Worship Bulletin
Sunday June 23, 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:                  “When the character of a person is not clear to you, look at their friends"                                                                                                                                                                                             ~ from a Japanese Proverb

                                                                                      The Community Gathers

Welcome/Signing of Friendship Pads/Announcements
Ringing of the Bells                                    

*Call to Worship   (Psalm 100)       
One:     Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Many:   Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
One:     Know the Lord is God.  It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and
              the sheep of his pasture.
Many:   Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. 
One:     Give thanks to him, bless his name.
Many:   For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to
              all generations. 

*Bringing Forth the Light of Christ 

*Opening Hymn                                                     “This Is My Father’s World”                                          #60                                                                                                                          
*Prayer of Invocation (unison) Thank you for welcoming us to this, your house, O God.  Thank you for offering us this time to step back from the rush of the world, regroup, refocus, refresh.  Thank you for the blessing of our neighbors gathered with us.  Help us to hear their heartbeats as much as our own.  Bless this hour shared in the name of your son, Jesus.  Amen

A Story for all Ages                                                    “The Stonecutter”     

                                                                                  The Word of God to Us

The Reading of Scripture                      Mark 4: 35-41                                                               Carol Spencer-Lemay
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Sermon                                                 “The Boat Kept Going!”                                               Rev. Dr. Jeff Larsen


Special Music                                                          “Be Still My Soul”                                            by Jean Sibelius                                 

                                                                              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 (unison) Generous God, thank you for the blessings you bestow upon us daily.  For every gift we have received including the gift of faith, we give you thanks.  Open our hearts in generosity and humility that we may be eager to share what we have, and serve you in ways both large and small.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

*Closing Hymn                                         “Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed”                                           #463

* Benediction

* We Take the Light of Christ into the World
* Congregational Response                   “Lord, Dismiss Is 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
Tim Hartsfield, Substitute Organist


                                                       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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