UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF HANCOCK
Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children
The Publican and the Pharisee, Frank Wesley.
Guest Worship Leader and Violinist– Rev. Cynthia Priem
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 23, 2022
This service will be in the Sanctuary and on Zoom at 10:00 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 882 8024 5071
Ancient God of even this Moment, forgive us when we place limits on your Radical Love. Forgive us when our imaginations are flattened into screen prints of harm. Instead,
expand our acts of repair beyond the performative and shallow. Lead us into the
lush realms of soulful self-examination and courageous transformation. Amen
* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit
Prelude Adagio from Violin Sonata Op 1 No. 10 G. F. Handel
Violin, Rev. Cynthia Priem
*Introit Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (vs. 1) R. # 26
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the God of Creation!
Sing, my soul, praising the source of thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near;
join me in glad adoration!
*Call to Worship
One: This is the day the Lord has made:
All: a day for praise and prayer; a day for gratitude and generosity.
One: This is the time God has given us:
All; a time for singing and silence; a time for speaking and listening.
One: This is the life to which God calls us:
All: a life of humility and service; a life of faith and trust.
*Passing of the Peace (ASL) – Lighting of the Peace Candle & Prayer for Peace & Justice
*Hymn Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling(verses 1, 2 & 3) B. #67
Let me enter God’s own dwelling, open wide the lovely door!
Here all earthly powers excelling, God receives the sick and poor.
Joy, my heart, in this dear place: here I see God face to face.
I have come to church to meet you: condescend to come to me!
Anxious, needy, I entreat you, come inside, and welcome be—
Here at home, within my breast— I, your temple, richly blessed.
Make my mind and body holy, sanctify my ears and lips.
Lift my spirit, poor and lowly, all bright vanities eclipse.
Take my praise, however flawed, as an offering, worthy god.
*Invocation (spoken in unison)
God our Provider, we walked into church today needing you in different ways. Some of us need strength because we are facing a big challenge. Some of us need hope, because we feel like giving up. Some of us need love, because we are feeling alone. We trust that you will provide for us, whether through words or music, or in a quiet moment of reflection. You are here; you are with us. Amen.
New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Special Music Peace Karen Beaumont
Message Cynthia Priem
*Hymn Not My Brother, nor My Sister (verses 1 & 4) B. #519
Not my brother, nor my sister, but it's me, O God, standing in the need of prayer; Not my brother, nor my sister, but it's me, O God, standing in the need of prayer.
It's me, it's me, O God, standing in the need of prayer; It's me, it's me, O God, Standing in the need of prayer.
Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it's me, O Lord, Standin' in the need of prayer; Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it's me, O Lord, Standin' in the need of prayer.
Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns
Lead me Lord, lead me in thy righteousness, make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou Lord, thou Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.
Invitation to Offering
Offertory Reflection on “Love Unknown” John Ireland/ Lasky
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done; Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. Amen
*Prayer of Dedication (spoken in unison)
If our lives, our love, our gifts are not shared with others, the words we offer in prayer and praise are hollow. So receive what we offer, Holy God, and bless them in the work of your realm which values the people we ridicule, lifts up those we have stepped over, and brings hope and healing to all. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
*Hymn Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve B. #491
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve, and press with vigor on; A heavenly race demands your zeal, and an immortal crown, and an immortal crown.
A cloud of witnesses around holds you in full survey; Forget the steps already trod, and onward urge your way, and onward urge your way.
For God’s all animating voice still calls us to the race;
And God’s own hand still gives the prize with never ending grace,
with never ending grace.
O Savior, shown the way by you, I have my race begun;
And, crowned with victory, at your feet I’ll lay my honors down,
I’ll lay my honors down.
*Sung Benediction Go, My Children, with My Blessing (v. 2) B. #82
Go, my children, fed and nourished, closer to me;
Grow in love and love by serving, joyful and free.
Here my Spirit’s power filled you, here with tender comfort stilled you;
Go, my children, fed and nourished, joyful and free.
Postlude The Rejoicing G.F. Handel
(Please remain seated for the Postlude)
We welcome to the pulpit this morning the Rev. Cynthia Priem. Cynthia was blessed with scholarships to Vassar College (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MA), and Lexington Theological Seminary (MDiv) as well as the Eastern Music Festival (2 years). During her years of automating libraries, she took courses in a Master of Library Science program and, while developing three applications used in the building of facilities to make new pharmaceutical products, she took courses toward a Master of Science in Technology. Another period of her life was spent teaching public and proprietary software to business professionals. She served UCC churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Maine. She is currently not affiliated with a denomination and experiences a checkout lane at Shaws as a pastor's study when the store is quiet. She is a first violinist in the DownEast Chamber Orchestra and U.of Maine's orchestra and baroque ensemble.
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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –
in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Guest Worship Leader – Rev. Cynthia Priem
Music Minister – Debbie Riley
Deacons – Robin Long & Kathy McGlinchey
Liturgist – Vicky Espling
Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood
Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer & Mike Summerer
(Mike Summerer is happy to teach others this simple task. Please inquire…)
Office Secretary – Vicky Espling
Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack
The Body of Christ – You
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Call to Worship & Dedication - Thom M. Shuman on http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/
Invocation - Copyright Carol Penner www.leadinginworship.com
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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Words and Music - ©2001 Fred Bock Music Company
Contributors: Joachim Neander, tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt. (Public Domain), Richard Manners
Standin' in the Need of Prayer
Words and Music - ©1994 Public Domain
Contributors: Public Domain
Awake My Soul Stretch Every Nerve
Music - ©1992 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The
Contributors: George Frideric Handel, Phillip Doddridge, Steven Scott
Go, My Children, with My Blessing
Words - ©1983 Concordia Publishing House
Contributors: Jaroslav J Vajda, Welsh traditional; arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams