Worship Bulletin

May 15, 2022                                 Fifth Sunday of Easter                                      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      “And that is precisely what Christianity is about. This world is like a great   
                    sculptor's shop. We are the statues and there is a rumor going around
           that some of us are some day going to come to life.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Prelude                                                                                      

Welcome and Announcements

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

         Lighting of the Candles

Introit                                              “Praise to the Lord”                                  arr. McChesney
                                                        The Handbell Choir


Call to Worship
         Leader: The God of New Beginnings has called us to this place.
         People: We come celebrating the new life that is ours as God’s faithful people.
         Leader: Let your joy ring through the universe, and let your vision see to the depths of
                      every soul.
         ALL: We will be shouters of joy and seekers of God’s light wherever we go. Praise
                      God for this day!  

*Opening Hymn                    “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”                                          #108                                                                    

Invocation (unison)
            Loving God, we gather in your Presence. You are the Alpha and Omega, the
First and Last. You spoke and your Word created all things. Your glory is far
above earth and heaven. You promise that one day you will make your dwelling
place with humanity. O God, you make all things new. Make us new, God. Make
us new. We pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
The Word of God

The Children’s Lesson                       “Paul and Timothy”           Acts 16:1-5, 2 Timothy 1:5-7

The Reading of Scripture                     Revelation 21:1-6

The Message                                          “A New Thing”                    Rev. Scott W. Cousineau

Anthem                                        “Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart”                                     arr. Page
                                                            The Handbell Choir

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                                             “Resounding Joy”                                   arr. McChesney
                                                          The Handbell Choir
*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            “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens”                                  #67

*Benediction

*Benediction Response           “God Be with You Till We Meet Again”                               #345

God be with you till we meet again;
Loving counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you will we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again.

*Postlude           



*Indicates that the congregation may stand.


The altar flowers this morning are given by the Flower and Altar Team
in honor of the Handbell Choir.




Rev. Scott Cousineau, Senior Minister
Kris Galasyn, Director of Christian Education
 Jacqueline Savage, Director of Music
Audrey Jackman-Cabral, Handbell Choir Director
William Sawyer, Pianist
Sarah Heath, Cantor
Cassie Remillard, Acolyte







Congregational Church
UCC, SACO MAINE


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