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

January 16, 2011

The service was enriched further by poems chosen by Emily Broderick and a reading by Lorna Andrade of some of Martin Luther King’s words.  Lorna met Dr. King at her grandparents’ home in Boston. Dan Cabot led a lively discussion of the lessons.

Chilmark Community Church
January 16,2011

Prelude Sinfonia #11 J.S.Bach\
Gathering and Announcements
Introit  p.328 “Surely the Presence”
Opening Prayer
O God, our Guide and Guardian, you have led us apart from the busy world into the quiet of your house. Grant us grace to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the comfort of our souls and the up building of every good purpose and holy desire.  Enable us to do more perfectly the work to which you have called us, that we may not fear the coming of night, when we shall resign into your hands the tasks which you have committed to us.  So may we worship you not with our lips at the hour, but in word and deed all the days of our lives: in Jesus name.  Amen

*Hymn  p.103  “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Confession  (unison)
God of grace and glory, we thank you that you judge us not by the perfection of our actions, but by our readiness to live boldly by faith.  Help us, as individuals and as a congregation, to trust you and follow where you lead, that in Christ your name  may be glorified in all the earth. Amen  R. Duck
Silent prayer
Musical Amen  # 898

Psalm 40:1–11 (UMH 774) No musical response.

Special Music Arietta Edvard Greig

Proclamation and Praise
Isaiah 49:1–7
1 Corinthians 1:1–9
John 1:29–42Is

Discussion :  Dan Cabot, leader

*Hymn  p.593 “Here I Am, Lord”

Concerns and Celebrations
Communal  Prayer
In the silence of our hearts, let us remember all those who most need God’s healing touch…….
Remembering Martin Luther King, let us pray  for those who work for peace in our world and for the justice that underlies worldly peace.  …….
Let us ask God to increase our numbers that we can share our love and the strength that comes from our worship together….
The Lord’s Prayer

Offering  We give of our time, our talent and treasure.
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
All Things Come of Thee O, Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee.

*Hymn  p.397 “I Need Thee Every Hour” vs. 1-4

Benediction  (unison)
May the blessing of God, fountain of living water, flow within us as a river of life.  May we drink deep of her wisdom.  May we never thirst again.  May we go through life refreshing many, as a sign o healing for all; through the One who is Life Eternal. Amen

Postlude Trumpet Tune Vivaldi

Please join us for coffee in fellowship hall after service.
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader: Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons:Isaiah 9:1-4:Psalm 27:1, 4-9;                     1 Corinthians 1:10-18;  Matthew 4:12-23
*Stand if you are able

Prayer for the Sunday after Christmas

Pastoral prayer by Rev. Arlene Bodge

O God, who stands beyond both the darkness and the light, who is hidden by the names we give you and yet who moves in great mystery to touch our lives, wake us from our indifference and cynicism to see your grace and to respond to it.

We pray for all our brothers and sisters who stand beyond the margins of our comfort and our security: for all who are alone in this season which affirms love and community; for all who are homeless and jobless in this season of compassion and new life; for all who live in pain of body or mind in this time when love is declared incarnate.

We pray for the children of this earth;  for all who are abused or neglected; for all who suffer the consequences of our carless acts or words.  Link us again with their  sense of play and wonder, their capacity to trust and to forgive;

We pray for all who are victims of hate and oppression, including all we unknowingly hurt through our blindness.  Enable us to feel their pain and rejection.  Help us to reach out in understanding and reconciliation.

And for ourselves we pray that we might find the time to consider the direction of our lives, the values and people we cherish, and so discipline ourselves to be more intentional as agents of hope, as channels of your grace, as a people who have seen your presence in their lives.

Prayers from the 4th Sunday in Advent

During this season of light, allow us to see your light.                                                        During this season of carols, may there be a song in our hearts.                                   During this season of love, may we experience your love and love in your name.  AMEN

Dear God, you surround us with your angels of love so that we are able to live a life filled with joy. Thank you for these angels, and help us to become angels of love for others.

