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Sunday, June 28, 2020 Worship Service


Grace and Peace to you!
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering in-person outdoor worship at the OCC beginning on Sunday, July 5th, at 9:30am. The service will be held outside the Whiston House in the parking lot in front of the playground lot. We require face coverings, sitting at marked 6 foot distancing. Please RSVP to let us know if you plan to come.
Bring your own lawn chair. Masks, chairs, sanitizer will be available. Look for details in our email, mail and posts this week.




Worship June 28, 2020

Online Video Posting
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The Original Congregational Church




Order of Worship

PRELUDE to the PRELUDE     “The Beatitudes”  created by Paul Alcorn
with thanks to my friend, Becky Graber,Organist, at the Second Congregational Church, Londonderry, VT

PRELUDE      “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, and Usher in the Morning”
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Chancel Choir

OPENING HYMN No. 610  Sweet Hour of Prayer that Calls Me from a World of Care
Please rise, turn up your speaker, and sing along. There are two verses.

READING OF PSALM 13 (vs.1-6) “How long, O God, will you forget me?” Chancel Choir

Hey everybody,
PK here.

Summer is here and it’s hot.

This is a good time for a cool cup of water.

Jesus said when we give a cool cup of water to a little one, we are doing God’s work!

That’s right!

The way of Jesus is simply doing simple acts of care and kindness!

We all can do it!

But wait, all I have to give is an ice cube!

How long must I wait?

It’s hard to wait, isn’t it?

Even though it is 82 degrees—it will take 50 minutes for this cube to melt completely.

We may cry out to God, How Long O Lord must I wait for good things to be ready?

God says, not long, just 50 minutes from now.

Thank you God for helping me wait for you, for love, and for good things to share!

ANTHEM    “Jesus bliebet meine Freude” (Jesu, Remains My Joy)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Sung in the Original German Chancel Choir

Psalm 13:1-2, 5-6 “How Long, O Lord?”
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because God has dealt bountifully with me.

Matthew 10:40-42 “Giving and Receiving God’s Welcome”
“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

A Sermon Delivered by Rev. Kenneth C. Landin
The Original Congregational Church
You Are Welcome

When we give a cup of cold water to a child and they say, “Thank you!” It is a wonderful feeling which makes us respond, “You are welcome!”

Jesus taught that when we welcome one another we are welcoming God into the relationship. The way of Jesus is the way of welcome. This means that both giving and receiving beautiful words, and caring actions is doing God’s work in the world.

This world needs a lot of caring right now. We all can see it and feel it. When we join in, we are joining Jesus in remaking our community with bonds of love, not bonds of discrimination.

When we experience being left out, left behind, not heard, unappreciated, and uncared for, we may truly say we are not welcome here. The scripture has us cry out to God for love and care.

Psalm 13 begins, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget us forever? How long must we hide? How long must we bear pain in our soul? Must we have sorrow in our heart all day long?”

Langston Hughes poem “Harlem” asks this question, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Do dreams of being welcomed as a person who may give and receive hope, love, joy and faith ever end? Do they dry up? Do they run? Do they make us sag? Do they explode?

Jesus says we all share in the message of faith. We are called to give and to receive, to share and to accept that together we may create a world using God’s Words and God’s Actions. Even a simple gesture as a cup of cold water to one who is thirsty is a start.

Don’t let the dreams deferred for so long be a stumbling block to making a new beginning, in your heart, in your head, and in your world. Who is welcome today? You are welcome. You are welcome to share in the promises of heaven. Every child is welcome to receive God’s love.

Let us pray using images from Bach’s Jesu we heard today. Oh Jesus, you remain our joy, our comfort, our life-blood. Defend us against all sorrows. You are our strength. You are the delight of our eyes, our soul’s treasure. Therefore, we will not let you go from our heart and sight. How long oh Lord? Not long. For your love is here for us to give and receive right now. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN No. 469    A Mighty Fortress is Our God, a Bulwark Never Failing
Please rise, turn up your speaker, and sing along. There are two verses.

POSTLUDE    “Street Songs” – On the Street Where You Live (1956)
Alan Jay Lerner & Sunnyside of the Street (1930) – Jimmy McHugh – Chancel Choir & Giulio, electric

POSTLUDE to the POSTLUDE – “Little Fugue in G minor” – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Teddy & Giulio, electric bass playing the organ pedal part
Special thanks to Ned, who donated this valuable Volume of the Collected Organ Works of J. S. Bach to the OCC, from whence this composition came.