Congregational Church Of Boca Raton SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 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; ANYONE, JUST AS YOU ARE. 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.” Prelude The Holy City Psalm 46:10 S. Adams Welcome 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 Announcements Gospel (NT p. 47) Choral Anthem Message Mark 11:1-11 Hosannas 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. Postlude 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. MAUNDY THURSDAY 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 Resurrection. GOOD FRIDAY 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. EASTER EGG HUNT 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. EASTER SUNDAY 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. BUTTERFLY RELEASE Sunday, April 5th 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. ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS 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 561-395-9255. 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. Hospitality 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: Preschool/K............................ 1 - 3 ........................................ Debbie Garland 4 - 5 ........................................ Juliet Carl Middle/High ........................... Family Worship Maundy Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm Tenebrae 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 Worship Communion 11:15 am Butterfly Release Easter 10:00 am Worship 11:15 am Deacons Meeting Prime Time and Choir rehearsals 5 29 Palm Sunday Sunday 7:00 pm Vision Ministry Monday 6 30 6:30 pm AA 2:00 pm Adult Study 6:30 pm AA 7 31 2:00 pm Adult Study Tuesday 8 8:00 am Communion 12:00 noon Lunch Bunch 6:00 pm Adult Study 7:00 pm Choir rehearsal 12:00 noon Adult Fellowship 6:00 pm Adult Study 6:30 pm BCEO 7:00 pm Choir April 1 Wednesday 7:00 pm AA 6:30 pm BCEO 7:00 pm Worship 7:00 pm AA Maundy Thursday Thursday 9 2 10:00 am Prayer Fellowship 10 7:30 pm Worship in Ft. Lauderdale 10:00 am Prayer Fellowship 3 Good Friday Friday Saturday 11 4 Congregational Church of Boca Raton 251 SW 4th Avenue Boca Raton, Florida 33432 Phone: 561-395-9255 e-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.churchofboca.org Pastor: Tom Lacey: Home: 561-381-5222 Cell: 561-306-5208 Moderator: John Fenner: 561-750-5044 Staff Administrator Sandi Kilbride Children’s Ministry Director Marit Lacey Sound: Wendell Jackson Sexton: Nicholas R. Wurster Music Ministry Director Juan Mansilla Organist/Pianist: 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 Williams 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!