Sunday Bulletin for September 12 North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 12, 2021 ~ 9:30 a.m.

Living Psalms Book
Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.

Living Psalm 19 – A Reinterpretation: God is Glor-i-ous

El cielo está llamando (The heavens are calling).
They call each of our names without saying a word.
We are invited to listen not only with our ears but our hearts and minds.

Do you sense your name being called?
There is a glorious truth that requires that we listen attentively
and respond to the Whispers of the Spirit.
Does your Spirit perceive what is being said?
Almost un-hearable unless we are still; find inner stillness.
God is glor-i-ous. Yahweh. Is. Glor-i-ous.

The vault of the heavens proclaims Sophia’s handiwork in each of our lives.
God whispers and pours forth meaning that touches us at our core,
and even the night, not to be left behind, declares that God’s Wisdom is ever present.

Universal truth is present in you.
Have you stopped lately to reflect on what the night is saying?
Do not focus so much on the day that the power and beauty of night eludes you.

There is no verbal communication, nor are there words;
Mystery’s voice is not heard with ears but rather within your heart;
yet that voice is perceived throughout all the earth differently based on who is pausing.
The message is being communicated to the ends of the earth.
In the heavens the Holy One has set a place of relationship and welcome for the Son to shine.
Brightness oozes Love, Kindness and Radiant Smiles like a Beloved under the wedding canopy, and like a confident child of God who lives into the adventure with joy and expectation of the unknown.. It proclaims glory from the heavens, and it links all of us.

Nothing is hidden, transparency flows from the heat of Love.
The Compassion of the Lamb of God is perfect and embracing you just where you are and how you are; just as you are.

Love revives the soul; the utterances of the Sovereign lived as love for humanity are sure,
making wise the simple; the guiding principles of Love, Faith Mercy and Justice of the LORD are right, causing the heart to flutter and celebrate.

The commandment of the LORD is clear, opening our eyes to see what love really is;
We are called to reverence the God in a pure way.

God’s love endures forever; our Sacred Rituals honoring the Wisdom/Sophia are true and righteous altogether.
While some desire gold, there are spiritual tenets that are more desirable, even much finer than gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

People of God be warned; keeping God’s desire for us at the forefront leads us towards great rewards. It’s not about punishment but enlightenment.
But who among us can detect their errors?

Cleanse me, Light and Love, from my hidden and not so hidden faults.
Keep your people away from the insolent; do not let them control me.
In this, I plead for your help.
You are the only one who shines Light and Love upon me even in the worst of times.
With your Love and Mercy, I shall continue to be human, but I shall overcome my human frailty. Even though I am not innocent of great transgressions, I trust that you will wrap me in your grace and smile forgiveness upon my soul.

Let the words of mi boca (my mouth)
and the meditación de mi corazon (meditation of my heart)
be acceptable to you, O LORD,
mi roca y redentor (my rock and my redeemer).

Living Psalm 19, for Pentecost 18 A was written by the Rev. Justo Gonzalez, II.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Wisdom Calls
September 12, 2021

Prelude Voluntary Opus 6 #3 Samuel Wesley

Sung: God welcomes all! Strangers and friends!
God’s love is strong! And it never ends!

Words: John L. Bell, Music: South African traditional,
transcribed by John L. Bell at the Sunrise Hospice, Themba
Text: © 2008, GIA/Iona Community / WGRG

Welcome and Announcements

CALL TO WORSHIP (from Mark 8: 27-30)
Jesus asks the disciples:
“Who do people say I am?”

They answer,
“Some say John the Baptist; some say Elijah;
and others say one of the prophets.”
But Jesus presses them:
“Who do you say I am?
Peter answers,
“You are Christ—God’s anointed one, God-with-us!”
Now Jesus pushes us:
“What about you?
Here, in this moment, in this community,
“Who do you say I am?”
Where do we find the wisdom to answer?

*Hymn How Great Thou Art CH #33
Words and Music: Stuart K. Hine, 1953, based on a Swedish folk melody and a poem by Carl Gustav Boberg, 1885

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow with humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Holy Wisdom of God You call to us from the depths of our hearts,
where we long for connection with you and with one another.
You call to us from busy streets and neighborhoods,
Where human pain and possibility are most urgent.
You call to us from our sacred stories, where God,
Christ, Spirit create, challenge, comfort.
Guide us, we pray, on an adventure of hope, and
help us see with your eyes the ways which lead to
beloved community where Christ Jesus is at the center.

