Sunday Worship: 16 January 2022

Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Honoring the Life & Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Call to Worship (Trinity Church, UCC, Chicago, adapted)

One: Beautiful are the works of God!

Many: Beautiful also are the skins of God’s people!

One: Beautiful is the mind of God!

Many: Beautiful also are the hopes of God’s people!

One: Beautiful is the heart of God!

Many: Beautiful also are the souls of God’s people

One: God made the beautiful heavens and the beautiful earth.

ALL: To God be glory, praise and thanksgiving for all that God has done and made!

*Opening Hymn Come Thou Font

*Prayer of Invocation (unison)

Dearest Jesus, come and sit with us today. Show us the lies that are still embedded in the soul of American’s consciousness. Unmask the truths we have made our best friends. For they seek our destruction. And we are being destroyed, Lord. Reveal the ways the lies have distorted and destroyed our relationships. They break your shalom. Jesus give us courage to embrace the truth about ourselves and you and our world. You are God; jails, bombs and bullets are not. Give us faith to believe and give us faith enough to tear down the walls that separate us with our hands, with our feet, and with our votes! Amen Adapted from prayer written by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Scripture Reading Psalms 36:5-10

Gospel Reading Luke 10:25-37

Morning Meditation Rev. June Cooper

Musical Selection Precious Lord

Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer (“Our father and mother… trespasses”)

*Hymn of Departure (insert) We Shall Overcome

*Assurance and Blessing


*Please stand if able

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 note that 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 617 527 3898

Thanks to worship leader Rev. June Cooper, guest musicians Myran and Kenneth Brass, deacons Jeff Small and Tony Rudié.

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.

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