On Line Worship Service, August 8, 2021

Welcome to this service for this Eleventh 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 8th. 

The service focused on these questions:

What can we do to get ourselves through anxious times?  What spiritual or psychological wisdom helps us be less anxious and helps us reduce the anxiety of others around us?

The Rev. Deadra Ashton and Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder led a conversation with the congregation in response to those questions.  The wisdom shared was extraordinary, as you will see in the video.  The music was also exceptionally beautiful, including three choral pieces and two hymns that all speak to and soothe our anxieties.  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 has returned to in-person gatherings, but several of us will continue to participate by zoom.  For the Heartfulness Circle Zoom 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: 

The grouse and I

went for walks in the woods.

 He liked to follow me home.

Let us worship together…            



The scripture readings for this Sunday are from Isaiah 35 and 43; Jeremiah 17; Philippians 4; Mark 4; John 14. You can hear them read on the video below or read the text or download it here: 8-8-21 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: 8-8-21 bulletin final

  1. Call to Worship, by Pastor Tom Kinder
  2. Hymn, “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”
  3. Children’s Time and Lord’s Prayer
  4. Anthem, “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
  5. Scripture Readings, read by Danette Harris
  6. Anthem, “We Walk by Faith/In Times of Trouble”
  7. Sermon, “Getting Through Anxious Times: A Conversation”  The Rev. Deadra Ashton and Pastor Tom Kinder and Members of the Congregation
  8. Hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
  9. Benediction from Romans 8
  10. Choral Benediction, “Nada te turba”
  11. 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 and Children’s Time 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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