Welcome To All Who Worship Here!
The Old Brick Church Service (Remotely)
July 5, 2020, 9:30 A.M.
GATHERING MUSIC Carolyn Pillsbury
CALL TO WORSHIP Ashley Dubois, Lay Leader,
Williston Federated Church
One: Come to our God, all who hunger for life:
All: for it is God who nourishes us at the Table of Grace
One: Come to our God, all who are worn out by life:
All: for it is God who provides the rest we need.
One: Come to our God, all who are weighed down:
All: for it is our God who carries our burdens with us.
WELCOME Pastor Paul Eyer
LITANY OF REMEBRANCE
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
HYMN “God of Ages” Hymnal #698
(verses 1 and 2)
(led remotely by Martin and Donna Sue Hain)
(copyright license CCLI #176957 and #20480319)
RECALLING OUR SPIRITUAL HERITAGE
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS
One: God of those empty of hope and those who are cast out:
All: into the chaos of every life you enter with love;
One: when we choke on bitter memories, you hand us the cup of healing;
All: when we wander down lonely streets, you bring us home to your heart.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (based on I John 1:8-9)
One: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
All: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
One: We celebrate God’s forgiveness and the blessings of beginning anew.
ANTHEM “Fill-a-Me Up” by Pepper Choplin
From a recording of the Williston Federated Church Senior Choir
(conducted by Martin Hain) June 8, 2014
TIME WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:16-19, 28-30 Bob Driver
Matthew 11:16-19 (New Revised Standard Version)
“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (New Revised Standard Version)
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION (Psalm 19:14)
All: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.
SERMON “Burdens” Pastor Paul Eyer
CELEBRATIONS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Pastor: Lord of Life and Love,
Congregation: Hear our prayer.
OFFERTORY Carolyn Pillsbury
If you’re interested in setting up automatic online withdrawals, please contact Matt Bliss who can invite you to set up an account with our online church membership software, Realm. When logged in, select the “Giving” menu on the left hand side and the “+ Give” button on the next screen. Then, enter your giving details and payment information to set up automatic withdrawals from your bank account. Select one of the pledge accounts (e.g., Pledge Jul 2020 to Jun 2021). Frequency should be set to monthly on the 15th. You can follow the same process to make one time contributions too. If you have any questions, contact Matt Bliss at email@example.com. Or you can complete a hard-copy registration form (posted on the church Facebook page) and mail it to Matt Bliss at the church.
Credit card contributions can be made on the church website at steeple.org.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison)
God of wisdom and all good gifts: remind us this morning that the gift of freedom that comes from Christ is also a gift not to be kept but to be shared. Even as the world asserts that freedom is a ticket to “go our own way,” you remind us that we are free to be part of the body of Christ, connected and interdependent as well. May the way we live and the way we give reflect that extraordinary freedom. In Christ’s blessed name, we pray. Amen.
SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION (The Lord’s Supper)
(you are invited to gather your own elements for communion: wine, juice, or water plus pieces of bread, wafers, or crackers)
LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
–“virtual” coffee hour immediately following worship (via Zoom)
–Centering Prayer on Thursday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom
–“How We Respond: congregational conversations about racism” on Thursday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
–online Sunday worship services via Facebook,Sunday, June 12, 9:30 am
HYMN “America the Beautiful” Hymnal #696
(led remotely by Martin and Donna Sue Hain)
(copyright license CCLI #176957 and #20480319)
POSTLUDE Carolyn Pillsbury
Liturgical resources: The Call to Worship was adapted from Lectionary Liturgies by Thom Shuman, found at http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/. The Prayer of Dedication is adapted from an Offertory Prayer from the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries, found at https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/worship-planning/for-freedom/fifth-sunday-after-pentecost-year-a-lectionary-planning-notes/fifth-sunday-after-pentecost-year-a-offertory-prayers
This Week and Beyond at WFC
In addition to prayers offered during our worship services, prayer requests may still be sent to Pastor Paul via email at pastoreyer.gmail.com. These prayers will then be lifted in prayer by the pastor throughout the week. (If you would like to submit prayer requests to be shared during our online worship service, please send those requests to WillistonFederatedYouth@gmail.com or post them as chat comments during our video live-stream of our worship service on Facebook Live on Sunday.)
