional
alternating assistant. Grade 2/3 needs an assistant. See sign-up sheet on Children's
Ministries bulletin board or speak with Kathy Kerns as to how you can help out.
CHILDREN'S OGHS BOXES will be collected today at the beginning of the
Children's Moment. Thank you, children, for your sacrifices to help people in
great need.
MORNING MINISTRY
Ministers: ..................................................................................................... All Members of the Church
Pastor: ...................................................................................................................... Rev. Ann M. Aaberg
Director of Music: .................................................................................................................Trish Dehls
Director of Children’s Ministries: ................................................................................... Kathy M. Kerns
Director of Youth Ministry: ...........................................................................Jonathan Cathèll-Williams
Parish Care Coordinators: ........................................................................... Jane Donnel & Nancy Perry
Nursery Attendant: ...........................................................................................................Kathy Graham
Hospitality: ......................................................................................... Betsy Van Winkle & Candy Wood
Flowers: ........................................................................................................... Mrs. Kim & Shinny Stone
Deacon for the Month: .......................................................................................................... Jim Holliter
Ushers: .......................................................................................................................................... Youth
Trustees: ..................................................................................................... Russ Cumming, Bob Phillips
WEED OUT YOUR POTS & PANS Spring is the time to put new shelf paper
on your kitchen and pantry cupboards (an inexpensive makeover) and get rid of
cookware, crockery, dishes, and glassware that you are not using regularly. Tag
Sale is April 20 & 21.
ANNUAL TAG SALE (APRIL 20-21) Could you lend a hand? There are many
opportunities for helping: Set up Tuesday (April 17), 5:00-6:00 p.m.; Pricing and
organizing Wednesday (April 18) 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m.,
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m.-noon; Sales help Friday (April
20) 6:00- 8:30 p.m. and Saturday (April 21) 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Clean up
Saturday 1:00-3:00 p.m. We need you for any amount of time you can spare.
Please contact either Nancy Wilkie 860-449-2787 or Pam McGee 860-536-3905.
CONTACTING PASTOR ANN
Confidential Voice Mail at any time: (860)536-4259 Extension 112
Email: [email protected]
Pastoral Emergency: (781)603-6684
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CONGREGATIONAL
CHURCH
United Church of Christ
Organized in 1852 at Mystic, Connecticut
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CHURCH CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday, 3/25
YOUTH WORSHIP SUNDAY
8:00 am
- Worship & Service
9:00 am
- Confirmation Mentors’ Meeting (Library)
9:30-11:15 am
- Nursery Care (Room 2)
10:00 am
- Youth Worship Service
11:45 am
- Confirmation Meeting (Library)
5:00-8:00 pm
- High School Youth (Youth Space)
Monday, 3/26
Pastor’s Reading & Reflection Day
Meals on Wheels
6:30-9:00 pm
- AA (Parish Hall)
7:00 pm
- Tutoring (First Hispanic Baptist Church)
Tuesday, 3/27
Meals on Wheels
9:30 am
10:00 am
6:15 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
- Women’s Fellowship Crochet Mission (Library)
- Mystic Garden Club (Parish Hall)
- Bell Choir (Music Room)
- Adult Christian Education (Library)
- Senior Choir (Music Room)
Wednesday, 3/28
10:30 am
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
- Staff Meeting (Pastor’s Office)
- Nancy Peterson Story Hour (Shelter)
- Pastoral Relations (Pastor’s Office)
- Mystic Historical Society (Parish Hall)
Thursday, 3/29
4:00 pm
7:00-9:30 pm
- Christian Mission (New London Meal Center)
- AA (Youth Space)
Friday, 3/30
Meals on Wheels
Saturday, 3/31
No Event
PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN THE NURSERY If possible, please sit in the
front half of the Sanctuary so the signal will have a better chance of reaching your
pager if you are needed in the Nursery. Thank you.
YOUTH MINISTRY WISH LIST Gently-used items:
 Plates, cups, bowls, silverware
 Flashlights
 Camping equipment and sleeping bags
 Board Games
 Wii & Playstation Games
 A Piano
Interested in donating? Please e-mail [email protected]
MYSTIC
March 25, 2012
Youth Worship Sunday
10:00 a.m.
Mystic Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
43 East Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355
Tel. 860-536-4259
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mysticcongregational.org
Our Mission Statement: To joyfully bring the Christian principles
of faith, hope, and love to all through quality worship,
education, fellowship and outreach.
ALL ARE WELCOME
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