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Order of Worship January 29,2012

Chilmark Community Church
January 29, 2012

Prelude: Sinfonia 10 J.S. Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Introit: hymn 328 “ Surely the Presence of the Lord”

Call to Worship Psalm 111 p.832 (no musical response)

*Hymn  127 “Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

Prayer of Reconciliation:
Holy and awesome God, your Son’s authority is found in integrity and living truth, not the assertion of power over others.
Open our imaginations to new dimensions of your love,
and heal us of all that severs us from you and one another,
that we may grow into the vision you unfold before us. Amen.

Children’s Sermon

Musical Interlude : Arietta Edvard Grieg

Lessons and Discussion
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

Hymn words p.264”Silence, Frenzied, Unclean Spirit”  tune p. 581

Concerns and Celebrations
Silent Prayer

Unison Prayer
Heavenly Parent, we thank you for  glimpses of your truth and  the wisdom of the prophets. We thank you for your presence in Jesus and in the Holy Spirit with us now.  Visit those whom we have named in love and concern that they may know they are not alone in their struggles.
Perfect Light of revelation, as you shone in the life of Jesus,
whose epiphany we celebrate, so shine in us and through us,
that we may become beacons of truth and compassion,
enlightening all we do in our humble walk with thee.  Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn  430 “O master, Let Me Walk with Thee”

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

Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Awesome God, you sent Jesus to teach people firsthand the power of your love, grace, and authority. Jesus washed away unclean spirits and performed countless other miracles so that even the faithless would experience your love. You call us to be mindful and vigilant of the extraordinary miracles that you continue to work in our lives today. May this offering undergird ministries that show others your miraculous love, grace, and authority. Amen.

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

Postlude: Gott ist mein Heil Johan Walther

Please join us for coffee in fellowship hall after service.
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader: Emily Broderick
Discussion Leader:  Dan Cabot
Next Week’s Lessons:  Isaiah 40:21-31: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c;
1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
*Stand if you are able

Prayer for Epiphany

From Worship on January 8,2012


God beyond our knowing, grant us today new glimpses of who you are and what you intend for us to be.  The powers of this earth bow before you in humble adoration. Our lives are insignificant except as you enlist us to be a part of your eternal purposes.  You draw us irresistibly toward the light.  We need the sense of purpose you engender among us.  Come, Holy Mystery, to reveal as much of your truth as we can stretch to understand and receive into our lives.  Amen

October 16, 2011

Chilmark Community Church
October 16, 2011

Prelude in C from the Well-tempered Clavier
Gathering and Announcements

Introit : p.328 “Surely the Sprit”
Call to Worship    Psalm 96, p.815 (no musical response)

*Hymn  64 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Confession  (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. In the spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Silent prayer

Words of Assurance
O creator and mighty God, you have promised strength for the weak, rest for the laborers, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love.  O creator and mighty God, help us to continue in your promise.  Amen

Proclamation and Praise
Isaiah 45:1-7
Special Music :  Meditation  From Thais

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 •
Matthew 22:15-22

Sermon :  Rev. Richard Olson

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

Concerns and Celebrations   Are there events in our lives for which we want to give thanks today?  …Let us name those in need of our prayers.
Unison Prayer
God of us all, your love never ends. When all else fails, you still are God. We pray to you for one another in our need, and for all, anywhere, who mourn today.  To those who doubt, give light; to those who are weak, strength; to all who have lost touch with You , mercy;  to all who strive, peace.  Keep true in us the love with which we hold one another.  In all our ways we trust you.  And to you, with your church on earth and in heaven, we offer honor and glory, now and forever.
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)
All things come of Thee, O Lord; and of thine own have we given thee.

*Hymn  p.671 “Lord Dismiss us with Thy Blessing”
Postlude:  Machs mit mir, Gott , Walther
Organist:  Carol Loud
Guest Preacher:  Rev.Richard Olson
Worship Leader: Marilyn Hollinshead
Next Week’s Lessons: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
*Stand if you are able

Sept. 25 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
September 25th, 2011
Prelude: Invention #7 J.S. Bach
Gathering and Announcements

Introit: p. 328
Call to Worship   Page 799   Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 (No musical response.)
*Hymn  p. 731 vs. 1&2 “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
Children’s Moment

Confession  (unison)
God of our salvation,
we falter before the demands of your word
and turn away from your call to life.
Pour out your mercy on us
as you showed mercy to your people of old,
that we may turn from our sinfulness
and walk the path of self-emptying love
made known in Jesus . Amen
Silent prayer
Hymn:  (seated ) p.382 vs. 1,2 “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”

Interlude Ave Verum Corpus Mozart

Proclamation and Praise  Let us say together:
Loving God, open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you, that the whole world may be one with you  as you are one with us . Amen.
Exodus 17:1-7
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32
Discussion  :  Lia Kahler

*Hymn  p.130 “God Will Take Care of You”

Concerns and Celebrations  Let us hold those we’ve named in the silence of our hearts.
Unison Prayer
We thank you, compassionate God, that you hear the prayer of every heart:  for those who celebrate, for those who mourn, for those whose bodies or spirits need your healing touch.  Thank
You for hearing us in every situation. Help us to support each other, rejoicing with whose who rejoice, and weeping with those who weep.  Help us to respond to each human being who crosses our path with sensitivity and compassion, in the spirit of Jesus, AMEN
The Lord’s Prayer
Musical AMEN

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
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.

