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8/14/2022 Bulletin

Updated: Jan 16, 2023


Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children

Jesus the Fiery Prophet, Jyoti Sahi, 2002.

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 14, 2022

Long-Term Member Recognition Sunday

This service will be in the Sanctuary and on Zoom at 9:00 a.m.

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

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Silent Prayer

God of the joyful morning and of the dark night of the soul, thank you for your sustaining love. Ground us in your steadfastness, that we have clarity and courage to live by the example

of the Living Christ. Amen

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


Prelude Greensleeves English Air/ V Williams/Roper


*Introit Weave R. #375

Weave, weave, weave us together, Weave us together in unity and love.

Weave, weave, weave us together. Weave us together, together in love.

*Call to Worship

One: By faith we get up in the morning,

All: learning from the rising sun how to begin again.

One: By faith we go out into the day,

All: courageously asking God to meet us where we are.

One: By faith we gather together,

All: honoring the Divine Light in one another.

One: By faith we fan the flames of justice—

All: for we have known the Spirit of Transformation.

One: Come, let us worship the Faithful One,

All: the Living God is in our midst.

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

*Hymn Be Now My Vision (verses 1 & 2) B. #451

Be now my vi-sion, O God of my heart; noth-ing sur-pass-es the love you im-part

You my best thought, by day or by night, wak-ing or sleep-ing, your pres-ence my light.

Be now my wis-dom, and be my true word;

ever with-in me, my soul is as-sured;

Moth-er and Fath-er, you are both to me, now and for-ev-er your child I will be.

*Invocation (spoken in unison)

God of Wisdom, we eagerly seek your presence in our lives and in the world. By your Spirit, speak your word to us, and give us your grace to recognize the abundant signs

of your care for us, so that we might be freed to act in the world with courage and abandon. Amen

Children’s Message

Recognition of Long-Term Members – All present are invited to stand as acknowledged.

One: O God, what an abundance of gifts these people have to offer:

Musical talent, the melody of laughter, the use of their hands in cooking and repairs, the use of their minds in problem solving, curiosity, compassion, patience, urgency, spiritual reservoirs, financial resources, obedience, and courage to act. All these gifts, and others which bear their personal marks, are symbolized in their offerings for the work of the church.

All those being recognized today: (in unison)

O God, giver of all good, who continually pours your benefits upon us, of your faithfulness there is no end and your care is unfailing. We praise you that the mystery of our life is a mystery of infinite goodness. We praise you for the order and constancy of nature; for the beauty and bounty of the earth; for day and night, summer and winter, seedtime and harvest; for the varied gifts of loveliness and use which every season brings. We remain one with Christ, committed to the life and work of this church.

Congregation: O God, we are made glad by the good news of your love for these, your humble servants. We thank you for creating them and giving them all that is necessary for life in Christ. Help us to remember the gifts received through the heart, mind, hands, and feet of these faithful so that we may continually learn, grow, and praise you with lives of joy and service; through Jesus Christ. Amen

Old Testament Reading (Hebrew Scriptures) Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19

New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) Luke 12:49-56

Special Music In Church Tchaikovsky/Album for the Young

Message                                                                                                             Rev. TJ Mack

*Hymn God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens R. #67

God, who stretched the spangled heavens, infinite in time and place,
flung the suns in burning radiance through the silent fields of space,
we, your children, in your likeness, share inventive powers with you.
Great Creator, still creating, show us what we yet may do.
We have ventured worlds undreamed of since the childhood of our race;
known the ecstasy of winging through uncharted realms of space;
probed the secrets of the atom, yielding unimagined power,
facing us with life's destruction or our most triumphant hour.
As each far horizon beckons, may it challenge us anew,
children of creative purpose, serving others, honoring you.
May our dreams prove rich with promise, each endeavor well begun.
Great Creator, give us guidance till our goals and yours are one.

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.

Offering – Welcoming our Tithes and Offerings – Let us keep dreams of thriving alive for ourselves and one another by gathering our shared resources on this day.

Offertory The Peace Handel/Biggs

*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)

Out of faithfulness to your radical and creative love, oh God, we give these offerings to our community, and in doing so, give them to you. The Holy Spirit moves within us and among us. Thanks be to God. Amen

*Hymn How Great Thou Art Insert

1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,

consider all the worlds thy hands have made.

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to thee.

How great thou art, how great thou art.

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to thee.

How great thou art, how great thou art.

2. When though the woods, and forest glades I wander,

I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,

when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,

and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.


3. And when I think of Jesus' life of giving;

A love so wide that no one is left out.

No cross or tomb can stop the Word from living,

and so, inspired, I raise my voice and shout.


4. In life, in death, in life beyond our ending,

in God's great love, is where we find our rest.

With joyful hearts and thankful voices blending,

the whole creation knows itself as blest.



*Sung Benediction 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.

Postlude Eternal Father, Strong to Save Tune:Melina/Dykes/Parks

(Please remain seated for the Postlude)

Long-term members honored today

20 years: Frank Dorsey, Mary Beth Dorsey & Jane Preble

25 Years: Liz Bunker, Ashley Johnson, Joey Espling, Rachel Umphrey, Meghan Scott, Andrew Severance & Zach Spaulding

30 Years: Mary Alice Alley Freeman, Ann Atkinson, Ted Atkinson, Richard Butters, Ruth Butters, Michael Hodgdon, Kristy Johnston, Clancy King, Harry Lounder III, Rohanna Madigan, Bonnie Ross & Erin Shaw

35 years: Sue Bonner, Everett Espling & Will Stephenson

40 years: Tony Burkart & Betty Lewis

45 years: Steve Coffin

Please visit Hancock (Maine) UCC on Facebook or our webpage

or visit this link to our PayPal account:

or mail offerings to:

Union Congregational Church, PO Box 443, Hancock, ME 04640 (Attention: Treasurer)

207.422.3100 207.323.6743

Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –

in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Music Minister – Debbie Riley

Deacons – Everett Espling & Doug Kimmel

Liturgist – Peggy Karns

Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood

Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer

(Mike Summerer is happy to teach others this simple task. Please inquire…)

Office Secretary – Vicky Espling

Settled Minister – TJ Mack

The Body of Christ – You


enfleshed: Liturgy that Matters and

Worship Ways @ and Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion

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

Weaving Round - Suzanne Toolan

Words and Music - ©1995 OCP

Be Now My Vision

Words - ©1992 Pilgrim Press, The

Contributors: Byrne/Hull/Evans

God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens

Words - ©1967 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Catherine Cameron

How Great Thou Art

Words and Music - ©1949,1953 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Stuart K Hine, Stuart K Hine

Type: Words; First Line: vs 3. And when I think of Jesus' life of giving

The alternative words in verse 3 and 4 reflect the `Song of Faith' poetic statement approved at General Council 2006 of the United Church of Canada.

Contributors: Juanita Austin

Go with Us, Lord

Words - ©1990 Hope Publishing Company

Contributors: Mary Jackson Cathey

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