Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father’s Day / Trinity Sunday

Organ PreludeAve Trinitas (Sarum)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitHoly Trinity (Drese)

Holy Trinity, thanks and praise to Thee, that our life and whole salvation
Flow from Christ’s blest incarnation and his death for us on the shameful Cross.

* Call to Worship

L: In the quiet of the morning, as we stir to greet the day…
P: God hears our sighs and gives strength to our spirits.
L: In the busyness of the day, as we work and strive…
P: God goes with us, giving us courage and confidence.
L: In the tiredness of the evening, as we begin to settle down…
P: God is present, refreshing and comforting our souls.
L: In the hush of night, as sleep overcomes our weariness…
P: There is God, watching over us with patient love.
L: Thanks be to God throughout all our days.
P: Amen.

* Opening HymnHoly, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty UMH 64

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, through the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, how good it is to come together with our sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, your great and wonderful family – all here to praise and thank you. Help us this day to be reminded of all your many blessings, especially the special people you bring into our lives to bless and love us. In the name of Jesus, your greatest blessing, we pray. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem Jubilate Deo (Roth)

O be joyful in the Lord all ye lands: serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Be ye sure that the Lord He is God; it is He that hath made us and not we ourselves.  We are His people and the sheep of his pasture. O go your way into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him and speak good of His name.  For the Lord is gracious, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth from generation to generation.  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.

Litany of Recognition and Honor for Father’s Day Dan Bailey, Liturgist

Leader: On this day we recognize our fathers and stepfathers, those who have nurtured and guided us in our lives.
People: We thank You, O God, for those who have been fathers to us.
Leader: We honor our grandfathers, our uncles and brothers, those who have demonstrated love and care to us in our lives.
People: We thank You, O God, for those who have been like fathers to us.
Leader: We appreciate our teachers, leaders and pastors, who have been both male and female, but we especially honor those who have extended fatherly tenderness and love in our lives in our past and present.
People: We thank You, O God, for those who have fulfilled a fatherly role in our lives.
Leader: Loving God, You have been both Mother and Father to us. Abba, Father, we remember how Jesus called out to You on earth, recognizing that You are closer to us than our earthly parents. Your love and care for us are felt in the ways we are loved and cared for by others. We thank You for all the male figures in our lives who have shared Your love with us. We ask that You guide and nurture new fathers and fathers-to-be. We seek Your forgiveness for fathers who have fallen short, for models of fatherhood that were limiting rather than embracing, for that is not Your model. You are our ever-loving Parent, Father of us all. Grant Your wisdom to all fathers and fatherly figures to love their children as You have loved Your children.
People: We thank You, O God, for fatherhood and motherhood, for the blessing of parents in our lives.
Leader: Abba, Father, we pray with those who are mourning the loss of fathers today, and for those whose fathers were absent or abusive. Ease their pain on this day, loving God. May they know Your embrace, and that You are more than Father or Mother to us–You are the all-loving, all-caring Parent, Creator of heaven and earth, who knows the hairs on our heads.
People: We thank You, O God, that You are always with us, that You will never leave us or forsake us.
Leader: We thank You for this day, and ask that You bless all of Your children with Your love, as a wonderful father loves their child.
All: Amen.

* HymnWhen Jesus Called You Father

Tune: Samuel S. Wesley 1864 (“The Church’s One Foundation”), Text: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

1. When Jesus called you “Father” in teaching folks to pray,
And when he said we’re children who need to trust your way,
O God, he knew your closeness, your guidance from above.
Perhaps in Joseph’s caring, he’d learned to trust your love.

2. Some cannot call you Father; they will not use that name.
The fathers they have known here have caused them fear and pain;
And though you’re like a father, you’re like a mother, too.
No single name can ever tell all we know of you.

3. Yet Jesus in his teaching described a father’s joy
When, at his son’s returning, he ran to greet the boy.
O God, when we have hurt you and struggled on our own,
Just like that loving parent, you run to bring us home

4. O God, you seek to save us, no matter what the cost;
Our Father, your intention is no one will be lost.
As Jesus called you “Abba,” and trusted in your plans,
We trust in you to guide us! Our lives are in your hands.

Epistle Reading From Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Sermon – “Honoring Fathers” Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryCome Sunday (Ellington)

Come Sunday, oh, come Sunday – that’s the day. Lord, dear Lord above, God Almighty, God of Love, Please look down and see my people through. I believe that God put sun and moon up in the sky; I don’t mind the gray skies, ’cause they’re just clouds passing by. I believe that God is now, was then, and always will be, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, all through eternity.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

Merciful God, we offer these gifts in gratitude for the free gift of your amazing grace. We pray that you will bless and accept them and our lives as we go from here infused with your love and grace. Empower us anew with your Holy Spirit that we may graciously anoint the lives of others with your love. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

* Closing HymnThis Is My Father’s World UMH 144

1. This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise. This is my Father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair; in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

* Benediction

Gracious God examine our hearts and shed light where love is needed.
We give thanks for the gift of our lives and for this day that you have made.
Help us to overcome any shortcomings we may have, those seen and unseen.
Guide us as we look forward with hope toward all you have in store.
Amen.

Choral Response – Concord UMC Youth Choir

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeGloria Tibi Trinitati (Bale)

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