First United Church of Oak Park 27 May 2012



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First United Church of Oak Park

27 May 2012


An open community united in love and justice.

848 Lake Street – Oak Park, Illinois 60301

708.386.5215 www.FirstUnitedOakPark.com


Preparing for Worship

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” - I Cor. 3:16


*Please stand if you are able—Speak in unison at the bold face areas.

Please silence cell phones.



GATHERING MUSIC Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness J. S. Bach
OUR LIFE TOGETHER Rob Leveridge

Please sign and pass the red pad in your pew.
INTROIT Hail, O Festal Day!
Gathering as God’s People



*CALL to WORSHIP


Christ has gathered the church in unity through the Holy Spirit.

Maker of all things, in the beginning, you created heaven and earth.

In the fullness of time, you restored all things in Christ.

Renew our world, in this day, with your grace and mercy.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Life of the world, you breathed life into the flesh you created.

Now, by your Spirit, breathe new life into the children of earth.

Turn hatred into love, sorrow into joy, and war into peace.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Lover of concord, you desire the unity of all Christians.

Set aflame the whole church with the fire of your Spirit.

Unite us to stand in the world as a sign of your love.

Lord, hear our prayer.

God of compassion, through your Spirit you supply every human need.

Heal the sick, and comfort the distressed.

Befriend the friendless, and help the helpless.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Kindle in us the fire of your love,

strengthen our lives for service in your kingdom,

through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
*HYMN 11 Bring Many Names
Westchase

(black hymnal)


CALL to CONFESSION Marylen Marty-Gentile Pastor
PRAYER of CONFESSION

Almighty God,

you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples

creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith.

We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us.

We do not listen for your word of grace,

speak the good news of your love,

or live as a people made one in Christ.
Silence is kept.
Have mercy on us, O God.

Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit,

and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people,

doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ASSURANCE of PARDON

Share the good news:



The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.

I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

May the God of mercy, who forgives all your sins,

strengthen you in all goodness,

and by the power of the Holy Spirit, keep you in eternal life. Amen.
*PASSING the PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.



Please share the peace of Christ with those around you.

Listening for God’s Word to Us
TIME for SHARING Rob Leveridge
SONG OF ILLUMINATION
A READING John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 (NT pg. 110) Leah Fowler

from the GOSPEL
A READING Acts 2:1-21 (NT pg. 119-120)

from the NEW TESTAMENT


SERMON God in Translation” Julie R. Harley

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH - THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,


he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Responding to God’s Word
OFFERTORY Revelation 19 Jeffrey La Valley

Please place pink prayer cards in the offering plates.

Our Fourth Sunday Offering today will support the summer tutoring program

at Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn. All cash and non-pledge donations will provide assistance to children from immigrant families.
*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Christ all people here below; Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore;

Praise Triune God, whom we adore.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
The Sacrament of Communion
INVITATION
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.



And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.



We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.



It is right to give God thanks and praise.
SANCTUS

Sing each line responsively after the leader:



Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The pastor will pray, concluding with “Great is the mystery of our faith.”

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SERVING THE BREAD AND CUP

Communion will be served by intinction. Beginning from the middle pews, we invite everyone to come to the front or back to share in the joyful feast. As you reach the servers, take a piece of bread and then dip it in the cup. We serve grape juice, not wine. Gluten-free bread is available in the glass bowls inside each bread basket. Return to your place by the outside rows.
HYMN 293 Sweet, Sweet Spirit SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT
HYMN 282 Every Time I Feel the Spirit AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUAL

(black hymnal)




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.

