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January 16, 2022 – Gifts of the Spirit

ORDER OF WORSHIP
January 16, 2022

 

 

PRELUDE

Prelude   Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern  Hugo Distler, 1933
“How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”
Thomas Pousont, organ

CALL TO WORSHIP

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and the princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

(Howard Thurman 1899-1981)

HYMN

Hymn   O Morning Star How Fair and Bright 
(Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern)
Dorian Pousont, vocalist

1st READING
The Gospel According to Luke 4: 16-21

When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of grace and glory,
forgive us our timid response
to your call to discipleship.
Pour your power on us
and on the whole church,
so that we will desire
the things you desire for us:
freedom from our many fears,
fearless trust in you,
joy in one another,
clear vision, bold speech,
and new strength
for confronting the evils around us.
We ask in the name of Jesus,
who calls us to follow him today.

Amen.

(Prayer by Mary Luti)

 

2nd READING

The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 12:1-13

READ FOR YOU BY LIZA

 

…Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses…

 

PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

What gifts of the Spirit do you discern in your own Beloved Community? To whom do you turn for wisdom, or for knowledge? for healing, or for discernment? for music, or laughter, or a listening ear? Pause a moment to remember, and give thanks.

 

3rd READING

Bernard of Clairvaux, On Loving God (12th c. CE)

You must know, then, what you are, and that it is not of yourself that you are what you are, lest either you not glory at all, or glory in vain…. We must vigilantly guard against this ignorance, by which we might perceive ourselves as less than we really are, or by which we might grant to ourselves more than we ought, when we wrongly think that the good which is in us, is also from us.

PAUSE FOR MEDITATION

Consider what gifts of the Spirit have been given to you. When have others turned to you? Pause a moment to remember, and give thanks.

SERMON

Gifts of the Spirit
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

ANTHEM

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern   Michael Praetorius, 1604
Dorian Pousont & Thomas Pousont, vocalists

PASTORAL PRAYER / DISCIPLES’ PRAYER

January 16, 2022

OFFERING
The Mission Committee is asking for donations towards church sponsored Community Meals. The church is currently paying for the hire of a restaurant to provide the meal. Any donations will help with that cost.  You may pay by checks (made out to the First Church of Deerfield with “Community Meals” in the memo line) or by Online donation through Breeze (click HERE and choose “Community Meals”)

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Accept, we pray, these gifts
which we have received freely from your hand
and which we now return freely into your hands,

and with them, our hope:
that through these offerings,
we may become part of your answer
to the cries of this world
and a part of the new world to come

made known to us through Jesus,
your child and our brother.

In his name,
and by all your holy names,
we pray.

Amen.

(UCC book of worship, adapt.)

BENEDICTION

For all that God can do without us,
For all that God can do within us,
Thanks be to God.
For all in whom Christ lived before us,
For all in whom Christ lives beside us,
 Thanks be to God.
For what the Spirit wants to give us,
For where the Spirit wants to send us
Thanks be to God.

(Iona Community)

POSTLUDE

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern  Hugo Distler, 1933

 

January 9, 2022 – Epiphany

ORDER OF WORSHIP


January 9, 2022 – Epiphany

 

 

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

January 9, 2022
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

PRELUDE

Noël – Josef est bien marié Claude Balbastre

“Joseph is well-married”
Thomas Pousont, organ

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Arise, shine: for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples:

But the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.

(Isaiah 60:1-2)

 

HYMN

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Thomas & Dorian Pousont, vocalists

 

 

READING

The Gospel According to Matthew 2:1-12

read by Sally Laubin

 

SERMON

Change of Plans

Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

 

POEM

Word for the Magi
a poem by Elizabeth Jennings

‘Shall I bring you wisdom, shall I bring you power?”
The first great stranger said to the child.
Then he noticed something he’d never felt before—
A wish in himself to be innocent and mild.

‘Shall I bring your glory, shall I bring you peace?”
The second great stranger said when he saw
The star shine down on entire helplessness.
The gift that he offered was his sense of awe.

‘Shall I show you riches’ the third one began
Then stopped in terror because he had seen
A God grown-up and a tired tempted man.
‘Suffering’s my gift’ he said
‘That is what I mean.’

 

 

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

This week, in addition to our pledges and offerings, we are receiving donations for the Franklin County Community Meal Program and food pantry. To give online, click here and choose “FCCMP” from the menu. If you would like to make a gift in kind of non-perishable groceries, they may be delivered curbside at the Brick Church on Tuesday, Jan 11, 1-1:30pm.

 

HYMN OF OFFERING

As With Gladness Men of Old

Thomas & Dorian Pousont, vocalists

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 

Holy One, some of us have travelled far to find you,

and some of us have long roads ahead.

But we step forward in faith, O God,

that at the end of all our journeying

We shall find you waiting for us.

You are our beginning, and our ending,

and all our days we dedicate to you.

May the offerings of our hands,

the prayers of our heart,

and the steps of our feet,

bring us ever closer to that kingdom

where love is Lord of all.

Amen.

 

 

EPIPHANY BENEDICTION

May the light of God guide you in your journey,
may the Spirit give you gifts in abundance to share,
and may the love of Christ fill your hearts with wonder,
this day and evermore,
Amen.

 

POSTLUDE

Noël                Jean-Baptiste Loeillet

Marc Dancer, recorder

 

 

 

November 28, 2021 – Advent I (Come Again)

THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD

The Brick Church  /The Brick-less Church

 

Whoever you are, wherever you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

 

We ask that all members and guests wear masks throughout the service.

We ask also that you refrain from singing; humming is permitted during hymns.

ORDER OF WORSHIP

November 27, 2021 – Advent I

 

Today’s readers and candle-lighters are Tim N. and Tom M.

For reasons of safety due to Covid, today’s Interlude has been pre-recorded.

 

PRELUDE

 

Adagio   Pietro Nardini
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

 

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN

 

Watchman, tell us of the night; what its signs and promise are.
Traveler, o’er yon mountain height, see that glory-beaming star!
Watchman, does its beauteous ray aught of joy or hope foretell?
Traveler, yes: it brings the day, promised day of Israel.

 

LIGHTING OF THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE

We invite you to light a candle at home, as part of your worship.

 

One candle is a fragile defense,
against the darkness of a winter night.
But one candle can kindle another,
and so bring light to the world.

