Sunday Bulletin, July 5m 2020

July 4, 2020


July 5, 2020 Posted on YouTube Communion Sunday

As you prepare for this morning’s service, you are invited to sit and perhaps hum along. Please click below and listen to Elizabeth Mitchell – Little Seed, Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie,


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Call to Worship

(Inspired by Matthew 11)

Hymn Be Still (NBA) Call to Confession


Jesus says Come to meEveryone! When I play a joyful tune

We’ll dance!

When I sing a lament

We’ll weep!

When I chant for justice We’ll sing along!

Let us worship together in joy—in sorrow—and in standing together for justice.

Unison Prayer of Confession
We look for you in all the wrong places, God of the lost, and wonder why we cannot

find you. We wander the corridors of power, while you are on the sidewalks, beside the homeless. In forgiving us, God of new life, you would transform our cold hearts into those melted in service to others. In gifting us with grace, you enable us to proclaim Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, as the hope, the joy, the peace the world seeks.

written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his excellent blog, Lectionary Liturgies. Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon

Sharing with the Young at Heart
Hymn: Leaning In (CMP) Silent Prayer

Pastoral Prayer and 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.

Congregational Response Hear Our Prayer, O Lord (SCM) Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord.
Incline Thine ear to us, and grant us Thy peace. Amen.

Offering Sentences


Psalm 135:1-3, 13-21 Common English Bible (CEB)

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD’s name! All you who serve the LORD, praise God!

2 All you who stand in the LORD’s house— who stand in the courtyards of our God’s



13 LORD, your name is forever! LORD, your fame extends from one generation to the next!
14 The LORD gives justice to his people and has compassion on those who serve him. 15 The nations’ idols are just silver and goldthings made by human hands.

16 They have mouths, but they can’t speak. They have eyes, but they can’t see.
17 They have ears, but they can’t listen. No, there’s no breath in their lungs!
18 Let the people who made these idols and all who trust in them become just like them! 19 House of Israel, bless the LORD! House of Aaron, bless the LORD!
20 House of Levi, bless the LORD! You who honor the LORD, bless the LORD!
21 Bless the LORD from Zionbless the one who lives in Jerusalem! Praise the LORD!

praise the LORD, because the LORD is good! Sing praises to God’s name because it is beautiful!

John 6:1-15 Common English Bible (CEB)
After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea). 2 A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick.

3 Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. 4 It was nearly time for Passover, the Jewish festival.
5 Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” 6 Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do.

7 Philip replied, “More than a half year’s salary[a] worth of food wouldn’t be enough for each person to have even a little bit.”
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, 9 “A youth here has five barley


loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted. 12 When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.
14 When the people saw that he had done a miraculous sign, they said, “This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world.” 15 Jesus understood that they were about to come and force him to be their king, so he took refuge again, alone on a mountain.

Communion Meditation Mystery and Wonder Rev. Mary Larson Communion Anthem Table of Love (CMP) Sharing the Sacred Meal

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Loving God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given

yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn The Church’s One Foundation (NBA UK) Benediction

Congregational Response: God Be With You (SCM) God be with you till we meet again. Loving counsels guide, uphold you,
With a shepherd’s care enfold you. God be with you till we meet again.

Postlude America the Beautiful Colin Van Tuyl *****###########################*****

With Thanks:
This series is adapted from by Marcia McFee – Beguiled by Beauty

(SCM) Thanks to Small Church Music for their permission to use their music:

Hear Our Prayer, O Lord God Be With You

(CMP) Thanks to Convergence Music Project for their permission to use their music:

Leaning In Table of Love

(NBA UK) Thanks to Northern Baptist Association UK for their permission to use their music:

Be Still
The Church
s One Foundation

Prayer Concerns: Bob & Leslie Black, Pete Cavallo, Dr. Caroline Gatewood, Liam Goldstein- Cross, Carole Katz, Georgianna Lanza, Diana Latham, Paula Long, Thelma Loper, Carole Miller, Matt Rolle, Sally Tomlinson, Susan Utz, and Carrie Winter; our country and its leaders; our Church; The NY Conference of the UCC; the members of our Armed Forces, firefighters, EMTs, those engaged in law enforcement, and people affected by war, hurricanes, and other disasters; those who persevere to provide essential services for us all, the healthcare workers and medical staff on the front lines in this fight against Covid- 19, the people of the world who have contracted this new disease, those who have lost the fight, their families and friends, and all who are emotionally isolated through our social distancing efforts to reduce the potential tragedy.

Birthday Blessings

Happy Birthday to Gladys Milne who celebrates on July 8. May God bless you abundantly on your birthday, Gladys!

