Worship Service at Yorkville Congregational UCC
for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020
Prelude Music – Tina
Welcome – Trinitarian Greeting
Call to Worship
Leader: Let us bless the Lord.
People: Great are the works of the Lord.
Leader: The earth is wonderfully made,
People: The seas, plants, animal life, and all good things.
Leader: Let our praise and meditation be pleasing to the Lord God our creator.
People: Renew our spirits and fill our hearts with the peace of Christ.
Leader: By your Spirit’s power, O Lord, bring us healing and joy.
All: Bless the Lord, O my soul Praise the Lord!
Music - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, who rules all creation.
O my soul, worship he well-spring of health and salvation.
All ye who hear, now to God’s temple draw near.
Join me in glad adoration.
Prayer of Confession
Holy God, we confess to knowing more about how you would have us be than actually being that way. We confess to professing more in our statements of faith than we make manifest in our living. So we come and confess our ambivalence, our confusion, our frustration and our apathy about the discrepancy between what we believe and what we do. We confess to justifying our compromises. But we also confess to trusting you in and through our failures. We confess to clinging to your grace. Most of all, we confess our deepest gratitude for your grace in Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Pastor: God has heard the confessions of our hearts and our mouths. And because God has loved us, God loves us now, and God will always love us, we are forgiven.
People: This is the good news that brings us new life.
Passing of the Peace
Traditionally, this is where we greet each other with the peace of Christ, so this morning, I greet you all with the peace of Christ – may it fill you today and all week!
Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s prayer
Call for the offering
Music - His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home,
when Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is he:
his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;
his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self
Loving God, we thank you for all that you have given us. Use these offerings we return to you to accomplish the ongoing renewal of your creation, and the growth of your Kingdom on earth. Bless your churches everywhere, and empower those in diverse ministries of teaching, healing, proclaiming, organizing, nurturing, feeding, counseling, and befriending. May all that we have, both abilities and resources, be used to serve you and our neighbors for the common good. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Message: Three Hands Clapping
Service of Holy Communion
Invitation by the Pastor
This table is open to all who wish to know the presence of the Christ, symbolized in this humble act of sharing. Come not because you must, but because you may. It is spread for you and me, that we might know that God has come to us, shared our common lot, and invites us to be God’s people in Christ. No matter what your race, your creed, your gender, or your orientation, ALL are welcome here –This is the table of grace. Come to this table, just as you are. The cup is never empty, and the plate is always full.
Pastor: The symbolic elements of bread that sustains life, and wine, reminiscent of Jesus’ first miracle, reveal God’s unfailing provision for us in body and in spirit. Today, as we surround this table, remember that Jesus healing power is at work today, in the Word, in the bread, in the wine, and in the silence.
People: This is the joyful feast for the people of God. Men and women, youth and children, come from the east and the west, the north and the south and gather around Christ’s table. Partake and be made whole.
Loving God, we take these common elements, made from grain and grapes, and set them aside for this symbolic and holy purpose, consecrated by You, and confirmed by the faith in our hearts. Amen.
God, we thank You for inviting us to this table, where we’ve known the presence of the living Christ, and have received all Christ’s gifts. Strengthen our faith and increase our love for one another. Go with us to the streets, to our homes, and to our places of work and play, so that we might carry Your amazing grace, and the light of Christ’s love and forgiveness, into the dark places of our world. It is in His name we pray, Amen.
Closing Song : You Never Walk Alone Sung by Wendy Walker