Sunday January 17, 2021 at 10 am

Epiphany Celebration of the Arts: #BlackVoicesMatter


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10:00 am - Worship Service on HCC's YouTube Channel:


10:00 am - Sermon on Pete's Facebook:

11:00 am - Virtual Fellowship Time via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 737 5647 1043 Passcode: HCC 

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11:15 am Kids' Hot Cocoa Hour

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We hope you will enjoy the Children's message in the service!

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Hingham Congregational Church,

United Church of Christ

Secondt Sunday after Epiphany

January 17, 2021

10 a.m.

Welcoming Covenant

In the name of God and Jesus Christ, the Hingham Congregational Church welcomes all who seek to know and worship God, and invites everyone to join in our mission through participation and leadership of the congregation.

As a community of faith, we take seriously the biblical call to love God and our neighbors as ourselves, and recognize that, although we are many members, we are one.

❖   We celebrate the uniqueness of everyone.

❖   We rejoice in our diversity of views and understandings of our shared faith.

❖   We affirm relationships based on love, commitment, and mutual respect.

❖   As is stated in our by-laws, we strive for righteousness, justice and peace.

It is with this spirit and the love of God that we openly welcome all persons, inclusive of every race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and inclusive of any others, to journey with us as we move forward with the work of this church in the world.

Order of Worship

Prelude I've Got Peace Like A River African American Spiritual

Dr. Eileen Hutchins, piano Arr. Mark Hayes 


Announcement: Annual Finance Meeting Sunday January 24, 2021

Introit                                       Here's One          (African-American Spiritual)   

                                             Kate Kallis, piano

In Memory of Rep. John Lewis (1940-2020) a courageous icon of the Civil Rights movement. He went from country poverty to become a leader of the Civil Rights movement when he was jailed many times, including at the notorious Parchman Farm in Mississippi. In 1987 he was elected to serve in the US House of Representatives from the State of Georgia. The lyrics of this song, a simple expression of devotion to God, is what John Lewis embodied.

Talk about a child who do love Jesus.

Here's one, here's one. (repeat)

Ever since I heard the gospel story,

I've been walking up the road to glory.

Talk about a child who do love Jesus,

Here's one.

Talk about a child who's been forgiven,

Here's one, I said, here's one, (Repeat)

Ever since I heard the gospel story,

I've been walking up the road to glory.

Talk about a child who's been forgiven,

Here's one.

Talk about a child who's been converted,

Here's one, here's one. (repeat)

Ever since I heard the gospel story,

I've been walking up the road to glory.

Talk about a child

who's been converted,

Here's one.      


Opening Prayer (in unison)

All-knowing God, we often feel alone, even with others present. We feel misunderstood. We long for life-giving relationships and for authentic community. We long to be known. Help us to open our hearts to your constant and unfailing company. May your ever-present Spirit fill us with a sense of contentment and peace as we begin our worship today…




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.

*We acknowledge God to be among people of all gender identities and expressions; we also acknowledge the importance of tradition.


Hymn                                       Amen, Amen.

led by Michele Allan, Tracy Allen, David Giessow, Randy McGee, Todd Swavey, and video from Pete Butler (This hymn is an African-American spiritual that found fame during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's It's call and response form allowed the lead singer to create new verses which the congregation affirms by singing Amen.)

Amen, amen, amen, amen,

O see the little baby lying in a manger

amen, Amen

On Christmas morning.

amen, amen, amen, amen!


See Jesus in the temple talking to the elders;

amen, Amen,

how they all marveled!

amen, amen, amen, amen!


See Jesus at the sea shore preaching to the people,

amen, Amen,

healing all the sick ones!

amen, amen, amen, amen!


See Jesus on the cross… bearing all my sins…

amen, Amen,

in bitter agony!

amen, amen, amen, amen!


Yes, Jesus died to save us, rose on Easter morning,

amen, Amen

and lives forever!

amen, amen, amen, amen!


We’re singing Alleluia! Jesus is my Savoir,

amen, Amen,

who lives forever!

amen, amen, amen, amen!


Children’s Message                                                         Priscilla Anderson


Special Music                   I Dream a World                       Andre' Thomas Lyrics

                                                                                       by Langston Hughes 


Pastoral Prayer                                                Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern


Scripture Reading:    Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18             Deacon Ellen Rathke


O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

   you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down,

   and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,

   O Lord, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before,

   and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

   it is so high that I cannot attain it.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

   Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.

   My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

   intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.

In your book were written

   all the days that were formed for me,

   when none of them as yet existed.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!

   How vast is the sum of them!

I try to count them—they are more than the sand;

   I come to the end—I am still with you.


Sermon: “To Be Known”                                    Rev. Dr. Peter W. Allen

Special Music       May the Lord God Bless You Real Good   Rev. James Cleveland

                                              Folk Choir           



Postlude Swanee River   Stephen Foster

Dr. Eileen Hutchins, piano  Arr. William Grant Still

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Thanks to the HCC staff, Brett Anderson, and Tracy Allen for making this service possible.

Please keep in 

           your prayers...

  • Paul Ellenwood, Paul Cappers’s nephew, facing health concerns
  • Anne & John Fanton’s daughter, Karen Puzella and her family, facing health concerns
  • Peter Edson’s sister, Dale, with health concerns
  • Candy Heath with health concerns
  • John Fiascone and family on the recent death of his father Arnold
  • John O’Rourke, a friend of Alana Snyder
  • Duchie Murphy & her family
  • Rosemary Arthur, whose sister, Liz, passed away recently
  • Stephanie Minister’s aunt, Gail Todd, recovering from surgery
  • Mike Collins, Jeff's Dad, struggling with health concerns
  • Ann Holmes, Priscilla Anderson’s mother
  • Al Carpenter 
  • Ryan Lamonde, prayers for peace and courage 
  • People in abusive households
  • All brave essential employees
  • Allan Bacon, Carolyn Antoine's brother
  • Peter Edson
  • Children and youth with atypical routines at this time, especially those with food insecurity 
  • Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination 
  • All those affected by the coronavirus in the world.

Hingham Congregational Church, UCC

366 Main St, Hingham MA 02043


Rev. Dr. Peter Allen, Senior Pastor

David Giessow, Director of Music

Brett Anderson, Director of Technology

Susanne Mullin, Office Administrator

Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern

Dr. Eileen Hutchins, Organist

Will Exantus, Facilities Manager

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