 

God of Advent, kindle within our hearts a flame of hope.

 

We light this candle in hope.   {1st candle is lit}

 

 

FIRST READING

 

from V’al Hanissim, traditional Hanukkah prayer

 

[We thank you] for the miracles and for the redemption and for the mighty deeds and for the saving acts and for the victories that you wrought for our ancestors in those days at this time.

In the days of Mattathias son of Yohanan the high priest, the Hasmonean, and his sons, when an evil kingdom stood against your people Israel in order to make them forget your Torah and violate your laws,

You, in your enormous mercy, stood up for them in their time of great need, upheld their cause, judged their case, and avenged their oppressors.

You delivered the mighty into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few, the impure into the hands of the pure, the wicked into the hands of the righteous, and the degenerates into the hands of those who cling to your Torah;

And you made for yourself a great and holy name in your world, and performed a great deliverance and miracle for your people Israel; as you do today.

And afterward, your children came to the Holy of Holies in your House, and they cleansed your Palace and purified your Temple. And they kindled lights in the courtyard of your Sanctuary, and they established these eight days of Hanukkah, to give thanks and to praise your great name.

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
Psalm 25 (NRSV, adapt.)

 

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;  teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord; remember your steadfast love.

For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.

Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

O guard my life, and deliver me, for I take refuge in you.

May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

Redeem the nation, O God, out of all its troubles, for your goodness’ sake.

 

INTERLUDE

 

Veni, Veni Emmanuel     trad., 12th century

sung by Stephen, Choral Scholar

 

SECOND READING
The Gospel According to Luke, 21:25-36

 

 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

SERMON

 

Come Again
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

(an Advent prayer by Walter Brueggemann)

 

In our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will.
And in this privileged place
we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we
and by those who despair more deeply than do we.
Look upon your church and its pastors
in this season of hope
which runs so quickly to fatigue
and in this season of yearning
which becomes so easily quarrelsome.
Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edges of our fingertips.
We do not want our several worlds to end.
Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new.
Amen.

 

 

RESPONSE

 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
who mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

OFFERING OF GIFTS

 

OFFERTORY

 

Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme   J.G. Walther

 

DOXOLOGY

 

Praise God from whom all blessing flow,
Praise God all creatures here below
God’s praise ye hosts on high proclaim
Who doth create, redeem, sustain.

 

ADVENT DEDICATION
from Jan L. Richardson, Night Visions

 

Ancient One
who makes all things new,
may we receive with gentleness
and touch with hopefulness
and protect with fierceness
and love with tenderness:
and may we celebrate with gratefulness
and welcome with humbleness
and tend with gracefulness
all that you give
into our care.

 

HYMN

 

Watchman, tell us of the night, higher yet that star ascends.
Traveler, blessedness and light, peace and truth its course portends.
Watchman, will its beams alone gild the spot that gave them birth?
Traveler, ages are its own; see, it bursts o’er all the earth!

 

A CELTIC BENEDICTION

 

may the blessing of light be upon you
light without, and light within

may the blessed sunlight shine on you
and warm your heart

until it glows like a peat fire

 

so that a stranger come
and may be warmed by it

and, also, a friend

 

 

POSTLUDE

 

God Gave To Us This Glorious Day   J.G. Walther

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS !!

The Brick-less Church presents: 
A Virtual Advent Calendar!

Each evening at 8pm, from December 1st through December 25th, those who wish may receive a special Advent Calendar email to open.

Each of these digital “windows” will contain a poem, an image, or a music link, each selected by the pastor or a member of the Brick Church community. Our hope is that these “treats” will help us to pause and experience the hope, peace, and mystery of Advent.

If you would like to contribute an item (poem, picture, or music link) to be included in the Advent Calendar, or if you would like to be added to the Calendar mailing list, please email Pastor Liza.

 

The First Church of Deerfield

PO Box 276, Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342

office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org / (413) 773-5323

November 7, 2021 – Remembrance of All Souls

Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) and welcome to worship. 
Whoever you are, wherever you may be (figuratively or literally), you are welcome here.

ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, November 7, 2022

Remembrance of All Souls

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come now, and worship, but do not come alone;
bring with you all the souls you have loved–
for God knows them well,
and welcomes them all.

PRELUDE

Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott   Johann Pachelbel
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

READING

from Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.  And God will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; God will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have been waiting, for You.

 

RAISING OF THE PRAYER FLAGS

(to view the flag raising, click here)
Flags of Remembrance, 2021

(to sing along with choir members, click here)
For All the Saints   (Tune: Sine Nomine)

 

READING

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-6

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to scatter the stones, and a time to gather them together…
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to let go.

READING

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and every sin that entangles us, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

PRESENTATION OF CROSS

From the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, Massachusetts
Barbara Alden

 

 

PRAYER
from Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

READING

Sonnet 71 of William Shakespeare

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell;
Nay, if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it; for I love you so,
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O, if (I say) you look upon this verse,
When I (perhaps) compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse,
But let your love even with my life decay,
Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
And mock you with me after I am gone.

 

REFLECTION

may their memory be a blessing

AFFIRMATION OF REMEMBRANCE

(by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer)

At the rising sun and at its going down: We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter: We remember them.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring: We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer; We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn: We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends: We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us:

We remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength: We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart: We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make: We remember them.

When we have joy we crave to share: We remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on theirs: We remember them.

For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us:

We remember them.

SHARING OF OUR GIFTS

(To make a donation to support the ministry of the First Church of Deerfield, click here.)

 

OFFERTORY ANTHEM

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit    arr. William Grant Still
The First Church of Deerfield Choir

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 We place our offerings in your hands, O Beloved.
Bless these small gifts, that they might become
the seeds of a greater harvest
of blessing and hope for your people.
In (Christ’s/Love’s) name, Amen.

 

HYMN

Be Still My Soul
Tom, Marc, Karen, and Nancy, vocals

 

POSTLUDE

Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott   J.G. Walther

ANNOUNCEMENTS !!


Sunday, November 14

Join us for a musical treat! Our organist Tom Pousont will be joined by guest musician Alice Robbins playing viola da gamba. At this service we will collect donations of non-perishable food for the Franklin Community Meal Program.

