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Pastoral Letter, September 28, 2023

To the saints in San Carlos:

A beautiful autumn morning here on the Peninsula.  I climbed up the hill above San  Carlos yesterday to enjoy the view of distant Mt. Diablo now that the smoke has cleared.  What a difference some rain makes up north where the wildfires burned.

Our psalm for Sunday, Psalm 51, begins:

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and put a new and right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence,  

and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

A good autumn meditation; a good meditation any time of year. 

As Garrison Keillor says:

"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."

Call or text me any time at 202 422 5598.

If you want to enjoy coffee and fellowship outdoors of a warm autumn morning, come on down to Plantation Coffee on Laurel Avenue #748.  I’m often there mid-morning, along with a collection of friendly folks.

Here is Sunday’s bulletin:

Service of Christian Worship

Community UCC, Kalavaria UCC and Chalice DOC 

Churches of San Carlos

October 1, 2023 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Communion Sunday


Prelude                          Lord, We Look to Thee                       Ann Willard


Words of Welcome                                             Pastor Richard


It’s a pleasure to welcome you all this morning, 

on this beautiful Sabbath of our Holy God.

God is good!  All the time?

All the time!  God is good!  Hallelujah


Fa’atalofa atu male agaga fiafia i lenei taeao fou 

Ole sapati paia ole Atua.

E lelei le Atua!  I taimi uma?

I taimi uma!  E lelei le Atua!  Aleluia



Come, Holy Spirit, fill this place, 

anoint these servants with your grace. 

Inspire and guard them with your might 

and be, Creator, their delight. 


Your sev’nfold gifts we seek this hour; 

your wisdom, knowledge, truth and power. 

May counsel, love, and peace prevail. 

Such gifts from you will never fail. 


Creator, Spirit, hear us sing; 

breathe fire into the praise we bring. 

The mighty Spirit lives in power; 

the church renewed responds this hour.


Opening Hymn              #64 I Sing the Almighty Power of God


Bend, Stretch, Breathe and Pass the Peace of Christ


Responsive Reading


Create in me a clean heart, O God,and put a new and right spirit within me.Cast me not away from thy presence,and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,and uphold me with a willing spirit.Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,and sinners will return to thee.Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,thou God of my salvation,and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.O Lord, open thou my lips,and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

- Psalm 51


Children’s Sermon



Hymn                           #570 Sweet Hour of Prayer, First Verse


Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Most merciful God,we confess that we have sinned against youin thought, word, and deed,by what we have done,and by what we have left undone.We have not loved you with our whole heart;we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,have mercy on us and forgive us;that we may delight in your will,and walk in your ways,to the glory of your Name. Amen.


Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sinsthrough our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, 

and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us ineternal life. Amen.


Sung Prayer Response         #305 verse 1 Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying


Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord, send your spirit in this place.  Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace!   


We are a praying community.  What is weighing heavily upon your heart and needs prayer?  Please share your prayers with God and this company.


                       Sharing of Concerns   Pastoral Prayer   Lord's Prayer


Ezekiel 36:24-28

For here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land.  I'll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean.  I'll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I'll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that's God-willed, not self-willed.  I'll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.  You'll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You'll be my people! I'll be your God.


Acts 19:1-5

Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there.  The first thing he said was, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?" "We've never even heard of that - a Holy Spirit? God within us?" 

         "How were you baptized, then?" asked Paul. "In John's baptism."  "That explains it," said Paul. "John preached a baptism of radical life-change so that people would be ready to receive the One coming after him, who turned out to be Jesus. If you've been baptized in John's baptism, you're ready now for the real thing, for Jesus." 

         And they were. As soon as they heard of it, they were baptized in the name of the Master Jesus. 


Translations by Rev. Eugene Peterson


The Sermon                                     Making All Things New


Sacrament of Holy Communion


Offertory and Closing Hymn:                      #411 For the Bread, Which You Have Broken


Sharing of Joys and Announcements


Sung Response 


Lo’u agaga e, sulufa’i naunau mo oe le Alii. Ua tu tasi oe i lo’u loto, oute faamanu ai nei.  Sili oe i penina ma auro, Na o oe e malie ai.  O oe o lo’u olioli, lo’u i’oimata moni.  Na o oe lo’u talita, ma ia mata’u lo’u agaga.  Ua tu tasi oe i lo’u loto, oute faamanu ai nei. Amene.


Benediction and Postlude


Join us for fellowship on the porch and for coffee in

the Callis and Elaine Center next door.


Events of Interest

Ø Evensong via Zoom Thursdays at 3:30 will resume October 19th.


Ongoing Prayer Concerns

Ø For the victims of drowning, floods, natural disasters and violence

Ø For the peace and safety of our neighborhood and city

Ø For our sister congregations in the UCC, DOC and city of San Carlos

Ø For our local sheriff and fire departments

Ø Those who are homeless or alone

Ø Doctors, nurses, all health care workers 

Ø Waiters, baristas, cashiers and all those who serve the public

Ø Schools, teachers and children

Ø For the peace of Jerusalem and all of God's people


Keep in touch with us through our Facebook page:

and our Webpage:

Admire the new signage on all of our buildings.

Call us at the church office 650 593 7809

Pastor Richard’s cell phone is 202 422 5598


Resources for active adults:


Inspiring music

#587 Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

- Pastor Richard Hyde

Community Church of San Carlos

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