The Blessings of Children

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           Order of Worship

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

           The Community

 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:  “Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”   — Henry Ward Beecher, Minister and social activist

Gathering Music:   The Greatest Love of All (by Linda Creed/Michael Masser)                                                                       -Michelle Currie

Welcome:                                                                 Rev. Paula Norbert

         Responsive Call to Worship: 

L: In deep gratitude we come to worship God.

All:  We recognize God as the source of all goodness.

L:  All good gifts come from the Spirit of God:

All:  love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness are all of God.

L:  We come with grateful hearts, not for things, but for who God is.

All:  We gather to show our gratitude in song and prayer.

Opening Hymn:   Blest Are They (by David Haas)       #172   vs 1-4


God of storms and rainbows,

God of rain and sunshine,

God of all creation, we worship and adore you.

We gaze in wonder at the beauty of your creation

and marvel at stormy skies transformed with the

vibrant colours of a rainbow.  Like Noah and his family,

we praise you for this everlasting sign of your love and care

for the whole creation in your desire to preserve and not destroy life.

For all these assurances of your love for us and for all creation,

we praise and worship you, O God,                                     Amen.

Baptism:  Finley James Maurice Wheeler, son of Jennifer Harris and Jess Wheeler

Lords Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we

forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Readings:  Matthew 19: 1, 13-15, When Will We Teach our children?

By Pablo Casals                                                          -Caryn Firebaugh

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

Meditation:    A Time for the Children                   Rev. Paula Norbert

I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde and Art by Peter Reynolds

Sermon Response:  Baby Mine (by Frank Churchill)            -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 Prayers                                Pastoral Prayer

Closing Hymn:  I’ve Got The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy       *See Lyric Insert

Blessing                                        Rev. Paula Norbert

Go into the world with all humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another in love, in the unity of the Spirit, the bond of peace, and the name of Jesus, who called the little children to him and showed them tenderness and care.  Amen.

Response:  Thanks be to God

Closing:  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 for wearing a mask throughout our Service.

With thanks to Michelle Currie, our Music Director. 

Thank you to those within our church community and who serve on the Deacons who help in many ways to enable us to return to this sacred space.  Big thanks to our Zoom Hosts each week!

Pastor’s Contact Info:  207-205-4951