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 25, 2023 This service will be in-person and on Zoom at 9:00 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 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when morning dawns. The nations are in an uproar; the kin-doms totter; God’s voice resounds, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. –Psalm 46:1-7 NRSV, adapted
* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit Announcements Prelude Welcome *Introit Sanctuary Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you. *Call to Worship (based on The Summons and Matthew 10: 24-39) One: Christ calls us this day and every day to a journey of discipleship that will radically transform our lives. All: We hear your summons as you call us by name, and our desire is to say “yes.” One: Christ calls us to a journey of “follow-ship” that will challenge us as it challenged Jesus to live the truth of his identity. It is not easy to let Christ’s love be shown in the face of adversity or hostility and yet, All: We hear your summons as you call us by name, and our desire is to say “yes.” One: Christ calls us to a journey of discipleship that may bring us into direct conflict with those we know and love, even the members of our own family but still, All: We hear your summons as you call us by name, and our desire is to say “yes.” One: Christ calls us to a journey of discipleship that will call us OUT of the shadows and compel us to share the message of God’s Kin-dom for all, proclaiming what we have learned at our teacher’s feet and in the company of like-minded students and, All: We hear your summons as you call us by name, and our desire is to say “yes.” One: Christ calls us this day and every day to a journey that will radically transform us and the world. All: Let us continue the journey as we worship the One who calls us in spirit and in truth! *Passing of the Peace (ASL) and lighting Peace & Justice Candle *Hymn The Summons - John Bell Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me? Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me? Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen, And admit to what I mean in you and you in me? Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me? Lord, your summons echoes true when I but call your name! Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show. Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me. *Invocation (in unison) Holy and Beloved One, we gather to say “thank you.” We thank you that you know us and call us by name. We thank you for being our Master Teacher, leading us through the text of your life, death, and resurrection. We thank you for challenging us to claim our identity as your disciples. We thank you for this community and we ask that you make your presence felt with and among us. Help us to see you in the faces of all who are gathered in this place, whether in-person or virtually. These things we pray in the name of the One who calls us continually to life and that more abundantly. Amen Children’s Message Christian Scriptures Matthew 10:34-39 Special Music Message Rev. TJ Mack *Hymn For the Healing of the Nations B. #576 For the healing of the nations, God, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords; to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release, that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned; pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we hallow life's brief span. You, Creator God, have written your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind, that by our response and service earth its destiny may find. 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 invited to partner with God and with each other in transforming the world through the privilege of giving. Offertory on “Kingsfold” English melody/Vaughan Williams/Wagner *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) Receive our gifts which we return to you full hearted and freely. Take and use them for your glory and for the blessing of your beloved creation everywhere. *Hymn Our God, Our Help in Ages Past R. #80 Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home! Under the shadow of thy throne thy saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame, from everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same. A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone, short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears mortals all away; they fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day. Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, be thou our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home. *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 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Cor 13:13) Postlude (Please remain seated for the Postlude) The Union Congregational Church of Hancock, United Church of Christ will hold a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, July 16, 2023 immediately following the morning worship service for the following purposes: ● To approve the Treasurer to take funds from the Camden Wealth Management cash reserves to pay the overage of replacing the septic system at the parsonage. ● To act on any other business that may come before the congregation. Jeanne Edwards, Clerk June 18, 2023 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 Guest Musicians – Violinist Marie Graham and Trumpetist Sophie Urban Deacons – Kathy McGlinchey & Pat Summerer Liturgist – Peggy Karns 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 Marie Graham (1st year) is a rising sophomore at Oberlin Conservatory, pursuing a major in Violin Performance and a minor in East Asian Studies. Prior to entering her studies at Oberlin, she was a section member of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for three years. A current student of Francesca dePasquale, Marie’s former teachers have included Professor James Lyon of the Pennsylvania State University and Suzuki pedagogue Dr. Emily Rolka. At the Oberlin Conservatory, Marie has had the additional privilege of being coached in chamber music by members of the Verona Quartet, as well as supplementary studies in Historical Performance with Edwin Huizinga. As an Oberlin Conservatory student, Marie Graham is the recipient of the Oberlin Commitment Award, the Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship, and the Oberlin College Grant, as well as the C. and C. Bacon Scholarship. Currently, Marie plays a 2005 Zdenek Frodl Hradec Kralove violin on temporary loan courtesy of Oberlin Conservatory. Sophie Urban (1st year) is pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Professors Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. In addition to freelancing, Sophie was recently appointed an Associate Artist with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, made her solo debut with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and is a regular featured guest with the Soli Deo Gloria Choir. She is also very grateful to have performed with the Eastern Festival Orchestra, the PRISMA Festival, and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), and looks forward to the Monteux School & Music Festival this summer. An S.E. Shires Rising Artist, Sophie is honored to have also been named a YoungArts Winner, received the International Trumpet Guild Young Artist Award, and been a finalist in the ICTUS International Music Competition. Sophie is an avid yogi, tennis player, and chef. Resources UCC Worship Ways "Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.
Sanctuary Music - ©1982 Kruger Organisation Inc. Contributors: John W Thompson The Summons Words and Music - ©1987 Iona Community / WGRG (North America) Contributors: John Bell For the Healing of the Nations Words - ©1968 Hope Publishing Company Contributors: Fred Kaan O God, Our Help in Ages Past Words and Music - © OCP Publications Contributors: ST. ANNE, William Croft, Isaac Watts Go with Us, Lord Words - ©1990 Hope Publishing Company Contributors: Mary Jackson Cathey