October 30th, 2022 Service

Link to Zoom Service

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:  “Our children are our greatest treasure. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

                           — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Gathering Music:  Come and Follow Me (by Tom Franzak)   -Michelle Currie


Responsive Call to Worship:     

Leader: Jesus travelled to many places.

All: Some made him welcome. Others did not.

L: Yet in all places, Jesus tried to make others feel welcomed.

All: Jesus seldom missed a chance to tell someone that they were a beloved child of God.

L: And so in Jesus’ name, we welcome you here, beloved children of our Creator. And I invite you to welcome one another…

All: When we welcome one another, indeed, we welcome Jesus the Christ into our midst as well.

L: Community of Christ, let us worship God.

Opening Hymn:   God Is Calling through the Whisper          #410

Opening Prayer:

We welcome you, Spirit of Christ, to pass by this way

and call us into your justice.

We welcome you, Spirit of Christ, to challenge our ways

and renew our living.

We welcome you, Spirit of Christ, to call our names and

inform us in your community. Amen.

Lords Prayer:                      

AwakeningThe Greatest Love of All  (by Linda Creed/Michael Masser)

 -Michelle Currie

A Time for the Children and the Young at Heart- Who are YOU?

Scripture: Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 19: 1-10, An Autumn Blessing   

                                                                                       -Anne Murray

Reflection:  Melissa Cilley, Executive Director, Apex Youth

Connection in Biddeford                 

Response:  Meditative Instrumental ~ Michelle Currie

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.

Prayer of Dedication:           

Closing Hymn:  Here, I Am Lord                                      #69                            


We come from God’s Shalom; we travel the way of Spirit’s justice.

And  we experience the hospitality of Christ.  May we live as

people who have encountered the love of God and have

been changed. Go in peace.

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

Thank you to Music Director and Musician Michelle Currie. Many thanks to our Zoom Host and Reader this week.

Pastor’s Contact Info:  Rev. Paula Norbert (207) 205-4951 or


Church Leadership:
Moderator: *Paul Schlaver

Clerk: *Anita Coupe

Treasurer: *Debbie Lamb

Mission Chair: *Ken Murray

Deacons: *Sharon Gaudin Chair; Eve McPheeters, Nancy Batchelor, Ardis Chretien, Bonnie Tallagnon, Beth Baskin

Trustees: *John Comeau, Chair; Don Chretien, and Rob Harriman

Finance: *Peter McPheeters, Chair, Debbie Lamb, Doug Firebaugh, Brad Coupe, and Bob Sherman

Music Director: Michelle Currie

Promotions: Anita Coupe, Sharon Gaudin

Webmaster: Wonderful Websites

*Our Church Executive Committee

Join Us November 19th, 10am, Labyrinth Walk, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  Sign Up at Entry to Church. 

Our Mission Outreach of Union Church

Union Church is deeply committed to serving others in our local communities and beyond.  This year we have provided support for the following:

The Saco Meals Program

The Biddeford Food Pantry

The Saco Food Pantry

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center

Ever After Mustang Rescue

Apex Youth Connections

The Ecology School

Safe Passage For Children in Guatemala City

World Central Kitchen working in Ukraine

A student in Belize

A student in Kenya

Individuals and families who have approached the church or Seeds of Hope seeking emergency assistance, including refugees and those experiencing homelessness

Union Church volunteers to prepare the meal for the Saco Meals Program on the third Monday of most months.  On December 19, we will be providing special decorations and gift bags for all the guests.  Volunteers to help with that are still needed.

*If you are interested in supporting our Mission Outreach or would like to serve on the Mission Committee,  please contact Ken Murray, Chair or Pastor Paula.  All are Welcome!*

                         For Your Reflection…

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

                                                                    Albert Schweitzer

At the end of the day,

We give thanks for the hours that were given.

The buds that brought beauty to the land

And the vision of a world


A vision of work to do

Rituals to bring back the hope and the delight

Practices that center the mind in peace

Time that passes so beyond this day and night

We give thanks for the conversations that were

Holy work

Holy hands

Holy ounces of breath in and breath out

And we scatter the rest to the wind

To die back or to create forth


Donna Knutson