Gospel Reading Mark 8:27-38

CONFESSION
Christ calls on us to “lose our life in order to save it”;
To “take up our cross and follow” in the ways of justice and peace.
Like the disciples before us, we are often amazed and overwhelmed by this command. We close our ears to such challenge and
our hearts to such risk.

Silence

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God’s words and actions are never careless;
In sending Jesus Christ to the world, God offers a model and a companion, a source of ever-flowing love and acceptance and wisdom. In Christ we are forgiven all our failings, and given strength to start again.

Message Rev. Nancy J. White

9/11 Remembrance
Leader: We remember today the day of 9/11/2001.
People: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Leader: We remember innocent lives lost and thoughts of revenge.
People: And Jesus said: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Leader: We remember acts of courage and compassion by so many.
People: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Leader: We gather to remember but we also gather in hope, for as Jesus said:
People: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
All: Together we will sing God’s praise!


PRAYER
O God of all the nations, we gather on this day of remembrance confessing that as your children, the events of twenty years ago have not made us much wiser or enhanced our willingness to love one another without condition. Walls still divide, fear still separates, and strangers seem stranger than ever. Patient and loving God, look with mercy on your children gathered here today. Nudge us along the narrow way of Jesus, that we might be healed and become healers and helpers and leaven on this good earth you have given us to steward. Amen.

Rev Dr Ronald M Patterson, Bridge Minister for Plymouth UCC in Ft. Collins CO.
Prayers for 9/11 Services of Remembrance© Copyright 2021 Ronald M. Patterson. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.

*Hymn Day by Day CH #599
Words: Attr. Richard of Chichester (13th century), alt.
Music: Stephen Schwartz, 1971

Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day.

Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day. Day by day, by day, by day, by day.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
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. Amen.

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
The psalmist declares, “The heavens are telling the glory of God.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.”
Let us share our gifts so that we can also partake in telling others of God’s glory!

*Doxology
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. Amen.

DEDICATION
All-knowing God, teach us to use these gifts
to create greater access, insights, and wisdom
for people within and outside of these walls. So be it!

  • Hymn Come and Find a Quiet Center CH #575
    Words: Shirley Erna Murray, 1989
    Music: Traditional American melody; arr. Jack Schrader

Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.

Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base, making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.

In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain,
let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:
there’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare!

*BENEDICTION
Let us ponder the challenge of Jesus this week:
–Who do we say Christ is in our lives, our community, our world?
Let Holy Wisdom shine through all our pondering,
and lead us to recognize and serve our Risen Savior in all our encounters.
Amen.

Staff
Pastor: Rev. Nancy J. White
Administrative Assistant: Lyn Glassock
Organist: Peter Dickson*
Organist: Linda Lambrides
Choir Director: David Myers, Jr.
Sexton: Mark R.H. Heath
Treasurer: Liz McGlinn, CPA, CGMA

Church Phone: 829-3644
Church e-mail: nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com

Rev. Nancy J. White phone: 207-504-6289
Rev. Nancy J. White email: nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Church Website: http://nyccucc.com
Maine Conference Website: http://www.maineucc.org
YouTube: youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Due to the Corona Virus-Covid-19, this service was held in-person and live streamed on YouTube with all CDC protocols in place.

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Offering can also be made online through Tithely at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1301940

Weekly News for September 8, 2021

MASKS REQUIRED

Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We will be holding worship service as we have been in the Fellowship Hall with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship!

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

Please keep the following people in your prayers

Julie Beggs

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka

Vince Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche Mays

Lin Tompson Murphy

Cindy Tompson

September Board and Committee Meetings

Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. – Missions Meeting – Via Zoom

Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – In person

Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Deacons Meeting – Via Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89617775399?pwd=Q2dpMnBqeE0rT2hEenF4NG5JUkZTUT09

Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81321017944?pwd=QzkwRll0ajhuV3FXVTBPYjJJU1RJQT09

Hello all NYCCers!!

This fall we are trying to reconnect with everyone in various ways.  There is a mindfulness walk at Skyline Farm on Saturday, Sept 18th and I would love for some of us to enjoy this walk together.  Please bring a sack lunch and we will picnic together following this wonderful experience!  We do need to sign up for this so please let Sara Rose (829-2037) know if you want to go.  This is limited to ages 12 and older (and no dogs) with a suggested donation of $10 per person – please read description below.  We will plan other ‘reconnect’ times for ALL ages in the coming weeks – save the dates Sunday October 3rd (Labyrinth walk and picnic back at NYCC at 4pm)  and Sunday Oct 31st!  Pastor Nancy

FOREST MINDFULNESS WALK AT SKYLINE FARM WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 18th

Terri Young, a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, offers powerful nature-based experiences combining forest bathing, meditation and practical outdoor skills for folks 12 years and older.

