Lockport United Church of Christ
 Lockport, New York 
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                         Gathering and Praising God

Preparatory Music -- Music playing before the service;
                                        time to pray and prepare for worship
          Our Typical Order of Worship
Our worship services vary, depending on the season, special days, or services of communion, but this typical order of worship will give you an idea of what to expect when you join us for worship.
Passing of the Peace -- A chance to move around the sanctuary and greet one another

Concerns of the Congregation -- Announcements and concerns about fellow church friends

Prelude -- Music to begin the service

Call to Worship and Invocation -- Litany and prayer, led by a lay person (liturgist)

Hymn of Praise -- We use the United Church of Christ's "New Century Hymnal", with inclusive language

Time for Young and Young at Heart -- Message for the children, by the pastor; 
                                                                       then they go to Sunday School classes, or nursery

Call to Confession -- We are invited to a time of confession, by the pastor

Unison Confession of Sin -- Following silent prayers, the congregation joins in a unison prayer

Assurance of Pardon -- We are assured of God's forgiveness, by the pastor

Gloria Patri -- Musical affirmation

                         Hearing God's Word

Hymn of the Month -- We select an unfamiliar hymn to sing each month, so that we can learn it

Scripture Lessons -- One scripture read by the liturgist, followed by another from the pastor

Sermon -- Message for the day, from the pastor

Music for Reflection -- We hear a piece of music that reflects the message of the day

                         Responding to God's Word

Litany or Affirmation of Faith -- Read by the congregation, led by the liturgist

Prayers of the People and Lord's Prayer -- Prayers for the people and concerns of our church,
                                                                                for the community, and for the world

Offering -- We offer and dedicate our gifts to God and the church
     Invitation
     Offering & Offertory
     Doxology
     Unison Prayer of Dedication

Hymn of Dedication -- We close with another chance to sing

Commission & Benediction -- A final word of blessing, from the pastor

Time of Fellowship -- Conversation and refreshments in the foyer, or a meal in our fellowship hall
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