Going Forth in Dedication and Service

*CHARGE and BENEDICTION
SENDING MUSIC Come Holy Spirit, Lord God J. S. Bach

NEXT SUNDAY, June 3, 2012 - LAST 11:00 am Worship until fall

Youth Sunday and Church Picnic

SERMON: “The Power to Speak” - SCRIPTURE READINGS: Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-10



TODAY:
Our liturgy comes from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship.
Our grateful thanks to the Sanctuary Choir for their singing today and every Sunday that they participate in worship. The Choir provides important leadership in our congregational singing and also illuminates our worship themes through the pieces they sing. The Choir begins its summer break after today’s service. Please join us on Open Choir Sundays throughout the year, and consider joining us in the fall when we resume.
Our Fourth Sunday Offering supports Summer Tutoring at Iglesia Unida de Cristo in Berwyn. This is a new UCC church led by Pastor Luis Alvarenga. From June 5 to July 26, First United will sponsor a tutoring program with 12 kindergarten-8th grade students from Iglesia Unida. Six students from Elmhurst College will provide tutoring, with support from our church members and leadership by a reading specialist named Amanda Gerald. Students and families will share a meal at 6 pm every Tuesday and Thursday, followed by tutoring until 8 pm. This program is made possible by your gifts and by Faith in Action funds, organized by our Education and Mentoring Action Team.
Congratulations to our members Ben Romanos and Cheryll David who were married here May 25th!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Next Sunday, June 3, is:

  • Youth Sunday

  • The Church Picnic (on the lawn after worship: more info below...)

  • Last day of 11:00 am Worship (Worship begins at 10:00 am June 10 – Sept. 2)
  • The last day of church school until Sept. 9




Church Picnic, June 3 after Worship!

Plan to stay after worship for fellowship, food, music, and games on the church lawn. This church tradition is a great time to have fun with old friends as well as make new ones, and we have specially reserved sunshine and mild temperatures just for the occasion. Sandwiches, chips and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish that is ready to be served. Sides can be refrigerated before the picnic. See you there!


Hug a leader

Next Sunday is the last day of church school. Since September, 36 adults and senior highs have led our ten classes. We are grateful for their time, love and commitment. If you see one of them, give a hug of thanks!


Camping Anyone? Save the Date!

First United Family Camp will take place August 9-13, 2012 at Tower Hill Camp, Sawyer, Michigan. Come for the weekend or plan to stay from Thursday through Monday. Bring your tent, camper, or RV. You can enjoy the beach, ride your bike, make new friends, go antiquing, chill out… The possibilities are endless! Summer will be here before we know it, so mark your calendar. Questions? Call Don & Priscilla Sibley (708) 848-2840


ADULT EDUCATION SUN., JUN. 3 (9:30 AM)

  • Preparing to Launch — What can families do to help their teens get ready for life after high school? Come hear perspectives from current college students, as well as young adults who have not had great transitions into college.
  • Adult Education Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead — What did you really like during the just-completed September through May Adult Education program year? What did you not care for so much? Looking ahead, we’ll discuss what you’d like to see for Adult Ed offerings in 2012-2013. Chris Damon, Adult Education Committee Chair.


  • Bible Study


Sermon/Worship Talk-Backs will begin June 10

They will run from 11:15 am to noon in the chapel. Each Sunday from June 10 through July 1 you are invited to join us in the chapel after worship to respond to the sermon and offer your perspectives about the whole service with the preacher of the day. Julie will be the preacher and leader on June 10.


Our Whole Lives Youth Sexuality Curriculum training

is July 20-22 for those interested in educating youth on sexual health, wholeness and faith. This is the curriculum of the UCC and Unitarian Universalists. Several churches will be participating. If you feel called to participate in this ministry, contact Leah Fowler at lfowler@firstunitedoakpark.com.


Congratulations Graduates!

We will list the names of high school and college graduates in the 6/3 bulletin. Please email your graduate’s information to Pastor Leah Fowler at lfowler@firstunitedoakpark.com by May 31.


The Memorial Service for Ralph Balgemann

will be held at 1:00pm on Sat., June 9, in the sanctuary.






GENERAL INFORMATION

VISITORS

We’d like to give you a gift – no strings attached.  A greeter or a pastor can give you a copy of the book Take This Bread, which is a story of someone who came to Christian faith as she engaged in service with poor and vulnerable members of her community.  We hope this story will be a blessing to you as you grow in your own relationship with God, and we’re very glad you have joined us for worship today!    


WORSHIP


  • COFFEE HOUR: All are invited, immediately after worship in the lounge.

