Worship Bulletin

August 7, 2022                                 _______________                                            10:00 AM

We extend a warm welcome to all who join us for worship.
We pray that the service will offer you peace, comfort, and substance to feed your soul.

The Community Gathers

Meditation          “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
                                                          ~ Corrie ten Boom

Prelude                                     

Welcome and Announcements

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

         Lighting of the Candles


Introit                                                 “O Lamb of God”                                         Irish Melody

Call to Worship
Leader: Come, gather together and let us give God praise.
People: Let us sing of God’s love and God’s amazing grace.
Leader: May we give God praise for God’s forgiveness and mercy.
People: Let us sing of God’s justice and compassion.
Leader: May we give God praise for all the wondrous acts from God to all the earth’s
people.
ALL: Let us sing of our praises to God and worship God with our hearts and our minds.

*Opening Hymn                      “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”                                  #102

Prayer of Confession (unison)
            God of Wholeness, we have become fragmented. We build up walls and hide
            ourselves from others. The pain of others is too much to deal with. The struggles
            of the world are too much to bear. We would much rather just focus on our own
            lives, jobs, and families. But God, you have called us to be your people, a people
            of the covenant in which you are our God, not only my God. You have called us
            to love one another. We cannot go it alone. Guide our hands to reach out across
            walls, our eyes to see beyond ourselves, so that we might participate in the
            healing of the world. In the name of Jesus Christ, who came to bring us life that
            we might have it abundantly, we pray. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Love and Forgiveness
            Love knows no bounds. Grace knows no bounds. Peace knows no bounds. Faith
knows no bounds. There is no place you can go where God is not there. There is
nothing you can do that can separate you from God’s love. Children of God, know
that you are God’s Beloved. Know that you have been forgiven. Amen.

The Word of God

The Reading of Scripture                  Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16                                   Faith Garnett

Message                                                    “By Faith!”                        Rev. Scott W. Cousineau

Anthem                                          “One Bread, One Body”                                 by John Foley
                                           Duet: Peggy Blood and Faith Garnett

  We Respond to God’s Word

The Community at Prayer
            Sharing Prayers
            Silent Prayer
            Pastoral Prayer
Our Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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 weforgive 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
            Invitation 
            Offertory                         “Standing on the Promises”
                                      Trio: Lynn Beals, Peggy Blood, Faith Garnett                       
*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

Sharing the Sacrament of Communion

*Communion Hymn                  “As We Gather at Your Table”                                          #314

Invitation to All    

Sharing of the Bread and the Cup
(The Deacons will pass the elements to you in the pews. There are gluten-free wafers available in the small packets.)

Prayer of Thanksgiving                           

*Closing Hymn                            “Lift Every Voice and Sing”                                            #481

*Benediction

*Benediction Response                         “Go In Peace”                                                         #349
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                            “Valse” Op. 64 No. 1 (Minute Waltz)                       by FR Chopin  


*Indicates that the congregation is invited to stand.


The Flowers this morning are given by Heidi Byrd
In celebration of Bob Mohlin’s 75th birthday.


Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
The Summer Pick-up Choir



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UCC, SACO MAINE


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