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3/17/24 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


March 17, 2024 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 822 2425 2518

Passcode: 755650


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

O God, you pour out your grace with abundance and with boundless generosity. Makes us ever more faithful, and ever more grateful, as we strive to give to others as you have given to us. Amen


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




Prelude       Art Thou Weary                                                          Stephanos/ Emma Lou Diemer  




*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: In times of security and times of uncertainty,

All: O Lord, you hear our prayers.

One: Confident in your faithfulness

All: We will ever praise your name.

One: Through the abundance of your steadfast love you have gathered us.

All: In the holiness of your presence, we bow down to worship you.


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


*Hymn       O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free         (vs 1,2,3)                                         B. #209

O Love, how vast, how flowing free, O Love how filled with ecstasy,

That God a human form should take, and mortal be for mortals’ sake.


Not as an angel visiting, nor form celestial orbiting,

But born in flesh God chose to be, robed in our own humanity.


For us baptized, and fasting long, for us was tempted by the wrong,

For us the pangs of hunger knew; for us the Tempter overthrew.


*Invocation (in unison)

Speak to us, O Lord, your liberating word and fill us with your Holy Spirit. Amen


Children’s Message                 Godly Play - Faces of Easter              


Hebrew Scripture                                                                                               Isaiah 51:1-8

Christian Scripture                                                                                           Luke 13:18-21     


Special Music        Do Not Fear, For You Are Mine                                             David Lantz III




*Hymn       We Plant a Grain of Mustard Seed (vs. 1,2,3,6)                                          B. #540

We plant a grain of mustard seed, and in our faith we find

the proof of God is love, indeed, which blossoms from its kind;

the proof of God is love, indeed, which blossoms from its kind.


Our actions, more than words, define how love’s example feeds

a greater love, for love divine bursts forth from smallest seeds;

a greater love, for love divine bursts forth from smallest seeds.


When stooped to lend a helping hand, we find a touch that heals,

for love invested will expand to bear the fruit love yields;

for love invested will expand to bear the fruit love yields.


Make love our purpose, love our aim, for love endures all things,

and choosing love our lives will claim the peace forgiveness brings;

and choosing love our lives will claim the peace forgiveness brings.


So may our new beginnings prove, like living bread and wine,

That through our common human love we taste what is divine;

That through our common human love we taste what is divine.


Our lives will be fulfilled and blessed if through the seeds we’ve sown

and by the love that we profess the love of Christ is known;

and by the love that we profess the love of Christ is known.


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    Cross of Jesus                                                                         arr. Edward Broughton    


*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       Great Is Your Faithfulness                                                                         B. #423 Great is your faithfulness, O God, Creator

with you no shadow of turning we see.

You do not change, your compassions they fail not;

all of your goodness forever will be.



Great is your faithfulness! Great is your faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed your hand has provided,

Great is your faithfulness, God, unto me!


Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

to your great faithfulness, mercy, and love.




Pardon for sin and a peace so enduring,

your own dear presence to cheer and to guide.

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.




*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      Guide My feet                                        African-American Spiritual/ Nigel Williams 


(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 – Everett & Vicky Espling

Liturgist – Myrna Coffin

Audio-Video Support – Mike Summerer

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


Resources, adapted

Feasting on the Word - Lenten Companion - Silent Prayer, Call to Worship, Invocation

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


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

License #A-738532. All rights reserved.

 Praise To the Lord

Words and Music - ©1863 Willow Publishing Pty Ltd

Contributors: Joachim Neander, Catherine Winkworth


O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free

Words - ©1994 Pilgrim Press, The

Contributors: New Century Hymnal


We Plant a Grain of Mustard Seed

Words - ©1998 GIA Publications, Inc.

Contributors: Mary Bryan Matney


Great Is Your Faithfulness

Words - ©1923, 1951 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Thomas O Chisholm


Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Words and Music - Public Domain 


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