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
Pentecost – May 28, 2023 – New Member Sunday 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 Fiery God, burn down systems of power that demean and destruct! Rage with us like a mighty wind when people are made vulnerable and are not protected! Speak the language of interdependence to our hearts, that we might not be stuck in despair, but empowered towards co-creating the Kin-dom of God. Amen
* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit Announcements Prelude O Spirit of Life from Gestiliche Kirchengesang/ David Cherwien Welcome *Introit O Holy Dove of God Descending (vs. 2) B. #285 O holy Wind of God now blowing, you are the seed that God is sowing, You are the life that starts us growing: Spirit, now live in me. Call to Worship One: Come Holy Spirit— All: Speak in a dialect our hearts understand. One: Come Holy Spirit— All: Bless us with the gifts we need to co-labor towards justice. One: Come Holy Spirit— All: Make vivid our dreams about the ways of radical care. One: Come Holy Spirit— All: Pour your vitality over our lives. *Passing of the Peace (ASL) and lighting Peace & Justice Candle *Hymn My Country, ‘Tis of Thee R. #531 My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring. My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills; my heart with rapture thrills like that above. Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song; let mortal tongues awake; let all that breathe partake; let rocks their silence break; the sound prolong. Our gracious God, to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing; long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by thy might, great God, our King. *Invocation (spoken in unison) Almighty God, by the power of your Holy Spirit, speak to us in the language of our hearts, that we may hear your Word with understanding and answer your call with confidence. Amen Children’s Message Liturgy for the Reception of New Members into the Church Leader One: Friends in Christ, we are all received into the church through the beckoning of the Holy Spirit. Orrick Damboise, Kenny Houghton, and Donald Hynes have found nurture and support in the midst of this family of Christ. They have been led by the Holy Spirit to affirm their covenantal relationship with the members of this community of faith, using their gifts for service to God’s children. Leader Two: Will you, Orrick, Kenny, and Donald, join with us as we follow the model of Jesus, to bring love and justice to all of God’s creation; to love both the powerless and the powerful; and to seek to bring wholeness to all of humanity? New Members: I will. Leader One: Beloveds, do you confess your faith in Jesus Christ, and make him your example, and take for your rule of life his words: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And … thy neighbor as thyself? New Members: I do Leader Two: Will you join with us and the United Church of Christ to explore questions of Christian faith combining the Good News of the Gospel and social justice? New Members: I will. Leader One: Will you join with us in support of this community of faith through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness, so that together we may grow stronger in expressing God’s love for all creation? New Members: I will, with the help of God. Leader Two: Will you join with us in support of this church by accepting the by-laws of this church? New Members: I will. *The Congregation: We then as members of this church, gladly welcome you among us to be part of us in the hopes, the labors, and the joys of the United Church of Christ. We promise to walk with you in Christian love and sympathy, and to promote, as far as is in us lies, your growth in the Christian life. The right hand of fellowship to be extended by the minister and senior deacon Leader One: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:19-21) Christian Scriptures Acts 2:1-21 Poem Caedmon Denise Levertov Special Music Reflection on “Bunessan” Gaelic Melody/ Edward Landin Message Rev. TJ Mack *Hymn Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us B. #267 Come, O Spirit, dwell among us, come with Pentecostal power; give the church a stronger vision, help us face each crucial hour. Built upon a firm foundation, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone, still the church is called to mission that God's love shall be made known. We would raise our alleluias for the grace of former years; for tomorrow's unknown pathway, hear, O God, our humble prayers. In the church's pilgrim journey you have led us all the way, still in presence move before us, fire by night and cloud by day. Come, O Spirit, dwell among us; give us words of fire and flame. Help our struggling voices praise you, glorify your holy name. Good Creator, Savior, Spirit, Three in One: what mystery! We would sing our loud hosannas now and through eternity. Invitation to Confession God has promised that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Therefore, let us call upon the Lord, confessing our sins. Prayer of Confession (in unison) God of new creation, we confess that we have failed to trust your bountiful goodness. By the power of the Holy Spirit you brought forth the earth and its creatures in abundance. Yet, we hoard earth’s resources and refuse to share your gifts. We dishonor your generosity by withholding our charity to those in need. We betray your kindness by dealing harshly with our enemies. We disregard your compassion by severely judging the sins of others. Forgive us. By the power of your Spirit renew our hearts and free us from sins that we may enjoy the fullness of your blessing upon all creation. Amen Declaration of Forgiveness Siblings in Christ, God offers forgiveness of our sins and the grace of repentance. Accept God’s grace, turn toward God, and be restored to abundant life. 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 – Come! Look for signs and wonders—ways the Sacred is already revealing Herself in our lives— community gardens, mutual aid funds, coordinated actions to protect our collective dignity. A kinder world is already at hand, may we gather our resources for its unfolding. Offertory Descend, O Spirit of God Morecambe/ Mark Roberts *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) Mysterious Spirit, we dedicate our offerings to the ordinary wonders of living—shared meals, shared stories, and shared lives. May simple signs and wonders offer us sustenance in a difficult world. And may the Holy meet us in surprising ways. Amen *Hymn We Are One in the Spirit R. #386 We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, and we pray that all unity may one day be restored: Refrain: And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, and together we'll spread the news that God is in our land: Refrain: We will work with each other, we will work side by side, we will work with each other, we will work side by side, and we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride: Refrain: *Sung Blessing Go With Us, Lord R. #336 Go with us, Lord, and guide the way through this and every coming day, That in your Spirit strong and true our lives may be our gift to you. *Benediction Postlude Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee Beethoven-Mouret/ Lau (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 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – Kathy McGlinchey & David Wildes Liturgist – Mary Beth DiMarco 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 Resources 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.
O Holy Dove of God Descending Words and Music - ©1976 Fred Bock Music Company Contributors: Brian Jeffery Leech My Country, 'Tis of Thee Music - ©2004 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The Contributors: Samuel F Smith, Dennis Eliot Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us Words - ©1979 Hope Publishing Company Contributors: Janie Alford They'll Know We Are Christians Words and Music - ©1966 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The Contributors: Peter Scholtes, Peter Scholtes
Go with Us, Lord Words - ©1990 Hope Publishing Company Contributors: Mary Jackson Cathey