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6/16/24 Bulletin

Updated: 5 days ago

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

June 16, 2024 - PRIDE Sunday - Father’s Day

Worship Leader and Preacher - Sarina Brooks - Ministry Intern

 

This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 9:30 a.m.  (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

Loving God, in your wisdom, you created a world rich with diversity. May we be aware of, and celebrate, the wondrous diversity that is in all of Your Creation. May we say “yes” to the diversity among us—within ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and our communities. May we claim that diversity as we come before you and embrace its transformative power and love. Amen

 

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

 

Announcements

 

Prelude       It Is Well with My Soul                                                          Ville du Havre/ P. Bliss 

 

Welcome      

 

*Introit       Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (vs. 2)                                                        R #12

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,

nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;

thy justice like mountains high soaring above

thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

 

*Call to Worship

One: God is calling to us,

All: Though we may be unsure. Full of fear and hesitation.

One: We hear Her lovingly call us out.

All: God calls us to be brave even as our voices shake!

One: In a world that desperately longs for love and unity, God calls us to proclaim our truths.

All: We believe that all people are valuable. We believe in justice and equity. We believe that we are responsible to ease the suffering in this world. We believe in the transformational power of love.

 

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

 

*Hymn           For the Beauty of the Earth                                                                             B #28

 

*Invocation

One: Holy One, as we gather here in your presence, open our hearts to love.

All: May we open our hearts to you, O God, and the life you offer us.

One: In you, we are free from the pressure of our world to conform—to all become alike.

All: Like a tapestry, we are created with diverse and beautiful threads that only fully shine when they are braided together in creation. As we gather here, may we remember that we are individual threads, woven together into a beautiful tapestry by your transformational love. Amen.


Children’s Message                          

 

Hebrew and Christian Scriptures     Psalm 139:1–18

                                                              Galatians 3:23–29

 

Special Music       To A Whisper                                                                              Thomas Mack

                                 Psalm 107 Chorus: vs. 29      

 

Message        Love Wins                                                                                       Sarina Brooks       

 

*Hymn       In Christ There is No East or West                                                                 B. #394

 

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 –  We are all one human family. In your love you created us. Through your grace you reach out to us. You are great enough to hold us all in your arms at the same time. Help us to open our hearts to the world that you love. Teach us to weave our lives together, offering all that we have to the greater good. In this way, each day, we begin again in love. Amen.

 

Offertory     Deep River                                              African-American Spiritual/ R. Thompson     

 

*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)

For all the great and wondrous things that you have done for us, O God, we are grateful. You give us strength to go on when we are troubled and discouraged. We want to pass on the good news through this offering and by the way we live each day. Lead and guide us with your steadfast love, that we might channel your gifts and help transform this world. Please accept our gifts and love. Amen.

 

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

 

*Benediction

 

*Sung Blessing     Sent Forth by God’s Blessing                                                             B. #76

Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing,

the people of God from this dwelling take leave.

The service is ended, O now be extended

the fruits of our worship in all who believe.

The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching,

shall blossom in action for God and for all.

God's grace did invite us, and love shall unite us

to work for God's realm and to answer the call.

 

Postlude       Postlude in F                                                                                                J.S. Bach

                       From Eight Little Preludes and Fugues

 

(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, Jack Hirschenhofer, Priscilla Hirschenhofer,  David Mack, Carol Skinner, Pat Summerer

Deacons – Everett & Vicky Espling

Liturgist

Audio-Video Support – Patrice Alexander

Office Administrator – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You

 

Resources:

A Prayer of Queer Thanksgiving by Micah Bucey

Prayer by Jordan Sullivan (Adapted)

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

License #A-738532. All rights reserved


For the Beauty of the Earth

Words and Music - ©1917 Willow Publishing Pty Ltd

Contributors: Folliot Pierpont, Conrad Kocher

 

In Christ There Is No East or West

Contributors: McKEE, John Oxenham

 

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

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

 

Sent Forth by God's Blessing            

Words - ©1964 World Library Publications

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