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

Feb 28,2010 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
Prelude: Choral Prelude Johann Walther
Gathering and Announcements
Introit: How Beautiful Shines the Morning Star J S Bach
Peace  Let us greet each other with the Peace of God.

Call to Worship   Psalm 27 p. 758 (no musical response)

*Hymn  142 “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee” v. 1,2.

Confession  (unison)
O merciful God, we confess that we have not acknowledged you as the source of our successes, our substance, our selves.  We have been far more ready to complain when things go wrong than to praise when all is well.  We have fed our bodies a rich diet while neglecting to feed our souls.  Power and wealth have assumed greater importance to us than sensitivity and service.  We have allowed religious words and forms to substitute for living encounters with the persons you have called us to love.  Forgive us, compassionate Redeemer, and grant us the opportunity to start over again.  Keep us from repeating the mistakes of the past  or from new evils that could mislead or destroy. adapted from Lavon Bayler, Book of Worship
Silent prayer
Unison Assurance
Thank you, Lord, for your promises.  Help us to keep “inquiring in your temple” and waiting with patience to see the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  Amen

Proclamation and Praise: May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.
Genesis 15:1-12,17-18;   Philippians 3:17-4:1;  Luke 13:31-35.

*Hymn  451 “ Be Thou My Vision”

Concerns and Celebrations  Let us remember in silence those we have named and  those close to our hearts.

Unison Prayer:
O eternal God, in whose appointment our life stands, and who committed our work to us, we commit our cares to you.  We thank you that we are your children, and that we can rest under your wings.  Fill us with that compassion for others’ troubles which comes  from forgetting our own; with the charity of those who know their own unworthiness; and with the glad hope of the children of eternity.  And to you, the Beginning and the
End, Lord of the living, Refuge of the dying, be thanks and praise for ever. Amen
from James Martineau, England 19th cent.

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering   Remember the words of Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
*” We Give Thee But Thine Own”

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Our spiritual ancestors offered sacrifices to glorify you, O god; so would we honor you by these gifts.  May they reach those who long for meaning as well as for life’s other necessities.  Grant your joy to all who give and all who receive.  Amen

*Hymn 118 “The Care the Eagle Gives her Young”

Benediction  (unison)
God gives life.  God renews life.  God is life.  Let us celebrate the life within us and let it overflow to enliven the world.  May the peace of God dwell within this week and forevermore.  AMEN

Postlude: Organ Piece by August Reinhard
Organist:  Carol Loud
Next Week’s Lessons:Isaiah 55:1-9; PaLM 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9.
*Stand if you are able

Order of Worship Feb. 21

Chilmark Community Church
February 21,2010 First Sunday in Lent
Prelude: Prelude #1 from the Well Tempered Clavier J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Introit: Ave Verum Mozart
Call to Worship
Psalm 91  page 810 (no musical response)

*Hymn  117 “O God, Our  Help in Ages Past”

A Prayer After the Earthquake in Haiti  (responsively)
Lord, A month has passed since the earthquake in Haiti.  We realize that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we had imagined.
As the things we have built crumble about us, we know too well how small we truly are on this ever-changing, ever-moving planet we call home.
Yet you have promised never to forget us.  Lord, comfort the people of Haiti.  Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still, and shelter them under your wings when homes no longer exist.
Embrace in your arms those who have died.  Console the hearts of those who mourn, and ease the pain of the wounded.
Pierce our hearts with compassion, we who watch from afar. Move us to act swiftly, to work for justice always and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.
For though the mountains leave their place and the hills be tossed to the ground, your love shall never leave us, and your promise of peace will never be shaken.  Amen    from  a prayer by Diana Macalintai,

Liz Gude will speak on her experiences in Haiti.

Hymn #2053 “Nothing Can Trouble”  Jacques Berthier,  Taize’ Community
Proclamation and Praise
Luke 4:1-13
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord.
Brief discussion of Luke.

Concerns and Celebrations
Let us pray in silence for the people of Haiti, for those whose names we have spoken and for those close to our hearts.
Unison Prayer
We do not live by bread alone.
We pant for your every word, O God,
And pine for your breathings about us.
Though we presume to know all mysteries,
And boast of knowledge beyond that of our ancestors, In truth, We struggle to answer the simplest of questions. We second guess ourselves and one another at every turn. Teach us, O God, our humble place in the universe As we walk through this howling wilderness.

