Worship Bulletin
Sunday July 14
, 2019
12 Beach Sreet, Saco, ME 04072     (207) 283-3771     office@firstparishsaco.org

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Welcome to each and all.
We are very glad you have come.
We trust you will find something of substance to feed your soul in our morning worship.  


Meditation:                   “Don’t let your past steal your present.”       ~ Terri Guillemets


                                                      The Community Gathers


Welcome/Signing of Friendship Pads/Announcements

Ringing of the Bells


*Call to Worship (from opening of UCC Statement of Faith)          

One:    We believe in God, the eternal spirit;
Many: Who is made known to us in Jesus, our brother, and to whose deeds we testify;

One:    God calls the worlds into being,
Many: Creates humankind in divine image and sets before us the ways of life and      death.

One:     God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
Many:  Let us worship the God of all nations and all humanity.


*Bringing Forth the Light of Christ


*Opening Hymn                                “Joy to the World                                                      #134                                                                                                                  

*Prayer of Invocation (unison) You have watched over us all week, O loving God.  You have seen our ways, patiently trying to guide us on the paths of peace and hope.  Use this hour to redirect our energies from things that simply satisfy ourselves to the ways that honor you in all the world.  We ask this in the name of your son, Jesus.  Amen


The Sacrament of Baptism

Children                                         Jonah William Hersey
                                                          Lila Audrey Hersey

Parents                           Suzanne Kathryn Hersey and Ryan Patrick Hersey
God Parents                                 Laurie Lavoie and Ryan Lavoie

The Word of God to Us


The Reading of Scripture          Luke 3: 15-22 John baptizes Jesus                       Trina Triggs


Sermon                   “I hope that’s not a problem?”                                     Rev. Dr. Jeff Larsen


Choral Anthem                         “When Jesus Came to Jordan”                          by Fred Green                                   

                                                    We Respond to God’
s Word

The Community at Prayer

Offering Prayers 

Silent Prayer                          

Pastoral Prayer

            Our Lord’s Prayer (unison) 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.

            Congregational Response        “Sweet Hour of Prayer”                             by Bradbury

        Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
       That calls me from a world of care,
       And bids me at my Father’s throne
        Make all my wants and wishes known.


Offering Our Gifts to God                 




  * Doxology                                      Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

                        Praise God all creatures here below.

                        Praise God above ye heavenly hosts,

                        Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen. 


*Prayer of Dedication


* Closing Hymn                            “Community of Christ” vs 1-4                                       #502


* Benediction


* We Take the Light of Christ into the World


*  Congregational Response   “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”, vs 1                       #333

                        Lord, dismiss us with your blessing, fill our hearts with joy and peace;

                        let us each, your love possessing, triumph in redeeming grace:

                        oh, refresh us, oh refresh us, traveling thru this wilderness.


* Postlude                                      


*All Who Are Able Are Invited To Stand


Rev. Dr. Jeff Larsen, Interim Minister

Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education

Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music


Members of the congregation are invited to add a silent prayer of blessing

as they pass by the hand-crafted shawls while leaving the sanctuary.











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