Order of Worship
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
June 27, 2021

Organ Prelude
Opening words
Our souls wait for God, more than those who watch for the morning. More than those who watch for the morning, our souls wait. With hope in our hearts, we watch and wait (Psalm 130:5 paraphrased). 

Call to Worship 
One:   We come with all our hopes and longings.
All:     We gather here to worship God.
One:   We come to find rest for our souls.
All:      We gather here to worship God.
One:   We come with all our disappointments and dreams.
All:      We gather here to worship God.
One:   We come to gain strength for our lives.
All:      We gather here to worship God.
One:   Come, let us worship.

Opening Prayer 
God of all our longings, you are the fire that kindles our         hearts with hope and possibility.
You fill us with desire for life,
and you hear our voices whether we shout for joy or cry out with sorrow.
We trust in you and give thanks for your presence in all the stages of our lives.
Help us to be open to the movement of your Holy Spirit in your world. Amen.

Storytelling          “Jesus Heals”

Sharing of Scripture                         Mark 5:21-43

Message in Music 

Message               “Compassionate Leadership”    Rev. Laura McLeod

Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, accept these gifts we bring. May they be a symbol of our desire and commitment to play our part in your unfolding story of love.

A Time of Prayer
Preparation for Prayer
Silent Prayer
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
One:   Loving God, we give you thanks for every goodness in our lives, for your presence within and around us, for the freedoms we share, and for the opportunities that lie before us. We offer now our prayers for ourselves and our world.  O God, hear our prayer,
All:      and let our cry come unto you.
One:   We pray for an end to violence in our homes, in our communities, and between the nations of beloved Earth.  O God, hear our prayer,
All:      and let our cry come unto you.
One:   We pray for all those who are struggling to resist evil and promote justice, those whom we know about and those who struggle on silently without our knowledge. O God, hear our prayer,
All:     and let our cry come unto you.
One:   We pray for those suffering in mind, body, or spirit;  for those who mourn, and those who are facing death. O God, hear our prayer,
All:      and let our cry come unto you.
One:               We pray for our planet Earth and for all those who are acting on its behalf. May their actions be fruitful in bringing healing and wholeness to your whole creation. O God, hear our prayer,
All:      and let our cry come unto you.
One:   We offer to you all the prayers of our hearts, O God. In Christ’s name, as we pray together as he taught us saying, Our Father…  Amen.

Let us go from this place to serve the world God loves
with hearts full of tenderness and joy
and minds full of eagerness and hope.
And may the blessing of God who both goes with us and meets us on the way
surround each one, this day and always. Amen

Organ Postlude
Sharing of Scripture                                 Mark 5:21-43
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Jesus Heals
Based on Mark 5:21–43

Jesus!” A voice cried out in the crowd. “Jesus, please!” Jesus had just finished preaching to a large group down by the edge of the sea. Suddenly, Jairus, the man who had cried out, pushed his way out of the crowd and landed at Jesus’ feet. “You must hurry – my daughter, my little girl, is dying! Please, you have to save her! Please help!”  Jesus looked at the tears falling down the man’s tired, dusty face and was filled with compassion. He helped Jairus to his feet and said, “Take me to her.”
The crowd followed them. Jairus was one of the leaders of the synagogue. Everyone wanted to know what he and Jesus were talking about. There were so many people; it was difficult to walk, and no one could help but bump into each other.  There was one woman in the crowd who tried especially hard to get near Jesus. She had been sick for twelve years, and no doctors were able to cure her. She wasn’t supposed to be outside, but she had heard of Jesus and was confident he could help her. “If I could just get close enough to touch him,” she thought, “he would heal me, I just know it!”  So she pushed and elbowed through the crowd. When she was close enough, she reached out her hand and brushed Jesus’ cloak. Immediately, Jesus stopped walking and turned around. “Who did that?” he asked, “Who touched my clothes?” Jesus had felt the healing love go from him. But his disciples laughed, “Look at all these people crowding around you. How can you even ask that? It could have been anyone!” But Jesus kept looking around. The woman, who even now could tell she had been healed, slowly and fearfully came forward and told Jesus the whole truth. Jesus smiled at her and said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
While all this was going on, some people from Jairus’ home came to Jairus and said, “It is too late, your daughter is dead. Don’t bother Jesus any further.” But Jesus heard this and told him, “It’s all right, don’t be afraid, just trust me.” He asked the crowd to remain behind, and he, Jairus and his disciples continued walking toward Jairus’ house.
When they got there, everyone was crying. “Why are you all so upset?” Jesus asked, “The child is not dead; she is only sleeping.” But they only cried harder, for they had seen the little girl and knew she had died. Jesus went into the room where she was lying and held her hand.  Eyes sparkling, he bent down and whispered in her ear, “Little girl, get up!” She opened her eyes, and smiling got to her feet. Jairus and his family were overcome with joy and amazement. “How can I ever thank you?” he asked.  “How about we keep this between us,” said Jesus. He smiled at the girl and then smiled at her parents.  “And get this little one something to eat.”

