Order of Service
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: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu
Gathering Music: You Raise Me Up (by Rolf Lovland)
Call To Worship:
One: Holy One, Provider
Many: Our ever-present help
One: In our emptiness
Many: You remind us of your presence
One: In your abundance
Many: You remind us you are here
One: With a love that conquers death
Many: You remind us we are yours
One: Holy! Holy! Holy!
Many: To the Ever-present One
Opening Hymn: One Bread, One Body # 530 vs. 1& 2
The Risen One is with us
Your ways are ways of justice
Your ways are ways of peace
Your ways are ways of love
In you, our hearts are full
In your ways, we will follow
Readings and Scripture: Acts 9:1-20; John 21: 1-19
– Dick Bennett
Reflection: Rev. Paula Norbert
Music: Meditative Instrumental ~ Michelle Currie
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Words of Invitation The Bread and The Cup
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Musical call to Prayer: (two times) Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.
Prayers of the People
Silent Prayers Pastoral Prayer
Offertory: Simple Gifts (by Joseph Brackett) -Michelle Currie
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.
Closing Music: Blest Be the Ties that Bind # 306
As you depart from this place, go with courage, and go with trust that the God who created you is also the One who will sustain you and the One who will show you the way.
Until we meet again, may you be filled with curiosity, wonder, and openness to God’s tender leading. Amen and amen.
Postlude: Go In Peace
Thank you to Michelle Currie, our Music Director, and to our Zoom Host and to our Reader.
With Great Thanks to Eve and Peter McPheeters and all the volunteers who worked on the Cinco de Mayo Gathering! Well done!
A Reminder to Read the Weekly Email Message with details about our upcoming events:
May 20th-Plant Sale at the home of Nancy Bancroft, Saco, Volunteers still needed! Rain date is May 27th.
May 27-Yard Sale on the lawn at the McPheeters, Biddeford Pool. Quality donations and volunteers are all welcome!
Leadership of Union Church:
Moderator: Paul Schlaver
Clerk: Anita Coupe
Treasurer: Debbie Lamb
Community Outreach Chair: Ken Murray
Deacons: Sharon Gaudin, Chair, Nancy Batchelor, Eve McPheeters, Ardis Chretien and Heather Davis, Associate Deacon
Trustees: John Comeau, Chair; Don Chretien, and Rob Harriman
Finance: Peter McPheeters, Chair, Debbie Lamb, Doug Firebaugh,
Music Director: Michelle Currie