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WilliNet Channel 1303 Sunday Worship 9am and 4pm. Rerun Wed at 10am and Friday at 7pm.

This Week's Internet site is: 
               https://reflect-willinet.cablecast.tv/store-3/11631-Second-Congregational-Church-Service-5-26-24-v1/vod.mp4​​​


​**Please scroll down to see the Weekly Bulletin below**

“Sometimes I go about pitying myself. And all the while I am being carried
across the sky by beautiful clouds.”                              Ojibway Indian saying

Music Director /Organist

Matt Alcombright

                            

​SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
81 Hancock Road, Williamstown, MA
Matt Alcombright, Music Director
Rev. David F. Hurst

May 26, 2024

Trinity Sunday


MORNING MEDITATION


“Choose well, your choice is brief, yet endless.” Goethe


PRELUDE                                                                        ANNOUNCEMENTS

                  
CALL TO WORSHIP                                                         Deacon Reader
Leader: Good morning, O gracious and loving God. You call us away from the
demands of our days to live again in your grace.
People: From our busied lives, from the burden of all the details, from the
pressures of getting from one place to another.

Leader: You call us home. You invite us in to hear your Word, to pray and sing
together.
People: Hold us in your heart, O Gracious God! Strengthen us to do your
will. Heal us of our faults and defects. Open our hearts to your infinite love
in all our experiences in life.


OPENING HYMN        “Holy, Holy, Holy ”                                              #10

INVOCATION                                                                            Deacon Reader
Leader: O, All-knowing and ever-present God, even as we encounter uncertain
times and have so many choices in life; help us to worship you in Spirit and in
Truth.
People: Let us trust that your thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Give us
the willingness to live life to its fullest; guided by your faith and trust in us.

Leader: Open our hearts that we may enter into a new life through your Holy
Spirit.
People: As the world turns around us and our struggles seen to be defeats,
give us the grace to listen for your Word and respond to your message. In
the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, fill our lives.


​​PRAYER OF CONFESSION                                     Rev. David F. Hurst
Gentle God, the signs of your presence are everywhere; the delicate flower,
the nesting of the robins, the glad embrace. Yet often our eyes are blind to
your wonders and our ears are plugged to your words. We distrust the
dreams that come to us in the early morning. We schedule our days so full
that it takes an earthquake to lift our hearts to you. We carry grudges
and deep-seated resentments that block the flow of your grace. Awaken
us, O God, so that we notice your beauty; hear your whispers and follow
your guidance.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: Thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of your Son, who appears to us
in the Holy Spirit. Strengthen us, to follow your teachings and receive your
blessing! In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
People: Halleluia! Thanks be to God


GLORIA PATRI

JOYS AND CONCERNS

PASTORAL PRAYERS AND LORD’S PRAYER


OFFERTORY

DOXOLOGY


SCRIPTURE READINGS


First Lesson                            Psalm 29                                                      p. 478

HYMN OF MEDITATION          “Have Tine Own Way, Lord"            #596


Second Lesson                        John 3: 1-17                                               p. 924


Sermon                          Who is in the Crowd?                    Rev. David Hurst

CLOSING HYMN                  “America the Beautiful"                            #532


BENEDICTION            [ in unison ]
Be alive in the Spirit.
Be a dancing flame of joy.
Be a warming fire of comfort.
Be a blazing source of compassion
And may the winds of Pentecost and the resurrected Christ go with you


Bulletins for April are given by Barbara Austin
In memory of Charles and Betty Austin​​

Rev. David  Hurst


Welcome to  

The Second Congregational Church

81 Hancock Road • Williamstown, MA 01267 • (413) 458-3467




                                                                                                                                                                                 

“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments, when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”     Victor Hugo 

                                                

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Words from the Organ Bench: “When April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May.” This old popular tune is one that has been going through my head lately especially during this wet month of April. It also reminded me of the importance of music in our weekly services. When a liturgical prayer service is “saturated” with the gift of music and singing It allows itself to bloom in ways we never thought possible. In my many years of music ministry I am always surprised and humbled at how music can really enhance a service. Saint Augustine reminds us that “when you sing you pray twice” and I do find that to be the truth. I love the enthusiasm in our services to hear each one singing even when it may not be the most familiar hymn. We are drawn into a deeper mystery of God’s presence. My hope is to always allow our weekly prayer in services to bloom with the beauty of God‘s grace and joy through music and song. 

