Category Archives: ORDERS OF WORSHIP (prayers,hymns,etc)

Prayer from April 3, 2016

Resurrecting God, as we enter the season of Eastertide, may your enduring Presence remind us of the tidal qualities of your love for us.  May your love break upon us as water upon the shore, molding and shaping us.  May it expose us to new sharpness of vision.  May your grace beckon to us the way a wave reaches out to our feet as we walk along the shore.  We open ourselves to the ways in which you will surprise, inform us, change us and draw us to you.  Grant us receptivity to your living presence in our lives.  AMEN

“adapted from a prayer for the 2nd Sunday in Eastertide in
TOUCH HOLINESS Resources For Worship Edited by Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi
The Pilgrim Press NY 1990

October 19,2014 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
October 19,2014
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.
Gathering Music
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”

Prayer    (unison)
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

Discussion  :

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.
silent prayer
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

Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship leader: Emily Broderick
Discussion leader:  Pam Goff

A prayer from August 24

God our holy Parent, the magnitude and mystery of the universe is a simple thing to you; help us to come to you with both awe and trust.  Christ Jesus our holy Brother, the wonder of the Gospel of love is a free gift from you; help us to come to you with open hearts.  Spirit-Truth, our holy Friend, the power that sustains all things is contained in your intimacy; help us to come to you with high expectations.  Please bless us, most loving God, for in your blessing is our health and our happiness.  AMEN

January 19, 2014

Chilmark Community Church
January 19, 2014 2nd  Sunday after Epiphany
Prelude: Prelude #9 from the Well Tempered Clavier, J.S.Bach
Gathering and Announcements

Introit  “It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord” 352

Call to Worship  : Psalm 40:1-11   p.774

*Hymn  “ Here I Am Lord”  p.593

Prayer of Reconciliation    by Martin Luther King (unison)
O God, we thank you for the fact that you have inspired men and women in all nations and in all cultures. We call you different names: some call you Allah; some call you Elohim; some call you Jehovah; some call you Brahma; some call you the Unmoved Mover. But we know that these are all names for one and the same God. Grant that we will follow you and become so committed to your way and your kingdom that we will be able to establish in our lives and in this world a brother and sisterhood, that we will be able to establish here a kingdom of understanding, where men and women will live together as brothers and sisters and respect the dignity and worth of every human being. In the name and spirit of Jesus. Amen.
Silent prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Lectionary Discussion    Marilyn Hollinshead
Isaiah 49:1-7
John 1:29-42

*Hymn  “Let the Lower Lights be Burning” words printed on bulletin.

Concerns and Celebrations

Leader: To God who welcomes all in love, let us pray for the good of the church and the concerns of those in need.

(Silent Prayer)

God of every land and nation, you have created all people
and you dwell among us in Jesus Christ. Listen to the cries of those who pray to you, and grant that, as we proclaim the greatness of your name, all people will know the power of love at work in the world. Amen.

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Perfect Light of revelation, as you shone in the life of Jesus,
whose epiphany we celebrate, so shine in us and through us and these gifts, that we may become beacons of truth and compassion, enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy. Amen.

*Hymn   “Let There Be Peace on Earth” p.431

Benediction  (unison)
O God, you spoke your word  and revealed your good news in Jesus, the Christ. Fill all creation with that word again, so that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations and singing of your glorious hope to all peoples, we may become one living body, your incarnate presence on the earth. Amen.

Postlude : Andante by Maurice Greene
Worship Leader: Emily Broderick
Organist:  Carol Loud
Pastor: Seongmoon  Ahn
Next Week’s Lessons:  Isaiah 9:1-4;1 Corinthians:1:10-18; Matt. 4:12-23
*Stand if you are able


A few years ago, at the mouth of Cleveland harbor, there were two lights, one at each side of the bay, called the upper and lower lights; and to enter the harbor safely by night, vessels must sight both of the lights.
These western lakes are more dangerous sometimes than the great ocean. One wild, stormy night, a steamer was trying to make her way into the harbor. The captain and pilot were anxiously watching for the lights.
By-and-by the pilot was heard to say, “Do you see the lower light?” “No,” was the reply; “I fear we have passed them.” “Ah, there are the lights,” said the pilot; “and they must be, from the bluff on which they stand, the upper lights. We have passed the lower lights, and have lost our chance of getting into the harbor.” What was to be done? They looked back, and saw the dim outline of the lower lighthouse against the sky. The lights had gone out. “Can’t you turn your head around?” “No; the night is too wild for that. She won’t answer to her helm.” The storm was so fearful that they could do nothing.
They tried again to make for the harbor, but they went crash against the rocks, and sank to the bottom. Very few escaped; the great majority found a watery grave. Why? Simply because the lower lights had gone out. Now, with us the upper lights are all right. Christ Himself is the upper light, and we are the lower lights, and the cry to us is, keep the lower lights burning; that is what we have to do. He will lead us safe to the sunlit shore of Canaan, where there is no more night.

