May 30, 2021 – “ordinary time” – (Land of Bees & Honey)
THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD
“The Brick Church” / “The Brickless Church”
Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) and welcome to worship. The Brick Church Meeting House remains closed due to coronavirus response measures, and so we invite you to worship with us here — in the Brickless Church.
Whoever you are, wherever you may be (figuratively or literally), you are welcome here.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, May 30, 2021
*Note: Music links marked with an asterisk may be preceded by advertisements. These ads are not part of the service and their presence does not imply endorsement by the church.
May 30, 2021
Rev. Liza B. Knapp
For the Beauty of the Earth
Marc Dancer & Nancy Pond
(lyrics: hymnal #226 / tune:Dix)
Ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you.
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In God’s hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
from Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
read by Liza
Land of Bees and Honey
Honey on my Grave
performed by Red Molly
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 30, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer
PAUSE FOR MEDITATION
SHARING OF GIFTS
Today’s special offering will go to Save the Children, to support their work in caring for children in crisis at the US border. To make a donation, click here and select “Save the Children” from the drop-down menu. For more ways to give, see announcements, below.
We give thanks for the earth
which is your gift to us.
Teach us so to live
that we may in turn become
your gift to the earth.
Accept, we pray, our offerings,
and by your grace bless us all:
those who give,
those who receive,
and those who wait in need.
in Christ’s name / in Love’s name,
God of Small Things
I remember, I believe*
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Images: Oculus Window, Canterbury Cathedral; Bee on Flower, photo by L.Knapp; Winnie the Pooh, illustration by E.H. Shepherd
From the Church Life and Mission Committees
From time to time the Church Life and or/ Mission Committee offer opportunities to donate to organizations outside of our regular ones. Tim Neumann suggested that helping the unfortunate children at the border would be worthy of our assistance. Both committees agreed, and felt that Save the Children would offer the most help for these children as it directly advocates for the children by making their spaces as child friendly as possible, offers psychological assistance, makes sure they are properly fed, assists in locating their family, etc., etc while working with the Border Patrol. We are offering 3 ways to donate:
- Through the May 23 outdoor church service
- Through Breeze, click on the link and choose Save the Children from the drop-down menu: https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online
- Through a check to the church with “Children at the US Border Crisis” in the memo
The Mission Committee is adding $100 from its budget towards this cause.
The First Church of Deerfield
an inclusive, inquisitive congregation of
the United Church of Christ
and the Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton