Worship Service

Trinity Sunday (June 7, 2020)

Service for the Worship of God

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“Rhosymedre” from Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes
—Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

Rev. Ann Herlin

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us worship God!

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The McCoy Family

Mighty Wind, who danced over the deep and surveyed the shapeless void,
dance over us now and ready us for your creative purpose.
Divine Word, who commanded unruly chaos and called forth light and life,
call to us now and open us to new expressions of grace.
Eternal Artist, who formed us in your likeness and claimed us as kin,
re-form and refine us to be bearers of your blessing.
Holy Trinity—Creator, Christ, Spirit—who gathered the primeval waters,
gather us in, then send us out to do the work of your kingdom.

Hymn 1
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

(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.

(3) Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinfulness thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in pow’r, 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 Confession
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Lord Jesus, you send us out to do the work of your kingdom, but we focus our energies inward and shy away from that work. You charge us to teach your commandments—to love you and love our neighbor—but we struggle to obey you. You assure us of your abiding presence, but we doubt this promise and disregard your Spirit, denying the power you give us to do your work. Forgive us, Lord, and renew us to be the church you created us to be. Wash us with your grace and commission us for service in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon
Dr. Robert R. Laha

God’s Word to Us


“Achieved is the glorious work” from The Creation
F.J. Haydn (1732–1809)
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Text by Baron Gottfried van Sweiten (1733–1803)

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Mary Pratt Perry

2 Corinthians 13:11–13

Time with Children
The Thomas Family

Dr. Robert R. Laha

“Putting Things in Order”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Adapted from A Brief Statement of Faith, 1991
Mrs. Noelle Castin

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion f the Holy Spirit, we trust in one triune God, whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in Jesus Christ who proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, binding up the brokenhearted, and calling all to repent.

We trust in God who created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.

We trust in the Holy Spirit the giver and renewer of life. In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

Glory be to the triune God!

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Ann Herlin

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn 379
We Shall Overcome

(1) We shall overcome;
we shall overcome;
we shall overcome someday.

O, deep in my heart
I do believe
we shall overcome someday!

(2) We’ll walk hand in hand;
we’ll walk hand in hand;
we’ll walk hand in hand someday.

(3) We shall live in peace;
we shall live in peace;
we shall live in peace someday.

(4) We are not afraid;
we are not afraid;
we are not afraid today.

(5) God will see us through;
God will see us through;
God will see us through today.

Charge and Benediction
Dr. Robert R. Laha

Response 600

—African-American Traditional

Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
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We’re marching to Zion
—Bill Wolaver (b. 1958)

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