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Central United Church of Christ, 118 W. Ashley, Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Online Worship Service Sunday May 24, 2020
Central United Church of Christ
118 W. Ashley, Jefferson City, MO 65101
centralucc.com

Thank you for joining us for our virtual service.
We come together as a community of faith, searching for peace, searching for balance in our lives…searching for Christ. On this Ascension Sunday, we gather to pay homage to our Risen Christ and give testament to His Ascension into Heaven.

Our thanks, as always, to everyone who is stepping forward to make these experiences possible. We’re now also providing audio CDs of these services or printed bulletins and transcripts, or both, to our members who do not have access to the internet, so that they too can connect with us. If you know of a member that we’ve missed, please message our FB page pr contact the church office,

If you feel called to contribute to the church and its mission, you may mail donations to the address above or make them via Tithe.ly at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1156665

The bulletin for the service is below if you want to follow and sing along with the hymns

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Judith Scott
Organist: Shirley Klein
Reflective Music: Central UCC Choir

Bulletin:
PRELUDE “Land of Rest” – Wood

CALL TO WORSHIP
Rejoice and sing to God.
We sing of the Risen Christ.
Clap your hands and shout with joy.
We rejoice in the living God.
Celebrate this day.
We celebrate with the Spirit who calls us here.

HYMN “For All the Saints”
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confess,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine,
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen
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GATHERING PRAYER
Holy God, we celebrate your presence this day. For the gift of resurrection, we give you thanks and praise. For the gift of your ongoing presence in our lives, we rejoice and sing. Overwhelm us with your presence here, that we might be overwhelmed with joy. In joyous gratitude, we pray. Amen.

REFLECTION MUSIC “If You Search With All Your Heart” – Craig Courtney
When you seek Me, you shall find Me
If you search with all your heart.
For I know the plans I have for you:
Plans of welfare, not of evil.
For I know the plans I have for you:
Plans of hope and a future.
I will bring you out of bondage
To the land I have prepared.
I will bring you out of bondage,
I will bring you home to me.

For I know the plans I have for you:
Plans of welfare, not of evil.
For I know the plans I have for you:
Plans of hope and a future.
When you seek Me, you shall find Me
If you search with all your heart.
I will bring you out of bondage.
I will bring you home to Me.
I will bring you home to Me, to Me

SCRIPTURE READING
Acts 1:1-11
Luke 24:44-53

CHOIR RESPONSE
SERMON “Where is Christ” Rev. Dr. Judith Scott

*THE APOSTLE’S CREED
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
One holy and universal Christian Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.
Amen. (Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, 1662)

HYMN “God of Might, We Praise Thy Name” vs. 1, 3 & 4)
God of might, we praise Thy name
For Thy deeds of strength and glory,
Heaven and earth extol Thy fame,
And proclaim the blessed story,
As Thou art, Thou e’er wilt be
Unto all eternity.

All Thy Church in every land
Lifts its voice in adoration.
Unto Thee, O God of Love,
For Thy work of man’s salvation,
Thou art King of Life and Love
In Thy heavenly realm above.

Look upon Thy children here
Who, their love for Thee professing,
And in Jesus’ name alone,
Ask of Thee a Father’s blessing,
When the course of life is o’er,
Bring us home for evermore. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

OFFERING
INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERTORY “Largo e spiccato – Concerto in D Minor” – Vivaldi

DOXOLOGY
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, in Christ you have chosen us to be your friends and to know your will in the world. Therefore, we pray in Jesus’ name that these tithes and offerings spread your love near and far. Amen.

HYMN “Holy Spirit Truth Divine”
Holy Spirit, Truth divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light
Wake my spirit, clear my sight.

Holy Spirit, Love divine,
Glow within this heart of mine;
Kindle every high desire;
Perish self in Thy pure fire.

Holy Spirit, Power divine,
Fill and nerve this will of mine;
By Thee may I strongly live,
Bravely bear, and nobly strive.

Holy Spirit, Right divine,
King within my conscience reign;
Be my Law, and I shall be
Firmly bound, forever free. Amen.

BENEDICTION

WE HOLD EACH OTHER IN SPIRIT
Blest be the tie that binds,
Our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds,
Is like to that above.

POSTLUDE “Prelude and Fugue in C Major” – Bach

Our WORSHIP is ended…our SERVICE now begins.
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Online Worship Service Sunday May 17, 2020
Central United Church of Christ
118 W. Ashley, Jefferson City, MO 65101
centralucc.com
 
Thank you for joining us for our virtual service. We gather together in spirit to celebrate our Risen Christ. We gather to recognize Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life…our Source of Peace in this chaotic world.
 
Our thanks, as always, to everyone who is stepping forward to make these experiences possible. We’re now also providing audio CDs of these services or printed bulletins and transcripts, or both, to our members who do not have access to the internet, so that they too can connect with us. If you know of a member that we’ve missed, please message our FB page pr contact the church office,
 
If you feel called to contribute to the church and its mission, you may mail donations to the address above or make them via Tithe.ly at https://tithe.ly/give?c=1156665
 
The bulletin for the service is below if you want to follow and sing along with the hymns
 
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Judith Scott
Organist: Shirley Klein
Reflective Music: Central UCC Choir
 
Bulletin:
PRELUDE “Lord Jesus Christ Be Present Now” – Manz
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Spirit of truth dwells among us.
Be at peace.
In the Lord, we live and breathe and have our being.
Rest in His presence.
 
HYMN “Blessed Jesus At Thy Word”
Blessèd Jesus, at Thy Word
We are gathered all to hear Thee;
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
Now to seek and love and fear Thee,
By Thy teachings sweet and holy,
Drawn from earth to love Thee solely.
 
All our knowledge, sense and sight
Lie in deepest darkness shrouded,
Til Thy Spirit breaks our night
With the beams of truth unclouded.
Thou alone to God canst win us;
Thou must work all good within us.
 
Glorious Lord, Thyself impart!
Light of light, from God proceeding,
Open Thou our ears and heart;
Help us by Thy Spirit’s pleading;
Hear the cry Thy people raises;
Hear and bless our prayers and praises.
 
RECOGNITION OF GRADUATING SENIORS
Bailey Higgins
Olivia Scrivner
 
GATHERING PRAYER
Hear our prayers, O God, as we come to sing your praises. Bless us with your steadfast love, in times of peace and in times of trial. Make your presence known to us this day, for we seek to know you better. Enliven us with your Spirit of truth, and increase our faith, even as we place our hope and trust in you. Amen.
 
REFLECTION MUSIC “Grace” – Mark Hayes
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound;
That saved a wretch, a wretch like me;
I once was lost, but now am found.
I once was blind, but now I see.
 
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And that same grace my tears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour when I first believed!
 
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
This grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And surely, surely grace will lead me home,
I shall go home.
 
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun, the glorious sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than since the day we first begun,
Than since the day we first begun.
 
SCRIPTURE READING
Psalm 66:8-20
John 14:15-21
 
CHOIR RESPONSE
 
SERMON “Peace” Rev. Dr. Judith Scott
 
*THE APOSTLE’S CREED
(Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, 1662)
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
One holy and universal Christian Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.
Amen.
 
 
HYMN “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
Glorious things of Thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He, whose Word cannot be broken,
Formed Thee for His own abode;
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake Thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou may’st smile at all Thy foes.

See, the streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
Well supply Thy sons and daughters,
And all fear of want remove:
Who can faint while such a river
Ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord, the Giver,
Never fails from age to age
 
Round each habitation hovering,
See the cloud and fire appear,
For a glory and a covering,
Showing that the Lord is near;
Thus deriving from their banner
Light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which He gives them when they pray. Amen
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
 
OFFERING
INVITATION TO THE OFFERING
OFFERTORY “Air – Overture in D” – Bach
 
DOXOLOGY
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
 
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, in Christ you have chosen us to be your friends and to know your will in the world. Therefore, we pray in Jesus’ name that these tithes and offerings spread your love near and far. Amen.
HYMN “In Christ There Is No East Or West”
In Christ there is no east or west,
In Him no south or north,
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.
 
In Him shall true hearts everywhere
Their high communion find;
His service is the golden cord
Close binding all mankind.
 
Join hands, then brothers of the faith,
Whate’er your race may be.
Who serves my Father as a son,
Is surely kin to me.
 
In Christ now meet both east and west;
In Him meet south and north.
All Christly souls are one in Him
Throughout the whole wide earth. Amen
 
BENEDICTION
 
WE HOLD EACH OTHER IN SPIRIT
Blest be the tie that binds,
Our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds,
Is like to that above.
POSTLUDE “Fanfare Fugue” – Bach
 
Our WORSHIP is ended…our SERVICE now begins.
 
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