Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sunday at First Church: June 3 ~ First Sunday after Pentecost

June 3, 2012
orning worship10 o'clock am

First Church of Christ,
Congregational (UCC)
190 Court Street
Middletown, CT

The mission of First Church is to engage and support people in worship, learning, fellowship, and service, so that all may find in our community the Spirit of the living Christ.  We are an Open and Affirming Church: All are welcome into the full life of our community regardless of their race, age, gender, nationality, marital status, economic situation, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation. We welcome you to worship with us this Sunday. Child care is provided. For more information on our church, its programs and affiliations at

Prelude:   Berceuse, Louise Vierne
Hymn:    I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Anthem:  Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, spiritual, arr. by Roger Emerson
                  The Celebration Singers and The Senior Choir
Offertory Verset: Leon Boellman
Hymn: The Time Was Early Evening
Communion Anthem: Jesus Is Here Right Now, Leon Roberts
Hymn: O God in Whom All Life Begins
Postlude: Carillon, Louis Vierne

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:26-32

Sermon:  The Blessing of the Ordinary, Most of the weeks of the church year are called “ordinary time,” just as most of our lives are made up of ordinary days and experiences. Jesus has lots to say about the depths of the ordinary and the small – like seeds. No coincidence that he gave his followers something totally ordinary – bread and wine – with which to recall his presence forever. And that we are doing so still.

Church School: K-5 ~ Communion/special music.

Second Hour: True Colors  –  Kamora Herrington of True Colors provides a presentation for our second hour on June 3rd. True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2,400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 2,000 attendees. True Colors also  manages the state's only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national (including, recently, CNN) and local media for their expertise in LGBT youth issues.

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