*Hymn  p.160 vs.1-4 “Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart”
Benediction  (unison)
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
Postlude: Courante Handel
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:  Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons:Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20: Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-4

Rev. Richard Olson

(Click here to read bio.)
Richard Olson will be preaching on October 9.  He writes:
Sixteen years ago I moved to Edgartown with my beloved late wife Judith.  She came to serve as Social Worker at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.  I had recently retired as pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Worcester.  During my years here I have served on the boards of the Vineyard Nursing Assn and Havenside and also on the vestry of St. Andrew’s Church.
I was ordained into the Lutheran ministry in 1957 and served for 37 years in three successive national Lutheran churches, currently the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

July 31 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
July 31,2011

Prelude: Sinfonia 2 J.S. Bach

Gathering and Announcements

Introit :#145 vs. 1  “Morning Has Broken”

Call to Worship   Psalm 17:1-7, 15 p.749 Cassidy Goff, reader

Confession  (unison)   Let us, in silence, draw near to God.
Silent prayer.
Dear God, we pray to you for New Hearts:
Thou who art over us, Thou who art one of us, Thou who Art: Give us pure hearts that we may see thee; humble hearts that we may hear thee; hearts of love that we may serve thee; hearts of faith that we may abide in thee.  AMEN Hymnal #392

Hymn  #496  “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

Proclamation and Praise
Genesis 32:22-31
Matthew 14:13-21

Discussion:   May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, O God.  Amen

*Hymn  *Hymn  p.386  “ Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown”

Concerns and Celebrations
Let us remember these in the quiet of our hearts. Silent Prayer
Communal Prayer
Dear God, bless those we hold up to thee with your presence.  Visit them with your healing touch.  We ask you to be with our whole world and those suffering from hunger, despair, war and injustice.  Help us to discern how to be your presence in the world.
The Lord’s Prayer

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

Offering   We give of our talent ,  time and our treasure.
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
Bless thou the gifts our hands have brought; bless thou the work our hearts have planned.  Our is the faith, the will, the thought; the rest, O God, is in thy hand.

Benediction  (unison)
p.693 “ God Be with You till We Meet Again”  v.1

Postlude:  Siciliana by William Walond
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:  Marilyn Hollinshead
Discussion Leader: Dan Cabot
Next Week’s Lessons: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
*Stand if you are able


July 3 Helen Stratford’s lyrics.

Helen wrote a poem/hymn verse for the day.

Helen sang the song below at the service this morning explaining, first explaining how she believed her music was a gift from God made evident first here on Martha’s  Vineyard.

In Yonder Meadows

In these fields I’ve wandered, I’ve pondered,  I have grown

And my heart grows fonder, with each pasture I have known

And in yonder woods, I have followed the mossy banks

Of a trickling brook where I’ve knelt down to give thanks


These fields taught me compassion They taught me to forgive

And with mercy unrationed They taught me how to live

As a soul that’s fallen I’ve pounded my fists and wept

God must have heard me calling – For something in my spirit leapt


There’s a fog rolls in Each evening from the coast

It creeps across the landscapes like a phantom or ghost

It rolls across the meadow, the sorrells and the dales

Continues to drift even as dawn lifts Like a burka or veil


Through the mist I’m running  Heart pounding against my chest

To the spirit that is coming In whose presence I feel blessed

Yes Each moment hastens toward me  Impatient to impart

All that my soul craves  All that saves the wounded heart


With their verdant splendor

These fields taught me to believe

And persuaded me to surrender

In order that I might receive

No matter how far I wander

Or the qualities I lack

Or the years I have squandered

These fields, they always take me back



Helen Stratford

Chilmark 2011


June 12 Order of Worship

Chilmark Community Church
June 12, 2011
Prelude: Praeludium J.S. Bach

Gathering and Announcements
Introit p.393 “Spirit of the Living God”
Call to Worship   Psalm104:24-34, 35b p.826 no musical response
Children’s Sermon   children depart for Sunday School

*Hymn  p.2128   “Come and Find the Quiet Center”

Prayer      Let us bring ourselves into God’s presence  in silence.  (unison)
O Holy God,
open unto me
light for my darkness,
courage for my fear,
hope for my despair.
O loving God,
open unto me
wisdom for my confusion,
forgiveness for my sins,
love for my hate.
O God of peace,
open unto me
peace for my turmoil,
joy for my sorrow,
strength for my weakness.
O generous God,
open my heart
to receive all your gifts.

Proclamation and Praise

Acts 2:1-2
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23

Discussion :  Dan Cabot discussion leader.

*Hymn  p. 500 “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart” vs. 1,2,4

Concerns and Celebrations
Communal prayer
Tender and Compassionate God, you ask us to pray for all people.  Here we offer our prayers for our world in need, trusting in your great love. silence
Holy comforter, healing Spirit, grant your peace to those who are sick and those who grieve. Radiate through their lives with the light of your presence, that renewed health and strength may be theirs.
The Lord’s Prayer

*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
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 673 “ God Be with You till we Meet Again”
Benediction  (unison)
Let us serve our God with patience and passion,  be deliberate in enacting our faith, be steadfast in celebrating the Spirit’s power, and may peace be our way in the world.  Amen Rainsley  B.O.W.
Postlude  Andante – Mozart
Please come to Fellowship Hall to see “Enlightenment” on terrace.
Organist:  Carol Loud
Worship Leader:  Emily Broderick
Discussion Leader: Dan Cabot
“Enlightenment” by H.T.Chen and Dancers
Please join us for “Coffee Hour” after the service!