May 7th, 2023 Service

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                     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)

                                                                          -Michelle Currie                                                                 


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

All: Amen.

Opening Hymn:  One Bread, One Body        # 530   vs. 1& 2

Opening Prayer:

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

Lord’s Prayer

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,

Brad Coupe

Music Director: Michelle Currie