Hingham Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
An Open and Affirming Congregation
November 8, 2020
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 'Little Prelude in D Major' J. S. Bach
Stewardship Moment Nancy Ham
Introit Just My Hands Jr Choir
Pete Seeger and Alex Comfort
Opening Prayer and Lord’s Prayer:
God of loving power, we come to you in awe and gratitude. Please open our hearts and minds to your spirit this morning as we gather for worship. Strengthen our convictions even as you soften our hearts for our neighbors. Focus our eyes, we pray, on Jesus’ vision of a just and peaceful world…
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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
*HCC recognizes the power of language, while also respecting traditional practices. We acknowledge a God that transcends all human ideas of genders, identities, and abilities. Please pray in whatever way is most comfortable to you.
Hymn “Lead On Eternal Sovereign” NCH #573
Lead on eternal Sovereign, we follow in your way;
loud rings your cry for justice, your call for peace this day:
Through prayerful preparation, your grace will make us strong,
to carry on the struggle to triumph over wrong.
Lead on eternal Sovereign, we follow not with fear,
for in each human conflict your words of strength we hear:
That when we serve with gladness, you will not let us fall,
our trust is in your promise that love will conquer all.
Lead on eternal Sovereign, till sin’s fierce war shall cease,
and all your saints together will sing a hymn of peace;
Then all in your dominion will live with hearts set free,
to love and serve each other for all eternity.
Message for Children Jen DeMarzio
Prayer Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern
Special Music Keep Your Lamps (spiritual) Arr. Andre Thomas
Scripture Amos 5:18-24
Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
as if someone fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?
I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Sermon “Let Justice Roll Down” Rev. Dr. Peter W. Allen
Postlude Little Prelude in d minor J. S. Bach
Many Thanks to: The HCC staff and
Brett Anderson for making this service possible today.
Hingham Congregational Church Staff
Church Office 366 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
781-749-1276 Website: hccucc.com
Rev. Dr. Peter Allen, Senior Pastor Daryl H. Denelle, Ministry Intern
David Giessow, Director of Music Dr. Eileen Hutchins, Organist
Wil Exantus, Facilities Manager Susanne Mullin, Office Administrator
Please keep in your prayers...
• Stephanie Minister’s, Aunt Gail Todd. She is going in for another back operation on November 9th.
• Mike Collins, Jeff's Dad, struggling with health concerns • Brett Anderson, recovering from surgery
• Arline MacKay, who visited the hospital recently
• Susan Sardina, recovering from surgery
• The family and friends of Tom Hulbert who died recently
• Matt Havens recovering from surgery
• Peter Allen, recovering from surgery
• Barbara Larsen, Liz Taylor’s mom, who fell and injured her back recently
• Candy Heath’s sister, Marilyn, whose husband, Brad, died recently
• Ann Holmes, Pricilla Anderson’s mother
• The family and friends of Rich Beal who died recently
• David Denelle, recovering from surgery
• Caryl Sullivan's Friend Gilen Frias
• Bruce Allen, Pete's father
• 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
• Suzy Burba approved for ordination
• Daryl Denelle, seeking ordination
• All those affected by the coronavirus in the world.