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