March 1 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church, United Methodist
March 1, 2009

Gathering: Announcements

Prelude : Prelude in B Flat from the First Partita JS Bach
Call to Worship:
Come, Let us walk in the light of the Lord,
that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.  Isaiah 2:5, 3c
Hymn 508 Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom
Peace
Confession
O merciful God, we confess that we have not acknowledged you as the source of our successes, our substance, our selves.  We have been far more ready to complain when things go wrong than to praise when all is well.  We have fed our bodies a rich diet while neglecting to feed our souls.  Power and wealth have assumed greater importance to us than sensitivity and service.  We have allowed religious words and forms to substitute for living encounters with the persons you have called us to love.  Forgive us, compassionate Redeemer, and grant us the opportunity to start over again.  Keep us from repeating the mistakes of the past or from new evils that could mislead or destroy.  In the spirit of Jesus. AMEN

Psalm 25 p. 756

Proclamation and Praise
Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15

Prayer for illumination
Open wide the window of our spirits, O Lord, and fill us full of light; open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain thee with all our powers of adoration and love,.  Amen Christina G. Rosetti
Response to the Word
(commentary and discussion)

hymn # 480 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

Concerns and Prayers
silent prayer
Prayer
O God, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives,bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty.  We thank you that you do not leave us alone but labor to make us whole.  Help us to perceive your unseen hand in the unfolding of our lives, and to attend to the gentle guidance of your Spirit, that we may know the joy you give your people.  Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Offering
# 95
Prayer of Dedication
Bless these gifts, O Lord, that they may serve your purposes in the days ahead.

Hymn 122 God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale

Benediction Hymn 671 Lord Dismisss Us With Thy Blessing

Postlude Courante by Handel

Next Week’s scripture: Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
Organist Carol Loud

Lay Leader      Ann Deitrich

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