The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 2119 “Holy spirit Come to Us”  Jacques Berthier (seated)

Offering  “We Give Thee But Thine Own”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
We offer ourselves with our gifts, confident that you have a purpose for them and for us.  Expand our vision to embrace new possibilities.  May our offerings reach beyond our former thinking and doing.  Amen

*Hymn  378 “Amazing Grace”

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 of healing for all; through the  One who is Life eternal.  Amen  M. T. Winter

Postlude : Courante Handel
Organist:  Carol Loud
Next Week’s Lessons: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18;Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35.
*Stand if you are able

February 7 Order of Worship

EPIPHANY 5 February 7, 2010
Prelude- in B minor, Chopin
Carol Loud, organist
Let us greet one another with the peace of Christ.
Introit: Variation 19, J.S. Bach
Leader: Help us through this hour of worship,
People: to become more aware of your presence,
Leader: to become more obedient to your will,
People: to become more alert to our opportunities,
Leader: to become more aware of our obligations,
People: to become more thankful for our blessings,
All: In the name of the one who treats us with mercy and steadfast love.
We draw near to you God and yet we know that in doing so we are merely responding to the drawing of your Spirit. We recognize with the Psalmist that it is good for us to draw near and to put our trust in you for you alone are the source of life. Help us today to hear and apply your word. Open our eyes to your work in our midst. Find joy in our praise. Empower us to serve in your name.
(Adapted from “Word and Witness”)
*Hymn #64 “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 138 hymnal #853 with response
Reader: Pam Goff
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Sermon: “Tipping the Boat”
Rev. Arlene Bodge
*Hymn #398 “Jesus Calls Us”
Concerns and celebrations:
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
Lord’s Prayer
The Offering:
*“We Give Thee But Thine Own”
O Holy One, when we read of your love and your faithfulness we are overwhelmed by your grace upon grace. Thank you for promising to care for our every need. Thank you for your faithfulness in the past and thank you for your faithfulness for today and for the morrow. Open our eyes to the abundance of your provision and enable us to respond accordingly with what you have provided in our lives. Help us to respond with our resources of time, talent, gift, expertise and finance. Amen
Thanksgiving and Communion:
*Hymn #344“Lord, you have come to the lakeshore”
Postlude: Moderato, Anton Scherer
Please join us in the fellowship hall after the service

January3, 2010

EPIPHANY SUNDAY January 3, 2010
Prelude: Prelude #1 in C by J.S. Bach (Carol Loud)

Lighting the Christ Candle Liturgy:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
And the city has no need of sun or moon on it,
for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
The Nations will walk by its light,
and the rulers of the earth will bring their glory into it.
Revelation 21: 23-24 (NRSV)
The Christ candle is lighted as the following is prayed by all:
Break forth, O heavenly Light. Shine forever and let no more greed or hatred near.
Introit: #328 “Surely the Presence of the Lord.”
Welcome and Announcements:
Let us greet each other with the Peace of Christ

Collect #255 Prayer for Epiphany

Children’s Moment:

Prayer of Confession:
O God, we know that we are a wayward people. Our footsteps falter as we seek to follow your way; our gaze is turned away from awareness of you glory to preoccupation with our own needs and concerns; and even our love for one another grows cold. We trust only in your grace to create new life within us and to bind us together in love and common commitment. Let your spirit be born in us anew, and accept our lives, which we offer to you. Amen

*Hymn # 251 “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 Reader: Nancy Cabot

Psalm 72:1-14 Hymnal pg. 798

Anthem: Helen Stafford and Carol Loud
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon: “Source of Light” Rev. Arlene Bodge

*Hymn #220 “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

Concerns and celebrations:
Pastoral Prayer
Silent Prayer

The Offering:
*“We Give Thee But Thine Own”
Gracious God, as the first decade of the new century ends, we become aware of the rapid passage of the years, and we are reminded of the limited time we have available. As we give our offerings we commit ourselves anew to being instruments in your hands and the star followers in our world. Amen
*Hymn # 254 “We Three Kings”
Postlude: Andante, Telemann

DECEMBER 27,2009

Chilmark Community Church
December 27, 2009

Prelude:  “In Dulci Jubilo”  J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Introit:  “What Child is This?”  recorder by Carol Loud
Call to Worship   Psalm 148 p.861 (no musical response)

*Hymn  250 “Once in Royal David’s City”

Peace  Let us greet each other with the Peace of Christ.

