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Season of Pentecost
August 9, 2020 10:30 AM

Before the service begins, make sure you have a candle and lighter. Please mute your microphone.

Visual and Musical Prelude

Improvisation on Bunessan and Slane
Will Sherwood, piano; Jerry Bellows, recorder

Welcome and Announcements

Rev. Cynthia Good

Candle Lighting: We invite you to light a candle with us.



Gathering Words

Be a Gardener.
Dig a ditch. Toil and sweat.
And turn the earth upside down.
And water plants in time.
Continue this labor.
and noble and abundant fruits to spring.
Take this food and drink,
and carry it to God as your true worship.

(from Julian of Norwich)

Unison Prayer

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Saviour. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit,
is marvellous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well. Amen.

(from Julian of Norwich)

Passing the Peace

We invite you to unmute your microphone so you can greet one another. After the chime sounds, we will wait five seconds and then mute everyone’s microphone.

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

Hymn: Morning Has Broken

words by Eleanor Farjeon; music trad. Gaelic melody harm. by Carlton R. Young

Morning has broken
like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken
like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing
fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall
sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall
on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness
where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight!
Mine is the morning,
born of the one light
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
praise every morning,
God’s re-creation
of the new day!

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Children’s Time with Ryan Harrison

Families are invited to unmute your microphones.

Scripture: Matthew 5:3-12

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Be Thou My Vision
Irish melody Slane; arr. by Joel Raney

Thoughts: Jeanne Martin

Hymn: Be Thou My Vision

words ancient Irish; trans. by Mary E. Byrne, versed by Eleanor H. Hull
music trad. Irish melody; harm. by Carlton R. Young

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

Great God of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The shepherds will each read prayers from their flocks.

Abracadabra: Jane and Kent
Candle: Sara S
Flo’s Flock: Flo and Luke L
Lemonade: Sarah H and Parke W
Ponderers: Becky and Paul L
Schmidts’ Creek: Susan and Steve
Whyzeflock: Jamie and Clara

Silent Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our Creator, 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 forever. Amen.

Mission Moment

Sara Stackhouse

Offering: What is it you will offer to God and neighbor this week? Type on the screen.


It Is Well with My Soul (Hymn tune Ville du Havre)
Philip P. Bliss; arr. by Joel Raney

Prayer of Thanksgiving

O God, we thank You upon every condition, for any condition, and in whatever condition. For You have covered us, supported us, preserved us, accepted us unto You had compassion on us, sustained us, and brought us unto this hour. Amen.

(Julian of Norwich)


Virtual Fellowship Time

We will invite everyone into breakout rooms where you can unmute yourself and chat with your Calvary friends.


Our guest musicians today are Will Sherwood, who is the director of music for First Unitarian Universalist in Worcester; and Jerry Bellows, who teaches at the Joy of Music School in Worcester.