Chilmark Community Church
October 28, 2012
Prelude: Invention 7 J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Introit: #328 “ Surely the Presence “
Call to Worship Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) p.769 (no musical response)
*Hymn #117 “O God Our Help in Ages Past”
Confession (unison)O Holy One, we call to you and name you as eternal, ever-present, and boundless in love. Yet there are times, O God, when we fail to recognize you in the dailyness of our lives. Sometimes shame clenches tightly around our hearts, and we hide our true feelings. Sometimes fear makes us small, and we miss the chance to speak from our strength. Sometimes doubt invades our hopefulness, and we degrade our own wisdom.Holy God, in the daily round from sunrise to sunset, remind us again of your holy presence hovering near us and in us. Free us from shame and self-doubt. Help us to see you in the moment-by-moment possibilities to live honestly, to act courageously, and to speak from our wisdom.Silent prayerMusical Amen
Proclamation and Praise:
Job 42:1-6, 10-17Mark 10:46-52
Discussion : Pam Goff, discussion leader
Dear Lord, teacher and healer, you heard the cry of the blind beggar when others would have silenced him.Teach us to be persistent in prayer and give us courage to ask plainly what we need from you, that we might live whole lives that serve you and others. Amen.
*Hymn #454 “Open My Eyes That I may See”
Concerns and Celebrations:
God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.
Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Offering*:Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison):
God of love and goodness, we bless you as those who have been the recipients of blessings too numerous to count. We boast in you as those who have been carried in your arms through the rough and troubled times of our lives. We pray this morning that the gifts we give and the lives we live might magnify your love and goodness, and that through our lives, your name might be exalted! We praise you with all our voice! Amen.
*Hymn 451 “ Be Thou My Vision”
Benediction (unison) God be with you till we meet again. Amen
Postlude: Machs mit mir, Gott Johann Walther ______________________________________
Organist: Carol Loud
Worship Leader: Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons: Lamentations 1:1-6;Psalm 137 (UMH 852);2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10
*Stand if you are able