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February 12, 2023 Bulletin

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, February 12 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home.

YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 AM,

The bulletin is attached and posted on the church website,


February 12, 2023 10:30 AM


USHERS today are Rob Ferguson and John Safran

FELLOWSHIP HOUR is being hosted by Carl and Annie Schiller.

Hosts are, as always, welcome and needed. Sign-up chart is in Fellowship Hall.

PHOTO DIRECTORY: Outreach will be taking candid pictures of individuals and families during Fellowship Hour after services for the new photo directory.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW SECRETARY, Dorothy Gargaro, who was with us several years ago and has returned to Union! She will be in the office from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are in the area, stop in and say hello.

EAGLE SCOUT Project: Liam Pickard will lead his Eagle Scout Project this spring and plant native pollinator plants here at the church in the raised bed on the side of the courtyard. The purpose of the project is to increase the plants that support the native pollinator population. Additionally, this project will make the existing plant beds more aesthetically pleasing. His aim is to start this project in early spring. He is asking for donations to help fund the project or if you would like to volunteer your time to help that would be appreciated. Yvette Colon-Pickard

FOOD PANTRY will receive $1 from every Bloomin' for Good bouquet sold during FEBRUARY at Stop & Shop at 1429 Route 300 in Newburgh.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN MON, FEB 13 and WED, FEB 15 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.

Mark your calendar Life Line Screening will be here at Union Church, Friday, March 10, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Information on the table at the Narthex.

PRELUDE “What Wondrous Love is This?”


CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted from Psalm 119)

Leader: Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. PEOPLE: Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart. Leader: O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! PEOPLE: Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. Leader: I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous ordinances.

PEOPLE: I will observe your statues; do not utterly forsake me.


Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts and receive these requests on behalf of the needs of our church and our world. This we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

**OPENING HYMN “Let All Things Now Living” Red #53


As imperfect creatures, our failings are sometimes too many to count. But our God knows them all and still forgives. Let us pray together.


O God, you heal the brokenhearted; save us from sin when we inflict pain upon our neighbors. We seek revenge on those who hurt us; others we judge as inferior or unworthy of our respect and support. Give us the compassion of Jesus, upon all who were afflicted, and forgive us O god, when our hearts are hardened against neighbors in need.

(a moment for silent personal confession)


Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need. Amen.

**HYMN OF PRAISE “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Red #558


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Adapted from a creed by Martin Luther)

We believe in God the creator and deliverer,

Who made and continues to make the heavens and the earth,

Who spoke to the prophets,

Who continues to set before us the ways of life,

We believe in Jesus Christ, the word and the redeemer

Who was in the beginning with God,

Who came among us in human form to share our common lot,

Who conquered sin and death and reconciled the world to God.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

Who moved on the waters of creation,

Who continues to nourish and sustain our lives,

Who renews the Church and gives us peace.


Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


OLD TESTAMENT Deuteronomy 30:15-20. Dan Olson

GOSPEL John 14: 6-14

SERMON I Am the Way John Redman, CRE


And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


We can hoard the gifts with which you bless us, God of generosity, or we can share them with others. May what we offer in these moments be the very blessing, the very hope, the very peace others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

OFFERTORY “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”

**DOXOLOGY (Traditional)


Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN “Take My Life, and Let it Be” Red #568


Now to our Lord God who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we think or ask, according to that power at work within us, go with us now into the world and into our lives accompanied by the grace of Jesus and in his name. Amen

POSTLUDE “They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love”


John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955

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