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2/26/23 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

First Sunday in Lent - Pilgrim Lodge Sunday

February 26, 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

Passcode: 131738

Silent Prayer

Wild God of wilderness, as we devote these forty days to you, shape us by your Holy Spirit

into the image of Christ our Lord, so that we may be ready, by your grace,

to confront the power of death with the promise of eternal life. Amen

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


Mission Moment Savanna Havey

Prelude My Lord, What a Morning African American Spiritual/ Pascazio


Introit Arise Your Light is Come! (v.1) R. #167

Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;

Show forth the glory of your God which shines on you today.

*Call to Worship

One: People of God, on this wilderness journey, what will you eat?

All: The word of the Lord is our daily bread.

One: People of God, in this time of temptation, how will you live?

All: Our faith is in the faithfulness of God.

One: People of God, at this kingdom crossroad, whom will you serve?

All: We worship the Lord our God alone.

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

*Hymn Those Who Wait Upon the Lord The Pilgrim Lodge Hymnal, page 1

Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

They shall mount up on wings as eagles,

They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint,

Help us Lord, help us Lord, in thy way.

Those who worship God on high shall renew their strength…

Those who know the mystery…

Those who love the Lord, our God…

Those who see the Risen Lord…

Those who live the global style…

Those who take care of God’s world…

Those who go to Pilgrim Lodge…

*Invocation (spoken in unison)

O Lord, may the words of your mouth be our daily bread, and may the leading of your Spirit become our way in the world. Amen

Children’s Message Liz

Christian Scripture Matthew 4:1-11

Special Music: Choir Savior God Above Duke Ellington TNCH #602

Message Liz Charles McGough

*Hymn Open My Eyes That I May See The Pilgrim Lodge Hymnal, page 78

O-pen my eyes, that I may see, Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the won-der-ful key That shall un-clasp, and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Read-y, my God, Thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spir-it di-vine!

O-pen my ears, that I may hear, Voices of truth Thou send-est clear; And while the wave-notes fall on my ear, Ev-’ry-thing false will dis-ap-pear.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Read-y, my God, Thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spir-it di-vine!

O-pen my mouth and let me bear, Gladly the warm truth ev-’ry-where; O-pen my heart and let me pre-pare, Love with Thy chil-dren thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Read-y, my God, Thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spir-it di-vine!

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 – As God so freely offers us the gift of life in Jesus Christ, let us respond with gratitude, offering our gifts to God.

Offertory Pastorale Craig Penfield

*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)

We give you thanks and praise, O God, for the free and abundant gift of grace you have given us. Let the simple gifts of our lives be a sign of our unending gratitude for your undying love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

*Hymn Camp and Grow The Pilgrim Lodge Hymnal, page 84

Move out et-ern-al child of God, your spir-it to re-new. Camp and grow (camp and grow), camp and grow (camp and grow). Come gath-er all you peo-ple, No mat-ter young or old. We’re head-in’ for a camp-out, Come let your spir-it grow. We’ll see some rocks and riv-ers, enjoy God’s great out-doors. When friendship grows from strang-ers, We’ll love it all the more.

Move out et-ern-al child of God, your spir-it to re-new. Camp and grow (camp and grow), camp and grow (camp and grow). When Je-sus was a teach-er, He trav-eled through the land. He used the seeds and weath-er to tell of God’s great plan. He walked up-on the sea-shore, He taught up-on the hills, and ev-ry-where he jour-neyed he healed the lame and ill.

Move out et-ern-al child of God, your spir-it to re-new. Camp and grow (camp and grow), camp and grow (camp and grow). From dust our God has made us, to dust we shall re-turn. Our lives are linked and join-ted with this cre-a-ted earth. So as we seek to love God our hope shall al-ways be to care for all cre-a-tion and live in har-mo-ny.

Move out et-ern-al child of God, your spir-it to re-new. Camp and grow (camp and grow), camp and grow (camp and grow). O’ we’re God’s pil-grim peo-ple, we’re hap-py we can go to all the earth’s far cor-ners where e’er the wind may blow. We’ll sing of joy in sun-shine, we’ll sing of joy in rain. No mat-ter what the weath-er, our song is still the same.


*Sung Benediction The Christian Edelweiss The Pilgrim Lodge Hymnal, page 56

May the Lord, Mighty God, bless and keep you forever;

Grant you peace, perfect peace, strength in every endeavor.

Lift your eyes and see God’s face;

Love will leave you never.

May the Lord, Mighty God, bless and keep you forever.

Postlude Allemanda Arcangelo Corelli

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

Many thanks to those who make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Director of Pilgrim Lodge - Liz Charles McGough

Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Deacons – Doug Kimmel & Robin Long

Liturgist – Pastor TJ

Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood

Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer

(Mike Summerer is happy to teach others this important task. Please inquire…)

Office Secretary – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You

Support our Church Financially

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(please note that still exists as an archival site)

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


Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion

"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.”

Prelude on "My Lord What a Morning"

Words and Music - ©2018 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The

Contributors: Matthew Pascazio

Arise, Your Light is Come!

Words - ©1992 GIA Publications, Inc.

Contributors: Ruth Duck

Those Who Wait Upon the Lord

Words and Music - Public Domain

Open My Eyes That I May See

Words and Music by Clara H. Scott

Public Domain


Words and Music - ©2018 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The

Contributors: Craig Penfield

Camp and Grow

Words and Music by Art Allen

Public Domain


Words and Music - ©2020 MorningStar Music Publishers / Birnamwood Publications

Contributors: Music: Arcangelo Corelli, Words: Charles Callahan

Please keep the following people in your prayers this week:

the people of Syria and Turkey;

the people of Ukraine and Russia;

the family and friends of Patricia Jordan who died on Feb. 8th;

Denny Doucette recovering from a cardioversion procedure;

Debbie E. recovering from hip replacement surgery;

David Mack; Coulter Huyler; Sandy Phippen;

Josh Friend experiencing heart issues; Renata’s sister-in-law Joanne;

President Jimmy Carter and his family;

Linda K. recovering from foot surgery;

a church family seeking solutions for significant mental health issues - prayers for effective intervention and treatment and healing for all;

Judith Crowley; Steve Crabtree; 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 Edwards; Bruce’s sister Lynn; Renata and the women she cares for; Shawn;

Eleanor’s step-daughter Holly; Tom & Judy’s son Andrew and his family; Cynthia; Nancy; Vicky’s Aunt Eleanor; 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,

those impacted by laws limiting reproductive justice;

those experiencing food and housing insecurity;

all in your heart

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