How is it going in your part of the Land of Corona? Please, let me know.
A question from our Moderator, Wayne Shull: “What motivates you to be giving of time, talent, and/or treasure to support Veradale UCC?”
Please, write a paragraph or two and return it in an email. I will give these to Wayne who would like to have some to read every Sunday this month. Thanks!
This Sunday, we continue worshiping through Zoom, Facebook, in person (please, let me know if you will be in-person), and through “Radio Daniel” our parking lot FM station 89.3 FM where you can listen to the worship service from your car radios in the church parking lot, the school parking lot, the street parking in front of the church and the school yard across the street. If you want to get out of the house, keep healthy distancing, and listen to church — try our parking lot on Sunday morning!
The bulletin for Sunday worship is also below. Remember worship is seen and heard both on Facebook and ZOOM (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.
Truthful Tuesday Vigil and Grieving Together Vigil information is below.
Sunday Worship on ZOOM
Every Sunday 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PDT)
Sunday Worship-Veradale UCC
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Meeting ID: 985 8122 3201
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, October 11, 2020 • 10:30 a.m.
10:30am Worship begins:
God is with us. . . all the time! All the time . . . God is with us!
Passing the Peace of Christ and Welcoming the Light of Christ
Hymn: “Sweet Hour of Prayer” 505 (NCH)
1 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! that calls me from a world of care, and bids me at my Maker’s throne make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by your return, sweet hour of prayer!
2 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! the joys I feel, the bliss I share of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires for your return! With them I hasten to the place where I would know my Savior’s face, and gladly take my station there, and wait for you, sweet hour of prayer!
3 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! whose wings shall my petition bear to One whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless. And since I’m bid to seek God’s face, believe God’s word, and trust God’s grace, I’ll cast on away my every care, and wait for you, sweet hour of prayer!
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.
Beloved God, we thank you for the blessing to be able to give. May all that we have, all that we are, and all that we do bring forth your vision of a just and compassionate world. Amen
Listening for God
The Experience of Generosity
Philippians 4:1-9 New Revised Standard Version
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Matthew 22:1-14 New Revised Standard Version
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Message: Think about These Things
Our Light moves into the World God Loves
Hymn: “I Want Jesus to Go with Me” 490 (NCH)
1 I want Jesus to go with me; I want Jesus to go with me; all along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to go with me.
2 In my trials, Lord, O comfort me; in my trials, Lord, O comfort me; when my heart is almost breaking, Lord, I want Jesus to O comfort me.
3 When I’m in trouble, Lord, O stay with me; when I’m in trouble, Lord, O stay with me; when my head is bowed in sorrow, Lord, I want Jesus to stay with me.
*Benediction and “Love Round”
Love, love, love, love, Christians this is your call. Love your neighbor as yourself for God loves us all.
Truthful Tuesday Vigil, October 13, 5pm to 5:50pm
with Ann Murphy, Antje Cripe, and Paul Benz “The Vote”
Here’s the Oct. 13 Truthful Tuesday Zoom registration:
4:50 Gather on Zoom or in Parking Lot at Veradale UCC or on Facebook
5:00 pm Opening Statements
Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience opening statement
5:05 pm Messages concerning voting
In Washington State: Ann Murphy, League of Women Voters, Spokane
In Idaho: Antje Cripe, League of Women Voters, Coeur d’Alene
After voting: Paul Benz, Faith Action Network
5:35pm Questions moderated by Tracy Simmons of Spokane Faith and Values
5:55 pm Ringing of bell for grief and truth and silence
5:58 Closing words from FLLC.
Next Truthful Tuesday, November 10, guest is Marian Beaumeir, Words for the Disheartened
Grieving Together Vigils every Tuesday in October from 6pm to 6:30pm
The Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience had their first of our Grieving Together Vigils this past Tuesday at our church. There were electronic glitches. However, I have used the audio with some images to create this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef-nRfBQ6uM This will give you a sense of what we are doing.
I will send you the Zoom registration link as soon as I have it.
Draft program for October 13, 2020, 6pm to 6:30pm
6pm opening words TBD
6:05pm Words from Austen Louden, healthcare professional
6:15 Sharing of poems, and thoughts that are called in to 509-926-7173 or emailed before the vigil to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:20pm Lighting of flameless candles and tying of ribbons.
6:25pm Ringing of the church bell, Jan Young
and closing words TBD
6:30pm Leave in silence
We now have 100 purple cloth masks. They are a blending of red and blue to make purple and, thus, a statement of our sorrow and of our hope to create unity.
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
on Facebook every Tuesday morning from 9am to 9:25am https://www.facebook.com/VeradaleUCC/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish.