FALMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
United Church of Christ
An Open and Affirming Congregation
Rev. Deborah Tate Breault, Minister
Doris Krueger, Minister of Music
Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Gilbert, Minister of Visitation
Barbara McLeod, Minister of Christian Education
10:00 AM THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER May 8, 2011
THE COMMUNITY GATHERS
MEDITATION “I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the
faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the
teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I
see them cooperating like that.” ~ Paul McCartney
LIFE OF THE CHURCH 9:55 AM
PRELUDE “In the Bulb There Is a Flower” Natalie Sleeth
Soloist: Micaela Amato
BRINGING FORTH THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Mother and fathers, sisters and brothers,
Many: Families in all shapes and sizes; come and worship!
One: Loud singers and quiet hummers,
Many: Quick learners and patient teachers,
One: Ocean surfers and mountain climbers: come and worship!
Many: We who feel younger than springtime or older than the hills,
One: Come and worship.
All: We who go faster than the speed of light or slower than molasses,
One: Come and worship.
Many: On this precious, holy day, let us worship the Risen Christ in joy!
PRAYER OF INVOCATION (In unison)
We come to celebrate resurrection joys, O Lord. We come to celebrate family
joys. We acknowledge times of sharing and supporting one another. We
celebrate times of laughter, times of praying and working together. On this day,
we lift up all parents for your blessing. Touch them with your loving presence
that they may know your goodness, your comfort and your peace. Through
Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.
*HYMN OF PRAISE “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” No. 233
LITANY OF EASTER AFFIRMATION
One: Good people, most royal greening verdancy,
Many: Rooted in the sun, you shine with radiant light.
One: In this circle of earthly existence
Many: We shine so finely, It surpasses understanding.
One: God hugs you.
Many: We are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Sung in unison) No. 307
HONORING OUR CALL TO BE PEACEMAKERS
Lighting the Paschal Candle
*Passing the Peace of Christ
One: May the peace of Christ be with you.
Many: And also with you.
(As a sign of our reconciliation with God and one another, we invite you
to turn and greet those around you sharing the peace of Christ. “The
Peace of Christ be with you.” “And also with you.”)
*AN ACT OF PRAISE “Santo, Santo, Santo” No. 111
A TIME FOR THE CHILDREN
(At the conclusion, children in preschool through grade 8 may leave worship
to attend church school. Visitors are always welcome.)
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
THE WORD OF GOD
The Acts of the Apostles Acts 2:42-47
SERMON “Day by Day” Rev. Deborah Tate Breault
*HYMN “Womb of Life, and Source of Being” No. 14
WE RESPOND TO THE WORD
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
CHORAL RESPONSE “Amen” John Stainer
OFFERING OUR GIFTS TO GOD
OFFERTORY “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” Johannes Brahms
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Thank you, God, for your wonderful creation that continues to unfold before
our eyes. Receive our offerings as symbols of our larger commitment as disciples.
We would join you in celebrating each addition and each return to the family of
SERVICE OF DEDICATION FOR THE CHANCEL GRAND PIANO (Insert)
*HYMN “The Strife is O’er” No. 221
Go in peace and the peace of God be with you this day. Go in peace and the peace
of God be with you always. Celebrate and share the joy! Celebrate new life! Go in
peace and the peace of God be with you always.
CARRYING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST INTO THE WORLD
POSTLUDE “So Great Salvation” Gloria Roe
(During the postlude, you may be seated to listen, or you may leave.)
(*) Please rise in body or spirit.
Throughout the order of worship, if print is in bold, words may be spoken together in
Trouble seeing the small print in the bulletin? Please ask an usher for a
LARGE print bulletin and hymns.
Worship Participants this week:
Greeters: Kristen Coleman, Bill & Kathleen Henderson
Liturgist: Caroline Hunt
Ushers: Camryn Borman, Jack Sharp, Jeremiah Sands, Jessica Collins
Acolytes: Ellie Sharp, Jack Sharp
Nursery: Amy Theisen
We welcome you to worship and invite you to join us after the service, in Fellowship
Hall for refreshment and conversation. If you are visiting us today, please pick up a
Welcome Bag in Fellowship Hall or in the Narthex.
Our nursery is available for babies to age three. Our nursery is staffed by caring adult
volunteers who are church members. If you are visiting, you are welcome to take your
child to our nursery while you worship with us. To get to the nursery, exit the sanctuary
at the front right and go up the ramp or stairs to Beinema Hall or ask an usher for help.
