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4/9/23 Bulletin

UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF HANCOCK 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

I have seen the Lord. John 20:18. Easter Sunday - April 9, 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) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88327467219?pwd=Mis3ME4waGE1RmRBNzFXK3VUaDJXdz09 Meeting ID: 883 2746 7219 Passcode: 131738 Silent Prayer Almighty God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ you broke the power of death and opened the way to eternal life. As the empty tomb stands witness to this triumph over death, make your church a bold testimony to this enduring victory, that all we do may proclaim to the world, “Christ is risen, indeed!” Amen * Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit Announcements Prelude Easter Prelude on “Victory” Palestrina/Dennis Eliot Welcome *Introit Spirit of the Living God R. #281 Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me, Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Call to Worship One: On this day, we celebrate the risen Christ. Many: On this day, we celebrate resurrection in our lives. One: On this day, we embrace the grace which reaches from the tomb. Many: On this day, we embrace faith by committing to love in action. One: On this day, we shout Alleluia! Many: On this day we shout, Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! *Passing of the Peace (ASL) and lighting Peace & Justice Candle *Hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today R. #205 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! Mortal tongues and angels say: Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply: Alleluia! Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Dying once, he all doth save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia! Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! Christ hath opened Paradise, Alleluia! Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! Hail the Lord of earth and heaven! Alleluia! Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail the Resurrection thou! Alleluia! *Invocation (spoken in unison) Almighty God, by the power of your Spirit roll away the stone and reveal to us the Word of Life. Amen Children’s Message Christian Scripture John 20:1-18 Special Music - Choir Anthem In The Bulb There Is a Flower Natalie Sleeth B. #433 Message Rev. TJ Mack *Hymn I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) B. #237 I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses; And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses. Refrain: And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own, and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known. Refrain: He speaks, and the sound of his voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing; And the melody that he gave to me within my heart is ringing. Refrain: I'd stay in the garden with him, Though the night around me be falling; But he bids me go; through the voice of woe his voice to me is calling. Refrain: 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 has given us life in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In gratitude, let us offer our hearts and the fruit of our labor to God’s service. Offertory Rise Up, My Heart, With Gladness J. S. Bach *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) Almighty God, by your grace, accept the fruit of our labor and the offering of our lives in union with our risen Lord who lives and reigns with you forever. Amen *Hymn The Day of Resurrection B. #245 The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad; the passover of gladness, the passover of God. From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky, our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory. Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright the Christ who reigns eternal in resurrection light; We listen for the teachings, once heard so calm and plain, for we, too, want to follow and raise the victor strain. Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth its song begin, the whole world keep high triumph, and all that is therein; Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend, for Christ again has risen, our joy that has no end. *Blessing May God’s abiding love and hope give you new life. May God’s unmerited grace and mercy keep you hope-filled. And may God’s restorative justice bring you perfect peace. Amen *Sung Benediction Go, My Children, with My Blessing (v.1) B. #82 Go my children with my blessing, never alone; Waking, sleeping, I am with you, you are my own; In my love’s baptismal river I have made you mine forever, Go, my children, with my blessing, you are my own. Postlude Trumpet Tune in D Major David Johnson (Please remain seated for the Postlude) Support our Church Financially Please visit Hancock (Maine) UCC on Facebook or our new webpage www.hancockucc.com (please note that www.hancockucc.org still exists as an archival site) or visit this link to our PayPal account: paypal.me/hancockucc or mail offerings to: Union Congregational Church, PO Box 443, Hancock, ME 04640 (Attention: Treasurer) Contact Us hancockmaineucc@gmail.com treasurer@hancockucc.com revtjmack@gmail.com 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 – Mary Angela & Nick Davis Liturgist – Joy Stratton Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood Audio-Video Support – Patrice Alexander (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 Resources UCC Worship Ways and Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion and Enfleshed: Liturgy That Matters "Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.”


Spirit of the Living God Words and Music - ©1963 Jubilate Music Contributors: Daniel Iverson and Michale Baughen, Daniel Iverson

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today Words and Music - ©1965 Shawnee Press Contributors: Charles Wesley, Lyra Davidica In the Garden Words and Music - © OCP Contributors: GARDEN Day of Resurrection Words - ©1941 Concordia Publishing House Contributors: John Neale Go, My Children, with My Blessing Words - ©1983 Concordia Publishing House Contributors: Jaroslav J Vajda, Welsh traditional; arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams



Easter Plants

Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips

were donated by:

Gary and Jeanne Edwards in loving memory of

Pat and Buzz Edwards

Gary and Jeanne Edwards in loving memory of

Lora Josselyn, Lynn Josselyn, and Jennifer Edwards

Everett and Vicky Espling in loving memory of

All our Loved Ones

Gertrude Haskins in loving memory of

Edith, Andrew, and Harry Lounder,

and nieces, Betty, Lisa and Sheila

Sally Knapp in honor of

Debbie Riley

Sally Knapp in honor of

Vicky Espling

TJ Mack and Pat Shannon in loving memory of

Family Members and Friends

Sheila O’Neill in loving memory of

Ted O’Neill

Barbara Reeve in loving memory of

Bill Reeve

Jeff Springer in loving memory of

Luther and Charleen Springer

David Wildes and Cynthia Wood in loving memory of

Loved Ones


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