Sunday, May 30, 2021

TRINITY SUNDAY

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
MAY 30, 2021
10:15A.M.

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                  John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit “Choral Introit: Holy Father, Holy Son” (Walworth)

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit,Three we name You.
While in essence only One
Undivided God, we claim You
And adoring bend the knee
While we owen the Mystery.

 

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Awesome God, your creative power, your glory and holiness are beyond our imagining, yet, you chose to reveal yourself in the person of Jesus Christ, who graciously showed us the human face of your love. He stretched our imaginations once more over the lengths he was prepared to go to demonstrate the depth of your love for us. And, as if that was not enough, you breathe new and everlasting life into our very beings, through the power of your Spirit. Triune God, Source of our lives, we worship and adore you . Amen

 

Opening Hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” UMH 64 Vs. 1,2 & 4

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,
who wert and art and evermore shalt be.

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!



Call to Worship

L: God, who flung the stars into the night sky, rejoices over all creation, especially us!
P: Come to us, Laughing God, and gladden our hearts with your goodness and grace.
L: Christ, the Word of joy and life, fills all creation with hope, especially us!
P: Come to us, Brother and Savior, and reclaim our hearts as your own.
L: The Spirit, who breathes life into emptiness, gives all creation the gift of peace, especially us!
P: Come to us, Spirit of Gentleness, and refresh us with the dew of delight.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

 

Affirmation of Faith for Trinity Sunday           by Teri Peterson

We trust in God, who has created and is creating—
from water and wind to painters and poets,
giving a home to all the families of the earth,
blessing the world through faithful people.
We trust in Jesus, Word made flesh—
who healed, touched, taught, and ate,
drawing outsiders, women, sinners, and friends into God’s new community of love.
Even in death, his arms stretched wide, encircling all.
And on the third day he rose, reconciling the whole world to God.
We trust in the Holy Spirit, breath of life—
present in every place and time, offering love and compassion,
calling forth faithfulness, generosity, and justice.
Living among us, beside us, and within us, the Triune God provides
in the everyday, and the exceptional;
the cosmic, and the ordinary.

 

Choral Response “Holy, Holy, Holy” 2x TFWS 2007

Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart knows how to say to you: You are holy, Lord!


Gospel Lesson John 3:1-17 NRSV

3 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God

 

Sermon     “Under Shadow of Night”                   Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Great God of Nations” (Curry)

Great God of nations, now to Thee
Our hymn of gratitude we raise;
With humble heart and bending knee
We offer Thee our song of praise.

Thy Name we bless, Almighty God,
For all the kindness Thou hast shown
To this fair land the Pilgrims trod,
This land we fondly call our own.

Here freedom spreads her banner wide
And casts her soft and hallowed ray;
Here Thou our fathers’ steps didst guide
In safety through their dangerous way.

Great God, preserve us in Thy fear;
In danger still our Guardian be:
O spread Thy truth’s bright precepts here;
Let all the people worship Thee. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Holy God, today we have been remembering with gratitude the many ways in which you touch and bless our lives. Your holiness inspires us to be more holy; your love causes us to be more loving; your life in us brings to birth dreams and visions for a better and more just world. We offer these gifts and our lives in thankfulness for all you have done and are doing in our lives. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Closing Hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” TFWS 2191 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm does bind the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

2. O Savior, whose almighty word
The winds and waves submissive heard,
Who walked upon the foaming deep,
And calm amid the rage did sleep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

4. O Trinity of love and pow’r,
Your children shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire, and foe,
Protect them where-so-e’er they go;
Thus, evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

 

Benediction

Holy One, may we go forth from this place appreciative of the lives honored this Memorial Day. May we follow their example by committing ourselves to service to the community and beyond. May we receive the spirit of friendship that can develop when people come together through public service, including military service. May your Spirit empower so that we might transcend every barrier and boundary that divides us from one another. And, grant us wisdom as we pursue a vision of peace and justice for everyone who lives in this nation and beyond, for we are all your beloved children.

 

Choral Benediction “Unto God Be Glory Given” (Moore)

Unto God be glory given;
Lift your voice, forever sing.
Let all people join together,
God Almighty, King of kings.

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

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