Sunday, November  21
There will be no worship at the Brick Church on November 21, as we gather instead via Zoom for our annual “seder” – a Thanksgiving celebration of feasting, friendship, and story-telling. Watch for more details coming next week!

 

October 31, 2021 – Hallowe’en

THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD
The Brick Church  / The Brick-less Church
Whoever you are, wherever you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, October 31, 2021

 

PRELUDE
Pastorale     Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

CALL TO WORSHIP

 Love is the Spirit of this church,
and service its law.
This is our covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek truth in love,
And to help our neighbor.

HYMN (559)

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s redeeming love.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the Way I love;
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it; Seal it for thy courts above.

 

RESPONSIVE PRAYER OF CONFESSION
(This morning’s prayer of confession is drawn from the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism and from the Gospel According to Mark 9:24)
Congregational response (after each statement): “help our unbelief”

We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person;
We believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
We believe in acceptance and encouragement of one another;
We believe in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
We believe in the right of conscience, and in the democratic process;
We believe in the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
We believe in respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.

We believe; help our unbelief.

INTERLUDE

Dona Nobis Pacem        Trad. (attrib. to Mozart)
The Deerfield Choral Scholars: Christopher, Maddalena, & Stephen
(due to Covid safety measures, this musical offering has been pre-recorded)

 

READING, REFLECTION, AND HYMN

READING
Mark 9: 14-28

REFLECTION
If the Great Pumpkin Comes
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

HYMN (286)

If you will trust in God to guide you, and hope in God through all your ways,
God will give strength, whate’er betide you, and bear you through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love, builds on the rock that will not move.

Sing, pray, and keep God’s ways unswerving; so do your own part faithfully,
and trust God’s word; though undeserving, you’ll find God’s promise true to be.
God never will forsake in need the soul that trusts in God indeed.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Mary Dancer

OFFERTORY & DOXOLOGY
A Dorian Prelude Flor Peeters

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

We offer these gifts in Faith,
believing that you will provide for us, according to our needs;

We offer these gifts in Hope,
believing that the seeds we scatter will bear fruit, according to their kinds;

We offer these gifts with Love,
believing there is no gift greater, than Love.

In the name of Christ, In the name of Love,
Amen

PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

HYMN, BENEDICTION, & POSTLUDE

 

HYMN (tune: 559)

Sent to share the Spirit’s blessing, we go forth renewed, restored,
humbled by the task before us, strengthened by the love outpoured.
Finding faith confirmed in action, led by hope through each new day,
we are called to be God’s people, living as we sing and pray.

BENEDICTION

Believe the day is coming, when God’s
Believe the day is coming, when Christ’s compassion will fill the world.
Believe the day is coming,

(by M. Luti, adapted)

POSTLUDE
March (1955)         Flor Peeters

 

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The First Church of Deerfield  is an inclusive, inquisitive, open-and-affirming congregation
of the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association

PO Box 276, Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342

office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org / (413) 773-5323

Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor – deerfieldpastor@gmail.com / (413) 768-9412

Dr. Thomas Pousont, Organist and Director of Music Ministry

Pat Auchard, Administrator  – Tom Mershon, Sexton – Rev. Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

October 24, 2021

THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD

The Brick Church  / The Brick-less Church

Whoever you are, wherever you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

We ask that all members and guests wear masks throughout the service.

We ask also that you refrain from singing; humming is permitted during hymns.

 

ORDER OF WORSHIP
October 24, 2021

PRELUDE

Elevation – Tierce en Taille     François Couperin
Thomas Pousont, organ

 
CALL TO WORSHIP

(From Psalm 146)

Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord their God:

who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry;
who sets the prisoners free;
who opens the eyes of the blind;
who lifts up those who are bowed down;
who loves the righteous;
who watches over the strangers;
who upholds the orphan and the widow;
who frustrates the ways of the wicked;
who reigns forever, for all generations.

Praise the Lord! 

 

HYMN (642)

(to hear the tune, click here)

Be thou my vision, O joy of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

 

READING

As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When Bartimaeus heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.        (Mark 10: 46-52, NRSV)

 

PRAYER

(by Richard of Chichester, 1197-1253)

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

 

ANTHEM

A Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester     L.J. White
Karen & Liz, sopranos

 

SERMON

Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

(Bartimaeus casting off his cloak – sculpture by Gordon Brewster)

 

HYMN (642, continued)

Great God of heaven, when vict’ry is won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Mary Dancer

 

SHARING OF GIFTS

(to make a gift to the First Church of Deerfield, click here)

DOXOLOGY

(to hear the tune, click here)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise God all creatures here below,
God’s praise ye host on high proclaim,
who doth create, redeem, sustain.

PRAYER

We offer these gifts, and with them this prayer:
That those who receive, and those who give,
might be one. In Christ’s/ Love’s name, Amen.

 

HYMN

(to hear the tune, click here)

Live into hope of captives freed,
of sight regained, the end of greed.
The oppressed shall be the first to see
the year of God’s own jubilee!

Live into hope of liberty,
the right to speak, the right to be,
the right to have one’s daily bread,
to hear God’s word and thus be fed.

 

BENEDICTION

May God bless you and keep you
May God’s face shine upon you
and be gracious unto you
May God look upon you with kindness
and give you peace.
Amen.

POSTLUDE

Trumpet Tune    Henry Purcell

 

 

The First Church of Deerfield  is an inclusive, inquisitive, open-and-affirming congregation
of the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association

PO Box 276, Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org / (413) 773-5323
Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor – deerfieldpastor@gmail.com / (413) 768-9412
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Organist and Director of Music Ministry
Pat Auchard, Administrator  – Tom Mershon
Sexton – Rev. Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

June 13, 2021 – Being Good Ancestors, Part I (Forever Stamps and Permanent Tattoos)

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, June 13, 2021

 

PRELUDE
Prelude    Lied   Louis Viverne
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

WELCOME
June 13, 2021
Rev. Liza B.Knapp

HYMN
Hymn  As Those of Old Their First Fruits Brought
Marc Dancer, soloist

 

READING

Psalm 90,  verses 1-13
You may listen to the psalm here, or read it aloud. If you are worshipping with a friend, we invite you to read it responsively, with one reading the italics.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us back to dust,
and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are consumed by your anger;
by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
our years come to an end like a sigh.
The days of our life are seventy years,
or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then their span is only toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Who considers the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.