Where:           Skyline Farm Forest, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth

When:            Saturday, Sept. 18, 9-11 a.m. (future Walk will be held on Oct. 23)

Cost:              Suggested donation of $10 per person

Registration: email Terri at young.terri@gmail.com or call 489-9696 to let her know you’re coming. No drop-ins, please.

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Skyline Farm parking lot. This experience is two hours. One should be able to walk slowly 1 mile in varying terrain.

Bring appropriate outdoor clothing, sturdy shoes, and water bottles. Leave cell phones at home or in the car. No dogs.

A mindful connection with the outdoors is crucial for cultivating a balanced, inspired, and fulfilled life.

Let yourself be guided….

For your body: Release stress, receive healing health benefits, breath fresh air and get moving.

For your mind: Settle your awareness on nature’s soothing atmosphere.

For your spirit: Venture into the woods to gain inspiration from the living earth, taking in the forest atmosphere through all of our senses.

All proceeds will be donated to Skyline Farm and organizations that support the local community.

For a more detailed description, see Skyline’s Spring 2021 Newsletter, Mindfulness Walks, Page 8

Community Food Pantry

The Community Food Pantry serves people and families from North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal and New Glouscester.  The pantry is open every other Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. and currently serves over 80 families.  Our church supports the pantry with money and food donations.  We collect food donations in the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.  With the pandemic and fewer people in the church, the food donations have been less.  So, in hopes of having more food donations, on the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, we are asking those attending church to bring something for the food cart.  Or if you won’t be at the service, drop something by when you can.

As of 8/11 the list of Food Pantry needs include:

Traditional baked beans (No other beans)                            Box cake and frosting

Italian and Ranch Dressing                                                   Sugar

Olives                                                                                    Maple syrup

Canned corn or peas                                                             K-cups

Chicken or beef gravy                                                           Coffee-Medium Roast

Pasta sauce                                                                          Cranberry juice

School snacks, protein bars                                                  Deodorant

Popcorn                                                                                 Pain relievers

Chips & salsa                                                                        Tissues

Ritz or Triscuit crackers

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

UCC appeals for disaster Relief

If you would like to help with disaster relief for Ida, the United States, etc., you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to UCC Disaster relief efforts.

You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to PO Box 71957, Cleveland OH, 44194. Please be sure to note where you would like your contribution to go on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.

Help for the Homeless

Preble street outreach collaborative (SOC) efforts:  as you know, I am one of the co-pastors at Grace Street Ministry, a street ministry for those experiencing homelessness in Portland.  Over the last year or so, we have been helping with the SOC at Preble Street.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we help distribute meals throughout the city in the mornings and late afternoons.  It has been an enriching experience as we have added that to our ministry.  On Sundays we offer a prayer service with communion at 11:00am.  A recent addition – from 12-2pm on Sundays we join with Preble Street to offer whatever clothes, and other items like toiletries we can in Deering Oaks Park right across the street from the PO.  

My schedule is to work in Portland on the 2 last Tuesdays of each month (3 if a five Tuesday month) and the last Sunday of the month.

I am hoping that you might consider bringing in special donations for the last Sunday outreach.  New men’s boxers and women’s underwear and t-shirts and bras, consignment ready other clothing items (jeans, sweat pants, hoodies) etc., toiletries, bottled water, individually packaged snacks.  If you want to come join me on a last Sunday that would be great!  

Other items as continued needs for Tuesdays include Hannaford cards, DD cards, single ride metro bus passes.  Thank you, pastor Nancy 

Access worship directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for September 1, 2021

MASKS REQUIREDFollowing CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We will be holding worship service as we have been in the Fellowship Hall with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship! 

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

Please keep the following people
in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff  
Sandra Golonka 
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy LowellBlanche Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy Cindy Tompson 

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

September Board and Committee Meetings

Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. – Missions Meeting – Via Zoom
Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. – Trustees – In person
Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Council – Via Zoom

Community Food Pantry

The Community Food Pantry serves people and families from North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal and New Glouscester.  The pantry is open every other Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. and currently serves over 80 families.  Our church supports the pantry with money and food donations.  We collect food donations in the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.  With the pandemic and fewer people in the church, the food donations have been less.  So, in hopes of having more food donations, on the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, we are asking those attending church to bring something for the food cart.  Or if you won’t be at the service, drop something by when you can. 

