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5/22/22 Bulletin


Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 22, 2022

Lesley Robinson – Comfort Cases of Maine

This service will be in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for Zoom Coffee Hour beginning shortly after the service ends.

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10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service followed by Zoom Coffee Hour

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Silent Prayer

Faithful God, you have blessed us with the inheritance of grace that we might live as people of justice, righteousness, and peace. Stir in us your power and fill us with the love of Christ,

strong and true, that we may be always eager to serve your promised reign of peace. Amen

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


Prelude Andante Triquillo Peter Warlock/Rawsthorne


*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 (spoken in unison)

God gives justice to the weak and the orphan; God rescues the weak and the needy.

Blessed be the One, Holy and Living God, now and forever.

*Passing of the Peace (ASL) - Lighting of the Peace Candle & Prayer for Peace & Justice

God has the whole world in Their hands,

They have the whole world in Their hands,

They have the whole world in Their hands,

God has the whole world in Their hands.

God has the wind and the rain in Their hands,

God has the wind and the rain in Their hands,

God has the wind and the rain in Their hands,

God has the whole world in Their hands.

God has the tiny little baby in Their hands,

God has the tiny little baby in Their hands,

God has the tiny little baby in Their hands,

God has the whole world in Their hands.

God has you and me, brother, in Their hands,

God has you and me sister, in Their hands,

God has you and me siblings, in Their hands,

God has the whole world in Their hands.

*Invocation (spoken in unison)

Holy God, your Word is like fire. By the power of your Spirit, illumine our sight and enflame our hearts, that we may live lives more faithful to your will. Amen

Children’s Message

New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) Psalm 82

Special Music – Choir A Gladsome Hymn of Praise arr. Austin Lovelace

Message                                                                                                         Lesley Robinson

*Hymn Called as Partners in Christ’s Service B. #495

We respond with deep commitment fresh new lines of faith to trace.

May we learn the art of sharing, side by side and friend with friend,

Equal partners in our caring to fulfil God’s chosen end.

Christ’s example, Christ’s inspiring, Christ’s clear call to work and worth,

Let us follow, never faltering, reconciling folk on earth.

Men and women, richer, poorer, all God’s people, young and old,

Blending human skills together gracious gifts from God unfold.

Thus new patterns for Christ’s mission, in a small or global sense,

Help us bear each other’s burdens, breaking down each wall or fence.

Words of comfort, words of vision, words of challenge, said with care,

Bring new power and strength for action, make us colleagues, free and fair.

So God grant us for tomorrow ways to order human life

That surround each person’s sorrow with a calm that conquers strife.

Make us partners in our living, our compassion to increase,

Messengers of faith, thus giving hope and confidence and peace.

Prayers of the People – Sharing Joys & Concerns

Lead Me Lord

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.


Welcoming our Tithes and Offerings – Our God, who is faithful, blesses us with an abundance of gifts. In gratitude, let us offer all that we have and all that we are for the love of Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Offertory Trentham arr. David Lasky

*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 the ages, we faithfully add our gifts to those who have gone before us throughout the generations. Bless these gifts that they may yield an increase for the spreading of your love in the world. Amen

* Hymn Blessed Be the Tie That Binds B. #393

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; The sharing of a common life is like to that above.

Before our God we come and pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes, each other’s burdens bear, And often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain, But we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.


*Sung Benediction Go With Us, Lord R. #336

That in your Spirit strong and true our lives may be our gift to you.

Postlude Voluntary in D Stanley/ Edwards

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Deb Riley – Music Minister

Mary Angela Davis, Nick Davis, Phoebe Devenish, Phil Devenish,

Jeanne Edwards, Peggy Emigh, Pat Summerer – Choir

Vicky Espling & Robin Long – Deacons

Jeanne Edwards – Liturgist

Cynthia Wood – Graphics Minister

Ron Schwizer & Mike Summerer – Audio-Video Support

Vicky Espling – Office Secretary

TJ Mack – Settled Minister

You – The Body of Christ


Feasting on the Word

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

Words and Music - ©1963 Jubilate Music

Contributors: Daniel Iverson and Michale Baughen, Daniel Iverson

God's Got the Whole World

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

Contributors: African American Spiritual, Miller, Mark A

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Words and Music - ©2012 Public Domain

Contributors: Public Domain

Called as Partners in Christ's Service - Jane Parker Huber

Words - ©1981 Presbyterian Publishing/Westminster John Knox/Geneva Press

Words - ©1990 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Mary Jackson Cathey

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