FAITH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC
2030 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120
Phone: 860-547-0820 ~ Worship: 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Cleo Graham, Pastor https://faithmatterstoday.org
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“Jesus Christ Lends a Helping Hand,” from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
May 15, 2022 ~ Fifth Sunday Of Easter
We will partake in Communion during today’s service. Please have your elements ready to partake.
PRELUDE “Oh How He Loves You And Me” Wayne Dixon
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS Deacon Pamela Walters
CALL TO WORSHIP Deacon Pamela
Alleluia! Christ is alive; let all the people praise him. Let all creation sing with joy. Alleluia!
OPENING HYMN “Jesus Loves Me” Wayne Dixon
OPENING PRAYER Deacon Pamela
Surprising God, in the resurrection of Jesus Christ you make all things new. Long ago you called your church to a love beyond all social and cultural differences and gave them the gift of your Holy Spirit to open their hearts to enact such love. Give us that same spirit of openness, that we too might discern new directions in our day for your dream to reconcile and heal all creation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
SHARING THE PEACE Deacon Pamela
God has received us, pardoned us and loved us; let us forgive each other in love and share the peace of Christ. So let’s unmute…and Peace be with you!
MESSAGE FOR YOUTH Norma Sproul
HYMN RESPONSE “Jesus Loves The Little Children” Khaliyah Stoddart
SCRIPTURE Rev. Cleo Graham
John 13:31-35 (NRSV)
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
SERMON “THE GLORY OF GOD’S LOVE” Rev. Graham
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP Rev. Graham
HYMN RESPONSE TO SERMON “Love Lifted Me” Patricia Gray
PASTORAL PRAYER & THE LORD’S PRAYER Deacon Al Strother
HYMN RESPONSE TO PRAYER “Give Me Jesus” Sister Patricia
INVITATION TO OFFERING & WAYS TO GIVE Sister Patricia
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Let us with gladness offer to God the gifts of our labor, life, and love.
GIVE WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
1. Text: Send a text to 73256 Type: ‘faithchurch’ and follow the prompts.
2. Online: At https://www.faithmatterstoday.org . Look for the ‘Donate’ button.
3. Check: Mail checks payable to ‘Faith Congregational Church’ 2030 Main St., Hartford, CT 06120. Thank You!
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “God Is Standing By” Deacon Bill Beckham Singers
DOXOLOGY “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
OFFERTORY PRAYER Sister Patricia
Loving God, we give you thanks for the ministry of reconciliation to which you call us in the name of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Accept these gifts for your mission to heal all creation. May they be a testament to your love for us as we share them in love for you; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
HYMN “We Will Glorify” Deacon Bill Beckham Singers
TIME OF COMMUNION Revs. Graham, MacCullagh & Gaither
Jesus has loved us so that we may love others. Go forth in peace to love and serve the Lord.
HYMN OF PARTING “I Love The Lord” Dr. Ruth Bass-Green
· Please remain on Zoom after worship for a time of fellowship
· Sunday morning Bible Study has been postponed until further notice
· Remember our Sick and Shut in your prayers, and at https://parkandprayat111.com
~ Our Prayers Are With You ~
Sis. Annie Holmes
Bro. Doug Andrews
Sis. Irene Pittman
Sis. Alfreda Gaither
Sis. Lorrie Adeyemi
Sis. Andrea Barton Reeves
Dea. Agnes Woods
Dea. Lee Martin
Rev. Marianne MacCullagh and Bro. Bruce MacCullagh
Sis. Millicent Howard
Sis. Chelsea Neal & Family
Dea. Johnny Barnum & Family
The Family of Claudia Waller-Rankin
📅Announcements For The Week📅
Take Note – Worship Dates At Faith ⛪📅
● Sunday, May 22nd – (In-Person & Livestreamed): Women’s Day 2022💛
● Sunday, May 29th – (Remote Only Via Zoom): Young People’s Sunday
The Circle of Hands Foundation (COHF) 10th Annual Benefit Dinner – Thank You
Our 10th Annual Benefit dinner was an overwhelming success. THANK YOU to our Faith family for your prayers, donation, attendance and participating in our program. God was truly in our midst.
With gratitude, Errol and Maxine Smith
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” – Matthew 25:4
Faith’s Facebook Page 💻📱
Remember to check out the latest posts on our Facebook Page for all things pertaining to our church, its members and the communities we serve. It’s really simple…check the page!
COVID-19 Masks & Test Kits 😷🧪
Through a partnership with the CT Department of Health, the Southern New England Conference has distributed 1,500 COVID testing kits and nearly 4,000 N95 masks. Faith Church has a number of masks and test kits available for
distribution to our members and neighbors. Further details can be had by contacting the church office. Also, the United States Postal Service is shipping free COVID-19 test kits, one order per household. Please note that one
order will include four individual rapid antigen tests; and all tests are free and available to be delivered. You may order your kits via this link: https://special.usps.com/testkits
Women’s Day 2022🤝
The push is on! Women’s Day 2022 is on Sunday, May 22nd, in-person and livestreamed.
● Our colors are shades of yellow/gold💛 and our theme is “Women of Purpose & Power.”
● Bring your voice and join the Women’s Day Choir🎶…rehearsals are at the church on Friday, May 13th and 20th at 6:30 p.m. Also at 9 a.m. on Women’s Day.
● Don’t forget your $100 Women’s Day gift💵, which can be given at any time. Men are also welcome to give as they choose.
● Women’s Day Photo Collage: Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, May 18th
● Our next Zoom meeting is on Monday, May 16th at 7pm at this link:
Register for the Third Annual Meeting of the Southern New England Conference – Online
Delegates and attendees…The SNEC Annual Meeting will take place virtually on Saturday, June 18th, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Further details ave available here: https://www.sneucc.org/eventdetail/15483325
Registration is now open; the deadline is June 13, 2022. Cost is $49 and you may register at this link: https://sneucc-reg.brtapp.com/2022AM
OUR CHURCH HISTORY
Faith Church is the oldest Black Church in the city of Hartford. In our 203rd year this year, the church is still a vibrant community of believers. We hold a high level of trust and witness to God’s grace in the midst of human life. As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, (Southern New England Conference) we are devoted to making disciples for Christ. We are a justice minded church; a community committed to addressing issues in a enomination that often leads the way in our nation as we celebrate many firsts as part of our history. For example, the UCC is the first denomination to ordain a Black man, a woman, and a LGBTQ person into ministry in this nation.
Faith Church is a historic local church, too, having participated in the nation’s first civil rights case, (the Amistad trial) where the captives on the ship La Amistad were eventually set free. Faith Church raised significant dollars for the captive’s defense. The first school for “Colored Children” in Hartford was started here as well. We are a caring community through the empowering and liberating Word of God revealed and lived through Jesus Christ.
Faith Church is a place where we discover, develop, and grow our faith. FAITH MATTERS TODAY and ALWAYS! Faith Church is a place where questions are welcomed, and answers are discovered and shared. Our faith is Bible-centered, but we trust in the sharing we seek to do with one another, to grow in faith as well. We would welcome you. Our Spiritual Gifts are discovered and shared for the glory of God. We celebrate our history and build upon the best of the old and new traditions of our faith and worship…we love to tell the story! Our community extends beyond the doors of our church, and we bear witness, testify, and share the Good News. We are not afraid to try new things and embrace those things that help us praise God with spirit and in truth.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE’S JOURNEY, YOU ARE WELCOME AT FAITH!