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Bloomfield Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

An open and affirming congregation

January 26, 2020

“It May Not Be Christian But…”

Part 3: A Tale of Two Creeds

The Heart of Bloomfield

Bloomfield Congregational Church

10 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Gathered as Wintonbury Parish February 14, 1738

Renewing our faith as people of God

10 a.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020

Prelude Collaboration of Songs: The Lord is Good, Let It Be, Abraham, Martin and John.

Lou Sorrentino, soloist

announcements

WE GATHER IN COMMUNITY AS GOD’S PEOPLE

Centering Moment

Call to Worship:

One: Sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be.

All:   It doesn’t have to be that way.

One: Often, when we make things more complicated than they need to be,

          we lose things, important things, along the way.

All:  It doesn’t have to be that way. There is a better way.

One: Let us come together to find the purity, the simplicity in Your Way God.

All:  There is a better way - Your Way God… The Way of Jesus.

         Let us come together to better follow that Way.

+ Opening Hymn: “Tis A Gift to Be Simple” #207 – sung twice

Unison Prayer

God of radical yet simple Love, it is indeed a gift to be simple. Too often the world makes things more complicated than they need to be. Too often, even our faith traditions take something pure and make it hard to understand. We ask for Your special presence here – to help us to simplify our lives. To help us focus on what is most important. To help us see more clearly The Way You lay out right in front of us. Then maybe, just maybe, if we actually do what You ask, if we follow The Way Jesus shows us, we will discover the things we’ve lost. Amen.

Passing of the Peace – (we bless each other)

Children’s Message Dorine DeCarli

“We Sing the Children Out in Love” ~ This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine! 

Musical Offering Gospel Ship

Lou Sorrentino, soloist

WE SHARE OUR CONCERNS WITH GOD AND EACH OTHER

Concerns and Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (using “trespasses”)

(You are invited to hold hands as a symbol of the importance of being in community.)

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever, Amen!

HEARING GOD’S WORD

God is here. God is still speaking!

Let us open our hearts and minds to God’s Good News.

First Reading ~ The Apostles’ Creed See Insert

Second reading ~ The Nicene Creed See Insert

(Today’s reader is Gwen Douglas)

+ (please stand) “The Gloria Patri”

“Glory be to God. And to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen. Amen”

Sermon “It May Not Be Christian But…” Rev. Shawn Fisher

Part 3: A Tale of Two Creeds

+ Hymn “Give Me Jesus” See Insert

We SHARE OUR JOYS AND Offer our Thanks

Joys

Offertory Music Something About That Name & Praise the Name of Jesus 

Lou Sorrentino, soloist

Doxology Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow; Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above ye heavenly hosts; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Blessing of Our Gifts

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

+ Hymn “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” #467

+Benediction

+Postlude A Joyous Postlude - Cyrus Mallard

Bloomfield Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

Welcome to Bloomfield Congregational Church!

We hope you find your time with us to be meaningful.

Bathrooms can be found on the left side of the hallway, past the Pastor’s Office,

when you exit the Sanctuary through the doors to the right of the front of the church.

A Changing Station can be found in the bathroom closer to the Pastor’s Office.

Children are ALWAYS WELCOME in the service. We also offer childcare if you prefer.

Children typically leave after the Children’s Message.

If you have any questions, ask anyone with a nametag and we’ll make sure

that you get the information that you need.

Staff

Rev. Shawn R. Fisher, Pastor

Eustace Straker, Minister of Music

Dorine DeCarli, Director of Faith Formation

Malachi Mouning, Administrative Assistant

Shantel Bremmer, Director of Child Development Center

Michelle Alves, Building Manager

Church Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday Office Hours 09:00 am – 01:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday Office Hours 09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Phone: (860) 242-0776

Email: office@FirstChurchBloomfield.org

The Child Development Center can be reached at 860-242-0183 or preschool@FirstChurchBloomfield.org.

Pastor Shawn may be reached for normal church communications by calling the office at

860-242-0776 ext. 201 or by email at fishersr@comcast.net.

In the event of an emergency, you may call Pastor Shawn

on his personal cell # of 860-428-7024

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