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Congregational Church
Of Boca Raton
10:00 A.M.
MARCH 29, 2015
Welcome to Worship!
 No matter who you are or where you are on Life’s journey,
you are welcome at Congregational Church of Boca Raton, UCC.
Our doors are wide open to all who desire a closer relationship
with God. We welcome believers, seekers, and doubters;
Large-print bulletin and hearing devices
are available from the ushers.
Please keep this a time of quiet reflection in preparation of worship.
 God is calling you today, but not on your cell phone!
Please remember to turn it off, or you may leave it with our
head usher if you are expecting an emergency call.
Nursery and pre-school care is available during worship,
if you wish. All children are encouraged to come to the altar
during Children's Time. Following Children’s Time, the children
will go as a group to their Sunday School classes.
Please fill out the Friendship Pad at the end of each pew,
then pass it along to your neighbor to sign.
If you are a visitor or guest, please include
your mailing and/or email addresses so we may keep in touch.
 Adult Fellowship invites you
to join us before worship for coffee in the foyer area.
After worship, please join us for conversation,
coffee, punch, and cookies in the fellowship hall.
Pastor Tom Lacey
[email protected]
251 SW Fourth Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Quiet Time
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
The Holy City
Psalm 46:10
S. Adams
Tom Lacey
Today is a new day, rising fresh from the Creator’s
hand. Today we begin again, with praise and thanks to
God who made us, Christ who redeemed us and the
Spirit who guides us. Here we participate in the
fellowship of the forgiven, the church. It is good to be
together today.
Prayer Requests
Call to Worship
Jesus is coming
Shout Hosanna
He’s riding on a donkey
Shout Hosanna
Open the gates
Shout Hosanna
Don’t be afraid
Shout Hosanna
Wave the branches
Shout Hosanna
Peace on earth
Shout Hosanna
Glory in the highest heaven
Shout Hosanna
* Hymn (PH #155)
All Glory, Laud and Honor
Prayer of Confession
Let us pray
Loving God, at this time we remember that going up to
Jerusalem cost Jesus everything. We come before you,
conscious of the way religious words and holy phrases
may slip easily from our lips and our hearts. What do
we really know of your mountainous truth, your rockhard integrity, the depth of your suffering for love of
us all?
Forgive us for the shallowness of our faith and the
timidity of our following; forgive us for the ready
excuses we make for going our own way and claiming
it as yours.
May your Holy Spirit turn us around again and point
us in your direction. Keep us committed to you and
what is good, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen..
Children’s Time
Gospel (NT p. 47)
Choral Anthem
Mark 11:1-11
C. Staub
That First Step Is a Doozy
Pastoral Prayer
God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God Most High.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Lord’s Prayer (Debts/Debtors)
Sharing the Peace
The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Meet Someone New
Offering of Tithes and Gifts
Gracious and loving God, giver of all that is good and
true, may our offerings represent our work, our
blessings, and our faith. May they be good and true
offerings as they witness to our gratitude and love for
you, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Guest Ensemble
Clap Your Hands
Sonus Arcanus Quartet
* Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below
Praise God above, ye heavenly host
C. Staub
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.
* Praise Hymn (bulletin)
Shout to the Lord
* Benediction
* Spirit Song
O let the Son of God enfold you
with his Spirit and his love.
Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.
O let him have the things that hold you,
and his Spirit like a dove
will descend upon your life and make you whole.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
The Palms
* Those who are able may stand
How to Weave a Palm Cross
J. Baptiste
Shout to the Lord
D. Zschech
My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You,
All of my days, I want to praise
the wonders of your mighty love;
My Comfort, my Shelter, Tower of refuge and strength;
Let ev’ry breath, all that I am,
never cease to worship You.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
power and majesty, Praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand;
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You,
All of my days, I want to praise
the wonders of your mighty love;
My Comfort, my Shelter, Tower of refuge and strength;
Let ev’ry breath, all that I am,
never cease to worship You.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
power and majesty, Praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand;
Nothing compares to the promise I have.
Oh Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand;
Nothing compares to the promise I have in…
Nothing compares to the promise I have in…
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
Prayer Requests
March 29, 2015
Thank you Father for sending Jesus to
bridge the gap between us and you.
Lord Jesus, help us to pray earnestly in all
situations, seeking your endless grace and mercy in our
everyday lives.
We pray for a solution to the crisis in Crimea and the
Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine. We pray for all
those displaced and terrorized by war and violence, and
we pray for victims and families of all those affected by
natural disasters around our world.
We continue to pray for all those facing tough economic
situations, for those who still can’t find work. We pray for
our leaders to have continuing compassion and care for
those who are struggling.
We pray for members, friends, and our neighbors:
Family and friends of: Merwin Andrews; Susan Whidden;
Eric Zachrisson; Louise Seeds; Ruth Hawkins; Ed Hindle;
Margaret Sorenson; Rhoda Alter; Leo Hermann; Willy
Willard; and all those who are grieving loved ones.
Gail Donovan; Larry Williams; Verna and Billy Holst; Joe
Folino; Justin; Nicole; Mary; Brandon; Carol and Cam
Castiglia; Jim Parkin; Dot Bell; Barry Donovan; Lucille
Bruno; Rholda Francis; Diana Willard; Selwyn Sherman;
Marie Williams; Noelle and Daniel; Arleen Esposito,
Bonnie and Bob Tust; Tamara Pope; Kim Smith; Lynn
Baker Diers; Beth Soufleris; Seth Peterson and family;
Rose Breakell; Donna O’Connor; Randall Garland;
Arnold Sams; Bill and Maria Collins; Florence Gomes and
her daughter, Mala; Audrey Eisnor; Annika Ljungberg.
We pray for our service men and women.
Thursday, April 2nd
7:00 pm
Join us for Tenebrae, a prolonged meditation on Christ’s Passion.
Readings and music guide us through the drama of these momentous
hours. Finally, as lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of
Christ’s suffering and death. Then through the return of the small but
persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service we
anticipate the joy of ultimate victory expressed and revealed in Christ’s
Friday, April 3rd
7:30 pm
Join in worship at 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church of Ft.
Lauderdale/UCC, 7501 N.E. 30th Street, Ft. Lauderdale 33306. This
Good Friday message is based on the last seven words. Join us for a
very emotional worship, ending with “Were You There” sung from the
balcony as the last candle is extinguished.
Sunday, April 5th
9:30 am
Bring your baskets and meet us on the south lawn at 9:30 am on Easter
morning for our annual Egg Hunt. Three hunts will be offered for
various age groups.
Sunday, April 5th
10:00 am
This will be a music-filled celebration of Easter. The Chancel Choir
will perform, with additional music by ensemble, soloists, the
children’s choir, the Prime Time praise band and the children’s
liturgical dancers.
11:15 am
Immediately following the Easter worship, our Butterfly Release will
take place in the butterfly garden. Reserve your Easter Butterfly by
signing up in the Rosser room
Easter Lily Orders
I would like to order ____ plants to decorate the church for Easter
Please enclose $11 per plant
Print Name (to be printed in bulletin):
Contact Phone: _____________________________________________
Please PRINT clearly
Circle Memory or Honor
In Memory/Honor of:
In Memory/Honor of:
In Memory/Honor of:
In Memory/Honor of:
Orders must be placed by March 30th
Additional forms available in Rosser room.
Thank you, Sonus Arcanus Quartet!
Today’s worship includes special music by the Sonus
Arcanus Quartet. This group is composed of Clara
Mansilla, soprano; Christie Getejanc, alto; Herbert
Suarez, tenor; and our own Juan Mansilla, bass. Thank
you for joining us today!
Deacons’ Meeting Today, March 29th
There will be a Deacon meeting today immediately after
worship. The agenda includes Maundy Thursday, Easter,
communion, selection of officers, and the upcoming
schedule — so be sure to attend!
Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 5th
It’s almost time for our annual Easter egg hunt! Children,
please bring your own basket to collect eggs and join us
Easter Sunday, April 5, at 9:30 am on the south lawn.
Three hunts will be offered for various age groups.
Please look for the Easter egg donation box in the Rosser
entrance room if you would like to help with this event.
Annual Butterfly Release Sunday, April 5th
Reserve your Easter butterfly now for our annual
Butterfly Release following worship on Easter
morning. For a $3.00 fee you will receive a beautiful
Painted Lady butterfly to release. For details contact
Marit Lacey at 954-682-9292. You can reserve a
butterfly by signing up in the Rosser room.
Special Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 12th
Our recent forums regarding church growth and
possible name change were very productive. The
Vision Ministry will be meeting on Monday, April 6th
to discuss the next steps, and there will be a special
Congregational Meeting on April 12th. Please make
plans to attend so that your voice and your vote can be counted.
Tuesday Adult Study Group Tuesday, March 31st
You are invited to join our Tuesday afternoon Adult
Study Group as we read “Learning to Walk in the Dark.”
The Adult Study Group meets on Tuesday afternoons,
from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. For more information or
information on purchasing the book by Barbara Brown
Taylor, please call Pastor Tom.
Adult Fellowship Luncheon Wednesday, April 1st
The Adult Fellowship will meet at 12 noon on
Wednesday, April 1. This is our annual luncheon at a
local restaurant. We will be dining at Flashback Diner
at 1450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. If you wish
to car pool, meet at the church at 11:30 am. Please sign
up in the Rosser room.
B.C.E.O. Wednesday, April 1st
Boca Christians Eating Out normally takes place each
Thursday at 6:30 pm for dinner and conversation. This
week, however, they will be meeting on Wednesday so
that members can attend the Maundy Thusday worship.
Please join us Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 pm at Romano’s
Macaroni Grill, 2004 NW Executive Center Ct, Boca Raton. So that
we can reserve enough room, please sign up in the Rosser room or call
the church before Wednesday. 561-395-9255.
Wednesday Adult Study Group Wednesday, April 1st
You are invited to join the Adult Study Group as we
explore the Bible. The Adult Study Group meets on
Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Our
study is based on the Kerygma program: Discovering the
Bible. For more information, please call Pastor Tom at
Prayer Fellowship Friday, April 3rd
The Prayer Fellowship and Bible Study meets every
Friday at 10:00 am in the Rosser room. Everyone is
invited to join us. We are doing a Lenten Journey with
Jesus called Shadows, Darkness and Dawn by Thomas
R. Steagald. For more information please contact John
Bird at 561-400-5604.
Boca Helping Hands Workday Saturday, May 16th
Are you ready for a Good Deed? Join us on
Saturday, May 16th as we assist Boca Helping
Hands distribute food to needy families in West
Boca. We’ll need a team of 10-15 people (no
children under the age of 15) to meet at Boca
Glades Baptist Church on Judge Winikoff Road.
Duties will include unloading truck; setting up
tables, tents, and chairs; packing produce and meat bags; then
loading truck and cleaning up. Please dress comfortably and wear
closed toe shoes. We will be outside rain or shine. Details are on
the sign up sheet in the Rosser room, or contact Sarah Hugus at
[email protected] or call 561-445-3783. Deadline to sign up is
March 30th!
Vision Ministry Monday, April 6th
The Vision Ministry will meet on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm to
consider proposed names for the church.
Morning Communion Service Wednesday, April 8th
Start your morning in communion with God as you join
us for a midweek worship service every Wednesday
morning at 8:30 am.
Lunch Bunch Wednesday, April 8th
A time for Food, Fellowship and Fun. Come to church at
noon on Wednesdays with your bag lunch. We serve
beverages and dessert. After lunch stay and play Mah
Jongg (beginners welcome!) or bring a favorite game of
your own to share.
Knit 1, Crafts Too! Tuesday, April 14th
Join us on Tuesday, April 14th from 3:00-4:00 for a joyful hour of
crafts and fellowship. Bring your own project, or help us make preemie
blankets and caps for local preemie hospitals. We’ll even teach you
how to knit or crochet! Call Sandi for details 561-395-9255.
Just a Dollar
You may fold a dollar bill lengthwise and drop it in the plate along
with your regular offering. This helps meet our general budget.
Prime Time! Wednesday, April 15th
Dinner is served at 6:00 pm, followed by a lesson,
craft, play time, and band practice. Prime Time will
meet April 15 and 29, and May 13. Contact Marit
Lacey at 561-682-9292 for more information.
Prayer Requests
Prayer request forms can be found in the pews or in the
prayer box in the Rosser room. Please fill one out if you
have a special prayer you would like the pastor to know
about and leave it in the Prayer Box.
If you enjoy meeting new people or greeting familiar
friends, please sign up in the Rosser Room to be a Greeter.
Any questions, please contact Nest Jones at 954-675-4893.
Per Capita Dues
Annually CCBR pays $14.50 per church member in dues to the Florida
UCC. Please consider contributing your share so that we can continue
to be a part of the Florida conference.
Boca Helping Hands Food Bank
Boca Helping Hands provides meals and bags of food to
people in need in our community. You can help by
bringing in donations of non-perishable food. Personal
items are also needed.
Teaching/Acolyte Schedule
This Week:
Preschool/K............................ Marit Lacey
1 - 3 ........................................ Sarah Hugus
4 - 5 ........................................ Ingrid Barrios
Middle/High ........................... Kris Seeds
Acolyte ................................... Linnea Lacey
Next Week:
1 - 3 ........................................ Debbie Garland
4 - 5 ........................................ Juliet Carl
Middle/High ........................... Family Worship
Maundy Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm
A Service of Shadows
The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been
practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the
monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the
worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of
many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.
Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace
the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of
silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. As
lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and
death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the
overwhelming sound of the “strepitus;” and through the return of the
small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the
service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.
Thursday we begin our Maundy Service with prayer, song, a powerful
confession, and an assurance of pardon. We will receive Communion,
giving thanks to the Lord our God for his perfect gift of Jesus Christ, and
participating in the sacrament he instituted at our Lord’s Last Supper on
Maundy Thursday.
After we have prepared ourselves with the bread and cup of Christ, we
are ready to enter a night of shadows and darkening of lights. Ten
readings will be shared, until Christ has died; ten candles will be
extinguished, until all is dark. An earthquake of sound from our organ
will signal Christ’s death and all light will be gone.
In the darkest night, there remains yet God’s power, forever.
A light will shine….
9:30 am
Egg Hunt
10:00 am
11:15 am
10:00 am
11:15 am
Prime Time
and Choir
Palm Sunday
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
2:00 pm
Adult Study
6:30 pm
2:00 pm
Adult Study
8:00 am
12:00 noon
Lunch Bunch
6:00 pm
Adult Study
7:00 pm
12:00 noon
6:00 pm
Adult Study
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
April 1
7:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Worship in Ft.
10:00 am
Good Friday
Congregational Church of Boca Raton
251 SW 4th Avenue
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Phone: 561-395-9255
e-mail: [email protected]
Web site:
Pastor: Tom Lacey: Home: 561-381-5222 Cell: 561-306-5208
Moderator: John Fenner: 561-750-5044
Sandi Kilbride
Children’s Ministry Director
Marit Lacey
Wendell Jackson
Nicholas R. Wurster
Music Ministry Director
Juan Mansilla
Nicholas R. Wurster
Section Leaders
Lindsey Novitske, Alto
Linda Siers, Soprano
Jorge Valls, Tenor
This Week’s Volunteers
Deacon of the Sunday:
Barry Donovan
Office Helpers: Lucille Bruno,
Grayce Esposito, Barbara Lacey,
Audrey Michele, Phyllis Short,
George Sinclair, Carol Vass, and
Diana Willard
Hospitality: Frances Bell; Gail and
Barry Donovan; Grayce Esposito,
Lorraine Folino; Sarah Hugus;
Audrey Michele; Judy and Larry
Children’s Choir:
Marit Lacey
Youth Choir:
Nest Jones-Teixeira
Sunday School Volunteers:
Preschool/K .................. Marit Lacey
1 - 3.............................. Sarah Hugus
4 - 5............................ Ingrid Barrios
Middle/High .................... Kris Seeds
Acolyte ....................... Linnea Lacey
We welcome everyone, no matter who they are,
or where they are on life’s journey!
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