Worship Bulletin
Sunday August 12, 2018

Summer Sunday
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.  

Meditation                         “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, 
                                                                             but rather the conscience of the state.” 
                                                                                                                 ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Prelude                                              "In Christ Alone"                                      Arr. by Glenda Autin   
Welcome/Signing of Friendship Pads/Announcements
Ringing of the Bells

Call to Worship
One:      Praise be to God who reigns above the heavens.
Many:   Praise be to God who dwells within our hearts.
One:      Let the majesty of creation worship in reverence.
Many:   Let us love Christ with our hearts, our minds our spirits.
              Come, let us be filled with the Spirit of the Living God.

*Bringing Forth the Light of Christ

Opening Hymn                          "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones"                   #11              

 *Prayer of Invocation (unison) We thank you, living God, that in Jesus Christ you have built a house not made with hands, but a place in our hearts where you reside.  We thank you that you have called us and that we belong to you.  We come now, longing to know the touch of your Spirit that we may be strengthened and made whole.  Come to us that we may recognize you even in unlikely places, and be empowered to serve you in the world, through the grace of Jesus Christ.  Amen

Choral Anthem                          "How Can I Keep From Singing?"                  By Greg Gilpin

                                                             The Word of God to Us

The Reading of Scripture
                     The Psalmist                            Psalm 130                                       Sheila Maksut

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

                     The Epistle Lession                Ephesians 4:25-5:2                         Rev. Deborah Breault

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Sermon                                                       "The Hidden Wedge"                         Rev. Deborah Breault

Middle Hymn                                             "Christ Beside Me"                           #428                                                                    

                                                               We Respond to God’s Word

The Community at Prayer
            Offering Prayers
            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.

Congregational Response                   “Hear Our Prayer, O God”                          #278
                                             Hear our prayer, O God, Hear our prayer, O God; 
                                             Incline your ear to us, and grant us your peace.

      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  (unison) Generous God, thank you for the blessings you bestow upon us daily.  For every gift we have received including the gift of faith, we give you thanks.  Open our hearts in generosity and humility that we may be eager to share what we have, and serve you in ways both large and small.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Closing Hymn                           "O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee"                     #465                             
 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                                                 "To God Be the Glory"                           By William Doane


                                                  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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