Calais United Methodist Church
Saturday, March 28, 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

Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020

The lit candle represents the presence of Christ

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





God be with you.

And also with you.




Call to Worship: from the UMC Discipleship Ministries*

The world offers busy schedules and more stuff to do, but God offers rest.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want!

One: The world offers faster cars and bigger houses, but God offers comfort.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want!

The world offers war and terror, but God offers protection.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want!

The world offers cheap love and cheap thrills, but God offers goodness and mercy.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want!

Come now and let us dwell in the house of the Lord!


Opening Prayer:+

Psalter Reading:                    Psalm 23                                 attached


Affirmation of Faith -           The Apostles’ Creed             attached


Reading of the Old Testament:          I Samuel 16:1-13

Reading of the Epistle:                       Ephesians 5:8-14

Reading of the Gospel:                       John 9:1-41


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

Thanks be to God.




Response to the Word:+


Prayers of Joys and Concerns:+

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: 



















Sunday                        Worship     Online temporarily

Calais Monday            Pastor in church office

Cutler Wednesday      Pastor in church office

Calais 4th Monday       Council Meeting                     4:30pm

Cutler2nd Wednesday Council Meetings                    6:00pm





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Sharon Grant, Pastor



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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. 

from Discipleship Ministry UMC


A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;[a]
    he restores my soul.[b]
He leads me in right paths[c]
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[d]
    I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely[e] goodness and mercy[f] shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.[g]











The Apostles Creed

Traditional Version

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.