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Calendar of Events Soventh Sunday after Epiphany

February 19, 2017

Service of Worship - Sanctuary Fellowship - Baumann Fellowship Hall Bell Choir Rehearsal - Loft OWL all ages - Classrooms Caffeine - Loch Coffee Co. Social Concerns Movie The Armor of Light - Parlor Handbell Concert at Memorial Presbyterian

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20 Paint and Palette - Fellowship Hall Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room

10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21 Staff Meeting - Pastor’s Study Sacred Writings Study - Parlor Lunch Bunch—Juliet’s at Grand Traverse Pie Company Romeo’s at Big E’s Sports Cub Scouts Banquet - Fellowship Hall Church Council - Blue Door Room

9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22 Bible Study - Parlor Bible Study - Blue Door Room Technology Committee - Parlor

7:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 23 Fundraising Committee - Pastor’s Study Choir Rehearsal - In the loft

4:15 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 24 Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room

8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25 Sunday, February 26 Service of Worship - Sanctuary Fellowship - Baumann Fellowship Hall Bell Choir Rehearsal - Loft OWL 4th—6th Grade Classroom Youth Group Winter Activity Monday, February 27 Paint and Palette - Fellowship Hall Alcoholics Anonymous - Blue Door Room

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. To Be Determined 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.

Rev. Roger C. Pancost, Pastor February 19, 2017 Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Order of Worship Gathering Hymns Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me We Are Often Tossed and Driven

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Welcome to Worship (Please sign the Fellowship Pad in the red folder at the end of the pew. Visitors, please give your address and phone number and sign our guest book located in the Narthex.)

Announcements Joys and Concerns Greet Each Other with the Peace of God

We Bring the Light of Christ into Our Midst (Acolyte carries the Light to the Communion Table)

For more information about the SWS Blankets Program, please visit the web site at If you would like to make a contribution, there are envelopes on the tables outside the sanctuary doors. Please place a note on the information line of your check and drop it into the offering plate. Thank you!

Choral Introit Call to Worship L: As we come together to worship we remember that God calls us to a life different from what the world teaches. We are called to a life... P: of forgiving, not avenging; L: of peace, not violence; P: of love not hate; L: of welcome, not exclusion, P: of building up, not tearing down. L: May this time of worship renew our commitment to walking in the ways of God as revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus. Hymn

What Gift Can We Bring?

The Romeos will gather at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 at Big E’s Sports Bar in the Holiday Inn on Joe Mann Drive. All are welcome! Our special offering for the month of February is for the Church World Service Blankets Program. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. provide funds to help people in need around the world, including the United States.



The Juliets will meet for lunch at Grand Traverse Pie Company on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. We hope you can make it! If you have any questions, please contact Sue Rhodes.


(Asterisk indicates when you may stand. Please stand, as you are able, when the first notes of the hymn are played.)

Have you ever wondered how you can become a member of the United Church of Christ, Midland? It is quite simple - you tell us that you wish to join. We then schedule a new member Sunday and invite those who are interested in joining to attend a new member orientation class. Each new member is assigned a sponsor who introduces you to the congregation and who serves as a special support person. Please contact Rev. Pancost, or a member of the Board of Deacons, if church membership is something that you wish to pursue. We would love to have you join!

Immediately following our service of worship please join us in Fellowship Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments provided by the Board of Educational Ministries. The Caffeine Young Adult Group for 18-22 year-olds will meet today, Sunday, February 19. We will gather at Loch Coffee Co. 309 Dartmouth Drive for discussion from 2:303:30 p.m. Come at 2:00 p.m. for time to order some sustenance and fellowship first! If you, or someone you know, is interested in this new, monthly ministry, please email Jenn at – all young adults are welcome! The Social Concerns Committee’s February movie, The Armor Of Light, follows the true-life journey of an Evangelical minister struggling to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. For a synopsis of the film, please see your February UCC newsletter. The movie will be shown today at 3:00 p.m. in the church parlor. The handbell choir will be participating in the Memorial Presbyterian Handbell Festival on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. on February 19. The festival will combine the handbell choirs of Trinity Lutheran, Memorial Presbyterian and United Church of Christ into one glorious ringing event. After performing three varied and interesting selections as a combined ensemble, each individual choir will perform one piece. The Christmas Medley written by Susan Mercy will be the UCC bells offering to the festival.


Unison Prayer

Seasons of the Spirit

God whose love knows no limits and whose embrace extends to all, stir within us a deepening thirst for the righteousness that Jesus taught and embodied, a way of being in right relationship that first respects and honors before anything is expected in return. Amen.

Children’s Moment

Rev. Pancost


Amy Bernan

Justice, Truth and Peace

Scripture 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Pew Bible, pages 992-993 Matthew 5:38-48 Pew Bible, page 839 Sermon *


Rev. Pancost Come to Tend God’s Garden

Prayers of the People The Lord’s Prayer (“ Debts” and “ Debtors” ) 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, for ever. Amen.



Bach Quoniam, from Bach B minor mass Robin VonWald, David King - soloists


Doxology Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above, you heavenly host; Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Prayer of Dedication






Choral Response

Take My Life, Let It Be

It is important for everyone to use the microphone during Announcements and Joys and Concerns.

This church is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask an usher for a receiver.

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Large print bulletins and copies of today’s hymns are available for your use. Please ask an usher for a copy.

Audio CD’s of the worship service and a CD player may be borrowed from the office.

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Hearing Assistance

Postlude (Because the Postlude is an integral part of the service we invite you to remain seated in silence.)

We Carry the Light of Christ into the World (Acolyte carries the Light from the Communion Table)

Acolyte: Gabe Vannette Liturgist: Kyle Bagnall Organist: Edward Soehnlen Director or Music: James Hohmeyer Director of Educational Ministries: Jennifer Ringgold Sound System Operator: Al Harrow Head Usher: Michael O’Connell Head Greeter: Barb Stevenson Rainbow Door Room: The Truitt Family SAFE Church Volunteer: Amy McDonald

Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available in the Rainbow Door Room directly across the hall from the sanctuary. Please feel welcome to be with your child in the nursery if necessary. After Children's Moments, Sunday School classes meet in the Education wing. Each classroom has a brightly painted door to designate it's participants! Red Door is for Preschoolers, young fives, and Kindergartners. Green Door is for 1st and 2nd graders. Orange Door is where class meets for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. 6th - 8th grade has class in the Blue Door Room. Children age 3 and under are welcome in the sanctuary, or childcare is provided in the Rainbow Door Room across the hall.

February 19 Bulletin