First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Greg Briggs,
Interim Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Digital Worship Bulletin – May 10, 2020

Sunday May 10, 2020

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day

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!


Welcome – Rev. Greg Briggs


Introit “Oh Jesus I Have Promised” 


Call To Worship – Mindi Welton-Mitchell

Please read aloud. If you are worshiping with someone else, alternate readings.

Jesus said,
“I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

Opening Hymn – “I Know My Redeemer Lives”

Please choose which version you’d prefer (each will open into a new window):

Singable Version – Lyrics Only

Singable Version – Lyrics and Music

Video Recording with Lyrics

Prayer of the Day  – Mindi Welton-Mitchell

God Who Sees,
long ago Hagar was in the wilderness, alone and afraid, and You took notice of her.
She called You God Who Sees, and we know now in our loneliness, in our fear, You see us.
You know what we are feeling—our frustration, our anger, our dejection, our exhaustion.
You know what we are going through, and You are with us.
God Who Sees, help us to envision beyond where we are now, and to draw closer to You.
Help us to know one another more fully by caring for each other’s needs.
God Who Sees, help us to see those that we might have forgotten, those that we are missing—the people who sleep outside, the families who struggle to put food on the table, the seniors who are lonely.
Help us to remember we are called by You to love one another.
God Who Sees, help us to see with our hearts, to love all of Your children.

Anthem “Ride On King Jesus”



First Reading – Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

I take refuge in you, Lord.
    Please never let me be put to shame.
        Rescue me by your righteousness!
Listen closely to me!
    Deliver me quickly;
        be a rock that protects me;
        be a strong fortress that saves me!
You are definitely my rock and my fortress.
    Guide me and lead me for the sake of your good name!
Get me out of this net that’s been set for me
    because you are my protective fortress.
I entrust my spirit into your hands;
    you, Lord, God of faithfulness—
    you have saved me.

My future is in your hands.
    Don’t hand me over to my enemies,
    to all who are out to get me!
Shine your face on your servant;
    save me by your faithful love!

Second Reading – Acts 7:55-60

But Stephen, enabled by the Holy Spirit, stared into heaven and saw God’s majesty and Jesus standing at God’s right side. He exclaimed, “Look! I can see heaven on display and the Human One standing at God’s right side!” At this, they shrieked and covered their ears. Together, they charged at him, threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses placed their coats in the care of a young man named Saul. As they battered him with stones, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, accept my life!” Falling to his knees, he shouted, “Lord, don’t hold this sin against them!” Then he died.

Gospel Verse – John 14:1

Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me.”

All scripture is taken from the Common English Bible translation

Sermon – Guest Preacher Rev. Cheryl Burke, Associate Conference Minister, Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ


Hymn – “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”


We are witnesses to the power of the Holy Spirit and the glory of God, 
and now we turn in thanksgiving to share the good news of forgiveness and grace to all the world. 
Let these our gifts be a living testimony to those who most need the healing grace of Christ this morning, 
cornerstones of faith and joy for the entire world.

You can mail your donations into the church, and you can also give online by clicking here: Donate to the church

Offertory “A Place at the Table” 


performed by Shelley Fisher, music in public domain


Jesus, God has made you both Sovereign and Christ.
Therefore we pray your blessing upon these gifts, upon us, and those whose lives will benefit from them.
May your victory over death empower all whom you call to trust in God.
In faith and hope we pray. Amen.



Prayer of Our Savior

Now, let us pray the words Jesus taught us:
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.

Prayer for Mother’s Day by Mindi Welton-Mitchell

The prophet Isaiah said, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.”
Mothering God, we cherish Your great love for us.
As the Creator, You made us in Your image, and called life from the earth and water.
In baptism, we are born anew, from water and Spirit, and Your love and care are made known to us as we grow in faith.
We give You thanks for those who have been mothers and stepmothers in our lives, for grandmothers and aunts and all those who have been like mothers to us, who have shown us Your comfort and courage, peace and strength.
God of Peace, we acknowledge that this day that was originally created for mothers grieving the loss of their children in war.
We grieve with all who have lost a child, who have struggled with fertility issues, who have had to give up children in foster care and adoption. May Your love surround us, hold us in these tender times.
Loving God, we hold tenderly the ones who have difficult relationships with their mothers, for those who have separated in relationship. We weep with those who are missing their mothers.
In these difficult times, O God, we know the distance that separates us, the physical distance for safety, the distance of time for those gone, the distance of fading memories. We know the distance of estrangement.
We pray for healing wherever possible, O God, for forgiveness wherever possible, and for the hope that You bring in our lives.
Hold us, Loving Parent, in Your healing hands, on this day.

A flower and a kiss for Mother, sweets to the sweet they say.
We’ll give her a royal welcome. For this is her own glad day.
A flower and a kiss for Mother. She’s dearer than any other.
God bless her today. And keep her always. A flower and a kiss for Mother.


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

No matter what.

Postlude “Lift High the Cross”

Join us this Sunday at 11 am on Zoom for us to have a virtual coffee hour and share our joys and concerns.

We will also have our weekly Bible study on Tuesday at 10 and Pastor Greg’s Open Office Hours on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, both via Zoom.

Check your email for instructions for zoom, or email if you’d like to join our discussions. They are truly open to everyone, but we are not posting the link publicly to discourage zoom bombers.