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Eric Cottle’s service

Eric Cottle will be buried at Abel’s Hill Cemetery at 2 pm Thursday, April 8. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall at the rear of the Chilmark Community church.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund, PO Box 96; Menemsha , MA, 02552.

Feb 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

Aid for Chile Earthquake victims

The Methodist church is responding to needs in Chile through UMCOR ( United Methodist Committee on Relief)

See below for more information:

Financial support can be made to Chile Emergency Advance # 3021178.
Gifts can also be made by check to UMCOR and mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. For local church and Annual Conference credit, place your gift in the offering plate on Sundays. Please indicate in the memo line of the check that it is for the Chile Emergency.

January 17 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
January 17,2010
Prelude:  Andante Mozart
Gathering and Announcements

Introit: 2-Part Invention #9 J.S. Bach

Call to Worship  Psalm 36:5-10 p.771

*Hymn  #140 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Peace Let us greet each other with the Peace of God.
Prayer of Reconciliation (unison)
A prayer from the Book of Worship for Martin Luther King jr. Day.
We remember Martin’s insight that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of  destiny.  Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”  Therefore, let us pray that we may see nothing in isolation, but may know ourselves bound to one another and to all people under heaven.

Silent prayer

Musical interlude: Every Time I Feel the Spirit Spiritual

Lectionary and Discussion:  May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, Our strength and our redeemer.

Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11

*Hymn  384  “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”

Concerns and Celebrations
Silent prayer.

Unison Prayer:
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, (at our weddings, at our meetings, at our meal times), turning the duties, the sorrows, and the joys of all our days into a living sacrifice to you; in the spirit of Jesus.  Amen
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)
Holy Spirit, you have honored each of us with unique spiritual gifts. We acknowledge that these gifts are to be used for your glory alone. Help us to offer our talents so that others may be encouraged to share abundantly. We are honored and humbled by the responsibility of using these gifts as stewards of your Kingdom.  Amen.

*Hymn  560 “Help Us Accept Each Other”

Benediction  Let us say the Sarum Blessing to each other:
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 in your end, and at your departing.
England 13th cent.

Postlude: Allemande J.S. Bach
Organist:  Carol Loud
Next Week’s Lessons: Nehemiah 8:1-3;5-6;8-10;  Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a;  Luke 4:14-21
*Stand if you are able

Commentary on John 2:1-11

John 2:1-11

Commentary on Gospel by Roy Harrisville

John begins his Gospel with the famous prologue, the appearance of the Baptist, and the calling of Jesus’ first disciples.

His baptism is not actually related by the evangelist, but rather told in third person by the Baptist. The calling of the first disciples is narrated and in much more detail. The miracle at Cana is Jesus’ first public event at which something miraculous occurs. John even points out to his reader the significance of the miracle.

Cana is not in Judea. It is in Galilee. Galilee was known for its thieves, rebels, and Gentiles. Herod the Great had to clear the area of brigands twice in his life. It was in Gentile territory that Jesus made his adult home and performed his first miracle in the Gospel of John. From the very beginning therefore, Jesus is portrayed as a trans-national figure in the Gospel. His life and work go beyond the boundaries of race and nation.

This is a private miracle, subdued and quiet. It is not some flashy show of divine power. Only a few people, including the reader, know what actually happened. Jesus was even reluctant to do anything at the event. It was not meant to happen, but the persistence of his mother led him to perform what has become one of the most famous of his miracles.

The hosts ran out of wine. The wedding celebration would have ended if there was nothing to drink. Mary mentions this to her son and he replies with a sentence that has puzzled scholars. Is it a rebuke? Is it a mild objection? Is Jesus being rude? If so, his mother doesn’t seem perturbed by it and tells the servants to do whatever he tells them. She was always a woman of faith who believed in her son.

Jesus’ hour had not yet come. His hour refers to his death, resurrection, and ascension in the Gospel of John. It was too soon for wondrous events in Jesus’ ministry. Yet, he still performs a rather large miracle. The stone jars at the wedding would have been huge containers capable of holding eighteen to twenty gallons of water each. There were six of them. Not only was there enough wine for the whole village now, it was better than what had first been served. It is at the end of the story that we read the meaning of it and the significance of timing, faith, and glory.

The head-waiter made the ironic statement that the good wine had been saved “until now.” Of course, this is a symbolic way of saying that Jesus is better than what had come before. He is the apex of God’s glory. In God’s own timing the Messiah had come. When the guests were getting parched and the host nervous, and there was no recourse but to shut the party down, it is at this point that Jesus quietly intervenes. It may not have been the most convenient time for the Lord, but because of the need of the guests and the request of his mother, he will do what must be done, for that is why he came.

God is responsive to people’s needs. He is not aloof to the human plight. Even if he is inconvenienced by the request, his heart is larger than the stone jars. Some have come to question the divine response to human suffering and have concluded that there is no God. But this quiet miracle belies that conclusion by suggesting that sometimes God does His work without taking out an ad in the paper.

Indeed, as we will discover throughout the New Testament, Jesus does his work in such a fashion that it is often misunderstood and misrepresented. God has in fact responded to human suffering in the suffering and death of his only Son. It’s just that many are not satisfied with the response.