As of 8/11 the list of Food Pantry needs include: 
Traditional baked beans (No other beans)                            Box cake and frosting
Italian and Ranch Dressing                                                   Sugar
Olives                                                                                    Maple syrup
Canned corn or peas                                                             K-cups
Chicken or beef gravy                                                           Coffee-Medium Roast
Pasta sauce                                                                          Cranberry juice
School snacks, protein bars                                                  Deodorant
Popcorn                                                                                 Pain relievers
Chips & salsa                                                                        Tissues
Ritz or Triscuit crackers

Missions

From time to time we would like to share some of the wonderful thank you notes that we receive from organizations that NYCC Missions supports.  The following is from Grace Street Ministries.

UCC appeals for $100,000 for disaster-beleaguered Haiti

Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”

You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to PO Box 71957, Cleveland OH, 44194. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.If you would like to help with this, you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to the UCC Disaster relief effort for Haiti.

Help for the Homeless
Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)
OR you may access it directly on our YouTube channel (subscribe to our channel while you are there) at youtube.com/c/nyccucc

Weekly News for August 25, 2021

COVID CHURCH POLICY

Council and other interested persons met on Sunday, August 22nd, to discuss church policies related to the increased numbers and the Delta Variant. We shared meaningful discussions and some interesting ideas to keep the church open while keeping everyone safe within its walls. Some had ideas about worshipping in the sanctuary again and about enjoying music safely in the sanctuary. There will be more information to come related to these possibilities.

The consensus of this meeting is to keep doing what we are currently doing: Masks are to be worn while in the church and we will practice social distancing. We will have outside services when we can; however, during bad weather, services will be held in fellowship hall where rows of chairs are spread out and are set with one, two, or three chairs for family units. Windows will be opened and fans will be used to aid in air movement.

We are looking forward to a time when we can worship as we did in pre-Covid times and that is our ultimate goal. The current uptick in cases in the U.S. is something we will pay attention to and act accordingly. We ask that you continue to be patient with this process.

Marsha Heath on behalf of Council

MASKS REQUIRED

Following CDC and our own guidelines at NYCC masks are again required to be worn in the church building regardless of your vaccination status.  Please keep them on for the entire time that you are in the building.  We will be holding worship service as we have been in the Fellowship Hall with social distancing guidelines in place.  Thank you.

Join us for Worship!

We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced.  For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc.   If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com.

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs

Marion Goff 

Sandra Golonka – Sandra has begun her chemotherapy treatments.

Vince Golonka

Richard and Nancy Lowell

Blanche Mays – Jim passed away this week.  Prayers for Blanche and her family through this difficult time.  If you would like to send cards to Blanche please send them to:

Coastal Landing, 142 Neptune Dr., Apt 142, Brunswick, ME 04011

Lin Tompson Murphy

Cindy Tompson

Community Food Pantry

The Community Food Pantry serves people and families from North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Pownal and New Glouscester.  The pantry is open every other Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm. and currently serves over 80 families.  Our church supports the pantry with money and food donations.  We collect food donations in the grocery cart in the Gathering Space.  With the pandemic and fewer people in the church, the food donations have been less.  So, in hopes of having more food donations, on the first Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, we are asking those attending church to bring something for the food cart.  Or if you won’t be at the service, drop something by when you can.

 As of 8/11 the list of Food Pantry needs include:

Traditional baked beans (No other beans)                            Box cake and frosting

Italian and Ranch Dressing                                                       Sugar

Olives                                                                                        Maple syrup

Canned corn or peas                                                                 K-cups

Chicken or beef gravy                                                              Coffee-Medium Roast

Pasta sauce                                                                             Cranberry juice

School snacks, protein bars                                                  Deodorant

Popcorn                                                                                    Pain relievers

Chips & salsa                                                                            Tissues

Ritz or Triscuit crackers

Congratulations to Sara!

A BIG Congratulations to Sara Brobst Bartlett.  She has been called to serve the Second Congregational Church in Norway Maine as their new Pastor. 

Missions

From time to time we would like to share some of the wonderful thank you notes that we receive from organizations that NYCC Missions supports.  The following is from Harrison Food Bank.

