Worship Bulletin
Sunday March 24, 2019
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                “Now, O Lord, calm me into a quietness that heals and listens, and molds my longings
                                       and passions, my wounds and wonderings into a more holy and human shape.”
~ Ted Loder          

Choral Prelude                                                   “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”                          Philip Keveren

Welcome/Signing Of Friendship Pads/Announcements
Ringing of Bells

Introit                                                                              “Steal Away”                                         Arr. Moses Hogan
                                                            Trio ~ Denise Meiler, Peggy Blood, Jamie Beals

 *Call to Worship

One:     Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name!
Many:   Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all God’s benefits.
One:     As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love to all who fear God.
Many:   God satisfies us with food as long as we live, so our youth is renewed like the eagles.
Turn aside and see a great sight; attune your ears to the voice of God.
Many:   The place where we are standing is holy ground.  In awe, we seek the One who heals the penitent.

Bringing Forth the Light of Christ                                                                                                 Sagan Guerrette

*Hymn of Praise                                          “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”                                #185 Click Here

*Prayer of Invocation (Unison) Place your hands upon us, gracious Redeemer, for we are in need of your healing touch. Free us from our bondage to fear and temptation.  Silence our grumbling and complaining.  Turn us away from criticism of others whose good works do not conform to our design.  Free us all to worship with open hearts and joyful spirits that we might serve our Lord with gladness.  Amen. 

A Time for the Children

Choral Anthem                                     "Within the Shadow of the Cross"                                     Don Besig
                                                                         Solo: Emily Savage

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

                                                                    The Word of God to Us

Reading of Scripture

              The Psalter                             Psalm 63:1-8                                                         Carol Spencer Lemay
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for
thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right
hand upholdeth me.

              The Gospel Lesson                Luke 13:1-9                                                           Rev. Deborah Breault   
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down         


Sermon                                                      “Another Chance”                                           Rev. Deborah Breault           


*Hymn                                                        “When Jesus Wept”                                                 #190 Click Here

                                                              We Respond to Gods Word

The Community at Prayer
            Sharing Prayers and 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.

Prayer Response                                   “Sevenfold Amen”                                                     John Stainer

Offering Our Gifts to God
         Offertory                                        "Adagio in G Minor"                                                     Albinoni                                                      
 *Doxology        Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
                                   Praise God all creatures here below.
                                  Praise God above ye heavenly hosts,

                               Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.   

One Great Hour of Sharing Litany of Commitment
One:    From God’s fullness we have each received countless gifts.
Many:  With gratitude, we acknowledge these gifts, unique to each of us.
One:    With these gifts we serve on another.
Many:  We serve one another with whatever gifts we have received.
One:    We recognize the abundant gifts from God.  There is no limit to what we receive into our lives or what we can                give to the lives of others.
Many:  Our thankfulness overflows.
One:    We sow seeds of joy and gratitude.
Many:  We acknowledge our dependence on God’s grace and God’s provision.
One:    When one suffers, all suffer.  When one rejoices, all rejoice.
Many:  With those who suffer, we can share our supply.
One:    From those who suffer we can receive courage and faith.
Many:  Today, one by one, we commit our gifts and our hearts to God’s service.  One by
            one by many, we send God’s blessings throughout the world.  We pray all these  things in Christ’s name.

 * Hymn                                                 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”                                    #189  Click Here 


We Take the Light of Christ into the World

*Congregational Response                             “Go in Peace”                                                         #349

Postlude                                                           “Toccata in C”                                                  Pachelbel



                                                              *ALL WHO ARE ABLE ARE INVITED TO STAND
                                                                   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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