Worship Bulletin
Sunday February 17, 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.  


                                                                                    The Community Gathers


Meditation      “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…live
                          the questions now…Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day
                          in to the answer.”
                                                                                                                                                          ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Choral Prelude                                                                    “Kum Ba Ya”                                       African American Spiritual                            
Welcome/Signing Of Friendship Pads/Announcements

Ringing of the Bells

Introit                                                                            “One More Song for you”                                 Michael Omartian
                                                                                     Duet ~ Judy and Peter Gray

*Call to Worship
One:      The Word goes forth from the mouth of God.
Many:    Mountains and plains break into singing.
One:       Rain and snow water the earth,
Many:    Life is renewed, and people are fed.
One:       Signs of God’s presence are all around us.
Many:    We will flourish with renewed life and grace.
               Let us give thanks and praise to God.

Bringing Forth the Light of Christ                                                                                                                     Spencer Cook

* Hymn of Praise                                                                 This is the Day”                                                 #257  Click Here    

*Prayer of Invocation (Unison) Before the mystery of your grace, we open ourselves to your light and leading, holy God.  In the courts of the Lord, we are renewed.  The foundations of our lives are rebuilt.  Meet us here that your work may prosper among us and through us.  Show us how to rest in you, so that we may serve you with renewed strength and Spirit-filled commitment.  Fill our lives with the joy and peace that you alone can give.  Amen.

A Time for the Children
                         (Children may go to their Church School classes at this time. Guests are welcome to attend.)

Choral Anthem                                                       “Los Magos que llegaron a Belen”                               Manuel Fernandez
                                                                              (The Magi who to Bethlehem Did Go)
                                                                                           Guitar ~ Lynn Gaudette


                                                                                         The Word of God to Us

Reading of Scripture

              The Hebrew Scripture                                        Deuteronomy 5:12-15                                       Judy Klingensmith    
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.     

              The Gospel Lesson                                             Luke 6:6-16                                                     Rev. Deborah Breault    
 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.       


Sermon                                                                             “Resting in God”                                              Rev. Deborah Breault            

*Hymn                                                                    “Come to Me, O Weary Traveler                                    #302 Click Here

                                                                                  We Respond to Gods Word

The Community at Prayer
            Sharing Prayers and Silent 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.

Offering Our Gifts to God
         Offertory                                         “Joyful, Joyful”                                                                           Beethoven          
 *Doxology          Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
                                      Praise God all creatures here below.
                                    Praise God above the heavenly hosts,

                                 Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.   

*Prayer of Dedication  (Unison) Thank you, God of love, for the promise of this season.  We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world.  May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere.  Amen.

*Hymn                                                          “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”                                        #436   Click Here


*We Take the Light of Christ into the World     

*Benediction Response                       “Go in Peace”                                                                                              White
Go in peace and the peace of God, be with you this day.
                                  Go in peace and the peace of God, be with you always.
                                     Celebrate and share the joy! Celebrate new life!
                                Go in peace and the peace of God, be with you always.

* Postlude                                                       “Nun danket alle Gott”                                            Georg Friedrich Kaufmann 
                                                                      (Now We Thank our God) 


                                                                  *ALL WHO ARE ABLE ARE INVITED TO STAND
                                                                     Rev. Deborah Tate Breault, Interim Minister
                                                                 Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
                                                                        Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music









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