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Announcements Thank You, Roric

The back door to the church sanctuary is finally working properly. We owe a big thank- you to Roric Tobin for having the work done. Roric also added a screen door, which will

aid in cross-ventilation. Thank you, Roric

Do You Know Someone Who Needs Garden Space?

The Community Garden Team will not use the church’s garden this summer. But that does not mean that the land should lie fallow. If you, or someone you know, would like to have a space in the garden, please contact Cheryl Kaiser at

The Upper Room is in the Office

The July-August issue of The Upper Room is in the church office. Do you normally pick up a copy from the narthex? If so, let the office know 631-323-2665 or and a copy will be mailed to you.

Fellowship Goes On

Fellowship is good for the soul and is just plain FUN! Join the weekly Virtual Coffee Hours at noon on Sundays; come and go as you are able. Watch for Diane’s email invitation with the link and the telephone numbers (your choice of which to use). If you are not receiving these invitations, please contact Diane Johnson at and give her your email.

Don’t Forget Your Pledges and Your Mission Support

Your church needs your support. We are not worshipping in the sanctuary or meeting in Memorial Hall, but the building and property need care and maintenance; the utility bills continue to come in.

Mission ministry continues. With the cutbacks, unemployment, and simple uncertainty of global economies, organizations that count on donations find themselves in greater need than ever. Contributions are dwindling while the needs of the people they serve increase. Support our Wider Missions Committee’ s work.

Your donations may be dropped off in the mailbox outside Memorial Hall, mailed to PO Box 425, Orient, NY 11957, or sent via PayPal.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help

If there is anything you need, even if it is simply a need for someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to contact Cheryl [] or Diane

The back door to the church sanctuary is finally working properly. We owe a big thank- you to Roric Tobin for having the work done. Roric also added a screen door, which will

aid in cross-ventilation. Thank you, Roric.

[]. There are volunteers available to assist you. Cheryl and Diane are also staying informed about the Corona virus situation and available services. They promise to maintain confidentiality when requested.

Social Distancing and Praying for Others

As you practice social distancing, please be mindful of others. Reach out to those who live alone; keep in touch with your neighbors. Pray for the health care workers and the emergency response teams who risk their lives by not remaining at a safe distance. Thank the people whose role in life is considered essential and who therefore are still on the front lines doing their duty and performing their jobs. Pray for God’s children of all lands and races.

Giving to Your Church as You Shop Online

You can give to Orient Congregational Church while shopping online. Remember to use and; simply choose OCC as the recipient, and look for your vendor in their list.

Amazon no longer gives donations to worthy organizations through Goodshop. You now need to log on through Amazon Smile which is at Once you choose OCC as the recipient, logging on this way will send your church a small percentage of your purchase. You can also activate AmazonSmile in your cellphone settings. Every little bit helps.

Social Media Updates

OCC website: The church’s website is at Please go to it; check it out; explore the many pages; and let us know what you think. Do you have any suggestions to improve it? Contact Cheryl at

Facebook: Claire Smith posts several times a week to our Facebook page. The links for Sunday services, UCC

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Our Church seeks to be faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ by representing Him to our Church family, the Orient community, and the world. We will accomplish this by welcoming all to our membership, by offering worship and learning opportunities for all ages, and by proclaiming and demonstrating God’s love through our interactions with people everywhere. We will support these intentions by providing thought-provoking and challenging worship, celebration of the Sacraments, outreach opportunities, inspiring music, a comprehensive Christian education experience, and responsible and committed stewardship, all within a framework of local Church governance that is responsive to the entire membership.


We are an open Church, affirming the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God. We welcome into our fellowship and membership persons of every race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, economic circumstance, marital status, and faith background, and we invite all people to share and participate fully in the life and ministry of Orient Congregational Church. Adopted April 10, 2005


The Orient Congregational Church was first gathered together as a worshiping fellowship around the year 1700, when the present land was purchased from David Youngs for five shillings. The oldest church of its denomination in New York State, this fellowship built its first meetinghouse in 1717. One hundred years later, in 1817, the first building was replaced by a larger one. In 1843, the second building was torn down, and the original part of the present structure was erected. The church’s closeness to the sea inspired its carpenters as they constructed the ceiling reminiscent of ships’ timbers, and the entryway in the shape of a pilot house. The stained glass windows were erected in the 19th and 20th centuries, and have an unusual three-dimensional appearance with the glass, particularly in the robes, thick in some places and thin in others. The church has had a succession of pipe and electronic organs, with the present Allen organ installed in 1996.

This church, though geographically isolated, has always been concerned for the whole Church. The Orient Congregational Church is a member of, and financially supports, the Long Island Council of Churches and the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ. Our outreach to the local community includes, among other things, support for CAST, and the housing of John’s Place Homeless Shelter in the winter months. We are a part of The United Church of Christ, which is a 1957 union of the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.