Prelude: Romance, Opus 11, Number 1, by Clara Schumann
Hymn 11 – Awake, my soul
Officiant: Jesus said: "If any of you would come after me, deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34)
Confession of Sin (Enriching Our Worship) Officiant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Officiant and People God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.
The Officiant says Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Invitatory Officiant: Lord, open our lips People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Officiant: The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: People: Come let us adore him.
The Venite: Psalm 95 Officiant leads 1Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; * let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and raise a loud shout with psalms. 3 For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the caverns of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, * and his hands have molded the dry land. 6 Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker; 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. *. Oh, that today, you would hearken to his voice! 8 Harden not your hearts as your forebears did in the wilderness, * at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me. 9 They put me to the test, * though they had seen my works.. 10 Forty years long I detested that generation and said, * "This people are wayward in their hearts; they do not know my ways." and they have not known my ways.' 11 So I swore in my wrath, * "They shall not enter into my rest."
Officiant: The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: People: Come let us adore him.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament shows his handiwork. 2 One day tells its tale to another, * and one night imparts knowledge to another. 3 Although they have no words or language, * and their voices are not heard, 4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, * and their message to the ends of the world. 5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; * it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course. 6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens and runs about to the end of it again; * nothing is hidden from its burning heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; * the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. 8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; * the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; * the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, * sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. 11 By them also is your servant enlightened, * and in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can tell how often he offends? * cleanse me from my secret faults. 13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me; * then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, * O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The First Lesson: Exodus 20:1-17 Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Here ends the reading.
Canticle 10: The Song of Penitence(Prayer of Manasseh 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15) O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, * God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all their righteous offspring: You made the heavens and the earth, * with all their vast array. All things quake with fear at your presence; * they tremble because of your power. But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; * it surpasses all that our minds can fathom. O Lord, you are full of compassion, * long-suffering, and abounding in mercy. You hold back your hand; * you do not punish as we deserve. In your great goodness, Lord, you have promised forgiveness to sinners, * that they may repent of their sin and be saved. And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, * and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, * and I know my wickedness only too well. Therefore I make this prayer to you: * Forgive me, Lord, forgive me. Do not let me perish in my sin, * nor condemn me to the depths of the earth. For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, * and in me you will show forth your goodness. Unworthy as I am, you will save me, in accordance with your great mercy, * and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life. For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, * and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
The Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
Here ends the reading.
Canticle B: A Song of Pilgrimage(Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22) Before I ventured forth, Even while I was very young, * I sought wisdom openly in my prayer. In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, * And I will seek her to the end. From first blossom to early fruit, * She has been the delight of my heart. My foot has kept firmly to the true path, * Diligently from my youth have I pursued her. I inclined my ear a little and received her; * I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, * For I have resolved to live according to her way. From the beginning I gained courage from her, * Therefor I will not be forsaken. In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her * Therefore have I gained a good possession. As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language, * And with it will I offer praise to God.
The Gospel: John 2:13-22 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!" His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Here ends the reading.
The Sermon - The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers Officiant: The Lord be with you. Officiant and People: And also with you. Let us pray. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Suffrages (A) V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; R. And grant us your salvation. V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; R. Let your people sing with joy. V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; R. For only in you can we live in safety. V. Lord, keep this nation under your care; R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. V. Let your way be known upon earth; R. Your saving health among all nations. V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. V. Create in us clean hearts, O God; R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
The Collect of the Day Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen.
A Collect for the Unity of the Church Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, even as thou and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Hymn 456 – O Love of God, how strong and true
The Prayers of the People God of our wilderness, be with us in our struggles and fears, grant us courage to face every temptation, and hear us as we pray for all who are in need, as we respond "Save your people."
For the Church: that we may trust in God alone and proclaim new and abundant life to all; God of mercy…. Save your people.
For people of other faiths; and all who seek the truth: that together we may witness to God's loving-kindness; God of mercy…. Save your people,
For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas, our bishop; and for all who serve the Church, especially our sisters and brothers in the parishes of Mount Desert Island: that God will fill us with wisdom, humility, and love; God of mercy…. Save your people.
For an end to war, violence, and terrorism throughout the world; and for wise and just political leadership in every land: that God will lead the human family to peace and goodwill; God of mercy,…. Save your people.
For those who must fast every day; for the hungry, the homeless, and the oppressed: that they may know justice on earth; God of mercy…. Save your people.
For all who face prejudice and discrimination: that God will heal their wounds and strengthen our commitment to respect the dignity of all people; God of mercy…. Save your people.
For those the Church has injured or offended; and for those we find it hardest to love: that God will forgive our wrongs and resentments; God of mercy…. Save your people.
For those who are sick; especially those suffering from the coronavirus; for the safety of all health care workers; and for all those waiting for a vaccine; God of mercy…. Save your people.