Agenda for Spring Annual Meeting
Brookfield Congregational UCC
June 27, 2021

Opening Prayer:  Rev. Laura

Call to Order, Declaration of Quorum, Acceptance of Annual Report and New Church Leadership – Eric and Jenni

Words from the Out-going Co-Moderators – Eric and Jenni

Expression of Gratitude – Rev. Laura

Installation of Church Officers/Leaders – Rev. Laura, Shawn and Erin
On behalf of Leadership Team
Laura:  The following installation liturgy comes from the African American church tradition and reflects the commitment, leadership and tenacity required to be a leader in the life of the church.  Erin and Shawn will share in this liturgy representing all of the church’s lay leadership including new and returning committee members, Leadership Team, and new Co-vice moderators Marc Beaudoin and Fred Jones.  All will share in this liturgy in person at our leadership retreat in July.

Clergy: You have accepted the office to which you have been elected or appointed. Do you promise, with the Lord as your helper, to faithfully fulfill its duties?

New Officer:  We do, and we ask all other officers to receive us as fellow laborers with God.

Clergy: Pray now for the faith and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the boldness of Peter, for the evangelistic zeal of Philip, for the
administrative insight of Priscilla and Aquila, and for the wisdom
of Paul.

New Officers: Jethro counseled Moses that the task before him was too enormous for him alone. We acknowledge the same. We ask for your prayers, support, encouragement and cooperation.

Clergy: God has endowed each of us with unique gifts and talents for the edification of the church and the work of ministry. Will you accept this church office in proportion to your faith to minister, to teach,
exhort, to give liberally, to lead with diligence, and to show mercy with cheerfulness?

New Officers: We accept our offices with every intention to use our talents to lead God’s people according to our discernment of God’s will.

Clergy: Remember those who were judges in Israel and leaders in the New Testament church. Remember our mothers and fathers in the faith, our ancestors who built and carried the church. They accomplished much, for they were rich in faith, wisdom, and courage.

New Officers : We give thanks for their example, their competence, and their steadfast commitment.

Clergy: Do you covenant and promise that you will walk together in love for one another, and exercise affectionate watchfulness over all those given to your charge?

New Officers:  We will faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others. We will strive to maintain the high standards of our offices so that ministries of our church may be strengthened.

Clergy: Will you, according to your abilities and opportunities, show good to all, especially in helping to extend the gospel in its purity and power to the whole human family?

New Officers: We will support our church amid good and ill report. We will humbly and earnestly seek to live to the glory of God, and to be directed by the Holy Spirit.

Clergy: May God uphold you and direct you as you go forth!

All: Praise be to God!

Passing the Gavel

Closing remarks from Erin and Shawn

Benediction – Laura

Adjournment – Shawn or Erin

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