First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Digital Worship Bulletin- July 19, 2020

Sunday July 19, 2020 

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome to First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Charlevoix’s online worship experience. Though we are separated physically for one another’s physical health, we still join together to worship God, be inspired, and care for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

You are invited to find a comfortable place in your house and set aside a time for worship and prayer. This could be your usual Sunday morning time, or at sunset. Light a candle if you wish, or get a cup of tea.

Take your time as you read, listen, watch, sing, pray, and share in this worship of God.  Whether you worshiping on Sunday morning or whenever you have time, we are glad you are a part of our community.

As always, we want your feedback on how we can worship better with you in this time of physical distancing.  Feel free to give feedback and suggestions to  Ok, let us begin!

Introit “Shalom, My Friends (Shalom Chaverim)” performed by Shelley Fisher

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Worship Intro

Call To Worship by Rev. Thom Shuman

Fresh corn dripping with butter, juicy peaches topping our cereal:
praise is due to you, God of the harvest!
Children chasing fireflies in evening’s shadows, families picnicking in the backyard:
Praise is due to you, God of summer days!
Mothers tightening training wheels on bikes, fathers teaching kids to bait a hook:
praise is due to you, God of our lives!

Opening Hymn- “Jesus Calls Us

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Prayer of the Day by Rev. Mindi Welton Mitchell

Gardener of the Earth,

We know You have sown good seeds in us and around us. Help us to find and nurture those seeds. Help us to prune back what needs to be pruned, and tear out what is harmful. But You, O God, help us to learn and grow, and sometimes we do not see the chaff that is growing with us until we learn. When we learn about racism, we peel off unnecessary and dead leaves. When we learn about our own privilege, we begin to tear out the roots of that chaff. When we begin to dismantle the systems and structures that perpetuate racism and other sins, we begin to build up a base of good soil for new seeds to take root. Loving Gardener, we know this is not easy, but inch by inch, row by row, work in us and through us, to grow Your beloved garden together. Amen.

Now, let us pray together as Jesus taught us, saying,

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,
for ever and ever.

Anthem “I’ll Fly Away”


Scripture Readings:

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

13 That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore.

He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. But when the sun came up, it scorched the plants, and they dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked them. Other seed fell on good soil and bore fruit, in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one. Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”

[Later, while speaking with his disciples] 18 “Consider then the parable of the farmer. 19 Whenever people hear the word about the kingdom and don’t understand it, the evil one comes and carries off what was planted in their hearts. This is the seed that was sown on the path. 20 As for the seed that was spread on rocky ground, this refers to people who hear the word and immediately receive it joyfully. 21 Because they have no roots, they last for only a little while. When they experience distress or abuse because of the word, they immediately fall away. 22 As for the seed that was spread among thorny plants, this refers to those who hear the word, but the worries of this life and the false appeal of wealth choke the word, and it bears no fruit. 23 As for what was planted on good soil, this refers to those who hear and understand, and bear fruit and produce—in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.”



Sermon notes : sermon 07 19 2020


Hymn of Reflection “Be Thou My Vision”

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The treasure of God’s glory is Jesus, shining in our hearts.
We hold this treasure in the earthen vessels of our lives. 
Let us share freely of the gifts we have been given,
that the glory of God may be known
in the works of community, justice and peace.

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Offertory “There Is a Fountain” Appalachian Folk Hymn

                     Timothy Seaman – Hammered Dulcimer



People:         Out loud, but muted
            Take and receive these gifts dear God,
            bless and multiply them
            that they may show the world your glory,
            shining through our lives.


Prayer of Intercession and Leave Taking

For those who are not attending the going away celebration at 10 am in the church’s lawn, please take part in this Litany of Leave Taking. If you will be in attendance, feel free to skip down to the “Prayer for a New Year.”


INTERIM PASTOR: When I joined my ministry with yours, I took on the responsibilities of your pastor for an interim season. I led worship services, provided pastoral care, and encouraged Christian faith formation. Will you now release me from these responsibilities?


INTERIM PASTOR: As your Interim Pastor, I took on a guiding role as you reviewed your history, explored needed changes, resolved old conflicts, explored new directions in ministry, and prepared to move forward with new pastoral leadership. Will you, with me, give thanks to God for the hard work we have done?

CONGREGATION: We will, with God’s help.

INTERIM PASTOR: Together we have sought to sustain the life of this church and to grow in love and understanding and faith. Will the [Church Council] please come forward? You are the elected leaders of this church. Will you continue on the path of love and understanding and faith?

LEADERS: We will, with God’s help.

INTERIM PASTOR: Will all members of the congregation support the elected committee members of this church?

CONGREGATION: We will, with God’s help.

INTERIM PASTOR: Will you commit to patience as your next pastor begins ministry among you, supporting their leadership efforts in accordance with the guidance given to this church by the Holy Spirit, and will you hold yourselves to wise communication practices to grow the relationship between congregation and minister over time?

CONGREGATION: We will, with God’s help.

INTERIM PASTOR TO MODERATOR: I return the keys you gave me when I came. I thank you for that trust.

MODERATOR: I receive the keys on behalf of this congregation. We express our gratitude and love for your wise and faithful leadership during this transition time.

INTERIM PASTOR: The prayers of the Church Universal will be always with you, as your prayers are with ministers and congregations everywhere. Let us pray.

“a prayer for the new year” by  

(Though this isn’t the end of the calendar year, it is the ending of this season of ministry, and the beginning of a new season of ministry. The spirit of this prayer is as relevant now as it is at the turning of the calendar. )

Creator God, the year turns, and we find ourselves uncertain which way to look…
Back, at the blessings you have bestowed upon us—
friends and family,
wonderful summer weather,
beautiful music and theatre,
times for fun and laughter,
new things learned and old habits put away,
the gift of your presence,
celebrations of life and love.
We give thanks for all that has been.

Or perhaps we look back in another direction, at all we have lost—
friends we have said goodbye to,
opportunities missed,
illness or pain that stole our joy,
news that hit too close to home,
worries about livelihoods and about children and about church and about the world.
We pray for healing of our brokenness,
for the comfort of your care to smooth the rough places
and for your light to shine through the cracks.

Or should we look forward, God?
Behold, you are doing a new thing…
we anticipate with wonder that the best is yet to be.
As the old year gives way to the new,
we long for the peace and justice of your kingdom.
We pray that children of every place may grow up with enough food and water and love,
that violence may at last come to an end,
that our leaders might seek the good of all,
that this might be the year when light outshines shadows.

Give us courage to trust you,
to put our hand in yours and walk forward into the unknown with hope.
As we stand at the gate of the year,
looking backward and forward,
remind us also to look inward and outward,
to seek your kingdom first of all.
Remind us that we can see your image in every face,
that you have made us your family, together,
that this world belongs to you and we are its caretakers,
and that there is a still more excellent way—the way of love, faith, and hope.
May this be the year, O God, that all people see your glory together.
We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.


Closing Hymn- “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

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“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” – Rep. John Lewis

Go forth, knowing God has always loved you, loves you now, and will always love you.

No matter what.

Postlude “Jubilate Deo” Rawsthorne

                    Jameson Thompson – Organ


Thank you for joining us this Sunday. If you have not had a chance to say goodbye to Pastor Greg, he will be available for phone calls and socially distanced meetings until the end of the month. Contact him via cell phone or through the office to set up a time.