Sunday July 14, 2019
12 Beach Sreet, Saco, ME 04072 (207) 283-3771 email@example.com
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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
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
* 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.
*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.