Worship Bulletin
Sunday September 17,  2017

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

Forgiveness does not mean we simply forget, or we are OK with what has happened.

Forgiveness means we understand humans unconsciously do horrible things.

Forgiveness is a choice not to be held in a pain prison of the past.

Forgiveness is to choose presence.   Forgiveness is to choose peace.



Prelude                                    “Come Just As You Are”                                            Hayes                         


Welcome/Signing of Friendship Pads/Announcements



Call to Worship        

Leader:            Sing praise to God who rescues us when we fall!
People:            Sing praise to God who walks with us on all our journeys!
Leader:            Even though we fall, God lifts us and places us on paths of peace.
People:            Even though we stray, God finds us and brings us back to lives of hope.
Leader:            Thanks be to God, whose love is continually with us.
People:            Praise be to God, whose mercy is over us all. AMEN.


Bringing Forth the Light of Christ


Hymn of Praise                  “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”                 Click to view hymn


*Prayer of Invocation (unison)  We sing and speak your praise, O God, grateful for the many ways in which you have healed us. Keep our hearts, our minds, and our spirits open to learn ways in which we can offer healing love for others. For we ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


Prayer of Confessions (unisonJust like Peter, Lord, we want to get all “legalistic” about forgiveness. We want to know if one time to forgive someone is sufficient. We might even be willing to extend forgiveness twice, but we have a tendency to follow the adage, “Once burned, twice shy.” Teach us to be humble and merciful. Remind us of the many ways in which you have offered, time and time again, your forgiving love to us. Heal our wounds and bind up our brokenness. For we ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Assurance of God’s Love and Forgiveness

In the name of Jesus Christ, each one of us has received healing mercies. We are now given opportunities to offer forgiveness and redemption to one another. May the peace of Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.


A Time for Children                                                                              

    (Children are invited to go to their classes at this time.  All visitors are very welcome to attend.)


Choral Anthem                                   “Be Not Afraid”                                              Courtn                                               


The Word of God to Us

Scripture Telling                                 Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”


Sermon                                       “Eternal Forgiveness”                             Rev. Cindy Maybeck                  

Hymn                              “Lord, I Want to be a Christian”              Click to view hymn


We Respond to Gods Word

The Community at Prayer

Offering Prayers 

Call to 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.

 Congregational Response       “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”         Medema

   Lord, listen to your children praying

   Lord, send your spirit in this place

   Lord, listen to your children praying

send us love, send us power, send us grace




      Offertory                                       “How Great Thou Art”   Duet with Delaney Clifford                                      

     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                         “Help Us Accept Each Other”            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                                           “Nun Danket Gott”                                        Kaufmann   









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