  • TO REDUCE DISTRACTIONS DURING WORSHIP, please use the exits and restrooms at rear (Lake St. side). Rear restrooms are at basement level. Please wait until first hymn to enter the sanctuary if you arrive a bit late.

  • GREEN GIVING CARDS IN THE PEW RACKS Offerings are a sacred act of worship. Use the Cards to celebrate what you’ve already given or to make a credit card donation.

FOR CHILDREN

  • Age-appropriate worship activities are available as you enter the Sanctuary. Children 5 and under may leave after Time for Sharing and go to Rooms 14 and 15.

  • A Jesus doll is on the front pew, available for a child who may want to sit with him during worship. Jesus is there for your child, just as Jesus is present for us.

MISSION

  • OUR COUNCIL PRIORITY is to build relationships that Bless, Challenge and Transform… with God, with each other and with the world.

  • OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE HAS THREE CORE THEMES: 1) Moving from words to God-pleasing actions in our relationship with God. 2) Moving from individualism to intimacy in our relationship with others. 3) Moving from providing charity to changing structures of injustice in our relationship to the world.

  • WE ARE A UNION CHURCH of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. We seek to be an inclusive expression of Christ’s body celebrating our diversity while finding our unity in Christ. We are a More Light/Open and Affirming congregation, committed to full inclusion of GLBT people in membership & ministry.

PLEASE CONTACT US



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    Prayer requests, hospitalizations: Please contact a pastor (see back)

  • Questions/Suggestions: Email Church Council: council@firstunitedoakpark.com

  • For joys and concerns, deacons are available in the lounge after worship or by email at deacons@firstunitedoakpark.com.



WEEKLY CALENDAR



SUN, MAY 27

PFLAG 3pm

FUSH Youth Group 6pm

MON, MAY 28

Memorial Day (Church office closed)



TUE, MAY 29

WED, MAY 30

Bible/Book Study 11am

Food Pantry Distribution 2:30pm

Facilities Usage Study - 3rd Mtg. 7pm

AA Marion Group 8pm



THUR, MAY 31

FRI, JUNE 1

Peace Vigil 7pm


SAT, JUNE 2

Inner Peace World Peace 8:30 am

Dances of Universal Peace 1pm


SUN, JUNE 3

Church School (last one until Sept.) 9 - 9:30am

Adult Ed (Bible Study, We Have a Teenager, Wrap-up and Looking Ahead) 9:30am

Worship/Youth Sunday 11am

Church Picnic 12:15pm

FUJI Party 5pm

FUSH Youth Group 6pm


CONTACT US

Julie R. Harley, Lead Pastor jrh@firstunitedoakpark.com

Leah Fowler, Associate Pastor lfowler@firstunitedoakpark.com

Rob Leveridge, Associate Pastor rleveridge@firstunitedoakpark.com

Marylen Marty-Gentile, Director of marylen@firstunitedoakpark.com

Children & Family Ministries

William Chin, Director of Music bill@firstunitedoakpark.com

Michael Surratt, Organist msurratt@sbcglobal.net

Adam Wilson, Office Manager office@firstunitedoakpark.com

Fred Henders, Operations Manager operations@firstunitedoakpark.com

Julie O’Shea, Financial Manager financial@firstunitedoakpark.com

Joan White, Nursery School Director jwhite@firstunitedschool.com

General Office Email office@firstunitedoakpark.com

Church Phone and Hours (tel) 708.386.5215, (fax) 708.386.7480, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Walk-In Ministry Phone and Hours: 708.386.1946, Mon–Sat 10 am-11 am



Food Pantry Phone and Hours: 708.386.1324, Sat. 9-12, Wed. 3:30-5, except 1st Wed’s 7-8:30pm

SUBMISSIONS


  • Email office@firstunitedoakpark.com with where & when to publish (i.e. “Feb. 5 bulletin”)

  • Bulletin: 75 words max, due Thur. noon, space permitting.

  • Messenger Bell: 250 words max, due 15th of month (or next business day).







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