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June 20 Worship

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, June 20 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.

HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.


For smartphones and tablets, download and install the Zoom app.

If prompted: Click “JOIN Meeting” and enter:

Meeting ID: 253 663 5871 Passcode: NO Passcode required


Union Church, Newburgh NY

June 20, 2021 10:30 am



We are glad that you are joining us today and hope you feel God’s blessings. If you do not have a church home, we sincerely invite you to be a part of the Union Church fellowship.

Chancel Flowers today are given by Paul & Debby Hill the Glory of God and in celebration of their 55th Anniversary.

Gayle Hartwig CRE will be leading us in worship today. She serves within the Hudson River Presbytery, where her home church is First Presbyterian, Port Jervis. She lives in Montague, NJ with her husband Dennis. Their three children are spread across the country from Staten Island to Long Beach, CA. They are proud grandparents of six grandchildren. She and Dennis enjoy traveling, hiking and bike riding, and she also enjoys sewing and needlework.

July 4th Garden Worship Service followed by an in-person lemonade and iced tea Fellowship Time. Honoring Sophia Hyun and Jacob Johnston; Valedictorian and Salutatorian of NFA's class of 2021!

Ushers Needed – As we transition back to Church for worship services, we need Ushers.

At this point, the same volunteers have been Ushering since April! Pastor John suggests signing up for two weeks at a time. Please call the church office (845) 562-0954 for more info.

REMINDER: Services will continue at 10:30 am through summer.

SAVE THE DATE: Spaghetti Dinner Friday evening, August 6. Stay tuned for details.

BARN SALE: Sat. Oct 2. Accepting items June through August, first and third Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 am. NO CLOTHING. NO large furniture. Volunteers needed.

Contact Jeff Bousche (845) 913-8434 for more information.

FOOD PANTRY: OPEN Mon. June 21 and Wed. June 23 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.

CLOTHES CLOSET: The tables and clothing racks, clothes, bedding, and other goods have been moved upstairs in Fellowship Hall and we expect to open for business next distribution, Mon. June 21 and Wed. June 23. Thanks to all the volunteers.

VIRTUAL Fellowship Time: Begins after worship on Zoom. Questions? Call Pastor John at (914) 474-0722.


PRELUDE You are the Hands Union Youth & Men’s Choir, 2012

CALL TO WORSHIP from Psalms 107 in The Message by Eugene Peterson

Leader: Oh, thank God—God is so good!

People: God’s love never runs out.

Leader: God set all of us free, tell the world!

People: God freed us from oppression,

Leader: Then rounded us up from all over the place,

from the four winds, from the seven seas.

People: Our Triune God claimed all of their children.

All: When the people gather, lift high your praises ,

And shout Hallelujah!


Creating God; Redeeming God; Welcoming God; Loving God; Grace-Filled God; as people gathered in your love, we celebrate your presence here, You make us; You create us; You shape us; we are yours, we are yours. Amen.


I crawled out of bed this morning and had done no wrong. I had nothing to confess.

But Lord, that was at least two hours ago, and I have already sinned against God and neighbor. We are a sinful people and come to God humbly seeking God’s forgiveness.


Almighty God, we have an unhealthy need to be better than someone else. Our egos constantly need to be fed; we need to feel better about ourselves. Often we recognize and control these urges, but too often, we act on them and in the process hurt our neighbors. We step on others in order to get ahead. We ridicule others because in some perverse way it makes us feel better about ourselves.

Help us recognize others as equals, not as enemies nor as beings superior to ourselves, but as individuals in Christ waiting to be experienced. A person we are free to know and love without fear of ourselves being diminished or intimidated. As we are forgiven by our neighbors, we seek the forgiveness of our Savior and Lord. Amen.

(A moment for silent personal confession)


Hear the good news. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI Traditional, Second Century

CREED from the Confession of Belhar, a creed from South Africa. It was added to the Presbyterian Book of Confessions in 2016.

We believe

That Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another.

That this unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity and hatred between people and groups is sin which Christ has already conquered and accordingly that anything which threatens this unity may have no place in the church and must be resisted.

That true faith in Jesus Christ is the only condition for membership of this church.

We believe that, in obedience to Jesus Christ, its only head, the church is called to confess and to do all these things, even though the authorities and human laws might forbid them and punishment and suffering be the consequence.

Jesus is Lord.

To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be the honor and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.


HYMN OF PRAISE When Morning Gilds the Skies Grosse Point Michigan Virtual Choir


Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



OLD TESTAMENT Job 38:1-11 Rob Ferguson

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

GOSPEL Mark 4:35-41

SERMON What are you afraid of? Gaye Hartwig, CRE


As God's people, called to love one another, let us pray for the needs of the church, the whole human family and all the world. We pray that the earth may be freed from wars in the Holy Lands of Israel and Palestine; from famine in Sub Saharan Africa, Syria and Yemen; and disease, especially the virus Covid-19.

We pray that you will strengthen this nation and Your churches to pursue just priorities so that those who are different and the light-skinned, heterosexual majority may be reconciled; the young, educated; the old cared for; the homeless, housed; and the sick, comforted and healed, especially

Merciful God, as you calmed the waters of chaos and as your Son, Jesus, stilled the waters of the storm, calm and still our souls and open our hearts to more fully love those around us until we pray as continually as we breath and all our acts are prayer; through Jesus Christ and in the mystery of the Holy Spirit, we pray as Jesus taught his disciples, 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.

OFFERTORY ANTHEM Abide with Me Union Chancel Choir, 2019


Do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Grandeur, power, majesty, splendor and glory are Yours, O Lord. All in the heavens and on the earth is yours, and of what you have given us, we return to you. Bless these our offerings that they will do good in this church, this community and where there are needs in this world. Amen.


DOXOLOGY Played by Dr. Kris Rizzotto


POSTLUDE Sent Forth by God’s Blessing



Gaye, Hartwig, CRE

Pastor Contact:

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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