First Congregational Church United Church of Christ 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, Maine 04097 Organized in 1806
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
July 25, 2021
Welcome and Announcements:
Call to Worship
Listen! The One who knows you is calling you by name, inviting you to be enfolded into community.
We will follow the voice of Love.
You will find here refreshment for your body and soul and space to rest your weary bones.
We will rest in this place of Love.
A table of community is set for you, and the enemies around and within
and all are welcome.
We will gather with the community of Love.
Come, for all things are now ready.
Let us worship in Spirit and Truth.
*Opening Song of Joy: When Morning Guilds the Skies #100
When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries, may Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer to Jesus I repair, may Jesus Christ be praised!
Discordant human kind, in this your concord find, may Jesus Christ be praised! Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound, may Jesus Christ be praised!
Sing, suns and stars of space, sing, all that see his face; may Jesus Christ be praised! God’s whole creation o’er, both now and ever more: may Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine; may Jesus Christ be praised! Be this the eternal song, through all the ages long: may Jesus Christ be praised!
Confession and Assurance of Pardon:
Scripture Reading: J ohn 10: 11-18
Message: Other Sheep
*Song of Response: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us. #558
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast bought us, thine we are; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou has though us, thine we are.
We are thine; do thou be-friend us; be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock; from sin defend us; seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear thy children when we pray; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, hear thy children when we pray.
Early let us seek thy favor; early let us do they will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our spirits fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou hast loved us, love us still; blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, thou has loved us, love us still.
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Invitation to the Offering:
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: We know that God is concerned about of justice for all people and all places, and so we that these gifts go into the world today, not just to serve our own, but to serve all those in need. Amen.
*Sending Song: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name! #91
All hail the power of Jesus’ name! let angels prostrate fall; bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all; bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all.
Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, ye ransomed of the fall, hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all; hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all.
O sinners, who can ne’er forget the worm-wood and the gall, go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him Lord of all; go spread your trophies at his feet, and crown him Lord of all.
Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball, to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all; to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all.
O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall! We’ll join the ever lasting song, and crown him Lord of all; we’ll join the ever lasting song, and crown him Lord of all.
You know us by name, O God,
And your care for us is beyond all understanding.
You will go with us as we leave the church.
In the paths of joy, you will celebrate with us.
When hardship and testing are our lot,
you will endure with us.
When we are separated
from your way or your people, you will bring us back.
When our time passes into your time,
your eternal love will come home to us.
Compassionate God, you are always with us.