The Prayer We Share:

Your Kingdom Come

March 8, 2020

Second Sunday of Lent

4201 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX  76109

Church Office:  office@fortworthucc.org            817-923-2990

Rev. Lee Ann Bryce:  revleeann@fortworthucc.org    817-807-1748

WiFi Password:  welcome!     Online bulletin:  www.bulletin.fortworthucc.org

Welcome!

We are an open-hearted, justice-oriented, everybody-loving, progressive Christian community seeking to live into the realm of God more fully by cultivating community, practicing hospitality, learning, serving, and intentionally advancing God’s peace.

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

FCC's pastoral caregivers want to support you in times of need. 

If you are ill, having surgery, or needing meals during recovery, please let the church office know. Rev. Kathy, Rev. Lee Ann, and our pastoral caregivers will support you with prayer, visits, or practical assistance as best we can. Social media is unreliable in communicating need. Please let us know so that you may receive the support the church wants to provide.

First Congregational Church Staff

Rev. Lee Ann Bryce, Lead Pastor, Choral Director

revleeann@fortworthucc.org

Rev. Kathy Bowser, Pastoral Care Assistant

k.bowser@tcu.edu

Laurie Dobson, Office Manager

office@fortworthucc.org

Zane Freemyer, Bell Choir Director

zane.freemyer@fortworthucc.org

Heather Goolsby, Youth Director

heather.goolsby@fortworthucc.org

Analiese Hill, Children’s Director

analiese.hill@fortworthucc.org

Joel Penrod, Worship and Arts Planner

joel.penrod@fortworthucc.org

Laurie Simmons, Accompanist

laurie.simmons@fortworthucc.org 

STUDENT PASTORS:  

Mike Bass

m.bass@tcu.edu

Michelle Jendry

m.c.jendry@tcu.edu

  Interested in Joining FCC?

First Congregational Church will be receiving new members soon. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Rev. Lee Ann.

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GATHERING

+All are invited to stand. If you are more comfortable remaining seated, please feel free to do so.

OUR CHURCH AT WORK

PRELUDE AND CANDLE LIGHTING

As a Lenten spiritual practice, you are invited forward during the prelude to light a candle in prayer or reflection. Candles are behind the arches.

SONG

Day by Day

     

       

Day by day…day by day,

oh, dear Lord, three things I pray:

to see thee more clearly,

love thee more dearly,

follow thee more nearly, day by day.  (Repeated)

WELCOME

One:

Come, let everyone in this place receive the love of God,

extended in and through this community.

All:

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

you are welcome here.

+SONG

Day by Day /

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

     

       

Day by day…day by day,

oh, dear Lord, three things I pray:

to see thee more clearly,

love thee more dearly,

follow thee more nearly, day by day.  (Repeat)

Oh…   oh…   oh…   oh…  (Repeat)

Lord, listen to your children praying (singing, clapping),

Lord, send your Spirit in this place.

Lord, listen to your children praying (singing, clapping),

send us love, send us power, send us grace.     (Repeat)

REFLECTING

CHILDREN’S TIME

Analiese Hill

SPECIAL MUSIC

Invocation

by Christopher Grundy

Ensemble

SILENT PRAYER (begins and ends with the sound of the bell)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Rev. Gihan Farag

Our prayer will include the opportunity to offer individual prayers, aloud or silently.

ENGAGING

ANCIENT LESSON

Luke 11:1-4

Rev. Gihan

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and, after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

SERMON

Your Kingdom Come

Rev. Lee Ann Bryce

Lenten Worship Series, “The Prayer We Share”

  1. Intro
  1. Recap
  2. Jesus prayed silently (contemplatively) and with words

II. The Lord’s Prayer

  1. A model for how to pray
  2. Kingdom of God on earth
  3. Taught to a peasant audience whose concerns were material survival -- bread, debt, forgiveness

III.  History and authorship

  1. Attributed to Jesus, not Jesus’ words
  2. Three early versions -- Matthew, Luke, the didache

IV.  Content

  1. “Our Father” -- Prayer of a community
  2. “Hallowed be your name” -- affirmation common in Galilean Jewish tradition
  3. “Your kingdom come”
  1. on earth
  2. Now and promised
  3. Kingdoms of Caesar and Herod -- oppressive, maintained by violence
  4. Kingdom of God -- a political metaphor to describe what life would be like if God were king (instead of Caesar or Herod; characterized by systemic justice and adequate resources for all people)

THE PRAYER OF JESUS  

by Mark Miller (adapted)

Our Father

in heaven,

Holy is your name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done

on earth

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day

the food we need

and forgive our debts

as we forgive those

who owe a debt to us.    

And lead us not

into temptation

but deliver us

from evil,

for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever;

Forever

and ever.

Our Mother

in heaven

holy is your name.

RESPONDING

SONG

Come, Let Us Dream

(To the tune of “The Water is Wide”)

       

Come, let us dream God’s dream again. Come, one and all, let us ascend

the mountain top where those of old, saw God’s new day on earth unfold.

