Worship Resources for Sunday, May 19, 2024

Orchard Ridge

United Church of Christ

Sunday Worship Resources

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Pentecost Sunday

Celebrating Confirmation!

8:30 a.m. Supported Nursery Care in Crossroads

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School for Children

No 9 a.m. Sunday School for Youth

9:00 a.m. – For Adults – Java & Jesus

10:00 am – Worship

Preaching: Kate Mackey

Lay Liturgist: Ginny Stiles

Music: ORUCC Choir

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For Children & Youth – May 19


8:30 am Supported Childcare: Jade will be available to assist families with young children in The Crossroads. 

All children (PreK-5) will gather at 9 am in the Ruby Bridges Room for a special Pentecost lesson with Joanna, Diane, and Julie. Following the story, the children will have opportunities to engage in sand play, collage, and watercolor painting. We’ll end with a Pentecost Guided Meditation. 

After Sunday School, we’ll support our Confirmed Youth in worship. Children will stay in service with you to witness this honored tradition. 


This Sunday we celebrate Confirmation! Confirmation youth/families: Please plan to arrive around 9:45 a.m. to touch base before the service.

Looking Ahead:

May 26 Memorial Day weekend–No Sunday School

May 24-26: Service Trip folks: Please sign up for a Brat Fest volunteer shift if you haven’t already!  https://app.initlive.com/JE/2lh0kiwu5hyftv

May 27 Mandatory Meeting for Service Trip, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at ORUCC

June 2 Children and Youth Ministry Celebration: TRU Function in worship, Sundae Sunday!

Java & Jesus

Sunday, May 19, at 9 am

Attend in-person at the church in the

Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

by Zoom

Dan Rossmiller facilitating

All are welcome!

Join us even if this is your first time!

At this session of Java & Jesus, we will discuss a video of a 2009 TED Talk by religious historian Karen Armstrong on the topic: “Let’s Revive the Golden Rule.” 

Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator of Irish Catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion. She is a former Roman Catholic sister who became a religious historian and author. Along the way, she moved from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith. She attended St Anne’s College, Oxford, while in the convent, and majored in English. She left her order in 1969, while in college.


Among her many books are: A History of God (1993), which sketches the evolution of the concept of God in the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with some details on Buddhism and Hinduism; The Case for God (2009); Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (2010); and The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts (2019).


Armstrong received the TED Prize in February 2008. She used that occasion to call for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, which was unveiled the following year.

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Showing Compassion for Children in Gaza

Our May Compassion Offering – Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) — was identified and recommended by the ORUCC Palestine Justice Mission Team. After researching and considering many options, the Team unanimously approved sponsoring MECA as the Compassion Offering, in light of the current, urgent situation in Gaza. MECA has staff on site in Gaza to respond immediately and directly upon receiving our support. 


MECA was founded in 1988 in Berkeley, California as a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to deliver vital supplies and humanitarian services to children in Gaza. As MECA’s work has progressed over the years, its activities have included providing direct aid to refugee children in Lebanon and Iraq; water projects in Gaza that bring clean water for children and their families; assistance to community organizations that help meet Palestinian children’s needs; scholarships for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank; and educational/cultural programs in the USA to increase understanding about the lives of children in the Middle East and the impact of US foreign policy on people in the region.


Compassion Offering funds raised in May will be directed entirely to MECA’s emergency appeal for the humanitarian needs of Gazan children and their families. Our donations will quickly provide food, water, healthcare and shelter for children in Gaza who are hungry, injured, orphaned and/or homeless.



 Thank you for giving generously

You can make a donation by check, on the memo line, please write “compassion” and mail to ORUCC, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711, or donate online from our website

The link is https://orucc.org/contribute/support/

Office Manager Julie Wombacher

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am -12:00 pm

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Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julia Burkey


Associate Pastor: Rev. Kate Mackey EMAIL

Associate Pastor: Rev. Ken Pennings


Children’s Education Coordinator & Music Director: Julie Mazer EMAIL

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