worship 6/21/20

 Welcome To All Who Worship Here!

Fathers Day Sunday – June 21, 2020,  9:30 A.M.


CALL TO WORSHIP                                                             Ashley Dubois, Lay Leader,

                                                                                              Williston Federated Church

(inspired by Psalm 86)                                                                                                       

One:  We trust in you O God, for you are forgiving and loving and good.
All:     You alone are great and do marvelous deeds, you alone are God.   we need your help.
One: Teach us your way, so we may follow you truly.  Heal us and put us back together, one heart and one mind.
All: For you O Lord, are gracious, and kind, tender and merciful. Amen.

PRELUDE                                                                                                       Carol Schein

WELCOME                                                                                          Pastor Paul Eyer


One:  Loving God, we lift this day our gratitude for the loving men who have brought us the precious gift of love and caring.  We give thanks to you this day:

All:  For those who have shown us kindness,
For those who have shown us courage,
For those who have shown us generosity,
For those who have shown us truth,
For those who have shown us compassion,
For those who have shown us faith,
For those who have shown us love.

One: Blessed be the name of all sons and brothers and fathers who reveal a glimpse of your loving presence on earth.  O God, you inspire your people in the ways of kindness that lift our world from its disgrace.

All:  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer for every son, brother, father, grandfather, who has suffered and endured.

One:  And we lift your hope of healing for all sons, brothers, fathers, grandfathers
who live in mystery as your creation,

All:  May they grow in Father Love to your glory.

One:  Hear our prayer, O God, for this broken world.  We pray for peace this Father’s Day. Amen.

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE                                                   


ANTHEM                                        “I Believe”                                          by Mark Miller

Video compiled by Marcia McFee and Mark Miller (using Mark’s composition) for opening worship for the “virtual” clergy session of the New England United Methodist Conference on June 11, 2020.


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.

HYMN                            “Spirit of the Living God”   (sing twice) Songbook #84 (led remotely by Martin and Donna Sue Hain)

(copyright license CCLI #176957 and #20480319)



Scripture:           Genesis  21:8-21             Read by Lizzy Pope


Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.  But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”  The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son.  But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named for you.  As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.”  So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

 When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.  Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.  And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.  Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.

 God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.  He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.



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                         “Proclaim the Good News?”           Pastor Paul Eyer



Pastor:  Lord of Life and Love,

Congregation:  Hear our prayer.




OFFERTORY                                                                                                             Carol Schein

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 blisswm@comcast.net.  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.


We offer our gifts to you, as well as our lives, Loving God, so they might find their way to those who need your grace, your hope, your joy, and your peace in their lives.  Amen.


— annual congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, June 21 (via Zoom)

–Vitality Team meeting on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom

–Centering Prayer on Thursday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom

–“How We Respond:  congregational conversations about racism” on Thursday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

–online Sunday worship services via Facebook on Sunday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m.

HYMN                                    “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”           Hymnal #129             (sing only verses 1 and 2) (led remotely by Martin and Donna Sue Hain)

(copyright license CCLI #176957 and #20480319)


POSTLUDE                                                                                              Carol Schein

Liturgical resources:  The Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 86) is adapted from  http://calltoworship.blogspot.com/2014/06/22-june-2014.html.  The Litany of Peace for Father’s Day was adapted from a litany from the Discipleship ministry of the United Methodist Church found at  https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/litany-of-peace-for-fathers-day

The Prayer of the Day and Prayer of Dedication are adapted from “Lectionary Liturgies” by Thom Shuman, found at http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/2014/06/liturgy-for-june-22-2014-pentecost.html

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.)


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. Thus far, nearly 40% of those who have already pledged 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 (fbbristol@gmail.com; 863-5807). Thank you!

 If you attended last Sunday’s Annual Meeting, 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, June 16th, the 3rd Tuesday of June, will be the next date for volunteer cooks to participate in this meaningful opportunity.

Please call or email Peet Grobler for details regarding this event:
(802) 881-9007; peetgrobler@aol.com.

Thank you for considering,
Your Missions and Social Concerns Committee, Chairperson, Carol Wyatt.


Thursday morning prayer (note change in time!): Thursday mornings at 9am 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.  


Catering By Dale FoodtruckCatering By Dale Foodtruck – Beginning Monday, June 15th, and running throughout the summer, Catering by Dale will be parked in the church lot adjacent to the recreation path from 4-5 pm every Monday.  Simply pre order and pay for your meal on their website (http://cateringbydale.com) by noon Monday for contact free pickup that evening.  If you have questions contact Carol Bouchard.


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!


Your Church Needs You – The Nominating Committee has begun the process of inviting folks to serve on one of the various church committees for the 2020-2021 fiscal year which begins July 1st. Now, more than ever, I think we are reminded that our church community plays a vital role in our lives and our response to the needs of our community and the wider world. We are asking that you prayerfully consider where God is calling you to serve. Most committees meet monthly and many take a break in the summer. Terms can be from 1-3 years. Committees include: Official Board, Trustees, Pastor Staff Relations, Finance, Education, Membership, Music & Worship, Missions & Social Concerns, Youth Ministry, Nominating and Parsonage. Two other opportunities are Auditor & Recording Secretary. If you have questions, please speak to a member of the Nominating Committee: Rebecca Dubois, Donna Goodheart, Carol Bouchard or Pastor Paul. Stay safe!