The lame shall walk, the blind shall see, the doors swing wide, all prisoners free,

the lowly raised, the proud brought low. This is God’s dream:  let justice flow.

When hatred ends and war shall cease, so all may dwell in deepest peace,

then be assured the time is near when perfect love casts out all fear.

But know the cost of claiming sight of God’s new day, of wrongs made right,

for some have paid the highest price, their lives for us, a sacrifice.

Prophets are scorned in their own lands and martyrs slain by righteous hands;

though dreamers die, the dream will live, for we have yet our lives to give.

INVITING GENEROSITY

+SONG OF THANKSGIVING

Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision,

who planted and watered so dreams could come true.

Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship,

for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.

This gift we now bring, this present, this token,

these words can convey it -- the joy of this day!

When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing,

this song we now offer in honor and praise!

PRAYER

GOING FORTH

+SONG

You Are Salt for the Earth, O People

(Bring Forth the Kingdom)

        Refrain:

You are salt for the earth, O people; salt for the Kingdom of God!

Share the flavor of life, O people:  life in the Kingdom of God!

Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy, bring forth the Kingdom of peace;

bring forth the Kingdom of justice, bring forth the City of God!

You are a light on the hill, O people:  light for the City of God!

Shine so holy and bright, O people: shine for the Kingdom of God!  (Refrain)

You are a seed of the Word, O people:  bring forth the Kingdom of God!

Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice, grow in the Kingdom of God!  (Refrain)

+BLESSING

 

+POSTLUDE

 

This Week at First Congregational Church

Today

Recovery Dharma, 4:30 p.m.

Emmaus Dinner Church Potluck, 5:30 a.m.

Tuesday

Recovery Dharma, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday

Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 6:00 p.m.

Progressive Harmony Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday

T’ai Chi, 1:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (Still TBD)

Recovery Dharma, 7:00 p.m.

Friday

Tret Fure and Elizabeth Wills in Concert, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

The Welman Project parking lot sale (see below)

Cultivating Mindfulness, 10:00 a.m.

Yoga, 1:00 p.m.

The Education Hour

Following worship, we offer the Education Hour. Here’s where to go:

Nursery (infants-4 years old)--The nursery is next to Rev. Lee Ann's office.

Adventure Village (Kindergarten-5th grade)--Second Floor, Room 207

Youth (6th-12th grade)--Second Floor, Room 203

Adult Education--Parlor (at the end of the hallway)

Announcements

BRING YOUR OWN DRINKWARE AND PLATES FOR LENT  During Lent, our goal is to reduce the use of disposables generated by refreshments. We are asking folks to bring in their own coffee mugs, non-breakable drink cups, and plates each week. (We will, of course, have some of these items on hand.) The Deacons are looking for volunteers to help wash and sanitize dishes following worship. (Ask them for the sign-up sheet.)

TRET FURE AND ELIZABETH WILLS IN CONCERT AT FCC, this Friday, March 13th, 7:00 p.m., FCC  We are excited to welcome back singer/songwriter Tret Fure who will be in concert with our own Elizabeth Wills. If you're not familiar with their music, you can listen to both singers on YouTube. Tickets are $20. For reservations, email Elizabeth at elizabethwillmusic@gmail.com or online at www.tretfure.com/concerts/.

SPRING CHURCH WORK DAY, Saturday, March 21st, 9:00 a.m.  Bring your rakes and clippers and gloves and come help spruce up the church--both inside and outside--before Easter. Ken Penrod has a sign-up sheet so be looking for him.

COME SHOP FOR TREASURES AND SUPPORT THE WELMAN PROJECT, next Saturday, March 14th, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  The Wellies are transforming the parking lot into an Old School Market open to the community. All sales from the market will support their mission to fill a classroom, not a landfill. Vintage furniture, retro decor, funky fabric, enough rad lamps to light a stadium, nostalgic Fort Worth goods, scrapbooking and craft supplies, and creative reuse retail. Get your old school cool on and shop with the Wellies!

HELP WITH VOTER REGISTRATION, Monday, March 16th, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., La Madeleine's (4626 SW Loop 820)  Come out and help Tarrant Together in their 20K for 2020 letter writing campaign. (First Congo's own Vanessa Adia and Veronica Penrod are board members.) Come write and stuff letters with voter registration information for potential progressive voters who have moved into Tarrant County.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN THE PRAYER PARTNERS? DO YOU NEED PRAYER?  One of the most valuable gifts we can offer one another and our world is prayer. We share our prayer requests via email, so this is a good way to connect if you are unable to attend scheduled events. And if you need prayer, just let us know. You can join the Prayer Partners or request prayer by contacting the church office.

Help Us Conserve Our Resources

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Online Giving

You can make a donation to First Congregational Church via Vanco--a UCC online giving website. Here's what to do:

1) Go to our web page at fortworthucc.org, click on "Giving," then click on "Give Now."

2) Once on the Vanco website, set up an account, and decide where you want your donation to go, how often, and from what account.

PLEASE NOTE: Credit/debit transactions incur fees payable to the credit card company. FCC will receive the amount given minus the transaction fees. FCC will record the amount less the fees for IRS purposes.