This Weeks Sermon

Season after Pentecost
 July 21, 2021
6:30 pm Worship

ORDER OF WORSHIP                                                       July 21, 2021 ● 6:30 pm
Summer Worship/Season after Pentecost 
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, YOU are welcome here.
PRELUDE  Improvisation on“In Christ There Is No East or West” Jan Bordeleau  
WELCOMERev. Brian Donovan


CALL TO WORSHIP                               Bridget Detollenaere
One:      Come, o’ weary one and rest 
Many:   May ALL be refreshed by the presence of Love.
One:      Come, o’ questioning soul and learn
Many:   May ALL be guided by the lessons of Love.
One:      Come, o’ individual and become One in the Body
Many:   May ALL be welcomed by the Love of God, just as you are!
All:        We come to worship God – together 
                      As One Beloved community
                      Through Christ and the Holy Spirit. 

OPENING HYMN (NCH#399)    “When Mind and Bodies Meet As One” vs.1,3,5                                                                                                                      Jan Bordeleau
*OPENING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER (Unison)                              Holy Knitter, and crafter of the world – shape us once more by Your Holy Word. Let each purl fall perfectly in line. Comfortably joined to the knit side. Neither apart nor separate we be – one Whole Body. We come to worship Thee. So, guide our hearts and souls at last to follow where our feet have dashed. And may this prayer which Jesus shared now bless our Holy worship to Thee, Thee who knit us together perfectly. For Jesus says you are, “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.”                                                                                                                                        
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is  now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen.

SCRIPTURE                       Ephesians 4:1-16   Bridget Detollenaere

SERMON                 “Being Your Part of the Body”                Rev. Brian Donovan

 HYMN (NCH#164)           “Arise, Your Light Has Come”   Jan Bordeleau 

 *CLOSING HYMN (CCLI)    “They’ll Know We are Christians”   
Jan Bordeleau

Improvisation on “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”   Jan Bordeleau  
Ephesians 4:1-16
*See Letter

Quote of the Day“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”                                                                                              ~Kallam Anji Reddy

7/22      THURS     Men’s Fellowship-breakfast, 8:00am-9:00am
7/26       MON        Philathea Meeting, 1:30 pm, games
7/27      TUES        Open & Affirming Meeting, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7/28       WED        Dessert, 6:00 pm, Summer Worship/Online Worship, 6:30 pm

Unless otherwise stated all hymns are from The New Century Hymnal Copyright 1995 The Pilgrim Press.  Permission is granted for this one-time use.

Hymns for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

When Minds and Bodies Meet as One NCH#399 vs.1,3,5
When minds and bodies meet as one
and find their true affinity,
we join the dance in God begun
and move within the Trinity,
so praise the good that’s seen and done
in loving, giving unity, revealing God,
forever One, whose nature is Community.

When teamwork serves a common aim,
and players move in sympathy,
the flowing rhythm of the game
is beauty in simplicity,
so praise the good that’s seen and done
in swiftly moving unity, revealing God,
forever One, whose nature is Community.

In Christ we come to break and bless
the bread of new society,
created for togetherness,
from infinite variety,
so praise the good that’s seen and done
in Spirit-given unity, revealing God,
forever One, whose nature is Community.

Arise Your Light Is Come NCH#164
Arise, your light is come!
The Spirit’s call obey;
Show forth the glory of your God
Which shines on you today!

Arise, your light is come!
Fling wide the prison door;
Proclaim the captive’s liberty,
Good tidings to the poor.

Arise, your light is come!
All you in sorrow born,
Bind up the broken hearted ones
And comfort those who mourn.

Arise, your light is come!
The mountains burst in song!
Rise up the eagles on the wing’
God’s power will make us strong.

“They’ll Know We Are Christians” by the band Jars of Clay
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity
May one day be restored

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love by our love
Yes they’ll know we are Christians
By our love

We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
And together we’ll spread the news
That God is in our land

We will work with each other
We will work side by side
We will work with each other
We will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity
And save each man’s pride

All praise to the Father
From whom all things come
And all praise to Christ Jesus
His only Son
And all praise to the Spirit
Who makes us one

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Pastor’s Letter July 25, 2021

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.'” He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

  • 2 Kings 4:42-44

Good morning Beloved,

An image of a food banquet with many empty chairs. The food is primarily colorful fruits and vegetables with red napkins in the shape of birds on each plate.

I pray you are all well and in the loving faith of God. And I would like to begin today by saying thank you to the soul  who shared their faith with our community. The blessed person who quietly came and delivered  our offerings to the food pantry this month. Thank you, for this gift is a blessing of faith. Not only the gift of food, but the sharing of that gift with other people who are hungry in our world.

And there are hungry people throughout the world and in our very community of Salem. I witnessed two people this week alone with signs saying very simply, “Will work for Food.” Now of course, there are quite a few theories and questions people consider when seeing an individual without a home asking for food. Are they mentally ill; is it safe; is this a scam; are they veterans, are they just lazy? We have heard the questions by various talking heads, friends, and maybe even out of our own lips. Questions which invariably shift us from helping that person asking for food. Yet, I wonder if  we are not understanding their request: “Will work for Food.”

It seems simple enough right. These beloved souls are hungry or maybe even scamming and want food – a hand out – or whatever. But what if the food they need is not just the physical food to fill the body but also the spiritual food of a kind hand. Maybe they need a loving person to offer them a gift of fellowship? Maybe, these souls do not even know that is the hunger they feel inside, just someone to share a moment of life with – in a smile and a kind word. 

I thought of this today as there are many passages in the Bible which speak of the giving of food to the masses; and, afterwards there is always enough. The man – the disciples – Jesus always has some food which is left over. Our passage from Second Kings is one of those texts, as is the story when Jesus feeds the five thousand (Matt.14:13-21). Now, if the food here is only the physical food we consume, it says very plainly that “twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain” would not feed a hundred people. But, if the food – the giving of food or anything really – is also a giving of faith – then we would all have some left over – every time we give. And maybe – just maybe it is also the food we need, as well.

I pray you let these thoughts guide you with scripture as we boldly seek to find ways to share our faith with the hungry souls of our world.

In the Grace of God,

Your Pastor, Brian

As always please call (207-350-9561) if you need anything. For the remainder of the summer, I am shifting my pastoral care hours to Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30 – 6:30; Thursday and Friday 8- 4. I may be writing from home on Mondays but feel free to stop in to the church if the outside light is on, for I am here. Many blessings and Love, always.

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