Open and Affirming

Sunday, June 6

Join us for Communion Sunday, June 6, as we kick off Pride month with our celebration of being an Open and Affirming church, the special designation given to United Church of Christ churches who offer radical welcome to those who identify as LGBTQIA+. Our readings for this service include Psalm 139 and a selection from the Gospel of Matthew.  The sermon by Pastor Lucozzi is entitled “Welcoming Pride and Protest.” Music under the direction of Andy Davis includes the hymns “Lord You Have Searched Me, music by Margaret R. Tucker and words based on Psalm 139, “Accept, O God, the Gifts We Bring, arranged by Alice Parker and sung by Perrin Scott, “O, for A World,” words by Miriam Therese Winter and music by Carl Gotthelf Gläser and our children’s hymn is the African American spiritual “This Little Light of Mine.” Our anthems will be “Singabahambayo Thina,” a South African freedom song sung in Zulu and “Everything Possible,” words and music by Fred Small and sung for us by Andy Davis. The children’s story for our service is “They, She, He Easy as ABC” by Maya Christina Gonzalez and Matthew SG. Prayers and concerns for the world and our time are also a regular part of our time together. Everyone is welcome.

Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming/ Just Peace congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), continues tomorrow with worship online at 10am and on BCTV at 8am and again on Weds morning at 6:30am. The link to the livestream can be found on the church homepage at or on the church’s Facebook page at