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
Discussion

*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

Offering
*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.

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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

October 18, 2009

Chilmark Community Church
October 18,2009
Prelude:  Prelude #6  JS Bach

Gathering and Announcements
Introit;  The Moon and the Year by Richard Emery

Call to Worship  Psalm 104:1-9  p.826 (no musical response)

*Hymn  152 “ I Sing the Almighty Power of God”

Peace

Confession  Let us confess our short comings to God in the silence of our hearts.

(unison)
God of Grace and glory, we thank you that you judge us not by the perfection of our actions, but by our 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

Anthem    Lia Kahler and Emily Broderick

Scripture readings and Discussion
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to thee, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.

Job 38:1-7 (34-41); Mark 10:35-45

*Hymn  # 525  “ We’ll Understand Better By and By”

Concerns and Celebrations

Unison Prayer:  Strong covenant God, save us from being self-centered in our prayers, and teach us to remember to pray for others.  May we be so bound up in love with those for whom we pray that we may feel their needs as acutely as our own, and intercede for them with sensitiveness, with understanding and with imagination.  In the Spirit of Jesus, AMEN
Silent prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering
*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.  AMEN

*Hymn “ O God You Send us Out to Walk”   back cover

Benediction  (unison)
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  AMEN

Postlude:  Adagio by John Bennett
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Organist: Carol Loud

Next Week’s Lessons:  Job 42:1-6,10-17; Psalm 34:1-8; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

*Stand if you are able

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
Peace

Confession
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

Benediction:
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
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Organist: Carol Loud
Lay Leader: Ann Deitrich

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February 15, 2009 Order of Worship

 

Chilmark Community Church

February 15, 2009

Gathering and Announcements

Prelude

Call to Worship

Sing Praises to God, O you saints, and give thanks to God’s holy name!

We exalt you , O God, for you have restored us to life!

We may cry through the night, but your joy comes with the morning.

You hear us, O God, and you are gracious in our distress.

You turn our mourning into dancing!

Our souls cannot be silent! O God, our Savior, we give thanks to you for ever!

*Hymn: # 140 “ Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Peace

Confession
p.890 in Hymnal(silent reflection)

Words of Assurance

God is even now giving us the gift of repentance.  God is at work in the world.  It is not we who hope, but God who hopes in us. (WUMC)

 

Proclamation and Praise

Psalm: 30 p.762

Hebrew Scriptures

2 Kings 5:1-14

New Testament:

1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Mark 1:40-45

 

Response to the Word:

May the words from our lips and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.   AMEN

( background of passages and open discussion.)

 

*Hymn: # 66 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (2Kings, Mark)

 

Concerns and Prayers    

Unison prayer

Eternal Light, shine into our hearts.

Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.

Eternal Power, be our support.

Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.

Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.

That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence; in the spirit of Jesus.  AMEN

Silent prayer

Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering *Hymn 95

Prayer of Dedication:

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.   AMEN

 

*Hymn: #707 Hymn of Promise

 

Benediction:

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

 

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Next Week’s Scripture :2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Organist:Carol Loud

Lay Leader: Ann Deitrich

 

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Letter from DS Shaw “View from the Bridge”

Dear Pilgrims,
A January 28, 2009 Gallup Poll entitled State of the States: Importance of Religion reports that when asked “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” 65% of Americans reported that religion is an important part of their daily lives. This conclusion was based on interviews of more than 350,000 participants around the country. The poll also breaks down responses to the same question state by state. Here the information gets a little more interesting. The poll finds that “Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas to be the most religious states in the nation, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts are the least religious.” In fact six out of the ten least religious states are located in the soon to be New England Conference. (VT 42%, NH 46%, ME 48%, MA 48%, AK 51%, WA 52%, OR 53%, RI 53%, NV 54%, CT 55%). (www.gallup.com)
I am of the opinion that this Gallup Poll reveals some deeper questions such as: What is the future of “religion” in New England? What is “religion” in New England? Why isn’t religion an important part of peoples daily lives in New England? While some like to believe that New England may be on the verge of a “religious revival” I am not sure the evidence would bear that out, but what if we were in the verge of a “spiritual revival?” That’s the question I would like to see answered, “Is spirituality an important part of your daily life?” I believe that the answer to that question would be vastly different.
One of the things I have learned over the years working alongside people in recovery, as well as in my own spiritual journey, is that addicts who identify themselves as Christians are often resistant to embrace step three in the twelve step program: “Made a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand God.” Some have speculated that this is because addicts who have been raised in the church note that they have already tried the “God stuff” and it hasn’t worked, thus creating a resistance to trust and an unwillingness to “do it again.” Others have noted that addicts who are also “religious” may be unwilling to let go of a childlike understanding/relationship with God; an unforgiving, punishing, judgmental, unlistening, and failed miracle God. In any case part of recovery is “reframing” a relationship with God that is personal, maturing and spiritually connected. It is the willingness to turn “will and lives” over to God, and letting something new develop that may have nothing to do with the past and may even make the future a little scary.
In my church travels I often hear churches discuss the need for new members along with the appropriate reasons why. The conversation is often about the needs of the church and not the spiritual needs of those who might be coming into fellowship. It is much like asking; Where is religion in your life, verses where is the working of the Holy Spirit in your life? When churches have assumed values of what it means to be “religious” or what it means to have “religion” in your daily life and try to impose it on others the result will often be a dying church. When a church understands the centrality of the Holy Spirit working, reshaping, reforming, recreating the body, exercising a mature and bold faith, the result is often that the church will grow. The “concept” is the same, at AA or UMC; it is about allowing God to direct us, and not us correcting God.
New England might not be the hotbed for a religious revival, but I am convinced that there is a spiritual awakening among us, the question for our churches is: Will we have the ability to adapt and allow the working of the Holy Spirit guide us deeper into something we don’t quite understand or will we try and assimilate the Spirit into the institution and extinguish the flame. It’s a personal question that requires turning oneself and the church over to God.
Blessings,
Gary