Home Worship Service August 23

Union Church
Biddeford Pool
…a place of peace and Presence by the sea

Union Church Home Service 8/23/20

The Trek.com, Acadia National Park
August 23, 2020
Don’t Lose Hope


Focus:  “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,

Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”        ― Alfred Lord Tennyson


Threshold Moment:  (Video)

Music:  Amazing Grace (by John Newton)  -Michelle Currie

Call To Worship:

L: Even in the middle of summer, our hearts can be burdened.

P: Stress and worry do not seem to take vacations.

L: You have come to a special place where you can find relief and healing.

P: Thanks be to God for providing us with such blessings.

L: Come, prepare your hearts to receive God’s gracious gift of love.

P: We open our hearts and spirits in thanksgiving to God. AMEN.


Opening Prayer: 

God of all seasons, we come to you this day in the midst of our summer months. For many this is a time of relaxation; but for others, the burdens, worries, and cares continue to weigh them down. Be with each of us as we open our ears to hear your words, our hearts to feel your presence, and our spirits to receive your healing touch. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

Lord’s Prayer

Scripture:   Isaiah 40: 28-31, Romans 15:13,  A Summer Blessing, Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr

Sermon: Musings from the Heart in Difficult Times            -Lisa Barstow

 Contemplative Moment:  (video)   Will Greene, Acadia National Park         https://vimeo.com/233697877

Music: How Can I Keep From Singing (by Robert Lowry)  -Michelle Currie

 Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.

Prayers of the People:

Closing Music: One Day (by Matisyahu)                   -Michelle Currie

Benediction:  As the Lord has given to you such peace and healing, now go into the world offering God’s love and hope to others. Go in peace and remember that God goes with you. Amen.


Postlude:  Go In Peace