 

 

ANTHEM
Anthem  No Longer Mourn For Me   Shakespeare/ Charles H.H. Parry
Stephen Morris, Choral Scholar;  Yu-Mei Wei, piano

THREE READINGS ON TIME

I.
Consider the earth’s history as the old measure of the English yard, the distance from the kings nose to the tip of his outstretched hand. One stroke of a nail file on his middle finger erases human history.
(John McPhee)

II.
Most educated people are aware that we are the outcome of nearly 4,000,000,000 years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are some help the combination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. It will not be humans who watch the sun’s demise, 6 billion years from now ….
(Martin Rees, astrophysicist)

III.

Eternity is not infinity.
It is not a long time.
It does not begin at the end of time.
It does not run parallel to time.
In its entirety it always was.
In its entirety it will always be.
It is entirely always present.

(Wendell Berry,
from This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems)

 

 

SERMON
Forever Stamps and Permanent Tattoos
Rev. Liza Knapp

 

A PAUSE FOR MEDITATION

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings, that you are mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them?
 (Psalm 8)

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Eternal One: You give to us the gift of Time,
so that our lives may unfold
as a song, or a flower.

But often we see time as our enemy.

For hours that we have squandered,
which we might instead of savored: forgive us.
For kindness as we have postponed,
which we might instead of rendered: forgive us.
For changes we have delayed,
which we might instead of he said: forgive us.

Teach us to befriend your gift of time.

We place in your hands
not only our future, but also our past;
trusting in your everlasting love,
to bless and redeem them both.

amen.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
June 13, 2021

  https://youtu.be/sPhLCx5kZQs
shared by Mary Dancer

 

SHARING OF GIFTS
To make a donation
to the First Church of Deerfield
(aka “The Brick Church,” aka “The Brick-less Church”),
click here.
For more ways to give, see announcements, below.

 

ANTHEM
Anthem  Du bist wie eine Blume  Robert Schumann
Christopher Gergis, Choral Scholar; Thomas Pousont, piano

 

OFFERING PRAYER

Bless these our offerings,
that they might serve your people,
and bring your healing love
to the places it is needed most.

in Christ’s name / in Love’s name,
amen

 

HYMN
Hymn   Eternal, Unchanging We Sing
Karen Smith Emerson, soloist

 

BENEDICTION
(Wendell Berry)

The seed is in the ground.
Now may we rest in hope
While darkness does its work.

Amen.

 

POSTLUDE
Postlude   Trumpet March  Jeremiah Clark
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ 

Images:
Brick Church Window, L. Knapp
Ancient Yew Tree, Church of St. Cynog, Powys, Wales – estimated age > 5000 years
Bristlecone Pine, National Forest, Madera County, California – estimated age >5000 year
Baobab Trees by starlight, photograph by Beth Moon. Baobabs may live 2000-3000 years
Walking under Baobab trees, photograph by Yasmine Arfaoui, unsplash.com

 

FURTHER EXPLORATION

For more astonishing images of ancient trees by photographer Beth Moon
click here

 

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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

July 18, 2021 – Unassimilated

The First Church of Deerfield, Massachusetts

The music for this morning’s service is pre-recorded.
Our thanks to Marc Dancer, our worship DJ, and to the recording artists, local and distant.

 

PRELUDE
Andante Tranquillo from Sonata III (Bartholdi Mendelssohn)
Tom Pousont, organ

 

 WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Joe Durham, moderator 

 

CALL  & INVOCATION (responsive)
(from Spaciousfaith.com, adapted)

Some of us are exhausted.       We come to rest.
Some of us are curious.           We come to learn.
Some of us are hungry.           We come to be fed.
Some of us are disoriented.     We come to pray.
Some of us are broken.           We come to be healed.
All of us are beloved.             We come to love.

From east and west, from north and south,
we gather together in common prayer:
Teach us, feed us, hear us, heal us.
Grant us your peace. Amen.

 

1st READING
Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3:26-29

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. (NRSV trans.)

 

ANTHEM
In Christ there is no East or West (MCKEE)
sung by the choir of St Martin in the Fields

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
listen here or read below

Heart of Courage, Heart of Compassion,
you call us to love both neighbor and self;
but we confess, we are afraid to bridge the gap.
We long for unconditional love,
but we offer our own with strings attached.
We long to be included,
but we deny the subtle ways that we exclude others.
We build walls to shut out the stranger,
and so imprison ourselves as well.

Forgive our narrowness of heart.
Cast out our fear, and free us to live at peace,
both with the Other, and with our Self. Amen.

{a time for silent prayer follows}

 

2nd READING
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2:11-22
read by deacon Jean Turner

 

REFLECTION
Unassimilated
Rev. Liza B. Knapp, pastor

 

ANTHEM
Ubi Caritas (Dufle)
sung by the Choir of St. John’s Elora

Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear and love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
deacon Mary Dancer

 

THE DISCIPLE’S PRAYER (unison)
Our (Father / Mother / God), 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

OFFERTORY ANTHEM
United We Are (Boyd/Manor)
sung by the Choirs of Deerfield Academy and The First Church of Deerfield

 

DEDICATION (responsive)

Make of these gifts, one gift —
not ours alone, but ours together.
May our shared offering be a sign
of our solidarity with one another,
and with all who, like us, are in need
of love, of compassion, of friendship.
Amen.

 

BENEDICTION
God be with you til we meet again
The First Church of Deerfield Choir

 

POSTLUDE
Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich (Walther)
Thomas Pousont, organ

 

The service is over;
Let our service begin.
The Church will now leave the building.

July 11, 2021 – The Church is in the House

 

 

ORDER OF WORSHIP

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Note about today’s music: We include today two different choral settings of the same Latin text, “Locus iste…”, which means, “This is the place that God has made.” Traditionally sung at the anniversary of the dedication of a house of worship, it seemed an appropriate choice; for today, we returned to our Brick Church Meetinghouse after more than a year’s absence.

PRELUDE 

Ein feste burg (Walther)

Tom Pousont, organ; recorded October, 2020

 

WORDS OF WELCOME

July 11, 2021

 

CALL  TO WORSHIP

Psalm 122: 1-2

I was glad when they said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

Our feet are standing

within your gates, O Jerusalem.

