Worship Service

Trinity Sunday (May 30, 2021)

Service for the Worship of God

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Today’s flowers were arranged by Judi Elmore.

To learn more about today’s choir and organ music, click here for notes from Musical Director and Organist Dr. Steven Seigart.

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Toccata in E minor
—Johann Pachelbel (c. 1653-1705)

Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

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

Preparing to Hear God’s Word

Call to Worship
The Chipman Family

Come home, home to the embrace of God the Creator.
We are walking from past errors to future possibilities, from troubling fears to new hope.
Come home, home to the goodness of God’s Son, the Christ.
We are walking toward wholeness with joyful hearts filled with thanks and praise.
Come home this day; home where the Spirit is moving amidst this holy Trinity.

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 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 Confession
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

As we walk toward you, God, as sojourners in faith, we bring along our sense of expectancy, our hopes and dreams, our vivid imaginations. For we know deep in our souls that your creation is not done. Forgive us when we act as though it is, as if we have all the answers. As we walk toward you, Holy God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit, we hear you calling us to leave behind our stubborn insistence on a risk-free life. We hear you calling us to travel light in the spirit of faith, confident that you walk with us, now and forever. Hear now the prayers we bring to you in silence …

Assurance of Pardon

God’s Word to Us


“The Heavens Are Telling” from The Creation
—Franz Joseph Haydn
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir
Suzanne Karpov Seigart, soprano solo
James Huchla, tenor solo
Mike Rowan, bass solo

Scripture Lesson
Mrs. Noelle Castin
John 3:1‒17

Time with Children
The Bradfield Family

Rev. Tara Spuhler McCabe, National Capital Presbytery
“Oh, the Possibilities to Grow!”

Our Response to God

Affirmation of Faith
Dr. Steven Seigart
The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on 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 Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Invitation to Discipleship
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Presentation of Our Tithes and Offerings

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

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 649
Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
amazing grace

1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come.
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

5. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we first begun.

Charge and Benediction
Rev. Katherine A. Stanford

Choral Response

—Richard Smallwood
Performed by the Meeting House Virtual Choir


“La Réjouissance” from The Royal Fireworks
—G. F. Handel (1685-1759)

Today’s Guest Preacher

We are delighted to welcome the Rev. Tara Spuhler McCabe, the National Capital Presbytery’s Transitional Director of Congregational Development and Mission, as our guest preacher today!

Rev. Spuhler McCabe has served in the National Capital Presbytery in Washington, D.C. for the past 19 years. Recently, she has been the Site Coordinator for the DC-Young Adult Volunteer Program. She has served in congregations throughout the presbytery as an Associate Pastor at New York Avenue Presbyterian, Stated Supply at Garden Memorial, and Sabbatical Pastor for several other congregations throughout the presbytery. She has hung her “purse” for the past three years at Faith Presbyterian Church while serving the presbytery-at -large as a leadership coach and Church Assessment Tool Interpreter (CAT) with individuals and groups seeking to be in relationship with their communities as the larger Body of Christ. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, BA and McCormick Theological Seminary, MDIV.