Pastoral Care Requests

For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

UCC appeals for $100,000 for disaster-beleaguered Haiti

by Carol Fouke-Mpoyo | published on Aug 16, 2021

 Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”

A UCC Haiti Appeal seeks to raise $100,000 for immediate relief and longer-term recovery for the thousands of people in Haiti who are reeling from sequential disasters.

These include the deadly, destructive 7.2 earthquake August 14 in western Haiti, and Tropical Depression Grace, expected to make landfall in the same region August 16-17. The resulting flooding and mudslides are likely to add misery to the earthquake zone and to hinder the search and rescue of survivors.

Hundreds (nearly 1,400 as of August 16) are confirmed dead and additional thousands injured due to the eathquake.

The UCC is working with Global Ministries, Church World Service and the ACT Alliance among other partners, all of which are currently assessing the situation for damages and needs.

UCC Global H.O.P.E. team leader Joshua Baird was in touch with the partner networks on August 16 and said that the ACT Alliance reports that more than 60 percent of the people of Haiti have been impacted by the disaster. Both the ACT Alliance and Church World Service have spoken about “significant infrastructure challenges,” with road closures due to civil unrest compounded by earthquake damage. 

Immediate needs include water, due to the corruption of water tanks, and first aid. They note that there are not enough hospital beds in existing, structurally safe facilities. “People are being treated in hospital yards – or dying there,” according to Global Ministries’ bilateral partners CONASPEH (The National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches) and House of Hope, Baird said.

Other challenges facing Haitians include COVID-19. Vaccination of health care workers and people over 65 only got started in early August. There’s also the political and social disruption following the assassination of the country’s president in July.

How to Help

Pray for Haitians impacted by disasters.

Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”

You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.

If you would like to help with this, you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to the UCC Disaster relief effort for Haiti.

Help for the Homeless

Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries:  new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white.  New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL.  Sports bras- new.  Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

Thank you for all of the items dropped off at the church for Grace Street Ministries.  I was able to put together many toiletry bags to give out this week.   Thank you, Nancy

Access worship video on the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NYCC04097/ (you do not need to be a FB user – just click past the create account box to get to our public page)

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Weekly News for August 18, 2021

Church Yard Sale
on
Saturday, August 21
from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Friday: We will be setting up for the yard sale starting around 8:30 on Friday morning. Anyone who is available to unpack and set up is welcome!

Saturday: Yard sale starts at 9 am. If you can help out during the sale, please email Gary at scapeman15@hotmail.com or leave a message at 829-6266. Definitely will need help for clean up.

Council Meeting
PLEASE NOTE that our Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 19th, has been moved to Sunday, August 22nd, after our church service. Please also note that this will be an “in person” meeting. Our meeting will be outside weather permitting. One of the topics of discussion will be future church services and Covid.

All members and friends of the church are invited to attend.

Marsha Heath, Moderator

Topic: Council Meeting
Time: Aug 22, 2021 10:30 AM

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Join us for Worship!
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall, and are still following CDC guidelines requiring you to be masked and socially distanced. For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us on YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc. If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

Backpack Blessing
Join us on this Sunday, August 22 with your backpacks to have them blessed for the new school year by Pastor Nancy. Kids should bring backpacks and if folks want to bring some school supplies for others that would be great. We will be making tags to put on your backpacks.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests, pastoral care or if you or someone you know is struggling in our community please contact Pastor Nancy at nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Please keep the following people in your prayers ~

Julie Beggs
Marion Goff
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka
Richard and Nancy Lowell
Blanche and Jim Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy
Cindy Tompson

UCC appeals for $100,000 for disaster-beleaguered Haiti
by Carol Fouke-Mpoyo | published on Aug 16, 2021

Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”
A UCC Haiti Appeal seeks to raise $100,000 for immediate relief and longer-term recovery for the thousands of people in Haiti who are reeling from sequential disasters.
These include the deadly, destructive 7.2 earthquake August 14 in western Haiti, and Tropical Depression Grace, expected to make landfall in the same region August 16-17. The resulting flooding and mudslides are likely to add misery to the earthquake zone and to hinder the search and rescue of survivors.


Hundreds (nearly 1,400 as of August 16) are confirmed dead and additional thousands injured due to the eathquake.
The UCC is working with Global Ministries, Church World Service and the ACT Alliance among other partners, all of which are currently assessing the situation for damages and needs.


UCC Global H.O.P.E. team leader Joshua Baird was in touch with the partner networks on August 16 and said that the ACT Alliance reports that more than 60 percent of the people of Haiti have been impacted by the disaster. Both the ACT Alliance and Church World Service have spoken about “significant infrastructure challenges,” with road closures due to civil unrest compounded by earthquake damage.