 

READING 

1st Chronicles 17: 1-15

read here

 

ANTHEM

Locus Iste (Bruckner)

performed by Tenebrae

 

“This place was made by God”

 

SERMON

The Church is in the House

Rev. Liza Knapp, pastor

 

BLESSING OF THE HOUSE

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

July 11, 2021

Mary Dancer, deacon

 

THE DISCIPLE’S PRAYER

Our (Father / Mother / God), 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

SHARED CONFESSION

Iona Community, adapted

 

Before God, with the people of God, I confess to my brokenness,

and to the ways that I have wounded myself, my neighbors, and our world.

May God forgive you, renew you, and enable you to grow in love. Amen.

 

OFFERING

In addition to tithes and offerings to the church, today we receive and bless donations of food and financial support for the Franklin County Community Meal Program. To make an online donation to the meal program, CLICK HERE and select “FCCMP” from the drop-down menu. To make an online donation to the Church, select “CHURCH DONATION.”

 

OFFERTORY ANTHEM

Locus iste (Mealor)

performed by Voces 8

 

 DEDICATION

 

We offer our grateful thanks

for this place of shelter

given to us by those who came before.

We offer our gifts

in hope that they in turn

may offer shelter.

In Christ’s/Love’s name,

Amen.

 

CHORAL BENEDICTION

First Church of Deerfield Choir

 

God be with you til we meet again

Loving arms surround, uphold you

With a shepherd’s care enfold you

God be with you til we meet again

 

 

POSTLUDE

La Rejouissance

Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel)

Tom Pousont, organ;

Thomas Bergeron, trumpet;

recorded April, 2020

 

 

CHARGE

The service is over;

Let our service begin.

The Church will now leave the building.

 

June 27, 2021 – Being Good Ancestors, Pt III (The Prodigal’s Inheritance)

ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Whoever you are, wherever you may be on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.

 

CALL AND INVOCATION
Psalm 24, adapted

The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;
the world, and all who dwell therein.

For God has founded it upon the seas,
and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Holy One?
or who shall stand in God’s holy place?

Let this be the generation of them that seek You;
O Beloved, may your face shine upon us!

 

HYMN 

All Creatures of our God and King
Karen Smith Emerson, soloist; Tom Pousont, organ

 

READING & REFLECTION

Inheritance
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Wendell Berry, adapted

It is the destruction of the world
in our own lives that drives us
half insane, and more than half.

To destroy that which we were given
in trust: how will we bear it?

It is our own bodies that we give
to be broken, our bodies
existing before and after us
in clod and cloud, worm and tree,
that we, driving or driven, despise
in our greed to live, our haste
to die. 

To have lost, wantonly,
the ancient forests, the vast grasslands
is our madness, the presence
in our very bodies of our grief.

 

(A time for silence follows)

 

 

HYMN
We cannot Own the Sunlit Skies
Sung by the virtual choir of Payton Park UCC, Belmont, MA

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
June 27, 2021
Sally Laubin

 

OFFERING

To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield  (aka “The Brick Church,” aka “The Brick-less Church”), click here

 

DOXOLOGY
Thomas Pousont, organ

 

BLESSING OF GIFTS

All good gifts around us come from you,
Creator, Wellspring, Ground of Being.
May we, your people, made of earth and clay,
become good gifts to one another;
as you intended us to be.

Bless these gifts;
bless those who give
and bless those who receive
with abundant life.

By all your holy names we pray,
Amen.

 

BENEDICTION

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back,
may the sun shine warm on your face,
may the rain fall soft on your fields.

May God hold us tenderly in the palm of Her hand,
and may we hold God’s creation tenderly in ours.

 

POSTLUDE HYMN
What a wonderful world
Sung by Louis Armstrong

 

Prodigal Son by Pompeo Battoni (18th c.)

image: The Prodigal Son, by Pompeo Batoni

June 20, 2021 – Being Good Ancestors, Pt II (Legacies)

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, June 20, 2021

The First Church of Deerfield
Order of Worship for June 20, 2021

Whoever you are, wherever you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Prelude

My Lord, What a Morning
as performed by Jessye Norman (1972)

Call to Worship

This morning marks the most ancient of feasts:
the longest of days, the shortest of nights –
although elsewhere, it is the reverse.
Winter is past, and summer is here.
Summer is here, but winter is coming.
God of all seasons, of shadow and light,
be with us on this day, in this light,
as we give thanks for the turning of the year.

1st Reading

Psalm 78, verses 1-8
as read by Liza Knapp

2nd Reading

2nd Kings 2: 1-14
as read by Tim Neumann

Reflection

Legacies
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

Prayer of Confession and Hope

God of the past, present and future:
Have mercy on us

For we have repeated the errors of our ancestors.
and have invented new errors of our own
and we have passed them on,
for our children to bear.

In our grief, we turn to you
remembering your mercy
and your steadfast love
to all generations.

We ask your forgiveness and your blessing,
Bless the past, bless the present,
and bless, O God, the days to come.
Amen.

Anthem

Breaths
as performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock (1988)

Prayers of the People

June 20, 2021
Mary Dancer

Offering

We do not inherit this world from our ancestors;
we borrow it, from our children.

To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield  (aka “The Brick Church,” aka “The Brick-less Church”), click here

Dedication

Bless these gifts with your spirit,
that they may follow where it blows,
to those most in need of its refreshing touch.

Benediction

May the God of our ancestors,
bless our days and our nights,
our winter and summer,
our past, present and future.

Bless the sun in its shining,
the earth in its turning,
the seasons in their changing,
and our lives in their passing,
from generation to generation,
Amen.

Postlude

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Etta James (1983)


June 6, 2021 (Sabbath and Healing)

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, June 6, 2021

PRELUDE
Prelude   Salve    Sebastiàn Aguilera de Heridia
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Even in the desert,
even in the wilderness,
sabbath comes.
May you keep it.
Light the candles,
say the prayers:

Welcome, sabbath.
Welcome, rest.
Enter in
and be our guest.