New Musical Contributions… We are looking for new musical contributions to our online worship service. Anyone who would like to sing or play an instrument as a prelude, special music, offertory or postlude, or anyone who would like to lead hymns and songs during a worship service is encouraged to contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can either participate live via Zoom or make an audio or video recording which can be played back during the service. If you need accompaniment, Martin can put you in touch with Carolyn or Carol who can make a recording of the accompaniment which you can play back while you record your voice or instrumental playing. It would be wonderful to see new faces, hear new voices and new instruments as part of our services. Thanks, Martin
Access to church building – please note
In an effort to ensure health and safety, the Official Board has closed our church building to everyone except the Daycare, their clients, and church staff. It is understood that other people need to have limited access to the building for a variety of reasons. We are asking that those who want access contact Tony Lamb at 802-343-1544.
Access is limited to the North Williston Road entrance. Those entering are expected to take their temperature before entering and not enter if they have a fever or do not feel well. They are also expected to wear a mask, to use the hand sanitizer located inside the door, and to “social distance” at all times. They should use the hand wipes on the door knobs when leaving.
As the statewide restrictions are eased we will be engaged in ongoing conversations about how and when (gradually) to open our spaces.
Remember that the building is closed but the Church is open, carrying out ministry in support of God’s work in the world.
For more information contact Tony Lamb at 802-343-1544.
Stewardship Campaign Continuing— Have You Been Counted?
Many thanks to those who have returned their Estimate of Giving cards for 2020-21 to the church office or to Barb Bristol, Financial Secretary. Of those who have responded so, over 40% have increased their financial commitment— yet another sign of the exceptional generosity of our congregation during these challenging times!
Our Spring Stewardship Campaign has not concluded, as a number of members and friends have not yet confirmed their commitments for the coming year. If you are in this group, please prayerfully consider your support of Williston Federated Church, and confirm your financial commitment for July, 2020-June, 2021 by Tuesday, June 30 (the last day of our fiscal year). You may do so by returning your card to the church office; by renewing your pledge via Realm, or by calling or emailing Barb (email@example.com; 863-5807). Thank you!
If you attended the Annual Meeting on June 14, you know that increased financial support from the congregation is needed to fulfill all the ministries of the church this coming year. So please give generously. If you have any questions about your pledge, or if you have already pledged and are in a position to increase the amount, please contact Barb directly. Thank you again.
Apart but Still A Part— Williston Federated Church, continuing to do God’s work near and far.
Your Finance Committee
Kids4Peace is offering virtual summer camps for $50 each session, kids grades 6-12. To learn more, go to k4p.orgfor details, looking under “Summer 2020 virtual edition”, for these special opportunities to make new friends and deepen skills to build peace. Some of the camps are only for youths in the United States; others are international.
Exploring Social Media and Social Justice
Lift Ev’ry Voice: Freedom, Patriotism and Democracy
Life, Animated: Evaluating Meaning and Finding Connection
Protest Art and other Small Crimes
Uncomfortable : Race, Racism and Privilege
All Power to the People
Facilitation 101–Building Trust and Supporting Dialog
A Virtual Interfaith Road Trip
DISMAS HOUSE – Every third Tuesday of the month, our community, Williston Federated Church, has the to plan, prepare and deliver the evening meal to Dismas House in Burlington.
Tuesday, July 21st, the 3rd Tuesday of July, will be the next date for volunteer cooks to participate in this meaningful opportunity.
Please call or email Peet Grobler for details regarding this meaningful opportunity:
(802) 881-9007; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering,
Your Missions and Social Concerns Committee, Chairperson, Carol Wyatt.
Thursday morning prayer (note change in time!): Thursday mornings, at 9:00am there will be a zoom gathering for silent prayer and Bible discussion. Please check the meeting time every week the time may be temporary. The session begins with a brief reading and then 20 minutes of silence. A picture and participants will appear on the screen. After 20 minutes a bell will ring 3 times. Then the Bible passage of the day will be read three times. Participants will talk of the part of the passage that touched them or had questions or special meaning. The gathering will end at about 10am with the Lord’s Prayer also known as the Our Father. The code is 395 928 9957.
Questions call Donna Fellinger 802 355 1700.
Need for Masks – If you are someone making masks the Williston Food Shelf could use some for our customers. Any size and shape is fine, just please make sure they’re lined. Thank you so much, Sally Metro!