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2/25/24 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 25, 2024 - Second 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

Whispering God, who longs for us to hear your voice, and waits in the sheer silence for us to recognize your presence, meet me in this quiet moment. Silent my loud, tumultuous thoughts, and help me let go of my distractions, and my desire to be distracted, to simply sit here with you. As the silence unsettles my spirit, let the waves of your peace and presence wash over me. Amen.

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


Announcements & MESOM Moment


Prelude       O My Soul Rejoice with Gladness                                                          S. Karg-Elert 




*Introit       Morning Has Broken (v. 1)                                                           Red Hymnal #258

Morning has broken like the first morning,

blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!

Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!


*Call to Worship

One: Let us not be ashamed of our Savior.

All: Let us sing and praise our God out loud.

One: In the midst of the crowd, we will praise you.

All: In our community, we will bear witness to our faith.

One: Let us set our minds on divine things.

All: Let us take up our cross and follow Christ.


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


*Hymn       Be Thou My Vision (v. 1, 2, & 4)                                                                    R. #445

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me save that thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou my Redeemer, my love thou hast won; thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.


High King of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O ruler of all.



One: Gracious God, thank you that you promise to be with us in the midst of worship.

All: Lord, we welcome you among us today and ask that you would open our ears so that we may hear your voice.

One: Open our minds so that we may receive your eternal wisdom.

All: Open our spirits so that we may know your leading and guidance.

One: Open our hearts so that we may receive your wonderful love.

All: We ask all this in the glorious name of Jesus. Amen.


Children’s Message 


Scripture Reading                                                                                  Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25

Jesus the Great High Priest

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.


Special Music        In the Cross of Christ I Glory                                         Rathbun/ Robert Lau  


Message                         “Fix Me”                                                             Gordon Thomas Ward 


*Hymn       Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (v. 1, 3, & 4)                                             R. #80

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!


Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame,

from everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same.


A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone,

short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.


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    O For a Heart to Praise to Praise my God             Tune: Richmond/ Robert Powell 


*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)                                                              

God of grace, you provide for us in amazing ways. May our offerings provide for others and be used to further Christ’s ministry and mission. Amen.


*Hymn       Now Thank We All Our God  (v. 1, 2, & 3)                                                      R. #27

Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,who wondrous things hath done, in whom this world rejoices;who, from our mothers' arms hath blessed us on our waywith countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.


O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,to keep us in all grace, and guide us when perplexed,and free us from all ills of this world in the next.


All praise and thanks to God almighty now be given;to God, the three in one, who reign in highest heaven,the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.


*Charge & Benediction


*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       Rigaudon                                                                                            Andre Campari


(Please remain seated for the Postlude)


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


Today is Maine School of Ministry (MESOM) Sunday. Nick Davis will offer a testimony to the importance of supporting this mission of the Maine Conference. Envelopes available in the back of the Sanctuary.


Support our Church Financially

Please visit Hancock (Maine) UCC on Facebook or our new webpage

or visit this link to our PayPal account:  

or mail offerings to:

Union Congregational Church, PO Box 443, Hancock, ME 04640 (Attention: Treasurer)


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.


Guest Preacher – Gordon Thomas Ward

Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Deacons – Nick and Mary Angela Davis

Liturgist Jeanne Edwards

Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


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

License #A-738532. All rights reserved.

Morning Has Broken

Words and Music - ©1957 AGEHR Publishing - Handbell Musicians of America

Contributors: Eleanor Farjeon


Be Thou My Vision - Craig Courtney

Contributors: Public Domain

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words and Music - © OCP Publications

Contributors: ST. ANNE, William Croft, Isaac Watts


Now thank We All Our God

Words and Music - ©1586 Willow Publishing Pty Ltd

Contributors: Martin Rinkart, Johann Cruger


Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Words and Music - © Public Domain

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