Morning Worship – 25 June 2023

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude “Open the Eyes of my Heart” (arr. Carol Tornquist)

Congregational Welcome
Call to Worship
*Hymn of Gathering #230 This is the Day the Lord Hath Made

*Prayer of Invocation and Hope (from Psalm 84)
One Voice: To you, loving God, we lift up our souls, for you are good and forgiving.
All: Give ear to our prayers. Listen to our cries of supplication.
One: In the day of trouble, we call on you. For you will answer us.
All: There is none like our God: good and true, loving and patient.
One: Let us gather our hearts and minds for worship.
All: For there is no God but God, who hears our prayers, our songs, and our sighs. 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 Jeremiah 20:7-13 Children’s Message Wendy Donnell

*Hymn #339 Be Thou My Vision
The New Testament Reading Matthew 10:16-20, 26-31

The Morning Meditation “How Can I Keep from Speaking?” The Rev. Linda Hartley

Call to Offering
Piano Offertory

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.

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

*Hymn #298 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Benediction Response

Postlude “Lyric Waltz” (Dmitry Shostakovich)

* 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.

Thanks to worship leaders Linda Hartley, Wendy Donnell,
Yevgenia Semeina, Jan Zimmerman, Isabelle Draper, Joy Huber,
Melissa Dietrich, and Misha Hill.

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).

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