Prelude Passacaglia Georg Frideric Handel
Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn No. 418 God Bless Your Church With Strength
*Prayer of Invocation
One Voice: Hear the words of the prophet Jeremiah, who proclaims “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,” for like trees planted by the water they shall endure every adversity. So let us pray for trust and blessing, for prophecy and endurance together.
All: God who speaks, Lord of light, Spirit of shining beauty, be with us now in our homes, our sanctuary and our lives. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may find our hopes in you. Unite us with word, song and mission in this hour. Unite us in Jesus’ way as he pronounces blessing for the poor, the hungry and the excluded, so that as we count our blessings today we see ways to share them by trusting in you and loving your children. Unite us, gather us for zogréo (zo-grey-oh): Christ’s’ call to rescue his beloved from death. We pray this in the name of the one seen anew whenever we open our spirits, Jesus your beloved, Amen.
The Hebrew Bible Jeremiah 17: 5-10
Children’s Time Wendy Donnell
Gospel Reading Luke 6: 17-26
The Morning Meditation Rev. Ken Baily
Prayer of Thanksgiving
*Hymn (insert) Like a Tree beside the Waters
Postlude Rondo all Truck Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
* Those who are able please stand
During this time of covid caution we welcome all to safe, cautious congregational assembly. It is good to worship together. To care for one another we wear masks
(except for worship leaders while they are speaking/singing) and all of our leaders are vaccinated. Cleaning has increased and we welcome your questions.
We have a touch-free offering today. That is, you may leave a gift in the basket, deliver an envelope after worship, send a gift via email or online, or any touch-free method you wish.
Newton Highlands Congregational Church, UCC
54 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA
www.nhcc.net 617 527 3898
Thanks to worship leader Rev. Ken Baily, Wendy Donnell, Lynd Matt,
deacons Isabelle Draper and Jeff Small.
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.