Union Congregational United Church of Christ is one hundred years old. Fourteen people signed the covenant, ten women and four men. they received the land for one dollar and they ordered a kit and built the church themselves. Please celebrate with us.
God, make us instruments of your Church.
Where there is anger — let us give singing;
where there is loneliness — real peace-passing;
where there is injustice — simple courage;
where there is division —
deeper than any Sunday ceremony;
where there is despair, fear, hurt, confusion —
silent prayer and listening.
And wherever there are locks and blocks —
let us be an open door.
O Holy God, grant that we may not so much seek
another hundred years,
as understanding your children today,
a big budget as a open heart,
being loved by people, as loving you.
For it is in trying to be church that we find one;
It is failing as church
that we learn to forgive people.
It is in starting late, laughing often,
sharing so many joys and concerns,
listening to the kids
and lots of announcements
that we come to your benediction. Amen.