Jan Richardson

 

HYMN
Hymn #217 All Creatures of Our God and King  vv. 1-2
Karen Smith Emerson, soprano

 

FIRST READING
Genesis 2:1- 3 (NRSV)

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

 

REFLECTION ON THE FIRST READING
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel, The Sabbath

The words: “On the seventh day God finished His work” (Genesis 2:2), seem to be a puzzle. Is it not said: “He rested on the seventh day”?…We would surely expect the Bible to tell us that on the sixth day God finished His work. Obviously, the ancient rabbis concluded, there was an act of creation on the seventh day. Just as heaven and earth were created in six days, menuha was created on the Sabbath. “After the six days of creation—what did the universe still lack? Menuha. Came the Sabbath, came menuha, and the universe was complete.” Menuha which we usually render with “rest” means here much more than withdrawal from labor and exertion, more than freedom from toil, strain or activity of any kind. Menuha is not a negative concept but something real and intrinsically positive. This must have been the view of the ancient rabbis if they believed that it took a special act of creation to bring it into being, that the universe would be incomplete without it.

ANTHEM
Anthem   Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel   African-American Spiritual

Maddalena Honablue, soprano

 

SECOND READING

Mark 2:23 – 3:6

One sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Again Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

REFLECTION ON THE SECOND READING
Healing and Sabbath
Rev. Knapp

(Mulyadi, unsplash.com)

 

 

BLESSING

Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

— Jan Richard

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
   June 6, 2021  
shared by Mary Dancer

 

SHARING OF GIFTS
To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield (aka “The Brick Church,” aka “The Brick-less Church”),
click here
.
For more ways to give, see announcements, below.

 

OFFERING PRAYER

Bless these our offerings,
that they might serve your people,
and bring your healing love
to the places it is needed most.

in Christ’s name / in Love’s name,
amen

 

HYMN
Hymn #626  I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Marc Dancer, bass

 

BENEDICTION
Early Scottish Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of peace to you, forever.

 

POSTLUDE
Postlude     Tiento de Falsas     Pablo Bruna

 

 

 ***********

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From the Mission Committee

This month’s non-perishable food collection will be held Tuesday,  June 8, at the church from 1 – 1:30.  Joe and Nancy Durham will be there to receive your donation! Thank you!

The First Church of Deerfield
an inclusive, inquisitive, open-and-affirming
congregation of the United Church of Christ
and the Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Liza B. Knapp, Pastor
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

 

 

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.

 

WELCOME
May 30, 2021
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

HYMN
For the Beauty of the Earth
Marc Dancer & Nancy Pond
(lyrics: hymnal #226 / tune:Dix)

 

FIRST READING
Job 12:7-10

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.

 

SECOND READING
from Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
read by Liza

 

 

SERMON
Land of Bees and Honey
Rev. Knapp

 

ANTHEM
Honey on my Grave
performed by Red Molly

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 30, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer

 

PAUSE FOR MEDITATION
pollinators*

 

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.

 

OFFERING PRAYER

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,
amen

 

BLESSING
God of Small Things
Rev. Knapp

 

POSTLUDE ANTHEM
I remember, I believe*
performed by
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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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:

  1. Through the May 23 outdoor church service
  2. Through Breeze, click on the link and choose Save the Children from the drop-down menu:  https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online
  3. Through a check to the church with  “Children at the US Border Crisis” in the memo

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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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton

May 23, 2021 – Pentecost

THE FIRST CHURCH OF DEERFIELD
“The Brick Church”  / “The Brickless Church”

Good morning (or afternoon, or evening) and welcome to worship. This morning, for the first time in fourteen months, members of First Church of Deerfield gathered bodily for worship, on the lawn of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in old Deerfield. We give thanks for the dual blessings of warm weather and effective vaccines that made this gathering possible, and for the many creative spirits and willing hands that helped in preparing our reunion.

For our members and friends who are unable gather in person, we offer this digital version of the morning’s service, and continue to make this pledge: whoever you are, and wherever you may be (figuratively or literally), you are welcome here.

 

ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, May 23, 2021 – PENTECOST

 

PRELUDE
Prelude   Andante   G.P Telemann
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

CALL TO WORSHIP

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings,
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays,
Today the church draws breath at last and sings,
As every flame becomes a tongue of praise.
This is the feast of Fire, Air and Water,
Poured out and breathed and kindled into Earth.
The Earth herself awakens to her maker,
Translated out of death and into birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release.
Today the gospel crosses every border,
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace.
Today the lost are found in his translation,
Whose mother-tongue is love, in every nation.
​(Malcolm Guite, Pentecost)

HYMN
Hymn  Siyahamba
Thomas Pousont, vocals

 

READING
The Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21 (NIV)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young people will see visions,
your elders will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
God of Pentecost,send your translating spirit among us. Teach us to speak in tongues of love;
so that speaking, we may be heard; and hearing, we may understand; and understanding, we may be reconciled to one another and to you. Amen.

SERMON
What just happened?
Rev. Knapp


HYMN

Hymn  Be Still, My Soul
Karen Smith Emerson, Nancy Pond, Thomas Pousont, Marc Dancer

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 23, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer

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. 

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

As a fire spreads,
As a wind blows,
As a dove flies,
So your Spirit moves,
Disregarding the boundaries
we have set for your grace.
May our love, too,
Reach beyond our borders.

Bless these gifts we offer today,
And through them, bless
The children who come from away.
Guard them from all harm,
And speed their deliverance
Into safe and loving homes.

You have taught us,
That where our treasure is, there
Will our heart be also;
May this offering open our hearts,
To those who seek refuge.
For we remember that our ancestors, too
Were once strangers in a strange land.

In the name of Christ, in the name of Love,
And by all your holy names, we pray. Amen.

HYMN
Hymn  O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
Karen Smith Emerson, Nancy Pond, Thomas Pousont, Marc Dancer

BENEDICTION 

Go now in peace, in love, and in joy.
To seek the signs of grace.
May your souls be refreshed by the winds of the Spirit.
May your hearts be ignited by her flame.

May your scars you bear become your story,
And may your story become your gift to the world.

RESPONSE
Benediction Response  God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again
Karen Smith Emerson, Nancy Pond, Thomas Pousont, Marc Dancer

POSTLUDE
Postlude  Lobe den Herren   J.G. Walther

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

LET’S GET TOGETHER!  As the weather warms, new possibilities emerge for connection. The deacons are helping to arrange small, outdoor gatherings (of no more than four people) for the purpose of enjoying one another’s company and (re)discovering our common ground.  If you would like to participate in one of these gatherings, CLICK HERE to let us know you are interested, and one of the deacons will contact you.  I look forward to seeing you soon! — Pastor Liza

BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY: If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield. MAKE A PLEDGE or GIVE NOW or send check to:
The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)

 

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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

May 16, 2021 (Ascension)

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 16,  2021
7th Sunday of Eastertide / Ascension Sunday

 

PRELUDE
Premier Kyrie     François Couperin
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

CALL TO WORSHIP
Welcome and Call to Worship
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

HYMN
Hymn #211  Crown Him with Many Crowns (Verses 1-3)
Thomas Pousont, vocalist

 

AFFIRMATION
(Each week during Eastertide, we offer an affirmation from a different part of our wider tradition. This week’s affirmation comes from the Iona Community of Scotland.)

