Calais United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Online Worship Bulletin

Cutler and Calais United Methodist Church

Service of the Word for FB and Website posts

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 29, 2020

The lit candle represents the presence of Christ

All are welcome and may you receive what God has for you today


Gathering: Center yourself as we prepare to worship.


Greeting: God be with you.




Call to Worship:        I Will Call upon the Lord       TFWS#2002

                        If familiar please sing along 

Opening Prayer:


Psalter Reading:                    Psalm 130                              


Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord:

            Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

            To the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,

            Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with you,

            That you may be worshiped.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

            In the Lord’s word I hope;

My soul waits for the Lord

            More than those who watch for the morning

            More than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!

            For with the Lord there is steadfast love,

            With the Lord is plenteous redemption.

And the Lord will redeem Israel

            From all iniquities.

Affirmation of Faith -           The Apostles’ Creed            


I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.


Prayer of Illumination:         Spirit of the Living God          UMH#393

                        If familiar please sing along


Reading of the Old Testament:          Ezekiel 37:1-14

Reading of the Epistle:                       Romans 8:6-11


Hymn of Worship:    Up from the Grave He Arose             UMH#322

                                    If familiar sing along


Reading of the Gospel:                       John 11:1-45


This is the word of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God.



Response to the Word adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013

Eternal source of life, free us from the claims of death, and show us the way of lasting joy.  Make your Good News take root within us, that our lives might bear witness to the triumph of love over fear, and life over death. Amen


Prayers of Joys and Concerns:

            Requests this week: Marcia, Tom, Jane and Susan for Cancer treatments – Our world – Diana in hospital,


Confession and Pardon:


The Lord’s Prayer: 

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be they 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


Tithes and Offerings may be mailed to:

Calais UMC 849 Main ST Calais, ME 04619

Cutler UMC P O Box 364 Cutler, ME 04626

Offertory Prayer:


Closing Hymn:   God Be with You till We Meet Again        UMH#672

                                    If familiar please sing along



                                                Bold Print Congregation responses

                                                TFWS = The Faith We Sing Hymnal

                                                UMH= United Methodist Hymnal


We take the light of Christ into the world. 

Worship has closed and the work to glorify God begins.




All meetings and events have been cancelled temporarily

by request of the Bishop and State Government.


Palm Sunday – April 5

Palms will be available after worship for pick-up

at each church building –please practice physical distancing

Bring a pen with you to post how God is blessing you

Palms and poster will remain available until dark


Cutler on-line service 11:00 am

Calais on-line service 8:00 am


Sunday                        Worship     Online temporarily

Calais Monday            Pastor in church office

Cutler Wednesday      Pastor in church office




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Church Contact Information

Sharon Grant, Pastor



207-454-3926 Calais Office - messages for both churches

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During the season of Lent, we are encouraged to engage in a Season of Selahs. Throughout the Book of Psalms, we encounter this Hebrew term at least seventy-one times. It even appears three times in Habakkuk. While the word has not been definitively defined in scripture, the placement of the word suggests a shift, pause, break, or interruption; it suggests exhaling or resting from routine activities. It is thought that the “Selah” functions much like a musical rest. This describes how we should understand our posture throughout the forty days of Lent. Christians are urged to refrain from business as usual in order to attend to the body, spirit, mind, soul, and heart. It is a time set aside for worshipers to connect their faith walk with the ways in which they live, move, and have their being throughout daily life. Thus, the trajectory for the Lenten journey is a renewed spirit and a genuine desire to become an incarnational presence in the world.