Confession  (unison)
Gracious God, we have sought you in high and holy places; we are ill-prepared to acknowledge your presence among the lowly and poor.  We believe you are profound but we overlook your obvious truths.  We are anxious about the unknown but we hardly consider the realities immediately in front of us.  Turn us, incarnate God, by the simple wonders of your love, to a rebirth of faith and hope and joy. AMEN  Allen P. Happe
Silent prayer

Musical Interlude

Proclamation and Praise :  May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to thee, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26;
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52

*Hymn  2128 “Come and Find the Quiet Center”

Concerns and Celebrations   Let us pray in silence.
Silent prayer.

Unison Prayer
Gracious God, we pray this day for all who have come with us to Bethlehem.  We pray for those who are poor and cold and hungry like the shepherds, that they may hear good news.  We pray for those who are wandering and searching like the magi, that they may find the place to leave their gifts and their burdens.  We pray for those who are busy, hurried, preoccupied like the innkeeper, that they may know the peace that comes from a genuine act of hospitality.  We pray for those like Herod who have power, that they may use it with good will.  We pray for ourselves- we who each need comfort and peace, even joy, in this starlit season and all the days of our lives. AMEN

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering   Like the Wise Men, let us Offer Our Gifts to God

Offertory Response sung to “Greensleeves”
*So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come, peasant, king, to own Him.
The King of Kings salvation brings. Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud the Babe, the Son of Mary.

*Hymn :242” Love Came Down at Christmas”

Benediction  (unison)
The true light that enlightens all has come into the world.
That light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never been able to put it out.
This is the good news: Thanks be to God!
Postlude:  “ Go Tell it on The Mountain”
Organist:  Carol Loud
Leader: Ann Deitrich
Next Week’s Lessons: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
*Stand if you are able

Christmas Eve 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Christmas Eve 2009



Prelude Pastorale from the Christmas Concerto by Corelli

Rejoice, for God is with us — Emmanuel.
In the darkness of our world shines God’s holy light.
Now there is reason to hope, to love, to laugh, to live.
God is truly with us. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God!

* O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels,
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

True God of true God, Light from Light eternal.
Lo, He shuns not the virgin’s womb.
Son of the Father, begotten, not created.
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation.
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest!
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Gracious God,
With joy and thanksgiving we gather as your people.
We have come to hear again the timeless story of Christ’s birth.
In the excitement of this night, quiet our hearts
that we may know the peace and fullness of this holy time.

Shine, O Light, in the darkness of our world.
Sing, O angels, in the stillness of our hearts,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all people.”

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7, John 1:1-2, 4-5
O Come . O Come, Emmanuel The Lighting of the Christ Candle

O Come, O Come , Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice!Rejoice!Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O Come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree, an ensign of the people be;

before thee rulers silent fall; all peoples on thy mercy call.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Coming of Jesus Is Announced to Mary and Joseph
Luke 1:26-38

The Slumber Song” by Francois Gezaert ( Gabriel candle and Mary and Joseph candles are lighted.)

The Preparations for the Birth of Jesus
Luke 2:1-5

O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie,
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark street shineth the everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

Jesus is Born
Luke 2:6-7

Away in a Manger(As congregation sings, the Baby Jesus candle is lighted.)
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky look down where He lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

Jesus’ Birth is Announced to the Shepherds
Luke 2:9-14

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear ( the angel candles are lighted.)
It came upon the midnight clear that glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold
Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven’s all gracious King.
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

The Shepherds Find the Baby Jesus
Luke 2:15-18

The First Noel While congregation sings, the shepherd candles are lighted
The first noel the angels did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay.
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, noel, noel, noel. Born is the King of Israel
nd by the light of that same star, three wise men came from county far.
To seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, noel, noel, noel.Born is the King of Israel.
Then entered in the wise men three, full reverently upon the knee.
And offered there in His presence their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, noel, noel, noel.Born is the King of Israel.

The Wise Men Bring Their Gifts to Jesus
Matthew 2:1-11

We Three Kings (While congregation sings, the king candles are lighted. )
We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Merciful God, we confess that often we find darkness more comfortable than light. We confess that we find your good news frightening and unsettling, especially when we consider its demands as well as its promises.
Give us the courage to lay ourselves open to the wonder and healing of your coming. Be born again into our world, be born again into our hearts and lives. Hear now our silent and personal thoughts as we prepare ourselves for your nativity.