Children will be dismissed for church school after “A Time for the Children.” Visiting
children are always welcome! Church school runs until 11:15 AM. Children in
preschool through grade 1 will not be dismissed after class, until picked up by a parent.
Coffee Hour: If you are interested in helping make our "coffee hour" a little more of a
"zesty coffee hour" by providing a yummy snack, please check out the "Zesty Coffee
Hour Host Sign-Up" outside the sanctuary after church. You could bring in anything
from a purchased snack to your favorite recipe for coffeecake, muffins, treat, or cut up
fruit. Please contact Laurie Winslow if you have any questions.
Would you like to celebrate the Glory of God and remember or honor a loved one? You
can provide the Chancel flowers by selecting any Sunday during the year and signing
up on the poster in Fellowship Hall. Thanks.
Join the Senior Citizens Group on Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 AM. Reverend Larry
Gilbert, Clerk of the Cumberland Association, will share the steps necessary for a person
to answer a call to ministry and ordination. We will be meeting in the Parlor and will be
going out for lunch following his presentation. Please call the church office if you plan
The Bible presentation will be on May 15, Children’s Sunday. Join us then to recognize
the hard work of our eight “Race Through the Bible” participants.
Volunteers are needed to serve at the next Preble Street Soup Kitchen on Sunday, May
15 from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM. Please see Keith Greenwood or Brenda Langford if you
are able to help. Home baked brownies are always enjoyed at the soup kitchen. Please
drop them off in the church kitchen and don’t forget to include your name. Thanks!
Exciting News! We will be holding a Spring Fair on Saturday, May 28 beginning at
8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Tables can be rented for $30, all you need to do is set up Friday
afternoon or early Saturday and be ready on the day of the fair to sell your crafts, books,
children’s toys, jewelry, those candlesticks you no longer use, etc. Spread the word! The
Ministry of Stewardship is sponsoring a plant sale. We will be dividing some of the
perennials in our Church garden for sale as well donated plants. If you have any
questions, please contact Beth Anderson.
We will be holding a CPR class on Saturday, June 18th in Beinema Hall from 9:00
AM to noon. It is based on the NEW 2010 American Heart Protocols and is much easier
to do and has a higher success rate than the previous program. Cost is $20 for materials
and certification card. Sign up in Fellowship Hall near the AED by May 29th. For further
information, please contact Jack Davis.
One of the “5 for 5” mission offerings of the United Church of Christ, “Strengthen the
Church,” revitalizes congregations, supports programs for youth and young adults, and
encourages efforts to grow as affirming congregations. Envelopes for this offering will be
in the pews through Pentecost (June 12). Thank you for your generous donation.
Church School Teacher Sign-up. It is time to think about church school for next fall!
Please consider signing up for a rotation; it is fun and easy. Check out the sign up sheet in
Fellowship Hall and choose your favorite workshop.
Help us honor our graduating students! If you have a child graduating from high
school or college this spring, please contact the church office and let us know. We’d like
to honor them at our May 22 service.
Please be a good Steward by recycling your bottles and cans to our church’s CLYNK
account at Hannafords. Green plastic bags are available in Fellowship Hall and the
church office. Please contact Eunice Wilcox if you need more information. Thank You!
The 2011 Pilgrim Lodge Summer Camp schedule is now online at
www.pilgrimlodge.org. Registrations have begun. Pilgrim Lodge is located on Lake
Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner, Maine. The theme this year is “Got Spirit?” Finding
God in the Everyday. Please check it out when considering your summer camp options.
This Week’s Schedule:
TODAY May 8 3rd Sunday of Easter ~ Mother’s Day ~ Piano Dedication
10:00 AM Worship & Church School
Nursery care provided in the Parish House
11:15 AM Youth Choir rehearsal
Monday May 9
1:00 PM Lectio Divina/Grant Room
Tuesday May 10
10:00 AM Bible Study at Oceanview
Wednesday May 11
6:30 PM Chancel Handbell Choir Rehearsal
7:30 PM Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Thursday May 12
10:00 AM Senior Citizens/Parlor
7:00 PM Council of Ministries/Grant Room
Sunday May 15 4th Sunday of Easter ~ Children’s Sunday
9:00 AM Chancel Choir rehearsal
10:00 AM Worship & Church School
Nursery care provided in the Parish House
11:45 AM Preble Street Soup Kitchen
5:00 PM MSYG at Jane Stegemann’s
Summer Congregator Deadline
Church Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9 AM - 3:00 PM, Friday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Church Phone: 207.781.3413
Visit our Web site: www.falmouthcongregationalchurch.org
Next Sunday’s Lectionary
Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10