Worship Bulletin
Sunday November 11, 2018
12 Beach Sreet, Saco, ME 04072     (207) 283-3771     office@firstparishsaco.org

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Welcome to each and all.
We are very glad you have come.
We trust you will find something of substance to feed your soul in our morning worship.  


The Community Gathers

Meditation     “Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it.”
                                                                                                                  ~ Fanny Hurst
                            “The material needs of my neighbor are my spiritual needs.”
                                                                                                                 ~ Rabbi Israel Salanter

Prelude                                           “Trumpet in Dialogue”                                   Clerambault                                        

Welcome/Signing Of Friendship Pads/Announcements

Ringing of the Bells

Introit                                                “This is the Day”                                          Lloyd Larson 

*Call to Worship

One:        From the depths of our being, a song of thanks arises, and we pour out our praise
                for all of God’s gifts:
Many:   Bread to empower our bodies,
Beauty to quicken our pulse,
Many:   Hope to enlarge our vision,
Love to link our lives,
Many:   Laughter to soften our wounds,
 Passion to shape our maybes,
Many:   Community to face our fears, and for this awesome moment to become filled
             with joy and touched by grace.  All thanks and praise to God.

Bringing Forth the Light of Christ                                                                 Johanna Fitzgerald               

* Hymn of Praise                             “This is the Day”                                                        #257  Click Here


*Prayer of Invocation (Unison) O God, grant that we may be faithful stewards of all that you have entrusted to us.  May humanity exercise dominion over the earth, not to exploit or abuse, but to see that your will be done.  Through the stewardship of your people, may you look once more at your creation and say, “It is good,” through the grace of Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

A Time for the Children
         (Children may go to their Church School classes at this time. Guests are very welcome)

Choral Anthem                                  “God is our Refuge”                                                     Allen Pote

  The Word of God to Us

Reading of Scripture

              The Psalter                                 Psalm 127    

Psalm 127

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

             The Gospel Lesson                   Mark 12:28-44                                            Rev. Deborah Breault  

Mark 12:28-44

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly. And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.


Sermon                                               “Measure for Measure”                                 Rev. Deborah Breault            


*Hymn                                              “God of the Fertile Fields”                                                    #456 Click Here

                                                        We Respond to God’s Word

The Community at Prayer
               Sharing Prayers and Silent Prayer
               Pastoral Prayer
Our Lord’s Prayer
            Our Father, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation,
            but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
            forever.  Amen.
            Prayer Response             Lord, listen to your children praying                             Medema                             
Lord, send your spirit in this place,
                                                       Lord, listen to your children praying
                                                  Send us love, send us power, send us grace.


Offering Our Gifts to God
         Offertory                                                 “Beach Spring”                                                Arr. Callahan          
                       Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
                         Praise God all creatures here below.
                         Praise God above the heavenly hosts,
                         Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.    
*Prayer of Dedication (in unison) All good gifts around us come from you, O God.  You have given us life and new life in Christ.  As you have given us gifts, so we offer our gifts that we may be gifts to one another, even as Jesus so taught and lived.  Amen

*Hymn of Commitment         “Come, Thou Front of Every Blessing”                               #407 Click Here


*We Take the Light of Christ into the World         

*Benediction Response         “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”                              #345

* Postlude                                    “Postlude in Classic Style”                             Gordon Young                               



                                           *ALL WHO ARE ABLE ARE INVITED TO STAND
                                               Rev. Deborah Tate Breault, Interim Minister
                                              Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
                                                  Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
                                                   Trumpet, Nancy MacNider


                               Members of the congregation are invited to add a silent prayer
                                      of blessing as they pass by the hand-crafted shawls
                                                         upon leaving the sanctuary.









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