Morning Worship – 2 July 2023

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude Serenade for Wind (W.A.Mozart)

Congregational Welcome
Call to Worship
*Hymn of Gathering #260 A Mighty Fortress is our God

*Prayer of Invocation and Hope
One Voice: We proclaim God’s faithfulness in our lives.
All: For God’s steadfast love endures forever.
One voice: God has been faithful to our ancestors, and God is faithful to us.
All: For God’s steadfast love endures forever.
One voice: Let us live into the joy of knowing God’s love in our lives and prepare our hearts to worship our God.
All: For God’s steadfast love endures forever more. Amen.

*Assurance of Reconciliation

*Response in Praise
From all that dwell below the skies
Let the creator’s praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the redeemer’s name be sung
through every land, in every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

*Sharing of Peace

The Hebrew Bible 2 Samuel 7:1-9, 11c-12, 16-17
The Epistle Reading Romans 11:33-36

The Morning Meditation “What Gift Can We Give?” Rev. Linda Hartley

Call to Offering “Blessing and Glory” (W. Boyce)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

*Hymn of Preparation #438 Blest Be the Tie That BindsCelebration of Holy Communion
All: For this table is spread for you and for me that we might know that God has come to us and shared our common lot and invited us to receive life anew. Indeed, God has triumphed even over death. So we come to this table for thanksgiving, for grace, for God’s presence, for peace.
Leader: Let us unite our voices in preparation. God be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God!
Leader: Let us praise God, speaking together:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest.

Communion Musical Meditation?

Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer
(“Our Father and Mother…trespasses…”)

*Hymn of Departure #262 God of the Ages,
Whose Almighty Hand

Postlude Postlude in C (A. Hesse)

* Those who are able please stand


NHCC has a 75 year long tradition of sharing leadership
of worship each summer. We welcome a diverse group of clergy,
lay leaders, and musicians. The Rev. Linda Hartley will
visit us each month. Our staff colleagues come in and out,
and parish members guide three services– as well as a special
visit from Norumbega Harmony. On Sunday, August 6th, the four churches
led by UCC clergy gather here, celebrating communion,
this year led by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, along with Ken Baily.
You are welcome every season of the year, in every type of worship.

Our worship is “masks optional.” We continue to be careful,
and our leaders are vaccinated.

We now pass plates for our offering. Meanwhile, you are welcome to
use our website for any offerings; and thank you.

NHCC is an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking congregation
where all are welcome regardless of the divisions or separations
that some in society would impose: whoever you are, you are
welcome in God’s house. “In Christ we are a new creation,”
so we are blessed to be together in Christ’s name.

Would you like to learn more about membership at NHCC?
Contact Ken Baily or any Deacon (readers and welcomers).

Thanks to worship leaders Linda Hartley, Yevgenia Semeina,
Isabelle Draper, and Misha Hill.

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