Tree Huggers

May 26, 2019

4201 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX  76109

Church Office:            817-923-2990

Rev. Lee Ann Bryce:    817-807-1748

WiFi Password:  welcome!     Online bulletin:


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!

First Congregational Church Staff

Rev. Lee Ann Bryce, Senior Pastor

Rev. Kathy Bowser, Pastoral Care Assistant

Ms. Laurie Dobson, Office Manager

Rev. Gihan Farag, Community Outreach Advocate

Ms. Heather Goolsby, Youth Director

Ms. Analiese Hill, Children’s Director

Mr. Joel Penrod, Worship and Arts Planner

Ms. Laurie Simmons, Accompanist 

Name Tags

We have name tags available for the folks listed below (on the table at the back of the Sanctuary). If you do not have a name tag and would like one, please contact the office.

Monica Bradley

Cheryl Farmer

Rhonda James

Chris Menking

Erin Menking

Martha Salvato

Dave Small



Amen/Over My Head

Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen.  (Repeat)


Over my head, I hear music in the air;  (Three times)

there must be a God somewhere.


Over my head, trees are swaying in the air;  (Three times)

there must be a God somewhere.


Over my head, birds are soaring in the air;  (Three times)

there must be a God somewhere.



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

extended in and through this community.


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


Let us greet one another with the peace of Christ.

             (The congregation is invited to greet each other.)


For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,

for the love which from our birth over and around us lies,

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,

hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light,

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,

friends on earth, and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,

God of all, to you we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.



Analiese Hill



Carol Burnett, Lee Ann Bryce and Elizabeth Wills



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


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.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.



e. e.  cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing

day:  for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything

which is natural which is infinite which is yes


(i who have died am alive again today,

and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth

day of life and love and wings and of the gay

great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing

breathing any-lifted from the no

of all nothing-human merely being

doubt unimaginable You?


(now the ears of my ears awake and

now the eyes of my eyes are opened) 


Tree Huggers

Rev. Lee Ann Bryce


The Great Work (quotes) by Thomas Berry

We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe.  

The natural world itself is our primary language as it is our primary scripture, our primary awakening to the mysteries of existence. We might well put all our written scriptures on the shelf for twenty years until we learn what we are being told by unmediated experience of the world around us.  

In our totality we are born of the earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived…If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.




Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (adapted)








Sittin' in the mornin' sun,

I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes,

watchin' the ships roll in,

then I watch 'em roll away again.

I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay,

watchin' the tide, roll away.

I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay, wastin' time.

I left my home this mornin’

and headed for FCC.

'Cause I've got somethin' to live for,

looks like Jesus gonna come see me, so                                             

I'm sittin' under shady oak trees,

watchin' the birds in the breeze.

I'm sittin' under shady oak trees, wastin' time.

(Whistle verse)

I'm sittin' here restin' my bones,

and these mosquitos won't leave me alone.

Two thousand churches I roamed,

just to make this place my home.    

I'm sittin' under shady oak trees,

watchin' the birds in the breeze.

I'm sittin' under shady oak trees, wastin' time.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below:  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!




This Land is Your Land



This land is your land, this land is my land,

from California to the New York island;

from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters,

this land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway,

I saw above me that endless skyway;

I saw below me that golden valley:

This land was made for you and me.  (Refrain)

I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps,

to the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;

while all around me a voice was sounding:

This land was made for you and me.  (Refrain)

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,

and the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,

a voice was chanting, as the fog was lifting:

This land was made for you and me.  (Refrain)


Isaiah 55:12  



We shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace,

the mountains and the hills before us shall burst into song,

and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.



This Week at First Congregational Church


Refuge Recovery, 4:30 p.m.


Refuge Recovery, 7:00 p.m.


Office closed for Memorial Day


Cultivating Mindfulness, 8:30 a.m.

Refuge Recovery (women’s group), 7:00 p.m.


T’ai Chi, 1:30 p.m.

Refuge Recovery, 7:00 p.m.


Cultivating Mindfulness, 10:00 a.m.

Refuge Recovery, 11:30 a.m.

Yoga, 1:00 p.m.


INTERESTED IN JOINING FCC?  First Congregational Church will be receiving new members on Sunday, June 16th. If you would like to become a member or have questions about joining, please contact Rev. Lee Ann (

CALLING ALL GRADUATES!  Next Sunday, June 2nd, we will recognize our high school and college graduates. If you are graduating, please let the office know by this Wednesday, May 29th. We will also honor our Education Hour teachers and volunteers.

FIRST SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH, next Sunday, June 2nd, Rogers Roundhouse (1616 Rogers Road, behind the University IHOP), following worship  On the first Sunday of the month, a group of FCCers head to a local restaurant to eat and socialize. This is a great way to stay connected with a great group of folks! Contact: Sall-Ann Sauer at for more info.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING UPDATE  Due to last Saturday’s weather, we were forced to cancel the emergency preparedness training session. The staff and safety team will work to find a new date and will make an announcement soon. If the idea of doing the training in two shorter sessions appeals to you, let Bill Barbre know at

“TASTE OF ITALY” WINE TASTING, Saturday, June 15th, from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  Please join us for a "Taste of Italy" wine tasting. Those in attendance will be guided through the afternoon by a wine connoisseur who has made extended trips to wineries and vineyards in Italy. Each person will be presented with one-ounce pours of traditional Italian wines, each paired with samples of salad, appetizer, ravioli, and dessert. The cost is $50 per person and tickets can be purchased on (Search for “Taste of Italy,” click on "Tickets," choose the number of tickets, then "Checkout.") If you cannot attend, donations will gladly be accepted. Please invite your friends to what is sure to be a lovely afternoon. All proceeds from this event will go toward reducing the church’s budget deficit.

WE ARE SAVING PAPER AND INK!  One way to give back to the church is by using our online bulletin each Sunday. As more folks have begun using it, we've been able to decrease our paper bulletins by 40 per week--that's about 80 pages of 11 x 17 paper and over half a ream of paper monthly.

Our password is welcome!, and you can access the online bulletin in three ways:

  • Go to and click on HTML or PDF format;
  • Go to our website ( and click on "Worship," then "Bulletin"; or
  • Scroll down in The Comma to "FCC on Social Media" and click on the Sunday bulletin link.

It's as simple as that, and it's one way to help make a difference!

Privacy Policy

We frequently take photos or videos of all the wonderful events happening in our church. If you prefer we do not include photos of you or your family in our bulletin or on social media, please let the church office know. We will be happy to honor your request.

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, click on the "Giving" menu, then click on "Give Now."

2) Once on the Vanco website, set up an account, and decide where you want your donations 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.

Thanks for coming today!

Now let’s picnic!