Worship Bulletin
Sunday May 19, 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:               "Our Mission is to help Children, Youth and Adults to develop a relationship
                                                            with God through the transforming love of Jesus Christ."       
                                                                                                                                       ~ First Parish Christian Education Team
                                                          "When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts." 
                                                                                                                                                      ~ Dalai Lama
                                                          "Children are NOT a distraction from more important work. 
                                                              They are The Most important work."                         ~ C.S. Lewis                                                                                                      "Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded. 
                                                                                                                                                     ~ Jess Lair

           Prelude                                                       "Canon in D with Seek Ye First"                                            by Pachelbel

                           Welcome/Signing of Friendship Pads/Announcements 
                           Ringing of the Bells
                           Introit                                     "Siyahamba" and "This Little Light of Mine"                           Mash Up/#366                                                                                                       Youth and Senior Choir                                                   

                        *Call to Worship    
                         Leader:  God is the Creator of bees and trees, crawling bugs and puppies that tug.
                         People:  Let everything that breathes praise God.
Leader:  God is the Maker of towering mountains and bubbling fountains.
                         People:  Let everything that breathes praise God.
                         Leader:  God makes the rain to fall and the mockingbirds call.
                         People:  Let everything that breathes praise God.
                         Leader:  Jesus is God's special tool.  He helped shape the Church and Sunday school.
                         People:  Let everything that breathes praise God.

                        *Bringing Forth the Light of Christ                                                                                               Alex Savage

                         *Hymn of Praise                             All Things Bright and Beautiful”                                     #63  Click Here                                       *Prayer of Invocation (Unison) Today is a special day:  it is Children's Sunday!  And so we pray that God would bless our worship as we celebrate the gift of our children and youth, teachers and youth leaders, friends and parents.  God we give thanks for all your gifts and remember the special joy of being a child.  May the love and spontaneity of these little ones offer us an example of how to open our hearts to your love and fully embrace your power.  We pray this and all things in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Redeemer and friend.  Amen.
                                                                                    The Word of God to Us

                        The Reading of Scripture                          Mark 10:13-16                                       Rev. Dr. Jeff Larsen  
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. 

                         *Hymn                                  “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” vs. 1&2                         #172  Click Here

                        A Time of Celebration and Recognition for the Ministry of Christian Education
                        Recognition of Christian Education Team
                        Recognition of Church School Teachers and Youth Leaders
                        Recognition of Acolytes

                        Litany of Thanksgiving and Appreciation of Church School Teachers             
                        One:    God of Love, on this special day, we lift up those who are committed to Christ through the                                                             teaching ministry of our church.
                        Many:  Thanks be to God the giver of all good gifts.
One:     For the time and energy devoted by our teachers and the love they share,
                        Many:   We give you thanks and celebrate their gifts.
One:     For the lessons prepared, the smiles and support offered and the friendly caring they
                                     demonstrate to all,
                        Many:   We give you thanks and celebrate their gifts.
One:     For the time and commitment of our Youth Fellowship leaders and their dedication to our youth                                                   activities and overnights.
                        Many:  We give you thanks and celebrate their gifts.
One:     For the caring presence that teaches about Jesus’ love through actual experience,
                        Many:  We give you thanks and celebrate their gifts.
One:    Thank you God, for the gift of our children, youth and all the teachers who give so
                                    generously of their time, talents and love.  We thank you also for parents who make it possible
                                    for them to participate.
                        Many:   May we always give thanks for them and show our appreciation in the ways we value
                                      and support the teaching ministries of our church
                        All:      Thanks be to God for the many blessings of our church school.  Amen.
                        Recognition of Children’s Music Program
                        Recognition of those going to Pilgrim Lodge
                        Recognition of Vacation Bible School Leaders

                        Message for all Ages                       “Welcoming Children in Worship”           
                                                                                                                                                 Barrington Congregational Church

       We Respond to Gods Word

Junior Choral Anthem                         "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"                                           by Arlen 
 The Community at Prayer
              Offering Prayers 
              Call to Prayer                
              Pastoral Prayer 
              Our Lord’s Prayer (Sung) 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.  
             Choral Offertory                                "Jesus Loves Me"                             Arr. By Michael Hassell
              * 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
 Recognition of Church School Classes and Participants
Closing Hymn                                  “He’s Got the Whole World”                                       #97  Click Here                                                                                                                                                        
  * Benediction
  * We Take the Light of Christ Into the World
  * Congregational Response                   “Go In Peace”                                                                         #34

                        * Postlude                                            "One in the Spirit"                                                            by Scholtes                                                                                                    


                                                         *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
                                                                            upon leaving the sanctuary.









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