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2/18/24 Bulletin


We respect tradition — and we welcome inclusive language about people and expansive language about God. Please pray using words most meaningful to you.

Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children


February 18, 2024 - First Sunday of Lent

This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 10:00  (Recorded for Facebook and YouTube)

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Meeting ID: 822 2425 2518

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The first pew in front of the pulpit has books and quiet activities for people of all ages.

Please find something that suits you, take it to your pew, and return it after the service.

Silent Prayer

What do you ask of us, Oh God? We long for systems rooted in liberation and justice. We yearn for ways-of-being rooted in understanding. How do we set each other free, oh God? In our gathering, may we discern an invitation from you. Guide us towards tender wisdom. Amen


* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit




Prelude       Aria                                                                                                               J.S. Bach 




*Introit       Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (v.1)                                                            B #43

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven on earth be found,

Fix in us a humble dwelling, all your faithful mercies crown;

Jesus, you are all compassion; pure, unbounded love impart.

Visit us with your salvation, enter every trembling heart.


*Call to Worship

One: We love the God Who is With Us because They are compassionate when we cry for mercy.

All: So we will call on Them as long as we live.

One: When cords of violence entangle us, when the anguish of death overwhelms us, when distress and sorrow overcome us—

All: We will call upon the Sustaining One for help.

One: Surely God will be present to our aching.

All: Surely God will lead us towards paths of justice and care.


*Passing of the Peace (ASL) and Lighting of Peace & Justice Candle


*Hymn       Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee                                                                      R. #7 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away; giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Source of grace and fount of blessing, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus which the morning stars began; God’s own love is reigning o’er us, joining people hand in hand. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife, joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.


One: Come, O Creator, O Immensity of love, O Eternity of mercy.

All: Come, and be with us and in us and beside us and over us. Be as hands upon us, and fashion us for shining.

One: Be as warmth within us, and fire us for caring. Be as strength beside us, and shape our lives for healing.

All: Abide in our prayers, the spoken and the unspoken; and make your Word come true in our flesh; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen


Children’s Message 


Hebrew Scripture                                                                                         1 Kings 17:17-24

Christian Scripture                                                                  Acts 9:36-42 and Luke 7:11-17     


Special Music        Poeme                                                                             Greig/ Mark William        


Message                                                                                                              Rev. TJ Mack


*Hymn       God of Grace and God of Glory                                                                  B. #436

God of grace and God of glory, on your people pour your power;

crown your ancient church’s story; bring its bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour.


From the evils that surround us and assail the Savior’s ways,

From the fears that long have bound us—free our hearts for faith and praise.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, for the living of these days.


Cure your children’s warring madness; bend our pride to your control.

Shame our reckless, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, make our broken spirits whole, make our broken spirits whole.


Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns 

Our Father (Creator, Mother) 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen


   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 –   God invites us to give in gratitude and joy so that we can bless others

as we have been blessed.


Offertory     All Nature Sings                                                                English melody/ A Fedak           


*The Doxology

     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)                                                              

O God, you call us to be a blessing for all people on this earth. Give us the wisdom and the courage to be a blessing to this community and to this world. Through these offerings may we be channels of your compassion and healing. Amen


*Hymn       In the Bulb There Is a Flower                                                                    R. #493

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;

in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.


There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;

there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.


In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity,

in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.




*Sung Blessing     Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (vs. 1)                                      R. #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 through this wilderness.


Postlude       Epilogue on “Praise to the Lord”                                                     Arr. Lani Smith    


(Please remain seated for the Postlude)


If you are visiting with us today, please sign our Guest Book in the back of the sanctuary. 


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or mail offerings to:

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Contact Us

                    207.422.3100                                                                          207.323.6743



Many thanks to those who make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Deacons – Pat Summerer & David Wildes

Liturgist Gina Tansey

Audio-Video Support – Mike Summerer

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


Resources, adapted

enfleshed: liturgy that matters - Silent Prayer, Call to Worship

The New Century Hymnal - Invocation, Offering Prayers

Feasting on the Word, Worship Companion - Prayers of the People


"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE,                   

License #A-738532. All rights reserved.

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Words and Music - ©1993 MorningStar Music Publishers / Birnamwood Publications

Contributors: Charles Wesley, Sid Davis

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Words and Music - ©2020 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music

Contributors: Henry Van Dyke, Ludwig Beethoven, Stephen DeCesare


God of Grace and God of Glory

Music - ©2013 Hinshaw Music, Inc.

Contributors: Dan Forrest


In the Bulb There Is a Flower

Words and Music © 1986 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Natalie Sleeth


Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Words and Music - © Public Domain

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