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FAITH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
2030 Main Street Hartford, Ct 06120
Phone: 860-547-0820 ~ faithmatterstoday.org ~ 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor
2nd SUNDAY of Easter APRIL 11, 2021
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior! Welcome to Faith Congregational Church, where Faith Matters today and always! Welcome all visitors, friends, and members. If this is your first time visiting with us, please leave your contact information in the Chat Box so we may stay in touch with you. Welcome to our virtual ZOOM worship service which is partially live and partially pre-recorded. We will record this worship service so that those who are unable to be with us may access this recording. Please press the stop video in the lower left-hand corner of your screen and also remain muted, if you do not want to be recorded and/or visible. Kindly use the Chat Box to send a text message to each other during this worship service. We pray you receive a blessing.
Jesus appears to Thomas and the Disciples…”My Lord and My God. “John 19:22
Order of Service
PRELUDE Dr. Ruth Bass Green
WELCOME Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor
ANNOUNCEMENTS Bro. Earl Gardner
CALL TO WORSHIP Deacon Mark Welch
Peace be with you.
How good and pleasant it is when we live together in unity.
Receive the Holy Spirit.
It is like precious oil on the head, the blessing of the Lord.
OPENING HYMN “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” Bro. Wayne Dixon
PRAYER OF INVOCATION Deacon Mark Welch
Breathe in this place, O Lord,
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
to open our minds, unlock our hearts,
and enliven our faith so that we may
welcome the risen one among us. Amen.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST (UNMUTED) Deacon Mark Welch
A MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN Rev. Arthur Gaither
HYMN “Jesus Loves the Little Children” Wayne Dixon
SCRIPTURE READINGS John 20:19-31 Pastor Cleo
SERMON “Breathe on me Lord” Pastor Cleo
“O Lord, My God Breathe on Me”
Let us Pray God for all who doubt and believe,
by the gift of your Spirit enable us to hear with
our ears, to see with our eyes, and to touch with
our hands your Word of life—Jesus Christ—
our Lord and our God. Amen.
HYMN Response “God Is” Soloist Patricia Gray – Arr. Wayne Dixon
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Deacon Al Strother
Hymn The Lord’s Prayer Wayne Dixon
OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
Invitation To The Offering Deacon Lee Martin
Remember the first believers—
who shared one heart and soul, held their possessions in common,
and distributed them to all in need.
In that same spirit,
let us present our offerings at
the feet of the risen Lord.
Offertory Anthem “All My Help Comes From The Lord”
Prayer Of Thanksgiving Deacon Lee Martin
Holy God, we give you thanks and
praise for light and life and love, and—
above all— the presence of the living
Lord among us. By your Spirit who
breathes within us, strengthen our faith,
use our gifts, and work in our lives to
bear witness to the resurrection of
Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Closing Hymn “He Lives” Wayne Dixon & Choir
*BENEDICTION ~ Let your life be a sign of Christ’s life so that others may come to believe that the Lord is risen indeed. Amen.
*POSTLUDE Dr. Ruth Bass Green
Please join us after worship for a time of fellowship.
Join us for Early Bible Study at 8:45 a.m. via Zoom with Rev. Gaither.
FELLOWSHIP after Worship 11a.m. – 12 p.m.
Feasting on the Word B vol.1; HOLY BIBLE NSRV
African American Hymnal, Lent to Liberation Cheri Mills
Image Upper Room interfaithcc.org
Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor email@example.com
Office Manager Patricia A Gray
Minister of Music Wayne Dixon
Treasurer Gail V. Martin
Deacon Chair Charron Stoddart
Council Moderator Earl W. Gardner
Trustee Alfreda Gaither, Esq.
Children & Youth Shirley Zachery
Choir President Earl W. Gardner
Zoom Host / Sound Tech. Bruce MacCullagh
Zoom Co-Host Regina Waters
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John 20: 19-31
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Jesus and Thomas
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
The Purpose of This Book
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may come to believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah,[c] the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
General Synod 33 “A Special Edition” July 11-18, 2021
YOU are invited to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod 33, “Rooted in Love.” The Scripture that informs our theme is Psalm 1:3a: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season.”
The COVID19 pandemic has placed us all in a challenging season. We need to gather as church in the love of God in Christ that unites us all. The General Synod provides the assembly place and allows us to lift the vision of the United Church of Christ, “United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.”
At this amazing biennial gathering, the entire United Church of Christ joins to worship, pray, learn, and speak to the issues confronting our world. Inspiring keynote speakers, youth leaders, UCC ministers and members, donors, and United Church of Christ followers elevate our purpose. We highlight our mission commitments as we share our love worldwide. Oh and, yes, we sing!
Our 33rd Synod is A Special Edition because it will be completely virtual! No need for pet boarding, airline reservations, hotel stays, and sightseeing excursions.
As a generous supporter of our various ministries, you will learn more at Synod about the impact that we make together and how as a people “rooted in love,” we share that love with others across the world. We hope to “see” you there!
To learn more about programming, visit the Synod website at http://www.generalsynod.org. Online registration starts April 13th. The registration fee structure will be posted prior to that date.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We look forward to the day when we will once again gather in our beautiful sanctuary to worship together. We are pleased to share with you a letter which is part of a document from the conference ministers, “Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings.” Please note the Conference’s conclusion at the end of the letter pertaining to in person worship being suspended through “at least” the end of the summer. The part of the letter you’re receiving in this e-mail does not include the recommended phases, which is a detailed guide to resuming in-person gatherings. We encourage you to read these phases in the complete document by going to the Southern New England Conference website, www.sneucc.org . There’s a new section, Phasing Forward. Additionally, there is also a video which can be viewed on Facebook.
The Worship Committee (Ashley Rogers, Arthur Rooks, Andrew Strother)
Deacon Charron Stoddart, Chair
Patricia Hollis, Moderator
Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings
Updated version – May 20, 2020
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” ~ Jeremiah 29:7
This is a time unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. This is a challenging time for all of us. We have had moments of creative ingenuity and moments of overwhelming exhaustion.
We entered it in chaos, we plan to move through it with intention. We’re not reopening. Because we never closed. We have engaged ministry in new ways. We will move forward in new ways.
First, there is no way to ensure the overall safety of our congregations and communities until there is a trusted vaccine.
Second, in person worship in sanctuaries is one of the types of gatherings that is most likely to spread the infection.
In an enclosed room over a length of time the airborne viral particles can reach every corner. 6-foot or 12-foot physical distancing will not prevent this.
Speaking, praying and singing aloud propels the virus even further than just breathing.
Using masks limits but does not prevent the transmission of the disease.
Common surfaces abound.
We know that people can be carriers of the virus without any symptoms.
Third, we don’t know everything about this disease and its impact on all ages. New information is coming out daily. This makes it hard to predict trends, safety measures, and phases.
Fourth, our congregations are comprised of the populations most vulnerable to Covid-19.
Fifth, an outbreak in our churches impacts our communities and the capacity of our health care system.
We have been reviewing dozens of documents and websites on next steps for places of worship. This document is an integration and distilling of those resources tailored for our churches. We are presenting a phasing forward approach beginning with our current Base Phase and moving through 4 phases that are tied to local conditions and the guidance of local government and health care professionals.
There is no one date that can be universally applied across our Conference to every church and every community. Things differ; local regulations, building size and condition, age of congregation, size of congregation, health care capacity in community, rate and incidence of spread in community.
The way forward won’t be linear. There is the possibility of new spikes in infection that may return us to Stay Home Stay Safe requirements.
Based on these phases and the current trends we believe in person worship in buildings will need to be suspended through at least the end of the summer.
Marilyn Kendrix Don Remick Kent Siladi
Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.
Welcome to the Faith Congregational Church website. You will find exciting videos, articles, and information designed to lift your spirit and feed your desire for helpful information. Faith Church is a diverse worship community, an inclusive, justice-minded and unapologetic about our faith and our witness. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate community and we celebrate Jesus Christ. It’s that simple, but be clear that there is so much more.
We invite you to explore the many ways we seek to be a faithful church in these challenging days. Ask us your questions, we like questions. Our church may be old, in fact, it is the oldest predominately black church in the city of Hartford, but our thinking is not old at all. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainline church in America to speak out against slavery, the first mainline church to ordain a woman and the first church to ordain a gay person into ministry in our nation. We stand on the side of justice because we want to always seek to be on the right side of history and besides that to do what we believe Jesus our elder brother and head of the church commands.
If you are in the Greater Hartford area, come worship with us. Whoever you are, you are very welcome at Faith. Now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.