Feb 22,2009

Chilmark Community Church, United Methodist
February 22, 2009

Gathering and Announcements
Prelude :  From the First Partita, JS Bach
Call to Worship
God is our strength and our song.  God has become our salvation.
Hear the glad songs of God’s victory! We shall proclaim the deeds of our God!
God has not given us over to death.  Open are the gates of life.
We shall enter the gates of life and give thanks to God!
all: God has answered us and has become our salvation. We have been given light and love.  Hear the glad songs of God’s victory!  ( from psalm 118:14-15,17-19, 21,27. ) Jan Cather Weaver

*Hymn: # 454 “Open My Eyes”

Psalm: 50:1-6    p.783

Holy Happiness, Forgive our forgetting!  How often we’ve left shore in a boat, leaving the oars of your direction in the sand, or kept our sails furled to the wind of your love.  How often we’ve been stranded in a sea that was you and still not seen you!   AMEN   Ingrid Goff-Maidoff
(silent reflection)
Words of Assurance
Gof of compassion, we thank you that you forgive our sins, and blot out our transgressions.  Renew our hearts, O God, and teach us wisdom.  Grant us the joy of your salvation, and keep us steadfast in your service.  AMEN psalm 51:1, 10, 12-13. Ruth C. Duck

Proclamation and Praise

Hebrew Scriptures: 2Kings 2:1-12
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Response to the Word:
May the words from our lips and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord.  AMEN
( background of passages and open discussion.)

*Hymn: 258 O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair

Concerns and Prayers
Let us bring those for whom we pray into God’s presence in our hearts.
Silent prayer
Pastoral prayer
O thou Fount of Life, from whom flows springs of vitality and health: As we celebrate our worship, may our sorrows be lifted, our joys engaged, our hopes energized; that our living may reflect the beauties of freshness, wholeness and love divine.  AMEN Terence Elwyn Johnson

Lord’s Prayer

Offering *Hymn 94

Prayer of Dedication:
O God, yesterday is memory. Tomorrow is the unknown.  We have only today to open our hearts to others.  May they find with us what we’ve found with you. AMEN  Anton K. Jacobs

*Hymn: 451 Be Thou My Vision

Love all beings:  every flower, every cloud, every pebbled in the road.  Love each other and the world, and one day the light in your hearts will join the Divine Radiance of things, and each will be without beginning, without end.  AMEN Ingrid Goff-Maidoff

Postlude:  Trumpet Tune Vivaldi

Next Week’s Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25: 1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
Organist: Carol Loud
Lay Leader: Ann Deitrich