Chilmark Community Church
Seongmoon Ahn, Pastor

Chilmark Community Church

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From His lighthouse ever more,
But to us He give the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Dark the night of sin has settled,
Loud and angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore. – CHO.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor seaman tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness MAY BE LOST. – CHO.

October 12 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church

December 9,2012

Prelude: Invention 8 Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Introit: #210  O Come, O Come Emanuel vs.1,2
Call to Worship   Warren and Marilyn HollinsheadLeader:

As we light the second Advent candle let us remember the words of Isaiah:”The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;


.'” *Hymn  2236  “Gather Us In” vs1,2,4

Prayer of Reconciliation  (unison

)SO Holy One of Israel, Remember now your ancient promise: make straight the paths of our hearts that lead to you,  and smooth the rough ways of our minds,  that today we might draw close to you and, knowing your compassion,  clear our hearts to love all humanity.

Silent prayer


Children’s Moment
Proclamation and Praise  Ann Deitrich

Malachi 3:1-4     Luke 1:68-79

Special Music

Luke 3:1-6

Sermon:  “Prepare the Way of the Lord”

*Hymn  # 207 “ Prepare the Way of the lord”
Concerns and Celebrations

Unison Prayer:God of hope, As we joyfully await the glorious coming of Christ, we pray to you for the needs of the church and the world. silent prayerHear our humble prayer that we may serve you in holiness and faith and give voice to your presence among us until the day of the coming of Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Offering*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”

Prayer of Dedication

Great God of the mountains and the valleys, we make this journey of Advent, confident of the coming of the Messiah; and in that confidence, we often have ignored the call to repentance. We have rushed to the stable and manger scene and have turned our backs on the real work of change in our lives and transformation in our world, making mountains low and valleys high, and making the love made flesh in Jesus accessible to all and not just to a few. As we give our gifts this morning, may they do the work of kingdom construction. May the work of renovation begin in our hearts, that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”  Amen.
*Hymn  #384 “Love Divine,  All Loves Excelling”
Postlude: The Kingdom of God by AustinLovelace

Organist:  Carol Loud

Pastors:  Rev. Arlene Bodge

Reader: Ann Deitrich

Please join us for coffee in the Community Room after the service.


October 28, 2012 Order of Worship

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”
Children’s Moment
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.

Silent Prayer:

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


Order of Worship, Sept. 23,2012

Chilmark Community Church
September 23, 2012
Family Worship
Prelude: Prelude in C major, J.S.Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Peace be With You
And also with you.

Call to Worship   Psalm 1  p. 738, no musical response

*Hymn  660 Verses 1&4
Children’s Moment

After a moment of silence let us bring our selves into prayer:
Prayer of reconciliation  (unison)
God of unsearchable mystery and light,
your weakness is greater than our strength,
your foolishness brings all our cleverness to naught,
your gentleness confounds the power we would claim.
You call first to be last and last to be first,
servant to be leader and ruler to be underling of all.
Pour into our hearts the wisdom of your Word and Spirit,
that we may know your purpose and live to your glory. Amen.

Lessons and Commentary
Proverbs 31:10-31
Hymn 445 “Happy the Home”  vs. 1&4
James 3:13-4:3; 7-8a
Hymn 2171 “Make me a Channel of your Peace”
Mark 9:30-37
Hymn 430 “ O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”

Concerns and Celebrations
Unison Prayer
God of salvation,  who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost, hear our prayers on behalf of those who are lost in our day, receiving these petitions and thanksgivings
with your unending compassion.

Silent Prayer

Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome not only in our concern for others, but by serving them
generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
God of wisdom and light, as we offer our gifts this morning, we pray that you will help us grow hearts of generosity and not selfishness, compassion and not resentment, contentment and not envy. Help us to see the abundance you have given us, and help us to focus on what we have instead of what we don’t have; on abundance and not scarcity. Help us to see we are rich in your love and grace and in so many other ways. Thank you for all your gifts. Amen

*Closing Hymn and Benediction  :Hymn 431“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Let us Pray:
O God, Wisdom of the universe, you bear the pain of your people. Grant us the gift of wisdom, that we may discern your way and live justly and graciously amid the struggles of this world. Amen.

Postlude: Fughetta in A, Charles Burney
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader: Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124 (UMH 846);James 5:13-20;Mark 9:38-50

*Stand if you are able

June 10,2012 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
June 10, 2012
Prelude:  Little Prelude in F J.S.Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Introit  #658 “This is the Day the Lord has Made”

Call to Worship   Psalm 138 p. 853 (No musical response)

*Hymn  77 vs., 1&2

Children’s Moment

Prayer of Reconciliation (unison)
Let us in silence be mindful of what distances us from God.
Your hand is upon your people, O God,
to guide and protect them through the ages.
Keep in your service those you have called and anointed,
that the powers of this world may not overwhelm us,
but that, secure in your love, we may carry out your will
in the face of all adversity. Amen.