Silent prayer


THE PASSING OF THE LIGHT candle light shared ( Choir NIGHT OF SILENCE BY DANIEL KANTOR then joined by congregation with)
Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth ”

We are filled with joy for we have heard good news of great joy.
We are filled with love for we have heard the story of God’s great love.
We are filled with hope for the angels still sing in our world
and there is a Light for us to follow.

Joy to the WorldJoy to the World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her king.
Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders of His love.

Postlude: “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow “ spriritual

Worship Leader Ann Deitrich

Organist: Carol Loud



Ann and Bob Deitrich………… honor of loved ones

Marilyn and Warren Hollinshead…For their parents

Phyllis and Bob Conway…in memory of David and Lorna Flanders

Pam and Clark Goff………in memory of Matt Jones

Ethel Sherman………. In memory of Blanche &Al Trczinski

Katy Upson…….., in memory of Bill & May Haynes

Mabel and Allan Darrow

Kathie Carroll … in memory of Caroline Crocker

Nov. 29 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
Prelude: A Ground in G Henry Purcell
Gathering and Announcements
Introit: Lauda Anima

Call to Worship
Jeremiah 33:14-16

Candle Lighting Liturgy
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promises I have made.
To you, O Lord, we lift up our souls: In you, O God, we trust.
The one who is coming will show us the path of steadfast love and faithfulness.
Teach us your ways, O God of our salvation. We light this candle in the sure hope that God’s promises endure.
[Here light the first Advent candle]
We will live in the light of hope as we await the coming of the Lord.

*Hymn  473 “Lead Me , Lord”


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

Psalm 25:1-10  p.757

Scripture Reading and Discussion
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to Thee, Our Rock and Redeemer.

1Thessalonians 3:9-13;  Luke 21:25-36

*Hymn # 719 “My Lord, What a Morning”

Concerns and Celebration
Unison Prayer:  Let us pray for those who suffer.
Almighty God, shield of the oppressed, hear us as we pray for the friendless and the lonely, the tempted and the unbelieving.  Be merciful to those who suffer, in body or in mind, to those who are in danger or distress, and who have suffered loss.  Let your love surround the infirm and the aged.  Be especially near to those who are passing through the valley of death.  May they find eternal rest, and light at the evening time.  AMEN
Silent prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

*We Give Thee But Thine Own (back cover)
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Bless these gifts, O Lord, that those who give them and those who receive them  may grow in your knowledge and love. Amen

*Hymn 730 “O Day of God, Draw Nigh”

Benediction  (unison)     St. Paul
“May the God of hope fill us all with joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy spirit.” AMEN
Postlude : Courante Handel
Organist:  Carol Loud
Next Week’s Lessons: MalachI 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
*Stand if you are able

Nov 15 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
November  15,2009

Prelude:  “Prelude in C major”  JS Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Introit :  “O For the Wings of a Dove” Felix Mendelssohn

Call to Worship   Psalm 106:1-5 p.829 (no musical response)

*Hymn  92 “For the Beauty of the Earth” vs. 1,4,6


Confession  (unison)       by James T. Fatzinger
God, we have filled our lives with so many things that there is scarcely room left for each other and for you.  “There is no time!” we protest. “I know you’re busy,” we assume. Slow us down, God; forgive us our busi-ness which destroys our openness, our preoccupation which leaves us unaware of the gentle breeze of your Spirit, our self-absorption which makes us ignore the cries of our brothers and sisters.  And if we have not yet been possessed by your word of grace and acceptance, we pray that our ears may be opened to hear it now.   AMEN

Silent prayer

Word of Assurance

Proclamation and Praise
2 Corinthians 9:6-15


John 2:1-11; John 6:11; Acts 27:35

Sermon“Jesus Comes to Thanksgiving Dinner” Rev.Woody Bowman

*Hymn  694 “Come, Ye Thankful People Come”

Concerns and Celebrations
Let us hold these people in the presence of God in the silent prayer.

Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

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

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Holy One, whose heart abounds with gifts, receive this offering as a sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world. AMEN                          Edwin E. Beers

*Hymn  87 “What Gift Can We Bring”

Benediction  (unison)
Grant, O Lord, that what has been said with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and that what we believe in  our hearts we may practice in our lives; in the Spirit of Jesus.  AMEN

Postlude:  “Deus Tuorum Militant”  Grenoble Antiphoner

Organist:  Carol Loud
Guest Preacher:  Rev. Woody Bowman
Next Week’s Lessons: (interfaith Thanksgiving Service)  Food Pantry Offering
*Stand if you are able

November 1

Chilmark Community Church
November 1,2009  All Saints Day

Prelude:  Invention #7 J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Introit :Remembrance Stephen Heller

Call to Worship and Ceremony of Remembrance
Everliving God, this day revives in us memories of loved ones who are no more. What joy, when, loving and being loved, we lived our lives together.  Their memory is a blessing for ever.
Months or years may have passed, and still we feel near to them.  The links of life are broken, but the links of love cannot break. Their souls are bound up in ours for ever.
We see them now with the eye of memory, their faults forgiven, their virtues grown larger.  So does goodness live, and weakness fade from sight.
We praise and thank you that they now live with you.
Now , let us name those who we especially remember today.
( Speak names.  Take time to bring a flower forward.)

*Hymn  707 “ Hymn of Promise”

Peace ( children go to Sunday School)

Confession  (unison)
Let us draw near to God in the silence of our hearts.
O Great Spirit whose voice we hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world,  hear us.  We come before you as your children. We are small and weak; we need your strength and wisdom.  Make us wise, so that we may know the things you have taught your people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Help us to be ever ready to come to you, so when life fades as a fading sunset, our spirits may come to you without shame.    adapted from Traditional Native American Prayer.

Silent prayer
Word of Assurance

Psalm 24 p. 755  responsively

Isaiah 25:6-9
Revelation 21:1-6a

Sermon   by Janet Holladay

*Hymn  89 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

Concerns and Celebrations
Silent prayer
Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

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

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 the duties, the sorrows, and the joys of all our days into a living sacrifice to you.  AMEN

*Hymn 673 “ God Be with You till We Meet Again”

Postlude: Gavotte J.S. Bach
Organist: Carol Loud
Guest Preacher: Janet Holladay
Next Week’s Lessons:  Ruth 3: 1-5; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28;  Mark 12:38-44
*Stand if you are able

October 25 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
October 25, 2009
Prelude: “Autumn Leaves” by Johnny Mercer
Gathering and Announcements
Introit:  2-Part Invention #7 by J.S.Bach
Call to Worship   psalm 34: 1-8, p. 769 (no musical response)

*Hymn : #101“ From All That Dwell Below the Skies” vs. 1,2,4.

Peace  Let us greet each other with word of  Peace .

Confession  (unison)   by Sandra E. Graham
Powerful, gentle God, you can take desert waste and make it grow into fruitful land.  We need your power to change life.  Our lives are so often full of drudgery.  Often we forget to live thankful lives, and we get bogged down in self-pity and blame.  Empower us, God.  Help us to feel your Spirit changing us, each day, that our lives may be full and glowing in your love.  Through the Spirit, whose breath sustains us, we pray.  AMEN

Silent prayer

Word of Assurance   by Ruth C. Duck
The good news in Christ is that God offers us life at every moment, forgiving us, and inviting us to the freshness of new beginnings.  Let us praise this God of Grace!

Proclamation and Praise   Let us ask for God’s blessing on our reading and understanding of the scriptures.
May the Words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable to thee, O Lord.  AMEN
Job 34:1-6, 10-17; Mark 10:46-52

*Hymn  2212 “How Can I Keep From Singing”
Concerns and Celebrations
Silent Prayer

Unison Prayer
O God, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty.  We thank you that you do not leave us alone but labor to make us whole.  Help us to perceive your unseen hand in the unfolding of our lives, and to attend to the gentle guidance of your Spirit, that we may know the joy you give your people.  AMEN Ruth Duck
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
We offer ourselves with our gifts, confident that you have a purpose for them and for us. May our offerings reach beyond our former thinking and doing. In the Spirit of Christ , we would pray and live.  AMEN adapted from Lavon Baylor

*Hymn   “ O God you sent us out to Walk”(back cover)

Postlude     “The Oneness of Everything” by Jim Scott.

Organist: Carol Loud

Next Week’s Lessons: Isaiah 25:6-9;  Psalm 24’  Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11: 32-44
*Stand if you are able