Immediate needs include water, due to the corruption of water tanks, and first aid. They note that there are not enough hospital beds in existing, structurally safe facilities. “People are being treated in hospital yards – or dying there,” according to Global Ministries’ bilateral partners CONASPEH (The National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches) and House of Hope, Baird said.


Other challenges facing Haitians include COVID-19. Vaccination of health care workers and people over 65 only got started in early August. There’s also the political and social disruption following the assassination of the country’s president in July.


How to Help
Pray for Haitians impacted by disasters.
Donate Now! Designate “Haiti Appeal.”
You may also make a gift by mailing a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.
If you would like to help with this, you may do so directly with the UCC or send a check to church or donate online at Tithely, and we will send it in to the UCC Disaster relief effort for Haiti.

Help for the Homeless
Summer needs for Grace Street Ministries: new socks men and women’s – ankle and crew – white. New men’s boxer briefs – M L XL. Sports bras- new. Consignment ready summer clothes – t-shirts, shorts, etc., and I have created a list on Amazon of personal care travel size items:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/5BE4ICKT49WW?ref_=wl_share

You can order off that list and have it shipped to my home address or you can just use it for ideas and purchase elsewhere. I will make Ziplock bags of stuff to give out.

Thank you, Nancy

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Sunday Bulletin for September 12, 2021

First Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, Maine 04097

Organized in 1806

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 12, 2021 ~ 9:30 a.m.

Living Psalms Book

Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.

Living Psalm 19  – A Reinterpretation:  God is Glor-i-ous

El cielo está llamando (The heavens are calling).
They call each of our names without saying a word.
We are invited to listen not only with our ears but our hearts and minds.

Do you sense your name being called?
There is a glorious truth that requires that we listen attentively
and respond to the Whispers of the Spirit.
Does your Spirit perceive what is being said?
Almost un-hearable unless we are still; find inner stillness.

God is glor-i-ous.  Yahweh. Is. Glor-i-ous.

The vault of the heavens proclaims Sophia’s handiwork in each of our lives.
God whispers and pours forth meaning that touches us at our core,
and even the night, not to be left behind, declares that God’s Wisdom is ever present.

Universal truth is present in you.
Have you stopped lately to reflect on what the night is saying?
Do not focus so much on the day that the power and beauty of night eludes you.

There is no verbal communication, nor are there words;
Mystery’s voice is not heard with ears but rather within your heart;
yet that voice is perceived throughout all the earth differently based on who is pausing.
The message is being communicated to the ends of the earth.

In the heavens the Holy One has set a place of relationship and welcome for the Son to shine.
Brightness oozes Love, Kindness and Radiant Smiles like a Beloved under the wedding canopy, and like a confident child of God who lives into the adventure with joy and expectation of the unknown.. It proclaims glory from the heavens, and it links all of us.

Nothing is hidden, transparency flows from the heat of Love.
The Compassion of the Lamb of God is perfect and embracing you just where you are and how you are; just as you are.

Love revives the soul; the utterances of the Sovereign lived as love for humanity are sure,
making wise the simple; the guiding principles of Love, Faith Mercy and Justice of the LORD are right, causing the heart to flutter and celebrate.

The commandment of the LORD is clear, opening our eyes to see what love really is;
We are called to reverence the God in a pure way.

God’s love endures forever; our Sacred Rituals honoring the Wisdom/Sophia are true and righteous altogether.
While some desire gold, there are spiritual tenets that are more desirable, even much finer than gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

People of God be warned; keeping God’s desire for us at the forefront leads us towards great rewards. It’s not about punishment but enlightenment.
But who among us can detect their errors?

Cleanse me, Light and Love, from my hidden and not so hidden faults.
Keep your people away from the insolent; do not let them control me.
In this, I plead for your help.
You are the only one who shines Light and Love upon me even in the worst of times.
With your Love and Mercy, I shall continue to be human, but I shall overcome my human frailty.  Even though I am not innocent of great transgressions, I trust that you will wrap me in your grace and smile forgiveness upon my soul.

Let the words of mi boca (my mouth)
and the meditación de mi corazon (meditation of my heart)
be acceptable to you, O LORD,
mi roca y redentor (my rock and my redeemer).

Living Psalm 19,  for Pentecost 18 A  was written by the Rev. Justo Gonzalez, II.

