On Line Worship Service, August 1, 2021

Welcome to this service for this Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The main part of the service is included below in a video of our in-person and zoom worship on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM on August 1st. 

The service on this Tenth Sunday of Pentecost focused on the importance of a vision of the Promised Land to help us move through a trackless wilderness.

We pondered these questions (prefaced by four quotes):

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Henri Bergson

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

“One needs a vision of the promised land in order to have the strength to move.” Leo Tolstoy

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Questions: What is the Promised Land that you dream of for your church, town, nation or earth? What can we do as individuals or as a congregation to help us get there?

The service featured a gorgeous version of “Way Over Yonder” sung by Becky Bailey with Annemieke McLane playing piano. Substitute pianist Carol Rousseau plays selections at the end of the video.

You can see the Order of Worship below and find a link to the bulletin. You will also find some portions of our worship that were not included in the live zoom service, including the haiku of the day, a few announcements and the offering.

Thank you for being part of our church community! We haver returned to the sanctuary for in-person services but we will also continue live streamed and recorded service options.  If you would like to join us by Zoom on Sunday mornings click here.

Similarly, our 7:00 PM Thursday Heartfulness Contemplative Training Circle will return to in-person gatherings on July 8th, but several of us will continue to participate by zoom.  For the Heartfulness Circle link, click here.

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You can respond with thoughts about the service or with anything you would like to say by using the comment feature at the end of the post or by emailing us.  You can also bring others into this experience by sharing the link to this webpage by email or social media.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here and in our church community.

Pastor Tom Kinder         Call to Worship  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46  

Here is this week’s haiku by Mel Goertz: 

Frogs eggs in water,

glistening sun,

pollywogs hatching one by one.


Let us worship together…            



The scripture readings for this Sunday are from Psalm 84, from Isaiah 11:1-9 and Matthew 5:3-9. You can hear them read on the video below or read the text or download it here: 8-1-21 Service Readings


The Live Zoom Service Recording

Order of Worship (the video is below)—please note that the video is a different order from the bulletin, which is here: 8-1-21 bulletin final 2

  1. Call to Worship, by Pastor Tom Kinder
  2. Anthem, “Way Over Yonder” by Carole King, Sung by Becky Bailey, Piano by Annemieke McLane
  3. Children’s Time and Lord’s Prayer
  4. Scripture Reading, read by Joey Hawkins
  5. Sermon “Happy Are Those Who Live in the House of God” by the Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder, Pastor
  6. Hymn, “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling”
  7. Announcements
  8. Piano Selections played by Carol Rousseau

Here is the video: 


Sermon   You can read the text and find a pdf of the Call to Worship, Children’s Time and Sermon by clicking here.            


This congregation is a small but meaningful part of the movement to establish God’s realm of peace, justice and care for God’s creation on earth, actively engaged in serving our community and supporting the wider worldwide movement.

One of the ways we work together and increase our strength beyond our individual abilities is by pooling our resources.  This is hard to do when we are forced apart by the pandemic, so we hope you will take just a minute to use our online donation service.

To make your offering on line, please click here.  (This is a service we are providing through an extremely well established on-line donation company specializing in churches that is recommended by the national United Church of Christ and used by thousands of churches like ours.  To read more about our decision to allow on line donations, click here.)                  



To read additional announcements please see our weekly churchwide emails by clicking here.

You can be added to our email list by requesting so at unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com.

It is extremely important that we continue to stay closely connected during this transition time.  Please reach out by phone or email to neighbors and other members of the congregation, especially those who live by themselves or are struggling or vulnerable.

Our Deacon Chair Becky Bailey is coordinating our Deacons Fund and our outreach to people in need of support, and Danette Harris, Chair of our Mission Committee, is leading our work with the Food Shelf.  If you would like to donate or help please email us or use the comment feature on this page.

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