October 9th, 2022 Service

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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: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”                Matthew 5:4

Prelude: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (by Harry Thacker Burleigh)

                                                                                     –Michelle Currie

Welcome:                                           -Rev. Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft

Gathering Music: *Continuation of ~ Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (by Harry Thacker Burleigh)                                      –Michelle Currie

Responsive Call to Worship:   (Matthew 11:28-30)

One: If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens,

come to me and I will give you rest.

All: We come to you in hope

One: Take the yoke I give you.

All: We are tired and want no more pain.

One: Put it on your shoulders and learn from me.

All: Teach us, Lord.  We need your help.

One: I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.

All: Dare we trust? Dare we believe?

One: This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.

All: Help our unbelief. Help us to trust and follow you.

Opening Hymn:  Precious Lord, Take My Hand           #834

Opening prayer:

God of mystery and wonder,

you are with us in times of glory and uncertainty,

times of healing, and times of doubt.

As we worship you this day,

help us to remember that you are with us

in all of the twists and turns of our lives,

the unexpected and the routine.

Lead us to trust you and follow your teaching in all times and places.

We pray in the name of Christ Jesus, healer and friend. Amen.

Lords Prayer:          

Awakening Your Hands (by JJ Heller)                       –Michelle Currie

Scripture:  Psalm 130. Matt 11:28-30                     -Peter McPheeters 

Reflection: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn – Rev. Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft

Response:  You’ll Never Walk Alon (by Richard Rogers/Oscar Hammerstein)

                                                                                     -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: I’m Going to Lay My Burden Down  (by Doc Watson)

                                                                 -Michelle Currie & Congregation

*CHORUS: Glory, Glory hallelujah when I lay my burdens down

Glory glory, hallelujah when I lay these ol” heavy burdens down

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:   Put Your Hand in the Hand  (by Gene MacLellan)   -Michelle sings verses and all sing *Chorus


Put your hand in the hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water

Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea

Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently

By puttin’ your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

 Benediction: For Suffering   by John O’Donohue

May you be blessed in the holy names of those

Who, without you knowing it,

Help to carry and lighten your pain.

May you know serenity When you are called

To enter the house of suffering.

May a window of light always surprise you.

May you be granted the wisdom

To avoid false resistance;

When suffering knocks on the door of your life,

May you glimpse its eventual gifts.

May you be able to receive the fruits of suffering.

May memory bless and protect you

With the hard-earned light of past travail;

To remind you that you have survived before

And though the darkness now is deep,

You will soon see approaching light.

May the grace of time heal your wounds.

May you know that though the storm might rage,

not a hair of your head will be harmed.

Recessional: Go in Peace

Thank you to Music Director and Musician:  Michelle Currie.

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 Person: Anita Coupe

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