Special Music   Helen Stratford

Proclamation and Praise    Reader:  Dr. Lorna Andrade
1 Samuel 8:4-20; (11:14-15)
2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1
Mark 3:20-35
Response to the word :
Unlike earthly kings, you, O Lord, are ever steadfast and faithful. You sent us your Son, Jesus the Christ,
to rule over us, not as a tyrant, but as a gentle shepherd.
Keep us united and strong in faith, that we may always know your presence in our lives, and, when you call us home,
may we enter your heavenly kingdom where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Report from Annual Convention   Marilyn Hollinshead

*Hymn  103  “Immortal Invisible”

Concerns and Celebrations
Unison Prayer
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.
Silent Prayer for those we’ve named and those in our hearts.
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)
Father God, these gifts that we give to you are like seeds that your church will sow in the world. We will marvel at how they take root and grow, but will remember that while we sow and nourish these, you alone are the giver of the growth and the harvest. Help us to be conscious of where we invest the seeds of our lives: in our families, in our church, in our communities, and in places around the world we will never see, but where you will likewise bring growth and harvest. And when the harvest day comes, gracious God, help us to remember that all good gifts have their start in your generous giving. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen. (Mark 4:26-34)

Sung Benediction   verse 1 #664  “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”
Postlude : Adagio Corelli
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:  Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons:  1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13: Psalm 20;
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:2

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
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

Order of Worship, April 15, 2012

Chilmark Community Church
April 15, 2012
Prelude: Little Prelude in E flat minor J.S. Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Introit :  Hymn 328
Call to Worship: Psalm 133 (UMH 850)

*Hymn  548 “In Christ There is No East or West”

Children’s Moment

Confession :  Let us , in the silence of our hearts, acknowledge  all that separates us from God, …………………
Light of the world,
shine upon us
and disperse the clouds of our selfishness,
that we may reflect the power of the resurrection
in our life together. Amen.

Proclamation and Praise (See Below for commentary)
Acts 4:32-35
Hymn 2222 “The Servant Song”
1 John 1:1-2:2
Hymn 206  “I want to walk as a Child of the Light”
John 20:19-31
Hymn 384 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” vs. 1,2

Concerns and Celebrations
God invites us to bring our doubts and fears,
our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise,
and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

Prayers of the People, concluding with:
Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them,
that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do
so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.
Prayer for the church:
Spirit of promise, Spirit of unity, we thank you that you are also the Spirit of renewal.  Renew in the whole Church that passionate desire for the coming of your kingdom which will unite us in one mission to the world.
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Loving God, you bring the gift of Resurrection and a redeemed life through the locked doors of our hearts. Sometimes we react with joy, sometimes with fear, sometimes with doubt.  Bless these gifts we give as an extension of your hands reaching out to the world through us, and may those we can’t see and may never meet be touched because we gave from our hearts. In the name of the risen Christ, we pray. Amen. (John 20:19-31)
Musical offering: “Your Raise Me Up” Helen Stratford

Benediction (unison)
The Lord did not abandon Thomas to his unbelief, nor will the Lord abandon us to ours. God hears our cries for help and answers. God knows how we struggle to believe what we can’t see or touch. Let us know that our Invisible God makes forgiveness visible to our hearts and souls. Let us see God at work in our lives from this day forward. Let us trust our spiritual sight more each day. Amen

Postlude: Andante Telemann

Please join us for “coffee”  in the fellowship hall after the service.
Organist:  Carol Loud:
Worship Leaders:  Emily Broderick & Virginia Mc Clure
Next Week’s Lessons: Acts 3:12-19;Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7;
Luke 24:36b-48

Emily read several introductions from  Conversations, The Message Bible” by Eugene H. Peterson.  Here are just two of them.

“The arrival of Jesus signaled the beginning of a new era.  God entered history in a personal way, and made it unmistakably clear that he is on our side, doing everything possible to save us.   It was all presented and worked out  in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  It was, and is, hard to believe–seemingly too good to be true.

But one by one, men and women did believe it, believed Jesus was God alive among them and for them.  Soon they would realize that he also lived in them.  To their great surprise they found themselves living in a world where God called all the shots.. had the first word on everything; had the last word on everything.  That meant that everything, quite literally every thing, had to be re-centered, re-imagined, and re-thought.”  p1481

Re. John 20:22

“The phrase “breathed into them; is the identical phrase used in Genesis 2 when the Lord God breathed life into Adam, who at once became a “living soul:.  ….The same Spirit that moved over the chaos and became articulate in the (creation)…now moves in the disciples so that they can continue the creation work of Christ, “the firstborn over all creation”…That same Spirit moves over the chaos of our lives as well, bringing form out of formlessness and fullness out of emptiness, resulting in a new creation.”