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Meditate on the mystery.
 commanded you.

I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day

Quote for Reflection: Pray with the names. Let them speak: after day, right up to the end of the age.”
St. Augustine, while puzzling over the doctrine of the Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

was walking along the beach one day when he observed a
young boy with a bucket, running back and forth to pour Mother, Child, Love Between.
 -We Respond to God’s Word-
water into a little hole. Creator, Christ, Holy Breath.

Source of all Being, Eternal Word, Living Spirit.
 REFLECTION But Some Doubted. Amen!
Augustine asked,“What are you doing?”
The boy replied, “I’m trying to put the ocean into this hole.” Abba God, Only Begotten, Spirit of Love.

Infinite Parent, Infinite Sibling, Infinite Self. HYMN O Living God W&S 3089
Augustine then realized that he had been trying to put an
infinite God into his finite mind. Lover, Beloved, Love.

The One Beyond, the One Beside, the One Within.
Transcendent Mystery, Healing Presence, Emergent Energy.
-We Gather as God’s People- Source of Love, Experience of Love, Energy of Love. 

Holy One, Holy Many, Holy Us.

HYMN Christ Is Alive! UMH 318 Lord of the Universe, Jesus of Nazareth, Heart of my Soul.
 -We Are Sent Into God’s World-
Loving Silence, Gentle Word, Abiding Love.

CALL TO WORSHIP Lawrie, modified Mystery of Being, Gift of Love, Breath of Life.
God of Resurrection, you love us in our doubt— Mother, Son, Holy Spirit.

unwrap our doubt to make a space for love… Loving One, Loving One, Loving One. BENEDICTION
You hold us in our grief—
unwrap our grief to make a space for joy… RESPONSE Halle, Halle, Halleluja! (3x) FWS 2026
Halleluja! Halleluja!
You accept us in our resentment—
unwrap our resentment to make a space for peace…
-We Listen for God’s Word-
You call to us in our sentimentality— GOSPEL Matthew 28:16-20, NRSV

unwrap our sentimentality to make a space for life… Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to
You come to us in our skepticism— which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they
unwrap our skepticism to make a space for hope… worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to
You don’t shrink from our darkness— them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
unwrap our darkness to make a space for light. me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing Birthdays
Be with us, however and whoever we are, them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy 28 April - Bill Wiegner, Melanie Brown, Dakota Jones
as we worship you. Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have 2 May - Mary Willard
commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the 3 May - Dale Thompson
HYMN The Day of Resurrection UMH 303 end of the age.” 5 May - Ben Duff
GOSPEL Matthew 28:16-20, MSG
HYMN Christ Is Risen, Shout Hosanna! UMH 307 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, Anniversaries
headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The 30 April: John & Pat Mitchell
YOUNG PEOPLE’S MESSAGE moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held 1 May: Linda & Ron Deming, Sarah & Adam Adorisio
back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
OPENING TO GOD S G-H Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God
The Holy Trinity is not a doctrine
 authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and
but a mystery, a koan, 
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train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life,
the paradox of three persons in one,
 marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, May 3 - 1st Congo May 10 - Holy Family
a meditation on the names of God.
 and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have May 17 - St. James May 24 - EUMC
Announcements Below are people, places, & concerns that folk have lifted up.
Please keep them in your prayers at home.

But Some
COTS request from Mission Committee: Biggest need is new Please call or email the church office to add to the prayer list.
linens, necessary toiletries, baby wipes and warm mittens (they
have enough hats). Red Tub in Fellowship Hall is open-- full list Ongoing Prayers Ongoing Prayers, cont.
is beside it. **Paula Pickering is forming a COTS Walk Team Arlitha Lenore

and accepting donations today! Callie Michael Parker
Anne Kennison Lifted Up Last Sunday
Surprise 90th birthday party for Mary Willard on May 4th,
Mary Willard Judy M: herself and Bud and George and
1-5 pm, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Cards are welcome but
Norma Strickland their families
please, no gifts. RSVP to Dianna Willard at 802-734-5402.
Judy & Diezela Bill W: Grandson successful knee
Refugee Resettlement Program has 40 children needing Matthew C. surgery
summer clothes. We have an opportunity to provide for Cefini, a Elissa & Leif Ken: For his 2 sons
two year old boy from Democratic Republic of Congo. Perfect Greg David J: People of Sri Lanka, Love not
for Carter’s clothes. If you'd like to help, give Sally Carter's gift bombs are the answer
Paula DeMichele
cards or cash. We have a list of needs and sizes. Thanks!
Don Strickland Paula P: Homeless
Ellie Uckele Barb: Turning away the stone, helps turn
Calendar Cole away the hurt
Harley Judy M: Catholics over the fire at Notre
Tuesdays: Pastor Is In @ Nest Coffee Shop 10 am - 11:30 am Dame
Gordon Mitchinson
Jericho Clergy Group 11:30-12:30
Susan Dawn: Continued prayers of healing for
Church Office 1 pm- 2 pm
Marlene Hodgdon
Mt Mansfield Bible Study 2 pm Tim
Elissa: Nellie & Gerard
Thursdays: Church Office 10:00 am- noon

Mon, 29 Apr: Living the Questions: Trinity, 7:00 pm
Wed-Thu, 1-2 May: Pastor Mitch will be at the Board of Essex Center United Methodist Church
Ordained Ministry Retreat in North Andover. MA. tel. 878-8304
Thurs, 2 May: Grace Naylor graveside service, 1:00 pm.
Ministers: the entire congregation Lay Leader: Joshua Knox
Reception at church.
Equipping Pastor: Rev. V. Mitchell Hay
cell tel. 881-3268 (feel free to call)
Affordable Housing Discussion at First
Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Office Manager: Elissa Johnsen
Sunday School Coordinator: Krista Rochefort
Friday, 3 May: Church Office Hours, 10 am-noon Organ: Kathryn Parker Piano: June Packard
Song Leader: Dana LaClair Projection: Sam Evans
Mon, 6 May: Monday Companions at Eve’s home. 7 pm
New Book: Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor. Ushers: Donna P next week: Dawn H-F

Sat, 11 May: Bishop Devadhar at Hedding UMC, Barre

Greeter: Art & Sue B
Nursery Helper Sally J
next week:
next week: Claire N Essex Center
9 am- noon.Come with your ideas & questions! Sun. Sch. Helper: Emily next week: Liz R
Un-Tied Methodist Church
Mon, 13 May: Living the Questions: Trinity, 7:00 pm
2nd Sunday of easter 28 April 2019