Home Worship Service June 7

Union Church
Biddeford Pool

…a place of peace and Presence by the sea

“I have called you friends…”  John 15

You are welcome here

June 7, 2020

 

Order of Worship

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

You are welcome here…come and worship!

 

 

Focus:
Do we really need much more than this?
To honor the dawn. To visit a garden.
To talk to a friend. To contemplate a cloud.
To cherish a meal. To bow our heads before the mystery of the day.
Are these not enough?    Kent Nerburn

Gathering Music: From A Distance (by Julie Gold) – Michelle Currie

Welcome:   Rev. Paula Norbert

Responsive Call to Worship: Psalm 98
Leader: Come, sing a new song to God!
All: Remember all the times full of wonder
God has already shared.
Leader: Listen to the music, open your hearts,
All: Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth!
Leader: Open the windows. Listen to the choirs outdoors,
feathered and furred.
All: Let the hills sing together for joy!
Leader: For God is not done doing wonders!
All: God is coming to set everything right.
Sing a new song to God!

Opening Hymn: Let There Be Peace on Earth

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
The peace that was meant to be.

With God our Creator
Family all are we,
Let us walk with each other
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now;
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow:

To take each moment and live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

Invocation
Source of Life who is known by many names;
Over-turner and illuminator of hearts;
we gather with gratitude for the earth and all who journey in it.
We give thanks for the interconnectedness of all creation.
Source of justice who is known by many names;
let us not swerve from the path of righteousness
that leads to just and equitable relationships.
Give us the strength to leave behind that which is most comfortable
and claim our place in the movement to transform creation;
that our voice, our heart, our spirit will
join those who demand to live with respect, justice, and peace.

Lord’s Prayer:

Readings:
The Gift of Friendship by Rev. Henri Nouwen: Psalm 8; John 15:9-17
(After the readings you may choose to respond, “Thanks be to God”)

Sermon: A Conversation with One Another
Sermon Response: Bridge Over Troubled Waters (by Paul Simon) – Michelle Currie

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

Prayers of the People:
Silent Prayers           Pastoral Prayer

Closing Hymn: Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Blessing:   Rev. Paula Norbert
Love is the Spirit of this Church.
May the songs we sing celebrate this Love.
May the lives we lead embody this Spirit.
May you all go forth in peace.

Response: Thanks be to God

Closing: Go In Peace…

Thank you to: Our Music Director: Michelle Currie and to Marty Grohman, our Host on Zoom.