Worship Bulletin

Weekly Bulletin

September 20, 2020

The Community Gathers

Meditation       “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world
                                          that is not intended to make us rejoice.”        ~ John Calvin

Prelude                 “Be Thou My Vision” In the setting of “Intermezzo”     byPietro Mascagni                              
                                                                                                                      Arr. by Cindy Berry

Moment of Preparation – Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship.
Lighting of the Candles

Call to Worship
God, who stretched the spangled heavens, infinite in time and place, flung the suns in burning radiance through the silent fields of space.
We, your children in your likeness, share inventive powers with you;
Great Creator, still creating, show us what we yet may do.
May our dreams prove rich with promise, each endeavor well begun;
Great Creator, give us guidance, until our goals and yours are one.             

Opening Hymn“All Creatures of Our God, Now Sing”                                 #51

Prayer of Invocation
Wondrous God, from the beginning you have found delight in all your creatures. You declare your work to be good. As we seek your Presence, O God, open our hearts to receive your affirming love. Speak your Word to us, teach us your ways. Help us to see your beauty all around us. We pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Children’s Message                            Celebrate Wonder                                                      
                                                  God Creates All Living Things        
                                                          God Creates People
                                                           The Word of God

Reading of Scripture        Psalm 104:1-15                          Linda Sprague-Lambert                                                       Genesis 1:20-2:4                       

Message                                            “All God’s Critters”                         Rev. Scott Cousineau

Anthem                                      “For the Beauty of the Earth”                           Arr. by Rutter
                                                       First Parish Virtual Choir

We Respond to God’s Word
The Community at Prayer
            Sharing Prayers                   
            Silent Prayer
            Pastoral Prayer
            Our Lord’s Prayer (Sung)
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
forever.  Amen

Offering Our Gifts to God

    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                                “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”                                 #57


Benediction  Response                                   “Go in Peace”                                            White
                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.

Postlude                                                   “Fugue in D Minor”                               by J.S. Bach               

Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
Sarah Heath, Cantor


Congregational Church