With the whole church
we affirm that we are made in God’s image,
befriended by Christ,
empowered by the Spirit.

With people everywhere
we affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,
planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

With all creation
we celebrate the miracle and wonder of life,
the unfolding purposes of God,
forever at work in ourselves and the world.

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION

rest here in openness,
for a moment, or more

 

READING
The Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11
read by Liza

 

 

SERMON
Heads in the Clouds
Rev. Knapp

 

ANTHEM
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen    African-American Spiritual  
Choral Scholar Christopher Gergis, bass

 

PRAYERS OF THE WORLD
(Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky of the Park Avenue Synagogue, NYC)

We pray that our prayers change us and the world.
We pray for the safety of Israelis and Palestinians.
We pray that both sides find a way to forge a lasting peace.
We pray that no one with the power to save life stands idly by.
Amen

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 16, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer

 

ANTHEM
Steal Away       African-American Spiritual 
Choral Scholar Stephen Morris, baritone

OFFERING

“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18

(To make a donation to the ministries of First Church of Deerfield, see Announcements below.)

 

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

 

HYMN
Hymn #232   Joyful, Joyful We Adore You (Verses 1,2, & 4)
Karen Smith Emerson & Joanne Potee, vocalists

BLESSING
Benediction May 16, 2021

 

POSTLUDE
Dialogue    François Couperin

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

BIG NEWS
!!!NEXT SUNDAY!!!

PENTECOST, IN-PERSON
Outdoors at PVMA

 

Sunday. May 23rd, at 10 am
(weather permitting)

Friends, it has been over a year since we gathered in person for worship. Now, thanks to the dual blessings of warm weather and effective vaccines, we are ready at last for a reunion of our beloved community! Join us for a safely distanced, in-person, outdoor worship service, May 23rd at 10 am. (Note: a digital worship service will also be available as usual, for those unable to attend — and in case of rain!)

We will gather on the west lawn of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. (Enter from their parking lot on Memorial Street in Old Deerfield — just follow the red balloons!) Socially-distanced seating will be provided; bring a cushion for comfort if you wish. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your cane if needed, as we will be on the grass. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. There will be no live singing at this service, but we may hum along to music specially recorded for us by Tom Pousont.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Liza or Mary D.

 

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BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)

 

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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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

May 9, 2021

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 9, 2021

6th Sunday of Eastertide
PRELUDE
Voluntary in G major   William Boyce
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

 

CALL TO WORSHIP
May 9, 2021
Rev. Liza B. Knapp

 

HYMN
Come and Find the Quiet Centre
Thomas Pousont, vocalist

 

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION

rest here in openness,
for a moment, or more

SERMON
Reclaiming Mother’s Day
Rev. Knapp
CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION
(from “Creating Peace,” a Statement of Conscience passed by the General Assembly of the UUA in 2010)

 

Our faith calls us to create peace,
yet we confess that we have not done all we could
to prevent the spread of armed conflict throughout the world.

At times we have lacked the courage
to speak and act against violence and injustice;

at times we have lacked the creativity
to speak and act in constructive ways;

at times we have condemned the violence of others
without acknowledging our own complicity in violence;

too often we have allowed our disagreements
to distract us from all that we can do together.

We affirm a responsibility to speak truth to power,
especially when unjust power is exercised by our own nation.

In reverence for all life, we covenant to practice peace
at all levels of human interaction.

Amen. Shalom. Blessed Be.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 9, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer

 

ANTHEM
The 23rd Psalm     Bobby McFerrin
The Deerfield Academy Chorus, directed by Thomas Pousont

 

OFFERING

“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18

(To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield, or to donate to our Community Meal, see Announcements below.)

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

Smith College Greenhouse, 2018 


ANNOUNCEMENTS



BIG NEWS
!!!SAVE THE DATE!!!

PENTECOST, IN-PERSON
Outdoors at PVMA
Sunday. May 23rd
(weather permitting)

Friends, it has been over a year since we gathered in person for worship. Now, thanks to the dual blessings of warm weather and effective vaccines, we are ready at last for a reunion of our beloved community! Join us for a safely distanced, in-person, outdoor worship service, May 23rd at 10 am. (Note: a digital worship service will also be available as usual, for those unable to attend — and in case of rain!) Stay tuned for more details….

Questions? Concerns? Contact Liza or Mary D.



From the Mission Committee

This month’s non-perishable food collection will be held next  Tuesday, May 11, at the church from 1 – 1:30.  Bette Schmitt will be there to receive your donation!

Thank you!

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Thank you, First Church, for your extremely generous response to our call for donations to cover this month’s Community Meal. We are no longer in need of funds and due to your generosity, we now have surplus funds, that will be held for a future good cause(s).



BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)



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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

May 2, 2021



ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, May 2, 2021 / 5th Sunday of Eastertide

Street art by Banksy
CALL TO WORSHIP
for May 21, 2021
Whoever we are,
wherever we may be,
we worship this morning
on sacred ground.
For there is no place so large God’s love cannot fill it,
no place is so small God’s love cannot find it,
no place so lofty God’s love cannot reach it,
no place so lowly God’s love will not abide in it.
Let us welcome God’s love,
with our own.

amen.

