First Congregational Church, UCC
Wolfeboro, NH
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Today's worship service comes as a gift from Council of Conference Ministers and the wide, broad expanse of the United Church of Christ from across the country.

It was produced and offered as a gift to local church clergy and staff, and the encouragement to take Sunday off. Reinventing and transforming worship has been deeply exhausting and challenging for all of us. Your Pastoral Relations Committee blessed this idea, and so worship today is with leaders from the diversity of our denomination.

For many reasons, this experience is a gift to our congregation. It reflects some of the diversity of the UCC in its leadership and membership and style of worship too.
It's a rare chance to get a broad sampling.

You will hear the scripture read in English and Spanish, you will experience music written and performed by a Native American member of the UCC, of the Crow people, and numerous other gems.

You will see as you begin, that the third Sunday in May is held as Mental Health Awareness Sunday in the UCC, and this worship service centers around that theme.

I hope it is as much a blessing to you as it is to me!

Pastor Gina

Acts 17: 22-31

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
 For “In him we live and move and have our being”;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.”

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’
Please remember to send in your offering, as you are able.
We are still checking mail at the post office, and our counters are still making deposits. Many of our expenses continue.