Sunday May 19th

North County Chorale Spring Concert 3pm

(First Congregational Church North Adams See Poster)

                   

 As we enter the month of May, the sun is warmer and we become more comfortable with the comings and goings of our lives. I hope as we fend; you take the time to pray for those less fortunate, for the future of our church and those UCC churches who seem to be diminishing in membership and influence in society.                                                                           

      My Grandmother always emphasized that “life is a prayer.” That each and every day, no matter what is happening, we should pray as we go. Asking for help for others. Finding the courage to say no. Loving ourselves enough to take new paths and opportunities, and to be open to appreciating a life where we abide in God’s presence. As she aged, she looked almost angelic. I think it was because she always had a kind word. She was blunt at times, but you always knew that she loved you and had your best interests at heart.

        So as the sun shines and we feel more like moving and associating with others let us be grateful for the Easter gift of the Resurrection. As we walk the walk, we know that God is there with us. Be assured that those moments when we struck with concern or disappointment or we are awed by something wonderful that the Holy Spirit is in our hearts.                   

                                                             May God Bless                                                                       David

                               — Remember in Prayer —


A Prayer List is part of the weekly Bulletin. Please email the church (wmst2ndcongo@outlook.com) if you would like to make additions or subtractions to keep those on the list in prayer. . . It Works!​​

All of the First Responders  who put their lives in jeopardy to care for all of us. For those working in grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals, nursing homes, health care facilities, food banks… who are working in spite of the danger to themselves. Prayers for anyone who is overwhelmed by this pandemic. Prayers for those who are feeling isolated or afraid. Prayers that God give us the mindfulness to reach out by phone to those who we are not frequently in touch -those on the outer edges of our friendship and family. Prayers for all people as we look to “love our neighbor” as God has commanded.


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May Calendar


May 5th            In-house Morning Worship 9am

                                Communion
                                
Coffee Hour following Worship

                                 Take & Eat 

        THANK YOU!!  Tom Kirby and crew
May 9th(Th)   Deacon's Meeting 3:30 pm

May 10th(Fr)  #GiveLikeCharlie Blood Drive 

                             (See below for details)

May 12th           Mother's Day

                                In-house Morning Worship 9am

                               Blanket Offering 

                                Coffee Hour Worship


May 19th           In-house Morning Worship 9am                                                          Coffee Hour following Worship

                               North County Chorale Spring Concert 3pm

                               (see below for more details)

May 23rd(Th) Trustees Meeting 4:15 
May 26th          In-house Morning Worship 9am

                              Coffee Hour following Worship


May 12th is Mother’s Day and we will dedicate our new Letterboard sign outside on the Church to
Rachel Rhodes. 
She was a member for many years and was on many committees. We have contacted her family and some will be there.


The Dorcas will meet in May to finalize plans for the Strawberry Festival which is June 15th and we will be having two tag sales:  July 13th and July 20th.  More to come. 

News

The Trustees have reached a one-year lease agreement with Marias Concrete Services for a MADOT temporary field office in the Sunday School Room during the roundabout construction at the Rt 7 & 43 intersection. The office is set up in an approximately 200 Sq/Ft area which will have one or two MADOT employees using the space M-F 7am-3:30pm. The agreement most likely will continue on with a month-to-month lease until the rotary is completed. Marais is planning to have the work completed in less than two years.  The Trustees have posted a SPRING OUTSIDE clean-up list on the SS door leading to the church office. We will be missing the Youth's help so the need for those able to help is even greater this year. This past week has seen a lot of the work being done BUT it isn't complete yet.


The Mission Committee had the One Great Hour of Sharing two Sundays in April. We enclosed an insert page on the program in the church bulletin. I have not received the total donation amount yet from the Treasurer.

Our next Mission will be Blanket Sunday. It will begin on May 5th, and again on Mother’s Day which is May 12th. Envelopes will be placed in the church programs on those Sundays.  The theme this year is: “Give Love, Give Warmth, Give BLANKETS.” I ordered two of the light weight blankets this year so we can all have a chance to see them. They will be donated to either the Soldier On Program in Pittsfield or the Veterans Mission.  For more information on how this mission impacts people around the world you can go on their site: cwsblankets.org/stores-and-reports. It’s a great program which transforms lives around the world.  We all love a nice warm blanket, so our mission is important to support.

​Mission Commitee: We continue to support the Williamstown Food Pantry with monthly donations.  It seems we have been a little short the last few months. If you could each bring in one item that would be a big help.  They need school snacks, cereal, pasta, sauces, paper towels and any canned vegetables or fruit.  We deliver on the First Sunday of the month.  I can’t thank you enough for your support and generosity. We do make a difference in so many lives. More news on the Habitat for Humanity and the Williamstown Youth Center next month.


