Standish Congregational Church

Worship Service

Our worship services interweave words and music and traditional and contemporary styles.  We follow the Revised Common Lectionary.  Responsive and unison prayers are written in inclusive language.   The pastor's weekly meditation (sermon) concerns a passage of scripture  and its application to our lives.  Congregational hymns and choral responses are sung throughout the service.  The choir's weekly anthems reinforce the service themes. Children, youth, and adults participate in our services. Below is an example of a past sermon. All are welcome, please join us!


Standish Congregational Church, U.C.C.


  June 11, 2017

Sunday morning worship 9:30 A.M.


 TRINITY SUNDAY

CELEBRATION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AT SCC


 Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bland-Biggar, Pastor and Teacher

 crbbiggar@earthlink.net; 205-4591



When you enter the sanctuary for the worship service, you are in "sacred time and space," a time and place for Reverence.  By the time the Prelude begins, please conclude your conversations; and silence and put away electronic devices and other distractions, so that everyone may fully "tune in" to the music, the prayers, and the sharing of God's word.


ORDER OF WORSHIP


WORDS OF WELCOME                                                            Rev. Cynthia Biggar, Pastor


PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathryn Marles          


BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST                                                               Acolyte


CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                            led by Linda Palmer, Reader


            Reader:                        We have come to worship God,

                                    Whose spirit moved over the waters of creation

                                    and brought forth our world.

            ALL:               God is great!

            Reader:                        We have come to worship God,

                                    Who came to earth in Jesus as a tiny baby

                                    and died on a cross, and rose again.   

            ALL:               God is great!

Reader:                        We have  come to worship God,

                                    who is close to us and loves us like a mother and a father.

            ALL:               God is great!

                         

*HYMN OF PRAISE – "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty"                           10                                                                                                                                             

OUR MINISTRY AND MISSION                                                          Pastor and others

                       

            A MOMENT FOR ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: 

                        "The Spiritual Enrichment Bible Study"                                     Ellie Collins


INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURE                                                                                    Pastor


SCRIPTURE READING       Matthew 28:16-20;  pew Bibles, NT p. 32                    Reader


CALL TO CONFESSION                                                                                          Pastor


PRAYER OF CONFESSION


            Reader:                        Jesus, we hear Your voice,

                                    calling us to go to people of all nations and make them Your disciples.

            Voice 1:           Do we have to?

            Voice 2:           I'm tired!

            Voice 3            :           Oooh, they're different!

            Voice 4:           I've done my part; let someone else do it for a change.

            Voice 5:           Sounds too hard.

            Voice 6:           Not cool!

                                   

                                    a moment of silent reflection


            Pastor:             God, forgive us all for the excuses we make. 

            ALL:               Hope us to respond as real disciples,

                                    and to share the good news of Your love with others.          PAUSE

            Pastor:              Hear this good news:

                                    the same Jesus who calls us to be disciples

                                    has also promised to be with us forever, even until the end of the world!

            ALL:               Thanks be to God!


THE PASSING OF THE PEACE  


            Pastor:              The peace of Christ be with you!

            People:                        And also with you

            Pastor:              Let us offer one another some sign of Christ's peace.


A sign of Christ's peace might include a handshake, a Namaste bow, a "peace" hand signal  or a "Queen Elizabeth wave." You may wish to stay in your pew and greet those around you OR walk around the church and greet others :-)

                                     

ANTHEM       "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"                                          SCC Choir

by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman; arr. by Cliff Duren


A MESSAGE FOR ALL AGES:  "Celebrating a Great Year in Sunday School"       

                                                                                                             Miss Mary Lou

           

A HYMN FOR ALL AGES – "Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness"              please refer to insert


A PRAYER FOR ALL AGES: THE PRAYER OF OUR SAVIOR  (debts)

                                                                         

THE YOUNGER CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHERS GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL


ANTIPHONAL READING  (Psalm 8)                                              pew Bibles, OT p. 466  

            Lectern Side, led by Reader, reads ODD verses, beginning with verse 1.

            Pulpit Side, led by Pastor, reads EVEN verses, beginning with verse 2.                                                         

 MEDITATION –  "Go and Teach"                                                                            Pastor

                                                                                                                       

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:  Joys and Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

                                                                                                                       

PRAYER RESPONSE – "Spirit of the Living God"                                                             281        


INGATHERING OF GIFTS, PLEDGES AND TITHES

             

            Call to Offering                                                                                  

            Offertory                                                                    


          *OFFERTORY RESPONSE:            "Doxology"   46


Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise God all creatures here below,

Praise God for all that Love has done,

Creator, Christ, and Spirit One.      AMEN

                                             

          *PRAYER OF DEDICATION (Unison) –


                      It is humbling to bring a gift to You, gracious God,

                      aware as we are of how You have crated all things

                      and given us all we have.

                      Yet in returning a portion to Your church,

                      we recognize that, united, we are greater than when we are individuals,

                      and our gifts--shared together,--can do good work.             AMEN


*HYMN OF DEDICATION – "In the Bulb There is a Flower"                           493                                                                                                                 

 *COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION                                   Pastor and Congregation

                        based on 2 Corinthians 2:11-13 from THE MESSAGE           


            Pastor:                        That's about it, friends. 

                                    Be cheerful.  Keep things in good repair.

                                    Keep your spirits up.  Think in harmony.  Be agreeable.

                                    Greet one another with a holy embrace.

            ALL:               The amazing grace of Jesus Christ,

                                    the extravagant love of God,

                                    and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.           

                                    AMEN                                                             


TAKING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST INTO THE WORLD                         Acolyte


 POSTLUDE                                                                                           Kathryn Marles                    

Worshipers are encouraged to remain seated--and quiet--during the Postlude, to respect the artistry of our organist and the meditations of fellow worshipers.  


* All who are able, please stand.


Acknowledgements:  Today's printed prayers are from The Whole People of God.



ALL ARE WELCOME!



The flowers on the altar today

are given in praise to God

and in appreciation of Christian Education

and Christian Educators

at Standish Congregational Church.