The Struggling Times: Facing Illness, Loss and Grief

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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:  “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”                                     – Isaiah 40:31

Gathering Music:   Healing Rain (by Matthew W. West)     -Michelle Currie



Call To Worship:

L: Lord, come into our hearts today.

P: Heal us from all our pain.

L: Lord, come into our lives today.

P: Bring us hope and peace.

L: Come, let us worship God who brings hope and peace.

P: Praise be to God for God’s healing mercies. AMEN.

Opening Hymn:  Be Thou My Vision              #450     vs. 1-3

Invocation: Lord of healing and mercy, remind us again of your power to heal our lives from fears and mistrust. Open our hearts to believe in your restorative power and your great compassion for us. Give us healing and make us agents of peace for you in this, your World. AMEN.

Lords Prayer:                      

Awakening:   The Healing Has begun (by Matthew West/Jason Houser)  -Michelle Currie

Scripture:  Psalm 31: 1-10, 19-24, 2 Corinthians 4: 8-10       -Marti Odle

      After the readings, you may respond with “Thanks Be to God.”

Reflections:  When Life Happens                   Rev. Paula Norbert

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

        Words of Invitation             The Bread and The Cup

                           Prayer of Thanksgiving

Communion Response: Instrumental                    -Michelle Currie                     

Sermon Response:   Meditative Instr.  ~  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 Stephen 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:  How Can I Keep From Singing        #821   vs. 1-3


May the blessing of God go before you.

May her grace and peace abound.

May her Spirit live within you.

May her love wrap you ’round.

May her blessing remain with you always.

May you walk on holy ground.

Closing: 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.

Our thanks to Michelle Currie, our Music Director.

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

Union Church website:  Church Address: Union Church, P.O. Box 344, B.P. ME.  04006

                                       A Blessing

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.

May the flame of anger free you from falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.

May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.                                           John O’Donohue