Thanks to all those who checked in last week. I helps me to know how you are doing and that you get these emails. Please, let me know what is happening in your part of the Land of Corona. Also, please, keep Maureen in your prayers as she recovers from surgery; Gae Ann as she recovers from pneumonia; Marvin’s Dad recovering from being in the hospital; Helen as she continues to recover from a stroke; and all who are struggling through this pandemic.
Remember, it is Communion Sunday this week. For those of you attending from home, please consider having something to eat and drink that you can bless and remember. For those in the church building, we will have a little communion to-go package for you.
Two improvements for this week:
- Sound: we have worked on getting the sound on Go To Meeting to be as good as on Facebook. We hope this week will prove our work successful!
- Message to Young Hearts returns with fun August plans — Show and Tell!
Each week we will have a theme and everyone is invited to bring something that represents that theme. You will place a picture and a story in the Chat or Comments of Facebook and/or Go To Meeting. If you send me the something for this Sunday’s theme by Saturday, I may be able to select 1-3 of them to be share live.
This Sunday: Something Shared with you and why it is important (example: I carry a rock from the Dead Sea in my coin purse. It was shared with me when our guide said that we could take a rock with us. It reminds me of my journey there and all the people through the ages that have been there.).
Sunday, August 9, A Boat Story. This could be a story about a toy boat, picture of a boat, book about a boat, your experience on a boat.
Sunday, August 16, Being Kind. Draw a picture, take a picture, write a poem, or tell a story about a time someone surprised you with kindness.
Sunday, August 23, Pieces that make a whole. Show a puzzle that you have put together and what it means to you. This could be a jigsaw puzzle, a crossword puzzle, a wooden 3-D puzzle — any kind of puzzle.
Sunday, August 30,The places we go. Show a path that you have walked that has meaning to you. It could be the labyrinth here at church, a trail in a park, or the sidewalk outside your home. What gives this path meaning?
The bulletin for Sunday worship is also below. Remember worship is seen and heard both on Facebook and Go To Meeting (link below). Please, keep flexible about worshiping in person. If Washington State goes back to Phase 1, we will only have the worship team in the building. We are in this for the long haul.
This Sunday, August 2, we plan to both worship in person as well as on-line. For those who come in person, expect:
- Enter through front door (church wings will both be closed).
- Only the one bathroom by the front doors will be used.
- Temperature and names will be taken at the door.
- Masks are required (we will have masks for forgetful folk).
- Chairs are set at 6’ apart. Please, do not move chairs.
- The Bibles, Hymnals, pens, pencils, coloring pages are all REMOVED from the sanctuary
- There will be absolutely no eating or drinking in the building.
Please, let me know if you are coming in person this Sunday so that I can be certain we have enough chairs set out. Thank you.
Volunteers are still needed to sanitize the bathroom every Sunday. We have volunteers for two Sundays of the month and need two more.
Also, I have recently learned about the projected tsunami of suicides predicted for October through December due to the foreclosures on homes, evictions from apartments, the costs of health care, the loss of jobs, and so much more. We will get through this together! Please, if you or someone you know is talking about harming themselves or feeling hopeless to the point of not wanting to live, call the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish.
Yes, even harder times are ahead. We have come through hard times before and we will do it again!
Every Sunday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PDT)
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Veradale United Church of Christ
An Open & Affirming Congregation
Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
Sunday, August 2, 2020 • 10:30 a.m.
10:30am Worship begins:
God is giving . . all the time! All the time . . . God is giving!
Passing the Peace of Christ and Welcoming the Light of Christ
Hymn:” Break Now the Bread of Life” 321 (NCH)
1.Break now the bread of life, Savior to me, as you once broke the bread beside the sea; Beyond the sacred page I seek you, Lord; my spirit yearns for you, O Living Word.
- Bless now the truth, dear Christ, to me, to me, as you once blessed the bread by Galilee; Then shall all bondage cease, all shackles fall, and I shall find my peace, my all in all.
Response: Amen, amen, amen
A Time of Offering
An Invitation to Share
*Dedication 780 (NCH) Public Domain
Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above, you heavenly hosts: Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.
We offer these tokens of our time, talent, and treasure to your service God. Bless and multiply them that we may bring your compassion and justice to all your creation. Amen
Listening for God
Message to Young Hearts
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Message: Something to Share
Sharing Holy Communion
Those at home have your drink and bread.
Those in church, expect a to-go bag.
Pastor: We gather at this time mindful of the many who have gathered before us and those yet to come. We are grateful that we have this day together. We remember that Jesus walked among our ancestors and the Holy Spirit dwells within us today. We remember that Jesus asked for us to remember him when we eat bread and drink of a cup.
When Jesus and his friends sat together at a Passover meal, Jesus took bread… Do this as often as you drink of it in remembrance of me.” Let us pray.
All: Come, Holy Spirit come. Bless this bread and this cup and all who have gathered here. We offer ourselves as Christ’s body in the world today. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
All: We thank you, God, for your presence known to us in the sharing of this meal and in the sharing of this community. We remember that you are among us still, in each of us, and in all of your creation. Bless us to more fully live as your people. Amen.
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn: “Let Justice Flow Like Streams” 588 (NCH)
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- Let justice flow like streams of sparkling water, pure; enabling growth, refreshing life, abundant, cleansing sure.
- Let righteousness roll on as others’ cares we heed, an ever flowing stream of faith
translated into deed.
- So may God’s plumb line, straight, define our measure true, and justice, right and peace pervade this world our whole life through.
*Benediction and “Love Round”
Love, love, love, love, Christians this is your call. Love your neighbor as yourself for God loves us all.
Please, remember offerings can be given through the church website at https://veradaleucc.org
There is an orange donate button on the right side of the page.
send checks to Veradale UCC, 611N Progress Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99037
Chronicles of Corona
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