Sunday June 25, 2017
12 Beach Sreet, Saco, ME 04072 (207) 283-3771 email@example.com
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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.
Meditation: There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace ‑‑and ultimately no life ‑‑without community. ‑‑M. Scott Peck
Prelude “Lobe den Herren” Bach
The Community Gathers
Welcome/Signing of Friendship Pads/Announcements
Call to Worship
One: Let us worship God in the community called church.
Many: We can worship God on the seashore or a mountaintop, but it gives us joy to be together.
One:; Let us pray to God in the community called church.
Many: We can pray by dinner tables or hospital beds, while we are working or taking a walk, but we feel peace and strength when we pray together.
One: Let us serve God in the community called church.
Many: We can serve God at the homeless shelter or the baseball field, or every time we help a neighbor, but we are stronger and we can share the joy when we serve together. Thanks be to God for this community of faith!
*Bringing Forth the Light of Christ
Hymn of Praise “Praise To The Lord, the Almighty” Click to view hymn
*Prayer of Invocation (unison) Gracious God, you have searched us and known us. You are acquainted with all our ways, and even before a word can come upon our lips, you know it altogether. Search us now, in this hour of worship. Know our hearts and thoughts and lay your hands upon us, God of love, that we might go forth in joy and thanksgiving. Grant us a full measure of knowledge as we embrace the gifts of community so that we might work together and serve the living Christ in our midst. As we rejoice and celebrate, let us re-commit to the important work that you have set before us. We pray in the name of Jesus, who is the Christ. Amen.
The Word of God to Us
The Reading of Scripture
The Psalmist Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Jane Campbell
Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
The Old Testament Ecclesiastes 4:9-16
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Better is a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king, who will no longer take advice. One can indeed come out of prison to reign, even though born poor in the kingdom. I saw all the living who, moving about under the sun, follow that youth who replaced the king; there was no end to all those people whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Sermon “Two are Better Than One” Rev. Deborah Breault
Hymn “In Christ There is No East or West” Click to view hymn
We Respond to God’s Word
The Community at 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.
Congregational Response “Hear Our Prayer, O God” Click to view hymn
Hear our prayer, O God, Hear our prayer, O God;
Incline your ear to us, and grant us your peace.
Offertory “Come Thou Font” arr. Craig Courtney
Vocal duet: Peggy Blood and Becca DeWan
Doxology 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.
(or other familiar words if preferred)
Prayer of Dedication
Closing Hymn “It’s Me, It’s Me O Lord” Click to view hymn
We Take the Light of Christ Into the World
Congregational Response “Go In Peace” Click to view hymn
Go in peace and the peace of God, be with you this day.
Go in peace and the peace of God, be with you always.
Celebrate and share the joy! Celebrate new life!
Go in peace and the peace of God, be with you always.
Postlude “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” arr. Richard Elliot