Worship Bulletin
Sunday January 14, 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    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality." -- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Prelude         “Go Tell It On The Mountain”                                 John Work                 Trumpet ~ Nancy MacNider


Ringing of Bells

Welcome/Signing Of Friendship Pads/Announcements

Introit “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Jesus, the Light of the World)          George Elderkin                              

Call to Worship
One:    Though the storms of life rage, with you, Holy God, we rest secure.
Many: In the midst of icy roads and snowy nights, you are our solid rock on which to stand.

One:    When the winds of nature howl, you hold us in a sure embrace.
Many: In the fury of the storm, we stand in awe of the forces of nature.

One:    Through it all we deepen our trust in you.
Many: Thanks be to God now and forever more.

Bringing Forth the Light of Christ


Hymn of Praise                     “As with Gladness Men of Old”          Click to view hymn


Prayer of Invocation (Unison) Faithful and loving God, you call us into your unending work of justice, peace and love.  Let us know your presence among us now.  Let us delight in our diversity that offers glimpses of the mosaic of your beauty.  Strengthen us with your steadfast love and transform our despairing fatigue into hope-filled action.  Under the shadow of your wings in this hour may we find rest and strength, renewal and hope.  Amen.

A Time for the Children

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


Choral Anthem                                   “Amazing Grace”                                           Ed Lojeski                   

The Word of God to Us

Reading of Scripture       

 The Epistle                  Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18                   Carol Spencer Lemay

O 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.

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.

How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you.

 The Gospel                  John 1: 43-51                                Rev. Deborah Breault
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”


Sermon                                  "Bound By the Spirit”                                Rev. Deborah Breault

Hymn                             “Did You Leave Your Temple?”                 Click to view hymn                                    

We Respond to Gods Word

The Community at Prayer 

            Offering Prayers                

            Pastoral Prayer

            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        Taizé chant

O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer
When I call, answer me, O Lord hear my prayer
O Lord hear my prayer, Come and Listen to me.



        Offertory                         “Kum Ba Yah”                       arranged by Charles Callahan            

     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:                            “We Shall Overcome”             Click to view hymn



We Take the Light of Christ into the World

Congregational Response                             “Go In Peace”                                                        #349

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                                         “Blessed Assurance”                                     Phoebe Knapp                                                        

Rev. Deborah Tate Breault, Interim Minister 

Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education

Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music


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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