November 28, 2010

Chilmark Community Church
November 28, 2010
Prelude: Prelude in C major J.S.Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Introit: O rest in the Lord (from Elijah) Mendelssohn
Lighting the Advent Candle
After candle is lit: Unison Prayer
Dear God of the Prophets, give us this day the prophetic word of hope, that in the moments of despair we might look to you for comfort.  We give you thanks for all the prophets past and present.  Amen Duck

*Opening Hymn 196 “ Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

Compassionate God, greet us with your grace this day, for we need you. Help us to find that place where we can receive as well as give, wait as well as act, and listen as well as speak.  Our whole world needs your peace. Let us come before you and learn  your ways.  Amen
Prayer of Reconcilliation  (unison)
We confess, O god, that we do not take seriously your coming into our lives.  We do not believe that salvation is near; we do not act uprightly , loving you, our neighbors, or ourselves; nor do we bend our swords and spears.  Forgive us, we pray, that we might once again walk in your light.  Amen John W. Riggs
Silent prayer
Musical Amen  p.898

Psalm 122 p. 845 No musical response.
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

Discussion :

*Hymn  730 “ O Day of God, Draw Nigh”

Concerns and Celebrations
Silent Prayer
Communal Prayer
O God, without you, we would be terribly alone.  Without your love, there would be no good life.  We sense that it is through faith that we can know your presence and your love.
Thank you for leading us toward faith.
Amen  Anton K. Jacobs

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering     “ It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
God of the Advent, as we joyfully enter this time of waiting, we feel nestled and safe in your everlasting peace. You have taught us the paths and choices that lead to being in your Temple. We wait, hushed in anticipation of the coming of your son. He serves as the guide of our lives and the shepherd of our souls. We hope to emulate his generosity and compassion as we share these gifts. Use these gifts so others can be blanketed with the warmth of your unconditional love, like a newborn baby wrapped in the loving arms of a parent. Amen. (Isaiah 2:1-5)

*Hymn  2171 “Make Me the Channel of Your Peace”

Benediction  (unison)Let us greet the world as children of God, rejoicing in the wonders, sharing its goodness with our sisters and brothers.  And may the vision and reality of God’s peace make this world a happy home for all the human family. Amen
Glen E. Rainsley
Postlude: Fughetta in D Minor Charles Burney
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:  Emily Broderick
Discussion Leader:  Dan Cabot
*Stand if you are able

Oct. 31,2010 Order of Worship


ALL SAINTS SUNDAY October 31, 2010



Prelude: “Prelude in F”, Francis Linley

Organist: Carol Loud

Welcome and Announcements

*Greet one another with words of peace and love.

Introit: hymn #328 “Surely the Presence …)


Leader: For all those who have paved the way for our freedom of worship, we give thanks.

People: For those who have taught us about witness and the power of love, we give thanks.

Leader: For all the saints, those who rest from their labors, and those who labor still, we give thanks.

People: Praise be to God, who continually inspires and guides us!



Lord God of love and peace, open our hearts today to receive the invitation of Jesus to come and be present in our lives. Release us from our smallness and create an atmosphere of confession and healing love in our hearts and our spirits. For we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Hymn #711 “For all the Saints…. (vs. 1, 2, 6)


SCRIPTURE: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

Psalm 150, hymnal page 962

(Response 1) Reader: Lorna Andrade

Special Music: “Adagio, John Bennett

SCRIPTURE: Luke 6:20-31

Ephesians 1:11-23

Sermon: “Something to Boast About”

Rev. Arlene Bodge


*Hymn #529 “How firm a Foundation” (vs. 1, 2, 5)

Morning Prayers: Concerns and Celebrations

Silent Prayer,

Pastoral Prayer

The Offering: *”The Doxology”

Prayer of Dedication:

Receive these gifts as a sign of our fidelity. We give not only of our wealth but of ourselves, our bodies, our souls, our minds, our ambitions, our visions, our present, and our future. Amen

*Hymn #2212 “My Life Flows On” (Faith we Sing)


*Postlude “Let This Be A House of Peace”

Aug. 8 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
August 8,2010
Prelude: Sisciliana by J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Peace   Let us turn to our neighbors and greet them with the peace of Christ.

Introit:  Sonata by /Don Ignazios Cirri
Call to Worship
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He does not deal with us according to our sin, nor requite us according to our iniquities.
What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
*Hymn  103 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Confession  (unison) Let us make confession to God in the silence of our hearts.
Silent prayer
Prayer for Assurance
God of love and mercy, in the quiet peace of morning we gather in this holy place to sing our praise to you and to be touched by your gentle Spirit. We offer grateful thanks for the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal.  We pray that through our worship we may be recreated in your likeness once more.  Let your cleansing Spirit enter our lives, that the shadows of our souls may be pierced by the brilliance of your Light.  Let our destructive thoughts be transformed into expressions of beauty, reflecting your uncompromising love.  We pray in the name of our Redeemer. Amen  James F.D. Martin

Proclamation and Praise
Bless we pray, our hearing of your word this day. Speak to each
of us; speak to all of us; and grant that by the power of your Spirit, we may be hearers and doers of your word.