I now invite you to offer your own prayers for those in any need or trouble……(silence)…. God of mercy…. Save your people.
For all who have died; and for all who weep and mourn; God of mercy…. Save your people.
Heavenly Father. your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: Help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The General Thanksgiving Officiant and People Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Officiant Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant: Let us bless the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Hymn 145 – Now quit your care and anxious fear and worry
Postlude: Song, Opus 8, Number 3, by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
* The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission. The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
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Officiant & Preacher: The Rev. William Hague, The Rev. Holly Hoffmann Organist/Pianist: Stephen Byers Sampson Soloist: Pamela Smith Readers: Ellen Gilmore, Liz McMullan, Brad Berry Prayers of the People: Gail Leiser
The Welcome Opening Sentence of Scripture BCP page 77 Officiant: Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ
Opening Hymn: 558 - Faith of our fathers
Confession and Assurance of Absolution: BCP page 79 Officiant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor People: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Officiant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you an all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Invitatory and Psalter
Opening dialogue: BCP page 80 Officiant: Lord, open our lips, People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia.
Invitatory: Venite Psalm 95:1-7(spoken in unison, leader: officiant) Come, let us sing to the Lord; * let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, * and his hands have molded the dry land. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. * Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
Psalm 22:22-30 Deus, Deus Leaders: Pat and Roger Samuel 22 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; * stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory. 23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; * but when they cry to him he hears them. 24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; * I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him. 25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: * "May your heart live for ever!" 26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, * and all the families of the nations shall bow before him. 27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; * he rules over the nations. 28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; * all who go down to the dust fall before him. 29 My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; * they shall be known as the Lord'S for ever. 30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn * the saving deeds that he has done.
First Lesson: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 reader: Lauri Fernald
A Reading from the book of Genesis When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous." Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her." Here ends the reading.
Second Lesson:Romans 4:13-25reader: Don Whalen A reading from the book of Romans For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. Here ends the reading.
Hymn: 691 - My faith looks up to thee
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38 reader: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
A Reading from the Gospel of Mark Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things." He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Here ends the reading.
Homily - The Rev. William Hague
The Apostles' Creed(in unison) BCP page 96 I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Prayers
The Lord's Prayer (in unison) BCP page 97 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
The Suffrages, A BCP page 97 officiant leads V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; R. And grant us your salvation. V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; R. Let your people sing with joy. V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; R. For only in you can we live in safety. V. Lord, keep this nation under your care; R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. V. Let your way be known upon earth; R. Your saving health among all nations. V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. V. Create in us clean hearts, O God; R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
Collect of the Day: officiant O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayers of the People leaders: Ted and Joan Bromage The Leader and People pray responsively
God of Love, in your mercy hear the prayers of your children who come before you. For all who seek to follow God's way of love in the world For the Church in every land For Michael, our Presiding Bishop For Thomas, our Bishop And for the parishes of Mt Desert Island, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For peace on earth, For an end to violence, war, and oppression, For the leaders of the nations, And for all who are called to govern and serve your people, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those who work to overcome racism For refugees and their children For those serving in the armed forces and law enforcement, and for all first responders God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For a blessing on the earth, For those facing wildfires and hurricanes, For the poor, the hungry, and the homeless for the unemployed, the uninsured, and the desperate And for the addicted, the abandoned, and the abused, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those we find it hardest to love, For those who have hurt us in the past, And for all those the Church has injured or offended, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We ask your healing mercies upon all who are sick and suffering, For the hospitalized and the homebound, And for those in assisted living; We now remember all those we love and care for who are in any need or trouble; I invite you to offer your own prayer concerns, either silently or aloud…. (a period of silence, then say)… God of Love, in your mercy… hear our prayer.
For all who have died. We give thanks for the life of Brian Reed, cousin of Linda Foster, who died this past week. Please hold Brian's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. We remember also the family and friends of Fr. Bob Raymond and of Bob Theriault and those who have died in the pandemic; And we pray for all who grieve and mourn; God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give you thanks this day for the children of the world, for our family members, friends, and neighbors, and for our many blessings, God of Love, in your mercy… hear our prayer.
Silence The People may add their own petitions.
The General Thanksgiving (in unison) BCP page 836 officiant leads Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
The Prayer of St. Chrysostom (in unison)BCP page 102 officiant leads Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Closing Hymn: 401 - The God of Abraham praise
Postlude: On Eagle's Wings by Rev. Jan Michael Joncas ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Ministers of the Service: Officiant The Rev. Holly Hoffmann Preacher: The Rev. William Hague Music: Tony Sousa and Daniel Pyle Vocalist: Lena Hatch First Lesson: Lauri Fernald Second Lesson: Don Whalen Psalm: Pat and Roger Samuel Prayer Leaders: Ted and Joan Bromage Service Facilitator: Jayne Ashworth