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5/26/24 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

May 26, 2024 – Trinity Sunday - Memorial Day Weekend

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

We light a light / in the name of the God who creates life, / in the name of the Saviour who loves life, / in the name of the Spirit who is the fire of life.  J. Philip Newell

 

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

 

Announcements

 

Prelude       Spirit of Life                                                                                arr. David Cherwien 

 

Welcome      

 

*Introit       Holy, Holy, Holy (vs. 1)                                                                             B. #277

Holy, holy, holy, God the Almighty!Early in the morning we praise your majesty.Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 

*Call to Worship

One:  Holy One, you reveal yourself as one God in three persons, a mighty, creative, life-generating dancer who invites all of your creation to join you.

All: Catch us up in your love and lead us into your world to call others to follow you with singing and rejoicing.

 

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

 

*Hymn       Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth                                                             R. #84

Mothering God, you gave me birth in the bright morning of this world.

Creator, source of every breath, you are my rain, my wind, my sun.

 

Mothering Christ, you took my form, offering me your food of light,

grain of life, and grape of love, your very body for my peace.

 

Mothering Spirit, nurturing one, in arms of patience hold me close,

so that in faith I root and grow until I flow’r, until I know.

 

*Invocation (in unison)

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh upon us. Renew us by your continued creative acts in the world. You presence among us is a blessing and a gift. Open us to receive, ponder, and grow as your communicate with your people. In Voice, Body, and Spirit, we worship you and invite your transformative power to be alive among us and at work in us. Here we are, O Triune God, here we are. Amen

 

Children’s Message                          

 

Christian Scripture                                                       2 Peter 1:16-18 and Matthew 28:16-20                                                                                                 

 

Special Music       Meditation                                                                                     David Lasky

 

Message                                                                                                              Rev. TJ Mack

 

*Hymn       Holy, Holy, Holy (vs. 2,3,4)                                                                       B. #277 

Holy, holy, holy! Saints adore you truly,Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea:Cherubim and seraphim bow before you only,From the beginning, God eternally.

 

Holy, holy, holy! Though we know but dimly,

Though the eyes of humankind your glory may not see,

You alone are holy, you alone are worthy,

Perfect in power, in love and purity.

 

Holy, holy, holy, God the Almighty!

All your works shall praise your name in earth and sky and sea.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Prayer for Transformation and New Life (in unison) God of mercy and grace, you come to us with loving compassion. You know our shortcomings and our willfulness. Make us new as we seek to become the people you have called us to be. Help us live according to the spirit and in union with you and community with our neighbors. Give us a burden to be instruments and witnesses of your loving kindness in the world. Hold us accountable as your empowered people. Let repentance and hope for new life overcome any sense of shame that may paralyze us in our past mistakes and misdeeds as we turn toward you with wonder and expectation that you will lead us into life abundantly for all. Amen

 

Words of Grace Beloved, you are known by the Holy One and invited to live into the life shaped for you in the divine image. Shame and discouragement are not your portion. Holy Love meets you with grace and gladness with the gift of new life in Christ. Receive it for the glory of God, our Source, Friend, and Counselor.

 

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 – The Triune God created us be communal, compassionate, and generous. Let us bring our gifts forward with gladness and gratitude that we have the honor of participating in God’s liberating and redemptive activity in the world.

 

Offertory             Song of Peace                                                                             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)             

Generous God, magnify the resources we bring as we cultivate generosity within us so that all needs are met, and all your people may be well and whole in your name. Amen

 

*Hymn       Eternal Father, Strong to Save                                                                   R. #535 Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm has bound the restless wave,who bid the mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep:O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Savior, whose almighty word the wind and waves submissive heard,who walked upon the foaming deep, and calm amid its rage did sleep:O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Holy Spirit, who did brood upon the chaos wild and rude,and bid its angry tumult cease, and gave, for fierce confusion, peace:O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Trinity of love and power, all trav’lers guard in danger’s hour; from rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them where-so-e'er they go; thus evermore shall rise to thee glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

 

*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.


*Benediction

 

Postlude                Rondeau  from Abdelazer                                                           Henry Purcell

         

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

 

 

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

 

 

Support our Church Financially

Please visit Hancock (Maine) UCC on Facebook or our new webpage www.hancockucc.com

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

                    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

Choir – Mary Angela Davis, Nick Davis, Jeanne Edwards, Peggy Emigh, Jane Lennon,

David Mack, Carol Skinner, Pat Summerer

Deacons – Mary Angela Davis & Robin Long

Liturgist – Myrna Coffin

Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You

 

Resources:

The New Century Hymnal #825, adapted - Call to Worship

UCC Worship Ways – Invocation, Prayer for Transformation and New Life, Offering Prayers

 

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

License #A-738532. All rights reserved


Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Music - ©1948 H W Gray

Contributors: Reginald Heber, John B Dykes

 

Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth

Words - ©1991 Abingdon Press

Contributors: Jean Janzen

 

Eternal Father, Strong To Save

Words and Music - ©2022 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music

Contributors: John Dykes, William Whiting, Stephen DeCesare

 

Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

Words and Music - Public Domain

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