Chilmark Community Church
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Laity Sunday
Laity Sunday is an invitation for the whole church to remember that all the baptized, lay and clergy together, are the people of God. Our English word “laity” comes from the Greek word “laos” meaning, “people.” That same word lies at the root of another “worship word”liturgy“— , which means “work of the people” (plus the Greek work, —work). Worship every Sunday is to be “the work of the people”—a people of many gifts and differing roles.
Welcome and invitation to be quiet.
Prelude : Chorale “Be Content” J.S. Bach
Hymn 2027 “As A Deer Thirst for the Water”
Call to Worship
Psalm 96 page 815
Hymn p.558 “We Are the Church”
You know each of us by name, O God, and in your sight we have found favor, yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory or the vastness of your love. Grant that as we glimpse your greatness, reflected in your many gifts, we may always return to you the praise that is yours alone. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Passing the Peace ( Without leaving your pew, please greet your neighbor with the Peace of Christ.
Musical Interlude : Aria “When Thou Art Near”
Lessons for this date: Exodus 33:12-23; Thessalonians 1:1-10
Hymn 103 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
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
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Mysterious God, Thank you for drawing close to you. Help us, through these gifts to bring You to others.
God of all who wander in the wilderness, you go before us as beacon and guide. Lead us through all danger, sustain us through all desolation, and bring us home to the land you have prepared for us. Amen.
*Closing Hymn # 671 “Lord Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing”
Benediction: Rev. Arlene Bodge
Postlude : Praise for Peace Frederich F. Flemming
PLEASE COME INTO FELLOWSHIP HALL FOR COFFEE
Organist: Carol Loud
Worship leader: Emily Broderick
Discussion leader: Pam Goff