Faith is the purpose of the miracle, as it is in all the miracles in John’s Gospel. Faith is the reason John wrote the book (20:31). Faith is why we preach. Sermons are not political essays designed to enlighten the rabble and produce enough guilt to get them to recycle their wine bottles, but to communicate faith in Jesus Christ. Good works are by-products of faith. Faith is not a matter of coercion but of wonder at the miracle of Christ. It is an overwhelming gift in which the Giver Himself resides.

Without that power, without the Giver in the gift, all attempts at recycling and good works would be for nothing for they would be based upon the wrong premise of utilitarianism, self-preservation, or the like. But with faith in Christ as the source and meaning of all good things, whatever we do will be done for the proper reason: out of thanks to Christ for filling our lives.

This quiet miracle is the manifestation of Christ’s glory. But no one actually saw it. Nor was there a thunder clap to herald the event. God’s glory is not what humans expect it to be. His glory is not for mere display, but has the purpose to fulfill his service to his creation. He buries Himself in a quiet tomb to do his work on Easter where no one can see or hear. As Martin Luther said, “God hides his pearls in a pile of dung so the devil can’t find them.”

In Christ, the very nature of glory is being redefined. It is glory with a silent purpose and aim, to create and maintain faith in Christ Jesus who responds to human need in ways that seem hidden and mysterious, but whose deeds are open to the eyes of faith.

January 10 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
January 10, 2010
Prelude: Contemplazione  by C.Aldolfo Bossi

Gathering and Announcements

Introit: Poem by  Zdenko Fibich

Call to Worship
Psalm 29  (no musical response)

*Hymn  122 “ God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale” vs 1,2,3,6


Confession  (unison)
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.  Let us walk in beauty and make our eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.  May our hands respect the things you have made, our ears be sharp to hear your voice.  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.  We seek strength not to be superior to our brothers and sisters, but to live in harmony with ourselves and all of your creation.  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. AMEN   Traditional Native American Prayer
Silent prayer

Musical Amen

Lessons and discussion  :
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord.
Isaiah 45:1-7
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-22

*Hymn  #420 “ Breathe on me Breath of God”

Concerns and Celebrations
Let us pray in silence.
Unison Prayer
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   Miriam Therese Winter

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering  We give of our time, our talent and our treasure.
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Sovereign God, we remember that becoming part of a Christian community was not a meaningless dedication but a call to be devoted openly to you. The sacrament of baptism is a reminder of all that we have received and all that we are asked to give. Like the heavenly voice you shared with your beloved son, we listen anew for your guidance and direction. Multiply these financial gifts so others may also be baptized in your spirit. Amen.

* Closing Hymn # 605 “Wash, O god, Our Sons and Daughters”

Postlude: 2-Part Invention J.S. Bach
Organist:  Carol Loud
Guest Preacher:
Next Week’s Lessons:  Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
*Stand if you are able

Dec.6 Order o Worship

Chilmark Community Church
December 6, 2009
Prelude: 2-Part Invention J.S. Bach

Gathering and Announcements
Introit: Let Christmas Come English Melody
Call to Worship
MalachI 3:1-4

Candle Lighting Liturgy   Judi and Jules Worthington
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, says the Lord of hosts.
[Here relight the first Advent candle.]
The light of hope has awakened our spirits.
A voice cries out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
Renew in us your covenant, O God, that we may be ready for the dawn of your salvation.
We light a second candle to bring light to every darkness, and to guide us in the way of peace.
[Here light the second Advent candle.]
With gratitude for your light, O God, we will prepare to welcome a new birth of your love.

*Hymn  2164 “Sanctuary” 2X


Confession  (unison)
By Thy Tender Mercy, O God, let the dawn from on high break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Guide our feet into the way of thy peace. AMEN
Silent prayer

Word of Assurance
“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; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Anthem by Helen Stratford
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.

Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11;  Luke 3:1-6

*Hymn  382 “ Have Thine Own Way Lord”

Concerns and Celebrations
Unison Prayer
In the advent seasons, when the past has fled, unasked, away and there is nothing left to do but wait, God, shelter us.  Be our surrounding darkness; be the fertile soil out of which hope springs in due time.  In uncertain times, help us to greet the dawn and labor on, love on, in faith awaiting your purpose hid in you  waiting to be born in due time.  Amen Duck
Silent Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
May these gifts bring light to those who walk in darkness, hope to those who live in despair, and justice to those who are oppressed. To these ends we dedicate our offerings and ourselves. Amen  Lavon Baylor

*Hymn 211 O come, O come, Emmanuel”
Benediction  (unison)
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.Romans 15:13
Postlude: Bourree J.S. Bach
Organist:  Carol Loud
Leader:  Ann Deitrich   Reader:  Dan Cabot
Next Week’s Lessons: Zephanian 3: 14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians: 4:4-7;Luke 3:7-18
*Stand if you are able

Guest Preachers Photographs

Woody and Susan Bowman, 11/15/09

Woody and Susan Bowman, 11/15/09

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Lectionary (click here for lessons)

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Date Season Readings Color
Sunday, October 30, 2011 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Matthew 23:1-12
Sunday, November 06, 2011 Twentyfirst Sunday after Pentecost Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Sunday, November 13, 2011 Twentysecond Sunday after Pentecost Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30
Sunday, November 20, 2011 Twentythird Sunday after Pentecost Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
Sunday, November 27, 2011 First Sunday of Advent Isaiah 64:1–9
Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19
1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Mark 13:24–37