UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF HANCOCK
Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 11, 2022
This service will be in the Sanctuary and on Zoom at 10:00 a.m.
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Merciful Lord, in Christ we see the lengths and depths to which you go to save us.
Make us glad in our salvation, so that we may share this good news with friends and neighbors and with all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit
Prelude Invocation Felix Mendelssohn
*Introit Lord of All Hopefulness (v.1) R.# 444
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy, be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
*Call to Worship
One: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;
All: You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach us wisdom in our secret hearts. One: Purge us with hyssop, and we shall be clean; wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow.
All: Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us.
*Passing of the Peace (ASL) – Lighting of the Peace Candle & Prayer for Peace & Justice
*Hymn This is My Song B. #591
This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine: But other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; But other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.
*Invocation (spoken in unison)
Mighty God, you spoke the world into being; speak now to our hearts. By the power of your Spirit, make these ancient words live, that we might be shaped into your people,
eager to bear your claim in the world and to give flesh to your future. For we pray in the name of Jesus, who leads us into life. Amen
New Testament Reading (Christian Scriptures) Luke 15:1-10
Special Music Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah Hughes/Burtonwood
Message Rev. TJ Mack
*Hymn Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound R. #401
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved and set me free!
I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;
‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
My God has promised good to me, whose word my hope secures;
God will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.
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 – Time and again, God clears a path for us to seek the Way of Jesus, to do good,
to become a refuge for the poor. That path lies before us. With joy, let us offer our gifts and our lives in trust.
Offertory Andantino in A Flat Edward Mac Dowell
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)
Holy One, receive these offerings as you receive our lives. Gather our false starts and uncertain efforts, our generosity and our reluctance. Enliven us with your breath and make your purposes known that our lives might show forth your glory. Amen
*Hymn What a Covenant B. #471
What a covenant, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.
*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 Festiva Keith Christopher
(Please remain seated for the Postlude)
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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –
in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Music Minister – Debbie Riley
Deacons – Robin Long & Doug Kimmel
Liturgist – Priscilla Hirschenhofer
Graphics Minister – Cynthia Wood
Audio-Video Support – Ron Schwizer & Mike Summerer
(Mike Summerer is happy to teach others this simple task. Please inquire…)
Office Secretary – Vicky Espling
Settled Minister – Rev. TJ Mack
The Body of Christ – You
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Lord of All Hopefulness
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This is My Song
Words and Music - ©1964 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The
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Go with Us, Lord
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