July 3rd Service 2022

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                              Order of Worship

        Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.

        You are welcome here…come and worship!

Focus:  ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’                                                     — Eleanor Roosevelt

Gathering Music:  This Land Is Your Land  (by Woody Guthrie) 



Responsive Call to Worship: 

Throughout the ages, disciples have said,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Lord, give us the freedom to follow you
in the ways of love.
We come from busy homes, filled with little time
to consider You in our lives.
Lord, give us the strength to follow you
in the ways of peace.
In times of struggle, we look to God for help.
Lord, give us the opportunity to follow you
in the ways of kindness.
Today, we celebrate our connections to one another,
and the joy of following God.
Lord, give us the patience to follow you
in the ways of faith. Amen.

Opening Hymn:  My Country, “Tis of Thee                              #357    

Invocation: Gracious and loving God, we give you thanks for all the blessings we experience-the freedom to worship you without fear, the bounty and diversity of your creation, and the precious gifts of unexpected joy.  As we draw near to You this hour, may we immerse ourselves in your healing presence.  Refresh us and renew us that we might become faithful laborers in your harvest of peace, justice and joy.  We pray in the name of our great Healer, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Lords Prayer:                          

Awakening: How Great Thou Art (by Stuart K. Hine)          -Michelle Currie

Readings: Micah 6: 1-4, 6,8; 1 Timothy 2:1-4: Luke 10:1-9-Cris Hudson                                        

(After the readings you may choose to respond, “Thanks be to God”)

Reflections:                                                              Rev. Paula Norbert

                      Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

        Words of Invitation             The Bread and The Cup

                           Prayer of Thanksgiving

Communion Response: Instrumental                                -Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at

ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord. (two times)

                               Prayers of the People:

               Silent Prayer                 Pastoral Prayer

Closing Hymn:  O Beautiful for Spacious Skies                        #338       

Blessing/Benediction                                            Rev. Paula Norbert

Deep in our hearts, we know that we are children of God. 

Remember who you are, then, and walk in the assurance of God’s

presence and love with you always, calling you beyond fear into

belief and joy.  And may the grace and peace of God the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer come upon you this day and remain with you always.  Amen.

Sending Forth:  May you go in peace.

Response:  Thanks be to God

Recessional: Go in Peace

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.

Greeters:  If you’d like to help serve as a greeter, please see the sign up sheet at the front entrance.

Speaker Series:  If you’d like to help as a volunteer on one or more of the evenings, please contact Anita Coupe as they can use help with set-up, clean-up, parking etc…

Thank you to Patricia Mulholland and the Choir for sharing their music last Sunday and always to our Music Director, Michelle Currie.

Pastor’s Information:

Rev. Paula Norbert (207) 205-4951 or (pnorbert1217@gmail.com)

If you are interested in joining Union Church or would like to set up a time to meet with our Pastor, please contact Pastor Paula directly. 

Union Church website: www.unionchurchme.com.  Church Address: Union Church, P.O. Box 344, B.P. ME.  04006. 


Summer Gathering:  Ahoy, Mateys!!

We’d like to schedule a short windjammer cruise!!

With COVID, we haven’t had too many opportunities to get together and socialize. However, summer is a great time to rectify that!

Sharon Gaudin has spoken with the folks at The Pineapple Ketch, which sails out of Kennebunk. Sails last an hour and a half. The boat heads down the river, out around Goat Island and then out to sea.

The boat can take 12 people for a full charter. However, as few as two of us could sign up. Day-time cruises are $65/person. An evening cruise is $95 per person.

As people are booking their seats continuously, we can’t pick a day and time until we know how many people are interested in going. If you would be interested in going sometime in the first few weeks of August, please email Sharon, who is willing to schedule this. (gaudinsharon@gmail.com)

-Please let her know if there are days you are not available and if you would prefer a day or evening sail. First come, first serve!

The sooner we can get a group together, the sooner we can schedule a cruise!                                                    Thank you!

Summer Speak Series: Be a Supporting Sponsor! Tickets for our 21st Summer Speaker Series — Our first event will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 7pm.  $60 for the series, $20 for individual events – are still on sale at unionchurchme.com/news-events.   In further support of this important Mission fundraiser, we invite you to consider becoming a “Supporting Sponsor” for $100.  With that, a name of your choice – your own, your family’s, your

business’s, or a favorite nonprofit’s – will be added to the scrolling roster of sponsors that includes the “Series Sponsor” and “Event Sponsors” and is played before and upon the opening of each event. To become a Supporting Sponsor, please mail by June 28, (a) the name you choose for the roster to unionchurchbpool@gmail.com , and (b) a check made out to Union Church with “SSS” in memo to Union Church/Treasurer, PO Box 344, Biddeford Pool, ME 04006. Thank you!

                              For Your Reflection…

“There can be no true home without liberty.”

                                                          – Harriet Beecher Stowe

      “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and

       steady dedication of a lifetime.”                           Adlai Stevenson

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

                                                              William Faulkner    

 “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

                                                                       Adlai Stevenson

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”                           Maya Angelou