Our Mission: “The Red Lodge Community Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people to gather for worship, fellowship and to study God’s Word. We seek to be servants of our Lord in the care of all people.”
Today: Worship: 10am – Facebook Livestream
All events and meetings scheduled at the church are suspended for now.
NextSunday: Worship: 10am – Facebook Livestream
Welcome to the Red Lodge Community Church.
Celebrating Joys! Thanksgiving for Healing! – David Peterson, Morgan The creation that we are called to care for! Our confirmation class, which meets every Tuesday by Zoom! Our community’s “Together We Can Do This” campaign! Handwashing stations in Red Lodge! All High School and college graduates! Happy Birthday to Eliza and Samarra!!
We Keep in Prayer: Eileen Rieger, Virginia Robertson, Dana Duell, Sharon Scott, Carin Kirikos, Kim, David Vaile, Macey Ropp Bennett, Tom Ertin, Becky Tirrell, Ellen, Steve Hanson, the City of Billings, Mary Ann, Richard, Loretta Sironen, Lynette Coleman, Debbie Bratton, Colleen Stevenson, Nicki, Delores, Nicholas, Alex and Hank, Hank Hawkins, Jean Walters, Kit and Cort Richards, Bill and Mary, Georgia Foster, Lonna Bradley and her son Brandon Arthur, Liz Moore, Les Hedquist, Bruce Haughey, Gary, David Ritter, David Scott, Daniel Scott, JoAnn Grandstaff’s grandson, Russ Born, Aspen, Russ Lord, Lt. Col. Matt Born ANG and all those deployed to respond to COVID-19, all essential workers who continue to keep fulfilling our needs while being exposed to everything, health care workers in Carbon County, those suffering from the COVID-19 and those suffering with them, and everyone around the world as we enter into this unknown time.
All those who are homebound or in care facilities, especially: Sheila Seiffert, Kenneth Glantz, Marklyn Lynn, Bill Wilson, Evelyn Rolshovan, Joyce and Al Miller, Mr. Bill, Joyce Lindberg
Those Who Are Grieving The family & friends of Terry Anderson The family & friends of Alice Zumbrum The family and friends of Beth Lord The family & friends of the Dunham family The family & friends of Ken Tritle All those walking in grief
The Proclamation of the Gospel From Matthew, the 20th Chapter
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Poem “A Summer Day” by Mary Oliver
Call to Worship Leader: We shout for joy to God who rides upon the clouds! People: We sing praises to our awe-inspiring God, before whom the earth quakes, and whose abundant blessings provide for all in need! Leader: God is Sovereign over the earth, Defender of the defenseless, and Parent to orphans; God creates families for those who are alone. People: God leads captives to freedom and breaks the yoke of oppression. Leader: God goes forth before the people, marching through the wilderness of their lives, bringing forth restoration and justice. People: Sing praise to God, Rider of the ancient skies, who dwells in holiness. Leader: Proclaim the power of God! People: O God, how awesome you are in your sanctuary! You give power and strength to your people. Leader: Let us worship God!
Hymn “Earth and All Stars” Songbook #96 (verses 1,2 5)
Prayer of Invocation
Leader: God Most High, we gather to honor and glorify you. Receive our invitation to dwell with us. Enfold us in your presence and fill us again with holy awe and mystery. We are yours and we claim you as our God. People: Amen.
Service of Holy Communion
Prayer of Confession
Leader: Blessed One, you created human beings for your glory and pleasure. Forgive us for being self-absorbed and choosing to live solely for ourselves. Forgive us for ignoring the prompting of your Spirit, your purpose for our lives, and for placing our will above yours. Grant us courage to share in Christ’s sufferings, to be his witnesses, and to carry your loving compassion to a hurting world. People: Amen.
Let us take a moment in silence for personal reflection.
Words of Assurance
Leader: As the Body of Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be Christ’s witnesses. Each of us has our own story of what Jesus’ life means for us. Through our stories we can convey hope to the hopeless, joy to the downtrodden, and peace where there is turmoil. Therefore, let us “clothe ourselves in humility,” sharing the Good News of Christ, that we “may all be one.” In this God is well pleased.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
1 This is the prayer they said: We give thanks to you, every life and heart stretches toward you, O name untroubled, honored with the name of God, praised with the name of Holy One.
2 To everyone and everything comes the kindness of the Spirit, and love and desire.
3 And if there is a sweet and simple teaching, it gifts us mind, word, and knowledge: mind, that we may understand you; word, that we may interpret you; knowledge, that we may know you.
4 We rejoice and are enlightened by your knowledge. We rejoice that you have taught us about yourself.
5 We rejoice that in the body you have made us divine* through your knowledge.
6 The thanksgiving of the human who reaches you is this alone: that we know you.
7 We have known you, O light of mind. O light of life, we have known you.
8 O womb of all that grows, we have known you.
9 O womb pregnant with the nature of the Creator, we have known you.
10 O never-ending endurance of the Creator who gives birth, so we worship your goodness.
11 One wish we ask: we wish to be protected in knowledge.
12 One protection we desire: that we not stumble in this life.
13 When they said these things in prayer, they welcomed one another, and they went to eat their holy food, which had no blood in it.
Sharing the Meal
Prayer of Community
All: Gracious and loving God, you have made us one in the body of Christ, and nourished us at your table with holy food and drink. Now hold us close, sending us out into the world in a very different way. We are your people in the world through technology, gentle waves and distanced greetings. That does not diminish our call to be the living, walking and communing Gospel. We shall proclaim your Good News in all that we say and do in the world however we are able. Amen!
Prayers of the People
The Lord’s Prayer
Invitation to the Offering
Leader: The author of 1 Peter 5:6 encourages us to humble ourselves before God so that we may be exalted by God on “the appointed day.” Let us share in today’s offering with humble spirits and generous hearts.
Offertory Instrumental Lynette Tedlund
Prayer of Dedication
Leader: Ever-present and loving God, your Word tells us to cast our cares on you because you care for us. In faith and trust we present these gifts, and ourselves, to you. Bless and multiply them to meet the needs, both hidden and apparent, of your beloved ones. Inspire each of us to live as Christ’s witnesses, today and ever more. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray. People: Amen.
Benediction Leader: Continue to be faithful, remain committed, be witnesses for Christ. For the God of all grace has called you to eternal glory through Jesus Christ, and will fulfill, restore, strengthen, and establish you through suffering and struggle. Go forth from this place, empowered by Christ’s love, with Christ’s name on your lips, the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit in your mind, God’s love in your hearts, God’s beloved ones always in your sight, and God’s still speaking voice in your ear People: Amen.
Participating in Today’s Service Pastor Pam Peterson, Worship Leader Lynette Tedlund, Musician
Witnesses to Hope: Service Prayers was written by the Rev. Renee C. Jackson, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, presently serving as Southeast Area Minister of the Michigan Conference, UCC.
Witnesses to Hope: Service Prayers for the 7th Sunday of Easter was written by the Rev. Renee C. Jackson, Minister for Ministerial Formation, MESA (Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization) Team, UCC.
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