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Wisdom Calls

September 12, 2021

Prelude                                 Voluntary Opus 6 #3                          Samuel Wesley                                

Sung:  God welcomes all!  Strangers and friends!

                   God’s love is strong!   And it never ends! 

 Words:  John L. Bell, Music: South African traditional,

 transcribed by John L. Bell at the Sunrise Hospice, Themba

                   Text: © 2008, GIA/Iona Community / WGRG

Welcome and Announcements

CALL TO WORSHIP (from Mark 8: 27-30)
Jesus asks the disciples:
“Who do people say I am?”

They answer,
“Some say John the Baptist; some say Elijah;
and others say one of the prophets.”
But Jesus presses them:
“Who do you say I am?

Peter answers,
“You are Christ—God’s anointed one, God-with-us!”
Now Jesus pushes us:
“What about you?
Here, in this moment, in this community,
Who do you say I am?”

Where do we find the wisdom to answer?

*Hymn                                        How Great Thou Art                                CH #33

Words and Music: Stuart K. Hine, 1953, based on a Swedish folk melody   and a poem by Carl Gustav Boberg, 1885

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing

He bled and died to take away my sin;

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow with humble adoration

And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Holy Wisdom of God You call to us from the depths of our hearts,
where we long for connection with you and with one another.
You call to us from busy streets and neighborhoods,
Where human pain and possibility are most urgent.
You call to us from our sacred stories, where God,

Christ, Spirit create, challenge, comfort.
Guide us, we pray, on an adventure of hope, and
help us see with your eyes the ways which lead to

beloved community where Christ Jesus is at the center.       

Gospel Reading Mark 8:27-38             

CONFESSION
Christ calls on us to “lose our life in order to save it”;
To “take up our cross and follow” in the ways of justice and peace.
Like the disciples before us, we are often amazed and overwhelmed by this command. We close our ears to such challenge and
our hearts to such risk.

Silence

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God’s words and actions are never careless;
In sending Jesus Christ to the world, God offers a model and a companion, a source of ever-flowing love and acceptance and wisdom. In Christ we are forgiven all our failings, and given strength to start again.

Message                                                                                Rev. Nancy J. White

9/11 Remembrance

Leader: We remember today the day of 9/11/2001.

People: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

Leader:  We remember innocent lives lost and thoughts of revenge.

People:  And Jesus said:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Leader: We remember acts of courage and compassion by so many.

People: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

Leader:  We gather to remember but we also gather in hope, for as Jesus said:

People:  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

All:  Together we will sing God’s praise!   

PRAYER

O God of all the nations, we gather on this day of remembrance confessing that as your children, the events of twenty years ago have not made us much wiser or enhanced our willingness to love one another without condition. Walls still divide, fear still separates, and strangers seem stranger than ever. Patient and loving God, look with mercy on your children gathered here today. Nudge us along the narrow way of Jesus, that we might be healed and become healers and helpers and leaven on this good earth you have given us to steward.  Amen.

Rev Dr Ronald M Patterson, Bridge Minister for Plymouth UCC in Ft. Collins CO.

Prayers for 9/11 Services of Remembrance© Copyright 2021 Ronald M. Patterson.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved.

*Hymn                                           Day by Day                                          CH #599

          Words: Attr. Richard of Chichester (13th century), alt.

          Music: Stephen Schwartz, 1971

Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray:

to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,

follow thee more nearly, day by day.

Day by day, day by day, O, dear Lord, three things I pray:

to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,

follow thee more nearly, day by day.  Day by day, by day, by day, by day.

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
The psalmist declares, “The heavens are telling the glory of God.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.”
Let us share our gifts so that we can also partake in telling others of God’s glory!

*Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

         Praise God for all that love has done;                                                        

Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.  Amen.  

DEDICATION
All-knowing God, teach us to use these gifts
to create greater access, insights, and wisdom
for people within and outside of these walls. So be it!

* Hymn                             Come and Find a Quiet Center                      CH #575

                   Words: Shirley Erna Murray, 1989

                   Music: Traditional American melody; arr. Jack Schrader

Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,

find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:

clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.

Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,

God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base, making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,

raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.

In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain,

let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:

there’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care,

in the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare!

*BENEDICTION
Let us ponder the challenge of Jesus this week:
–Who do we say Christ is in our lives, our community, our world?
Let Holy Wisdom shine through all our pondering,
and lead us to recognize and serve our Risen Savior in all our encounters.
Amen.

