Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trinity & Communion Sunday

Andrei Rublev’s famous icon showing the three Angels being hosted by Abraham at Mamre.

Centering Words
Franciscan priest and theologian Richard Rohr argues that the nature of the Trinity requires orienting ourselves in a new way: “Don’t start with the One and try to make it into Three,” he writes in his book, The Divine Dance. “Start with the Three and see that this is the deepest nature of the One.”

Prelude “For George” – S. Conrady


Lighting our Candles
If you have a candle, let us light our candles together to remind ourselves that there is light in the darkness and that we can share that light with one another in our own times of darkness and we can share that light of love with the world. Please light your candles if you have one as we enter into our time of worship.

A moment of silence

Welcome and  Announcements

Opening Hymn “Come, Thou Almighty King” No. 246

  1. Come, thou Almighty King, help us thy name to sing, help us to praise.
    Father, all glorious, o’er all victorious, come and reign over us,
    Ancient of Days.
  2. To the great One in Three, eternal praises be, hence evermore.
    His sov’reign majesty, may we in glory see, and to eternity
    love and adore.

Morning Prayer
Jesus prayed that we might be one, just as He and God are One. This morning we offer our praise and prayers as one body in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. In relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, we have come to worship the One to whom we belong. Amen.


A Time for Children of all Ages
Anthem “Hymn to Freedom” – O. Peterson

Scripture Readings

2 Corinthians 13:11-13
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

Matthew 28:16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Morning Reflection  “Trinity Sunday: What’s it to you?”

Communion Hymn “Let Us Break Bread Together” No. 288

  1. Let us break bread together on our knees;
    Let us break bread together on our knees.
    When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun,
    O Lord, have mercy on me.
  2. Let us drink wine together on our knees;
    Let us drink wine together on our knees.
    When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun,
    O Lord, have mercy on me.


Christ Jesus, you emptied yourself completely keeping nothing for Yourself. Naked, utterly stripped, you give yourself to us as bread, which sustains us, and as wine, that consoles us. You are Light and Truth. You are the Way and the Hope. You are love. You are present in all we are. Grow in us, Jesus. Grow in us.   -Julia Esquivel, Guatemala

Prayer of Confession
Triune God, we acknowledge you as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. You grant us opportunities to be co-creators, but we cling to our ruts and routines. You expand the horizons of our caring only to have our prejudices and selfishness intrude on your generosity in Christ. You send your Spirit to empower us, and we waste the power you supply in meaningless activity. Awaken us from our apathy, forgive our laziness, and re-channel our priorities; we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A moment of silent reflection

Words of Forgiveness
Beloved people, our God brings us new life, forgives, and redeems us. Take hold of His forgiveness, and live your life guided by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God.

Communion Prayer
Gracious God, we thank you for loving the world into existence and sustaining all of life by your goodness. With gratitude, we recall that you revealed yourself through prophets and teachers and most fully in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Through the power of your Spirit, let us know afresh the joy of Christ’s living presence, the strength to face every circumstance of life, and the knowledge that nothing can ever separate us from your love. Amen.
-from Worship Resources, Disciples of Christ

Words of Blessing

Sharing of the Bread and Cup

Prayer of Thanksgiving
We thank you, loving God, for Jesus who came long ago as your beloved Child and who has come again in this feast of joy to be our light, our hope, and our life. Help us to live in the joy and peace that only Christ can bring. This we pray in Jesus name. Amen. -“Thankful Praise” Disciples of Christ


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns
Prayer of the People
Lord’s Prayer (trespasses)
Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference!
Offertory Prayer
Creator God, who has made us in your own image, help us to see your goodness in all people. May our gifts and our lives be used to spread your loving-kindness to all your people. Amen.


Closing Prayer
O God, our mystery, you bring us to life, call us to freedom, and move between us in love. May we so participate in the dance of your Trinity that our lives may resonate with  You, now and forever. Amen.

Closing Hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” No. 251

  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! 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!

Postlude “For George” – S. Conrady


Music Notes:
Today’s prelude and postlude is freshly composed by our organist Stephan Conrady. About “For George”: When playing piano only with either only the white keys or the black keys, you cannot explain feelings in an adequate manner. Therefore, this piece is in Bb flat minor (one of the most equal mixes of black and white keys). I didn’t want to press feelings like sorrow, hope and fear into rhythmical patterns, so there are polyrhythmic elements (like being able to feel both a waltz and a march pulse simultaneously) combined with a strongly syncopated (off-beat) melody line.

Our anthem is a tune I have played and sung several times at church. It was written by Canadian Oscar Peterson in 1962, for his jazz album “Night Train” but feels especially important this week. Enjoy this rendition by prominent Canadian jazz artists Oliver Jones, Dave Young, & Dione Taylor.