Isaiah:1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8,22-23  p.783
Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16
Luke 12:32-40
Discussion of all the scripture readings

*Hymn  508” Faith, While Trees are Still in Blossom”

Concerns and Celebrations This is the time to name special blessings and we name those who are in particular need of our prayer.
Let us pray in silence.
Unison Prayer
Generous God, you grant us bread for our bodies and grace that is renewed every day.  In these uncertain times, help us to trust you more fully, living one day at a time, loving and serving as we can. Cheer our hearts with the knowledge that we are precious to you, as taught by your son, Jesus.
The Lord’s Prayer

Offering  May our morning offering be an act of gratitude given from a merciful heart.
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.

*Hymn “102” Now Thank We All Our God” vs.1&2

Benediction  (unison)
May the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be and abide with us all. Amen   2 Corinth. 13:14
Postlude: Bouree’ from the 3rd Cello Suite by Bach
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship leader:  Emily Broderick
Reader/Discussion leader:  Dan Cabot
*Stand if you are able

May 23, 2010 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church May 23, 2010
Prelude: My Heart Ever Faithful, from the Pentecost Cantata J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Introit:Adagio Mozart
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.
John 14:16-17

*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.
Silent prayer
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  :
Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:14-17

*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
Musical Amen

* “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”

Benediction  (unison)
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

Thursday Prayer Service

Prayer Service

Enter in silence:

Song #2118 Holy Spirit, Come to Us (repeat )

Centering Silence (3 minutes)

Let us name those  who we  want to bring into God’s presence, those ill, worried, bereaved.

(after each name, spend  a moment“in prayer for the person or situation”

Song #2054 Nothing Can Trouble

Let us be silent with thankful hearts. (1 minute)

Benediction (unison) (leader choose one)

Like a rock, God is under our feet.
Like a roof, God is over our heads.
Like the horizon, God is beyond us.
Like water in a pitcher, God is within us and in the pouring out of us.
Like a pebble in the sea, we are in God.

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

God be in your head, and in your understanding.
God be in your eyes, and in your looking.
God be in your mouth, and in your speaking.
God be in your heart, and in your thinking.
God be at your end, and at your departing.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

23rd psalm “Japanese paraphrase”

Sunday, the 25th, Rev. Bodge preached on the 23rd psalm with many insights and versions.  Here is one version that was very original.

The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush;

He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.

He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity;

He leads me in the ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,

And his guidance is peace.

Even thought I have a great many things to accomplish each day,

I will not fret, for His presence is here;

His timelessness, His all importance, will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity

By annointing my mind with His oils of tranquility;

My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours,

For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in his house for ever.

April 18 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
April 18, 2010

Prelude: Sinfonia #10 J.S.Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Peace  Let us greet each other with the peace of the Lord.

Introit:  Simple Melody from an Ancient Air

Call to Worship
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever. psalm96; Rev 5

*Hymn  90 “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”

Confession  (unison)
Holy and awesome god, we stand in your presence filled with regret for our many short comings.  Though there is greatness in us and a deep longing for goodness, we have often denied our better selves and refused to hear your voice calling us to rise to the full height of our humanity.  For there is weakness in us, as well as strength.  At times we choose to walk in darkness, our vision obscured.  We do not care to look within, and we are unwilling to look beyond at those who need our help.  O God, we are too weak to walk unaided.  Be with us as a strong and wise friend, and teach us to walk by the light of your truth. AMEN
Silent prayer
Musical Amen

Psalm 30 p.762 (responsively with no musical interlude)

Lessons and Discussion
Acts 9:1-20
Revelations 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

*Hymn  344 “Lord, You Have Come to the Lake Shore” v.1,3,4

Concerns and Celebrations  Let us lift up our celebrations, our concerns and the names of those in need of God’s healing touch.
Silent Prayer
Unison Prayer
O God, our help in ages past, bless us today and those for whom we pray.  Bring us and them your Peace which passes all understanding. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn (back cover) “We Give Thee But Thine Own”

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift, teach us to render to you all that we have and all that we are, that we may praise you, not with our lips only, but with our whole lives, turning our duties, the sorrows and the joys of all our days into a living sacrifice to you.  AMEN

*Hymn  p.593 “ Here I Am, Lord”

Benediction  (unison)
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13

Postlude: Andante, J.S. Bach
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:  Ann Deitrich
Next Week’s Lessons: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17;  John 10:22-30
*Stand if you are able