June 7 – Trinity Sunday
Sermon: “Great Grace”
June 7, 2020 (Trinity Sunday)
Words of Welcome
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Call to Worship
In mystery and grandeur we see the face of God in earthiness and the ordinary
we know the love of Christ. In heights and depths and life and death: the spirit of God
is moving among us Let us praise God and let us pray.
Life-giving God: you speak and the earth trembles, you speak and we strain to hear, you speak and prophets proclaim. Great God of past, present, and future, open us to your movement in our world and in our lives. In this time of worship, open us to your presence and to your call; give us strength for serving you. Amen.
Hymn: #315 – “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”
1st Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 (NRSV)
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!’
Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 8, Proverbs 8, Romans 5:1-5)
Gracious God, the psalmist declares that you have given human beings dominion over the works of your hands. All too often, though, we confuse this holy charge with having ownership. We then treat your creation as a resource to be used for our needs and our profit. We find ourselves reluctant to count the cost of our failure to be your faithful stewards until disaster strikes. And so we pray, show us another way, O God. Holy God, your cry for wisdom and understanding echoes in our homes, our workplaces, our schools, our church committee meetings, our legislatures and our courts. We confess we don’t always want to hear that cry, deciding instead to rely on familiar habits, comfortable assumptions, and quick conclusions. We ask you to show us another way, O God. Merciful God, the apostle Paul proclaims peace, hope, and grace are your gifts to us. And yet there are times when grief overwhelms us, anxiety holds us captive, and suffering leaves us numb with despair. We wonder how, even if you are at work in our lives, and we long for you to show us another way, O God. Friends, hear this great good news: God continually shows us another way. God’s mercy is as wide as the ocean. God’s desire to forgive is as strong as the mighty wind. So let your hearts receive the outpouring of God’s love through the Holy Spirit.
Hymn: #316 – “Praise Our Maker”
2nd Scripture: John 3:1-17 (NRSV)
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 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.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ 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?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” 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.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘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. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘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.
‘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.
Hymn: #265 – “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”
Sermon: “Great Grace”
Hymn: #312 – “Praise With Joy The World’s Creator”
Prayers for the Family of God and Lord’s Prayer
Almighty God known as wisdom before the dawn of creation, Lord Jesus Christ – perfect love made flesh, Holy Spirit of God – ever present, O Hidden Source of Life wrapped up in perfect Trinity, we meditate upon the great and gracious plan which you have brought to pass, that women and men like us should look beyond creation to worship you the Creator of all things. In the beginning, You the uncreated moved across the face of deep and brought out space and time and then material substance: The atom and the molecule and the crystalline form: Then the first germ of life and the long upward striving of all things: that swim and creep and fly: And then the miracle of intelligence and consciousness; The beginning of mystery and the building of the first altar; And then the saying of the first prayer; O hidden love of God, forgive us for those times when we have taken this mystery for granted and forgive us all the more for the times when we thought that we had unravelled the mystery and thought that we knew it all – the how, the where and the why. Almighty God, let us not harbour anything in our hearts that might spoil our fellowship with you or with one another; work with us and within us: Do what you will with us; Make of us what you want of us; Change us as we need changed
Use us as your will requires – Through Jesus Christ our Lord who taught us to pray together: 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn: #313 – “God, Whose Almighty Word”
Commissioning and Benediction
Just as God’s Word was sent into the world to heal and redeem, so God sends you into the world this day to be light and love, healing and hope. Go now to be light for the world! And now may the grace and peace of God the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer come upon you this day and remain with you always.
Choral Closing: #422 – “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” (vs. 1 and chorus)
May 31 – Pentecost Sunday
Sermon: “The Peter Principle”
May 24 – 7th Sunday of Easter
Sermon: “In Everything Give Thanks”
May 17 – 6th Sunday of Easter
Sermon: “Thinking After Easter”
Online Worship with Moderator Richard Bott
Beginning Sunday, March 22, 2020, Moderator Richard Bott will be offering an online worship service each Sunday for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. This will be a video-recorded service you can join on our website or Facebook page. The prayers, hymns, and reflections from the Moderator’s online worship will also be available in audio and text form.
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