INTROIT & HYMN
 #646  Siyahamba
vocals by Tom Pousont

 

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION
rest here in openness, for a moment, or more
READING
from the Christian scriptures
The 1st Letter of John 4:7-21

read by David, Jean, Bruce, Mary, Alain, and Ben
REFLECTION
God is Love is God is Love…
Rev. Knapp
AFFIRMATION
Each week of Eastertide, our worship includes an affirmation from a different part of our spiritual traditions. These words, from the contemporary Unitarian Universalist tradition, are an affirmation, not of common theology, but of common purpose. 
We affirm that love is our greatest purpose.
Accepting one another is the truest form of faithful living.
The search for truth is our constant star.
We pledge our hearts, minds, and hands:
To challenge injustice with courage;
To find hope in times of fear;
And to live out our values every day
as a beloved community.
Thus do we covenant with each other
and with all that is sacred in life.
ANTHEM
Shumayela
Deerfield Academy Chorus
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
May 2, 2021
shared by Mary Dancer
OFFERING“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18
(To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield, or to donate to our Community Meal, see Announcements below.)

ANTHEM
Ke Laolwa
(“I am led by the Spirit”)
Deerfield Academy Chorus

 

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

 

BLESSING

May love bless us and keep us;
may love shine upon us and be gracious unto us;
may love abide in us,
and we in love,
this day and evermore,
amen

RECESSIONAL HYMN
 #497   Send Me, Lord  Thuma Mina

Street art by Nick Walker. 


A note on today’s music:

We are pleased to welcome the members of the Deerfield Academy Chorus as our virtual guest musicians this morning. These student recently undertook a workshop under the guidance of conductor/arranger Steven Fischer, who has worked with both South African and American choirs. Today’s beautiful anthems are the fruits of that workshop.  All the hymns and songs in this morning’s service originated in South Africa, and reflect its history and spirit of ubuntu and social justice. To learn more, we invite you watch this beautiful Lesson on Ubuntu, prepared by members of the Chorus.



ANNOUNCEMENTS



A Request from the Mission Committee

The Mission Committee will again host a Community Meal on May 4 by rehiring  Brad’s Place for $325.00.  Unfortunately our MC budget lacks $197.55 to cover that sum.  We are requesting that, if possible, you send a check to The First Church of Deerfield for whatever sum you wish and in the memo line please write:  “For the Mission Committee’s Budget”.  If we receive a surplus then the extra will remain in the budget for further use.  As always, multiple thank yous for your attention and consideration to this worthy event.



BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)



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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.



April 25, 2021

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.



All today’s photographs were taken yesterday at Walking Cloud Farm, Shelburne Falls, MA.


ORDER OF WORSHIP
Sunday, April 25, 2021

4th Sunday of Eastertide
PRELUDE
Prelude on Amazing Grace  P. Pindar Sterns
Dr. Thomas Pousont, organ

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 100
Rev. Liza B Knapp

HYMN
Now the Green Blade Rises
Karen Smith Emerson, soprano & Marc Dancer, recorder

AFFIRMATION
Each week of Eastertide, our worship will include an affirmation from a different part of our spiritual traditions. Today’s is one of the best-known and best-beloved — not a creed in the usual sense of the word, but rather a profound affirmation of trust in God’s loving presence: 

Psalm 23 
(read by Liza)

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff–
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

PAUSE FOR CONTEMPLATION

rest here in openness,
for a moment, or more

REFLECTION
Feeding Lambs
Rev. Knapp
PRAYER

Tender Shepherd,
When we get lost — look for us.
When we are in danger — protect us.
When we are hungry — nourish us.
When our friends go astray — help us bring them home.
And if we didn’t notice they were missing — forgive us,
and teach us to keep better watch over one another.
Amen.

 

MEDITATION (IN MEMORIAM)

Still Waters
From Sally Laubin: “My cousin Paul Laubin died March 1; he was the present maker of the world famous Läubin oboe so this is a loss to the whole music world not just our family. This video was made by the CT River (you may recognize the spot) as Paul was born in Hartford Hospital which looks out over the CT River. The music is Satie (you may recognize that too) played by the Boston Pops with Alfred Genovese playing the solo on his Läubin oboe. I envision this video as a way of honoring all those we have lost during this ‘400-day Lent.’”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
April 25, 2021

shared by Mary Dancer

OFFERING

“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees their sibling in need, yet closes their hand, how does God’s love abide in them? Little children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and in truth.”
1st Letter of John 3:17-18

(To make a donation to the First Church of Deerfield, or to donate to our Community Meal, see Announcements below.)

ANTHEM
United We Are!
FCD Choir and Deerfield Chorus

DEDICATION

May these gifts
be a sign of our gratitude,
that you are steadfast in your love;
and a sign of our intent,
to be more steadfast in ours.
Amen.

HYMN
Amazing Grace
Karen Smith Emerson, soprano & Marc Dancer, bass

BLESSING

God be with you ‘til we meet again;
by Her counsels guide, uphold you,
with Her sheep securely fold you.
God be with you,
‘til we meet again.

POSTLUDE
All Glory be to God on High  N.A. Vetter



ANNOUNCEMENTS



A Request from the Mission Committee

The Mission Committee will again host a Community Meal on May 4 by rehiring  Brad’s Place for $325.00.  Unfortunately our MC budget lacks $197.55 to cover that sum.  We are requesting that, if possible, you send a check to The First Church of Deerfield for whatever sum you wish and in the memo line please write:  “For the Mission Committee’s Budget”.  If we receive a surplus then the extra will remain in the budget for further use.  As always, multiple thank yous for your attention and consideration to this worthy event.



BE A PART OF OUR MINISTRY

If you have found spiritual sustenance at the Brick Church (or the Brickless Church!), and you would like to be part of our ministry and mission, we hope you will consider making a donation or pledge in support to the First Church of Deerfield.

MAKE A PLEDGE
or
GIVE NOW

or send check to: The First Church of Deerfield, P.O. Box 276, 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342)



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
deerfieldpastor@gmail.com
office@firstchurchofdeerfield.org.
Dr. Thomas Pousont, Director of Music Ministry
Tom Mershon, Sexton
Pat Auchard, Office Administrator
Ann Hallstein, Pastor Emerita

If you wish to make a donation in support of our ministry,
text “GIVE” to (413) 307-3730 or click below:
https://fcd.breezechms.com/give/online.

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Welcome to The First Church of Deerfield

Ours is a spacious faith, with room enough for questions and diversity of belief. We are a congregation of people from assorted religious backgrounds, joined not by a formal creed but by our shared purpose, to love God and neighbor. Our theology is moderate to liberal, based solidly in the traditions of our two denominations, the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. As our church covenant states, “we cordially invite to our fellowship any who, while differing from us in belief, are willing to unite with us for worship and service . . . .”