Chilmark Community Church May 23, 2010
Prelude: My Heart Ever Faithful, from the Pentecost Cantata J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Call to Worship (responsively)
Jesus said “ I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever.
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
*Hymn #500 vs. 1,2,5 “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”
Confession (unison) Cathy S. Walters
O mighty God, our hearts are troubled and our minds are in confusion. We have separated ourselves from your peace by attempting to shape our own path in the forest of life. But we have found that path to be lonely. We have stumbled and fallen and with humility we cry to you. Hear us once again.
Thank you God, for allowing us yet another chance to walk the true path where the light is good and the friendship is warm. By your grace our guide awaits us. O mighty God, we remember our lonely path and we rejoice in your mercy. AMEN
Proclamation and Praise
Psalm 104:24-35 P.827 (no musical response)
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in they sight, O Lord, our rock and redeemer. AMEN
Readings and Discussion :
*Hymn #539 vs. 1-3 “O Spirit of the Living God”
Concerns and Celebrations Let us pray in silence for those we’ve named and those in our hearts.
Unison Prayer Cyril C. Colonius
Dear God, you are the author and source of our lives. You spread before us many pathways in this world of wilderness, and we are free to choose our own path. In our process of choosing , Great Spirit, lend us guidance. In our moments of despair, encourage us. In our moments of failure, empower us with strength to try again. In our moments of victory, teach us humility. Send us your loving spirit, that we may be agents of care and concern. Open our ears that we may hear each other. Warm our hearts that we may care for one another and enlighten our minds that we may be about the tasks you set before us. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
* “We Give Thee But Thine Own”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
God of wind, word, and fire, we bless your name this day for sending the light and strength of your Holy Spirit. We give thanks for all the gifts, great and small, that you have poured out upon your children. Accept us with our gifts to be living praise and witness to your love throughout all the earth. AMEN
*Hymn 393 “Spirit of the Living God”
Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Postlude: Siciliana William Waland
Organist: Carol Loud
Worship leader: Emily Broderick
Please join us for coffee/fellowship in the parish hall after the service.
*Stand if you are able