UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF HANCOCK
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Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children
February 19, 2023
This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
(Posted for later viewing on Facebook and YouTube)
Meeting ID: 883 2746 7219
O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: by the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that your are our God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit
Prelude Psalm Prelude Fenton Groden
Introit Seek Ye First R. #443
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and God’s righ-teous-ness,
and all these things shall be added unto you.
*Call to Worship (#824 New Century Hymnal)
Leader: Beautiful are the works of God!
People: Beautiful also are the skins of God’s people!
Leader: Beautiful is the mind of God!
People: Beautiful also are the hopes of God’s people!
Leader: Beautiful is the heart of God!
People: Beautiful also are the souls of God’s people!
Leader: God made the heavens and the earth!
People: To God be the glory for the things God has done.
*Passing of the Peace (ASL) and lighting Peace & Justice Candle
*Hymn When Morning Gilds the Skies B. #86
When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries,
may Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer,
One purpose I declare: may Jesus Christ be praised!
New strength comes night or day when from the heart we say,
may Jesus Christ be praised! Let sin and evil fear,
when this sweet chant they hear: may Jesus Christ be praised!
Discordant humankind, in this your concord find,
may Jesus Christ be praised! Let all the earth around
ring joyous with the sound: may Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine,
may Jesus Christ be praised! Be this the eternal song,
through all the ages long: may Jesus Christ be praised!
*Invocation (spoken in unison): Amazing God, whose glory outshines the sun, open our lives to the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may more fully reflect the glory of your love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Christian Scripture 2 Peter 1:16-21
Special Music Over My Head Trad. African-American B. #514
Message “Ah, Holy Jesus” Rev. Dr. Nick Davis
*Hymn Beautiful Jesus B. #44
Beautiful Jesus, Head of all creation, God and the blessed Mary’s child:
I want to love you, praise and adore you, joy of my soul, so long desired.
Beautiful springtime, lovely, green, and hopeful, all earth exhales its sweet perfume:
Jesus is sweeter, Jesus is purer, sad hearts at this, rejoice and bloom.
Beautiful sunshine, clear, so lovely, moon-light, stars shine like angels, ranked through space:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines clearer, in perfect beauty, love, and grace.
All earthly beauty, all celestial radiance fade when compared to Jesus’ face.
Let me not cherish beauties that perish; let me this lovely good embrace.
Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns
Please keep the following people in your prayers this week: the people of Syria and Turkey; Linda K. recovering from foot surgery; Sandy Phippen; David Mack; a church family seeking solutions for significant mental health issues - prayers for effective intervention and treatment and healing for all; Judi Crowley; Debbie Maddocks and her Aunt Linda Reed; John Wood; Andrew and Tamara; Austin’s cousin Danny; Kathy’s sister Patti Wotton; Roberta Scott; Betty Johnston; Betty’s step-daughter Mollie; Margaret B; Kenny & Joy & David; Liz & Jim; Gary E; Bruce’s sister Lynn; Renata and the women she cares for; Eleanor’s step-daughter Holly; Tom & Judy’s son Andrew and his family; Cynthia; Nancy; all individuals and families experiencing addictions; all caregivers; all affected by memory loss; those living with depression and other mental health issues; for all victims and loved ones of violence, especially when it is by the hands of those whose vow is to serve and protect; those impacted by laws limiting reproductive justice; those experiencing food and housing insecurity; those ravaged by the perils of war; all in your heart…
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 –
Leader: All people shall give us they are able, according to the blessings which God has
given them. We will now receive the Morning Offering.
Offertory Poeme Edvard Grieg/ Mark Williams
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, most merciful and gracious, of whose bounty we have all received, accept, we
pray, this offering of your people. Remember in your love those who have brought it
and those for whom it is given; and so follow it with your blessing that it may promote
peace and goodwill among all people and advance the realm of our Savior Jesus Christ.
*Hymn My Eyes Have Seen the Glory B. #610
My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,
who is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
And has loosed the fateful lightning of a terrible swift sword;
God’s truth is marching on.
Glory, glory! hallelujah! Glory, glory! hallelujah!
Glory, glory! hallelujah! God’s truth is marching on.
God has been there in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
Where they built a sacred altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read the righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
God’s day is marching on.
God has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
and is sifting out the hearts of all before the judgment seat;
O be swift, my soul, to answer and be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
with a glory in whose bosom that transfigures you and me;
As Christ died to make us holy, let us die to make all free;
While God is marching on.
*Sung Benediction Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing (v. 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 Festivity on “Holy Manna” arr. Douglas Wagner
(Please remain seated for the Postlude)
Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –
in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Music Minister – Debbie Riley
Deacons – Robin Long and David Wildes
Liturgist – Mary Angela Davis
Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood
Audio-Video Support – Patrice Alexander
(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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Women and Worship
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Seek Ye First
Words and Music - ©1972 Capitol CMG Publishing (select titles)
Contributors: Karen Lafferty
When Morning Gilds the Skies
Music - ©1968 Fred Bock Music Company
Contributors: Fred Bock
Beautiful Jesus – Munster Gesangbuch
Translation Copyright © 1993 Madeleine Forell Marshall
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Words and Music - ©2021 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music
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Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
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