~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity, we ask for your presence as we enter this space. We call upon you to teach us this hour. Teach us to pray, to love, to be one as you are one. Inspire us this hour, we pray. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor:   Let us begin our time of worship with a moment of remembrance.           

People: We remember all who served, and the sacrifice they made for the sake of others.

Pastor:   Let us begin our time of worship with a moment of thanksgiving.  

People: We thank God for brave men and women that have given their lives so that we may worship without fear.

Pastor:   Let us begin our time of worship with a moment of silence; for a moment is the least we can do for those that gave their eternity.

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GATHERING HYMN

“Holy, Holy, Holy”

 

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!

 

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 shall be.

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!

NICAEA

Reginald Heber, 1826 / John B. Dykes, 1861

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of every nation, as we remember those that gave their life for our sake, let us be stirred to action in their memory. We confess that we have not done all that is possible to promote peace and justice in our world.  We have not loved our neighbors, let alone our enemies.  Forgive us for failing to live up to your commandments. Empower us to work for your Kingdom in this world, and welcome us by your grace into your Kingdom in the next.  Amen.         

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ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

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. Amen.

FIRST READING

Isaiah 6: 1-8

A Vision Of God In The Temple

 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

GOSPEL READING

Luke 20: 20-26

The Question About Paying Taxes

 

So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?” They said, “The emperor’s.” He said to them, “Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent.

HYMN

“My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee”

 

My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing:

Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride,

From every mountainside let freedom ring!

My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love;

I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills,

My heart with rapture thrills like that above.

 

Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees, sweet freedom’s song;

Let mortal tongues awake, let all that breathe partake,

Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

 

Our fathers’ God , to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing;

Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light;

Protect us by thy might, Great God, our King!

AMERICA

Samuel F. Smith, 1832 / Anon. in Thesaurus Musicus, 1740

 

TEACHING TIME

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“A New Creed”

We are not alone,
    we live in God’s world.

 We believe in God:
    who has created and is creating,
    who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
       to reconcile and make new,
    who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We trust in God. 

We are called to be the Church:
    to celebrate God’s presence,
    to live with respect in Creation,
    to love and serve others,
    to seek justice and resist evil,
    to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
       our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

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MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

     Pastor: Let us pray…

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.

 

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

PARTING HYMN

“God Of Our Fathers” 

 

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand

Leads forth in beauty all the starry band

Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, 

Our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

 

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,

Be thy strong arm our ever sure defense;

Thy true religion in our hearts increase;

Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

 

Refresh thy people on our toilsome way;

Lead us from night to never-ending day;

Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,

And glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

NATIONAL HYMN

Daniel C. Roberts, 1876 / George W. Warren, 1892

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day

10:00AM - Cressona Parade & Ceremony

10:30AM - Schuylkill Haven Parade

11:00 - Ceremony on Parkway

Thursday, June 03

5:00PM - Chancel Choir rehearsal

Sunday, June 06

Music Sunday

9:00AM - Worship Service

Sunday, June 13

9:00AM - Worship Service

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex for Father's Day carnations at the cost of $2.00 each. Deadline to order is Tuesday, June 08.