Upcoming


North County Chorale Spring Concert Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be held at the First Congregational Church North Adams, MA 01247 and is Free! Please come and support Matt and all those that work so hard to put these concerts together. Watch for a poster in a week or so.


  #GiveLikeCharlie - American Red Cross Blood Drive
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024
Moose Lodge, Bennington, VT 
11:30 am - 5:00 pm

      It’s hard to fathom that we are hosting our SIXTH annual #GiveLikeCharlie American Red Cross Blood Drive. As many of you know, after our beloved Charlie Gillis was killed in a car accident in September, 2018, he received numerous blood transfusions. While they were not enough to save his life, they were enough to save his organs, which went on to bless and save many lives. Every single thing that could be donated was. In 2019, our family created our #givelikecharlie impact team with the ARC app that tracks our collective giving.  We’ve hosted our spring blood drives for six straight years (even during         COVID) in St. Louis, MO, Seattle, WA, Westport, NY and here locally in Bennington, VT.  Since then, we’ve grown our team to 312 members (anyone can join…it’s easy to do with the blood donor app; anytime you give from anywhere, your donation counts!). We’ve reached the #95th position out of 65,000 teams in the country! Most importantly, we’ve impacted 16,000 lives together. That leap took place last month in March during Charlie’s birthday week. Blood donation is the most meaningful and impactful thing you can do—your donation impacts three lives every time you give, and someone needs blood every two seconds. Only 3% of the US population donates blood annually.
If you’d like to sign up, we’d love to see you in Bennington on May 10th! Mom (Martha Storey) makes her famous cookies for the event, and there’s no better time to give the biggest gift of life and love and share it with others the way Charlie did every day. We appreciate your support!
SIGN UP HERE and grab a spot https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results… This year's goal is 53 donations—the American Red Cross loves the enthusiasm of our team every year.          

                                                                                    Jessica S. Dils

Looking ahead with the Youth. This July we'll be heading back to central West Virginia for a week of home repair with ASP. The opportunity to volunteer in Appalachia is both a gift and an undertaking, so our planning is already well underway. I’m delighted that nearly all of our group from last year has decided to serve again! For a change of scene, we’re not returning to Craigsville, but will be traveling another 25 miles south to the smaller town of Charmco (named after the Charleston Milling Company). With Charmco being near but distinct to Craigsville, I am hopeful that we will deepen our knowledge and appreciation of the region and enrich both our 2024 trip and our prior experiences in Craigsville. And of course, we already know firsthand that many residents in the area are much in need of the materials and helping hands that ASP offers. The youth and I are grateful for your support of our mission! 

                                                                                               Thomas Kirby


The Dorcas set the Strawberry take-out for June 15th and a tag sale July 13th and 20th….Due to bad weather only 4 came to clean the church, but Tom Kirby and friends came in the afternoon and a great job was done by all.  Thanks so much…



Memorial Bulletin Sign-up The sheet for signing up to purchase a month of Memorial Bulletins for 2024 is now posted in the SS Room. Please fill in the information for the month that you select.

The cost is $30/month. 


Last months news:


 Thank you. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the indoor cleaning bee Eunice, Diane and Pris and to also thank the youth group under the leadership of Tom Kirby for their help.I am hoping we can all donate to the youth group as they once again will be involved with the Appalachian Service Project.  We are all very proud of the work they do.     

                                                                                         Linda Seney 
2024 Take and Eat dates: 1/7, 2/4, 3/3, 5/5, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, 9/29, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1



​--The Mission Committee--

The monthly nonperishable items are still welcome on Sundays. Items may be placed in the wagon or baskets in the back of the church pews for our committee to bring to the pantry every month.  If you are able, it is always nice to drop items off when you shop for your family and leave them at the pantry on Southworth Street. All our Missions are important but we especially like providing for our local families and helping our neighbors with this food delivery.
Thank you all for being so generous and caring. 
                                                  
There are also more articles about the Hunger, Disaster and Development on the website for your interest. Just go to One Great Hour of Sharing 2023 or Facebook.com/onegreathourofsharingucc.  for more information.



For those that were not able to be at the final service or need additional time to consider their 2023 Giving, you may send in your gifts and pledges to:
Jean Richer 124 S. Hemlock Brook, Williamstown, MA 01267.


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