Staff

Pastor: Rev. Nancy J. White

Administrative Assistant: Lyn Glassock

Organist:  Peter Dickson*

Organist: Linda Lambrides

Choir Director: David Myers, Jr.

                                                Sexton: Mark R.H. Heath

Treasurer:  Liz McGlinn, CPA, CGMA           

Church Phone: 829-3644

Church e-mail: nyarmouthccucc@gmail.com

Rev. Nancy J. White phone: 207-504-6289

Rev. Nancy J. White email: nyccrevnancy@gmail.com

Church Website: http://nyccucc.com

Maine Conference Website: http://www.maineucc.org

Due to the Corona Virus-Covid-19, this service was held in-person and live streamed on YouTube with all CDC protocols in place.

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Weekly News for August 4, 2021

From our Moderator
The church has recently learned that 2 attendees of the Pride funeral on Saturday, July 24th
have tested positive for Covid. As of this writing we do not know the date of the positive tests). As you know, we require masks to be worn in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall. Masks may only be removed in Fellowship Hall to either drink or eat. Also, all windows in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall were open during the funeral and reception.

The Maine CDC has advised that if you attended the funeral and wore a mask and/or had been vaccinated, there should be no concern.

Tuesday, August 3rd, is the 10th day from the date of the funeral and crucial time period for
infection; therefore, we felt it was prudent to advise our congregation in the event that anyone in attendance has experienced cold-like symptoms or worse. If so, please contact
your health care provider for testing. Please let us know if you test positive. Thanks all. Marsha Heath, Moderator

Join us for Worship!
We are now worshiping in-person and online on Sunday at 9:30 am. At this time because of the heat we are worshipping in the Fellowship Hall. At this time we are still following CDC guidelines and are requiring you to be masked and socially distanced. For those who wish to join us online via livestream please connect with us YouTube at youtube.com/c/nyccucc. If you would like to see the Sunday Bulletin that can be found on our website at http://nyccucc.com

Pastor Nancy on Vacation
Pastor Nancy will be on vacation from August 3-16. Rev. Ed. DeLong will be our guest pastor for August 1 and 8th.

Pastoral Care Requests
For prayer requests or pastoral care during pastor Nancy’s sabbatical please contact Deacons Kathy Whittier at 254-7509 or Lois knight 318-0017

Please keep the following people in your prayers
Julie Beggs
Marion Goff
Sandra Golonka
Vince Golonka Richard and Nancy Lowell
Blanche and Jim Mays
Lin Tompson Murphy Cindy Tompson

Help for the Homeless
It’s spring! Thank you all for your continued support for Grace Street Ministries. Please hold on all winter gear until next year. Warm weather needs include travel size toiletries including sunscreen and lip balm. And of course gift cards for places like Dunkin Donuts($5) and grocery stores- Hannaford’s, Shaws and Market Basket($10.). Any fast food chain in Portland will work as well. Thank you! Pastor Nancy

Church Yard Sale
There will be a Yard Sale at church on Saturday, August 21 from 1-3 pm.
If you have any questions please contact Gary Davis at 831-1254.

NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS!
No clothing will be accepted.
Please save your items until set up day on August 20th if possible. If not, please put items in the Rec Room (under Fellowship Hall).

Stillspeaking Daily Devotional – United Church of Christ Forms of Assistance

by Martha Spong | published on Aug 2, 2021

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. – 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NRSV)

As a coach working with pastors, I often close a session with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the person I’m coaching, for the gifts and talents God has given them for ministry, and for the ways those gifts are being used and developed for the good of God’s kin-dom. They are inspiring preachers, fine administrators, dedicated educators, and compassionate pastors, but rare is the one who excels at all these roles all the time. Whether they partner with colleagues or work collaboratively with church leaders, one of their most important tasks is to identify and support the gifts of others for the good of the church and the world.

Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, points out that we all have different capacities and that they are all needed in our faith communities. My favorite mentioned in verse 28 is “forms of assistance.” It brings to mind the volunteers who organized a Pet Pantry at the UCC church in North Yarmouth, Maine, providing dearly needed help to lower- or fixed-income people in the neighborhood. Not only did they see the need, they inspired others to care and to contribute time, funds, and material goods. Vision, compassion, generosity, and practicality were the gifts given to them by God.

What is your gift? How are you using it? Believe me, someone needs what you have been given and what you have to give.

Prayer
Holy One, we thank you for the capacities you have given us. Help us to see what is needed and to use our strengths to serve you. Amen.