Worship Bulletin
Sunday April 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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-“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass others at whatever cost, but the urge  to serve others at whatever cost”.     ~ Arthur Ashe


Prelude                                                    “Here I Am Lord”                          Arr. Mark Hayes

Ringing of the Bells

Welcome/Signing Of Friendship Pads/Announcements


Introit                                      “Jesus, We Celebrate Your Victory”                 by John Gibson


Call to Worship

One:    The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
Many: He lays down his life for his sheep.

One:    The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
Many: He knows us and we belong to him.

One:    The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd.
Many: He speaks, and we listen for his voice.


Bringing Forth the Light of Christ                                                                              Acolyte


Hymn of Praise                           “Rejoice, O Pure in Heart”               Click to view hymn         


Prayer of Invocation (Unison)    We are your people, O God – the sheep of your pasture, the flock you have gathered.  Lead us beside still waters; teach us the way of righteousness; and through Jesus Christ, our good shepherd, bless us for your service.  Amen.


A Time for Children

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


Choral Anthem                                   “Jesus Loves Me”                           Arr. Michael Hassell


The Word of God

Reading of Scripture              

The Hebrew Scripture             Genesis 1:26-31
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

The Gospel Lesson                 John 10:7-18
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”


Sermon                              “Working for a Sustainable Creation”            Rev. Deborah Breault


Hymn                             “My Shepherd, You Supply My Need”              Click to view hymn 


We Respond to God’s Word

The Community at Prayer

            Sharing Prayers

            Silent 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            “Sweet Hour of Prayer”                                          Bradbury

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!


Offering Our Gifts to God


         Offertory                                    “Allemande”                                                   by Handel


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


Closing Hymn                       “Lord Dismiss Us with Your Blessing”     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.



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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