May 20, 2012 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
May 20, 2012

Prelude: Invention #9 Bach
Gathering and Announcements

Introit: hymn  2128 “ Come and Find the Quiet Center” verse 1

Call to Worship   Psalm 93 p.813 (no musical response)

*Hymn  312 “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”

Prayer of Reconciliation  (unison)
Risen and ascended Christ, you surround us with witnesses
and send us the Counselor who opens our minds to understand your teaching. Holy Father,  bless us with such grace that our lives may become a blessing for the world now, and in the age to come.  Draw us together and into your presence this day. Amen.
Silent prayer    AMEN

Children’s Moment

Proclamation and Praise
Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53

Discussion  :  Dan Cabot leader

*Hymn  541 “See How Great a Flame Aspires”

Concerns and Celebrations
We offer our prayers on behalf
of our neighbors whose needs are known to us.
We pray both for the sisters and brother we know
and for those who are strangers.

Prayers of the People, concluding with:

Unison Prayer
Open our minds to understand the scriptures, O God,
so that when our separation from you cripples our hope,
we may discover the freedom of your forgiveness;
when suffering and death overtake our lives,
we may know the joy of the risen Christ;
and when we feel abandoned, we may comprehend the power of the promised Spirit. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer

Musical Amen

Offering  “ Oh, for the Wings of a Dove” Mendelssohn
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Everliving God, your eternal Christ once dwelt on earth, confined by time and space.  Give us faith to discern in every time and place the presence among us of him who is head over all things and fills all, including our offerings today.

*Hymn 544 “Like the Murmur of the dove’s Song”

Benediction  (unison)
May the presence of God the Creator give us strength;
May the presence of God the Redeemer give us peace;
May the presence of God the Sustainer give us comfort;
May the presence of God the Sanctifier give us love.  Amen

Postlude:  Machs mitmir, Gott” Johann Walther
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Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:   Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

*Stand if you are able

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