On Line Worship Service, August 22, 2021

Welcome to this service for this Thirteenth 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 22nd. 

What have you learned and how has your life been shaped by passing through times of struggle?  What kind of struggle does humanity need to accept and undertake now to save our world?

The service led up to those questions, exploring the connection between struggle and wisdom and struggle and growth.

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.

If you would like to be added to our weekly newsletter list please let us know at unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com

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 poem by Herbert Goertz: 


If you know the magic word
all of nature starts to sing:
there is a song in everything.


Let us worship together…



The scripture readings for this Sunday are from from Psalm 121 KJV, Genesis 32:22-31 and Luke 18:1-8. You can hear them read on the video below or read the text or download it here: 8-22-21 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: 8-22-21 bulletin final

  1. Call to Worship, by Pastor Tom Kinder
  2. Hymn, ” O God, Whom Jacob Wrestled”
  3. Children’s Time and Lord’s Prayer
  4. Anthem, “Hava Nashira, shir halleluja”  Annemieke McLane, Choir Director
  5. Scripture Readings, read by Annemieke McLane
  6. Sermon, “The Will to Struggle, and the Right Struggle’”  The Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder
  7. Hymn, “Like Jacob I Have Wrestled You”
  8. (the last four items below were relocated from the start of the service)
  9. Prelude,  Prelude in C by J.S. Bach, Annemieke McLane, piano
  10. Welcome and Announcements
  11. Introit, ““Rise up, O Flame”   C. Praetorius
  12. Gathering Music on the Organ

Here is the video: 



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 when we are not yet out of the pandemic.  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.

One Comment on “On Line Worship Service, August 22, 2021

  1. Pingback: Sermon from August 22, 2021 | United Church of Strafford, Vermont

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