Avondale E-Worship
Trinity Sunday
June 7, 2020
 Romans 5: 1 - 5
Therefore, we have peace with God

5 Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness,[ a ] we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. 3 But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5 This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates!
Today we celebrate the accomplishments of our Avondale 2020 graduates! You have all worked so hard and have a bright future ahead! We offer this prayer as you begin a new chapter...

O God of the past, present, and future, help these graduates to know that you will be active in the future as surely as you have been in the past. Help them to be aware of Christ as their Good shepherd we pray, remembering how your scriptures teach us to seek justice, love, kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Amen.

Graduate tribute following the Benediction!

Click on the pictures below to view the graduation announcement and video!
A Moment for Children
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir conversation as a family!
The beautiful flower you see above is called a Trillium!
How many petals does the Trillium have?

That is right! It has three petals and all three petals come together to make one beautiful flower!

Today we are celebrating Trinity Sunday.
Do you know what Trinity means?

Tri = 3
+ Unity = 1
"Trinity" 3 in 1

The word trinity means three in one.

We celebrate Trinity Sunday because we believe in God as three in one. First is God the Father, who created us and everything we see. Second is Jesus, who is God the Son and he came to earth to walk among us. Third is God the Spirit who lives inside of our hearts. The trinity is hard to fully understand and to tell you the truth, most adults have a hard time understanding it too. However, what we believe to be true is that God is all three! The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit make up one God! Kind of like the three beautiful petals make up one Trillium flower.

We are one!

Our home, school, church and city are made up of different people. We all look different, come from different backgrounds and have different God given gifts. Even though we are all different, God wants us to live in community, using those differences and our gifts to help one another and to show love and kindness. When we unite and come together as one, we are made stronger! You may have seen or heard a lot going on this week in our city, our state and our country regarding racism. Racism is a word used to describe people being mistreated due to the color of their skin. Our black and brown friends have been treated unfairly because of the color of their skin for a long time. Communities all over the country have been uniting as one, working together to help our neighbors make a change!

Activity
If you have not done so already, take time as a family and dig through the resources below to help spark conversation and learning around racism .
Prayer
Member Care Corner
"Show You Care - Task of the week"

This week we celebrate our 2020 graduates! They are graduating and taking next steps toward their future during very difficult time in our world. We ask that you join in celebration and support through prayer and letters of encouragement!
If you know of any member concerns or needs, please email Jim or call the church office and leave a message.

Online Directory Password: 1944A
Prayer Requests

Beth Cline; Paige Hamilton; Jacqueline Howells; Delia McCloskey; Carl, Dee Dee and Lilly McDonald; Floyd Privette; The Family of Michael Morales.
Mission Corner
"21 Day Racial Equity Challenge"

Are you looking for ways to listen and learn?

We invite you to participate in  Eddie Moore’s 21 day challenge  by watching, reading, noticing,
listening, connecting and praying!

For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.

Consider doing this on your own or as a group!

Visit the link below for a planning tool and list of recommendations.
Stewardship

A Moment of Grace!

When have you experienced a moment of grace? These are the moments that God lights you up, awakens your heart and touches you. These can be fleeting moments when you become intensely aware that Christ is working in the world, in you, through you and around you. These Moments of Grace can be a conversation, an act of sharing, an act of silence, a mere moment or a long story. Stewardship comes from the reality of awareness of our own moments of grace and highlights the responsibility to nurture our giving. We are called to share what is needed and to be conscious of the moments when we are called upon. 

Enjoy this Moment of Grace , as told by Jennifer Patterson, sharing her experience serving with the Avondale Children's Center in this time of crisis, change and uncertainty .
Offering
Your Avondale Pledge

Please see the mission corner, above for information about this weeks special offering!

For those of you who contribute to your pledge through the offering plate on Sunday, there are many opportunities to fulfill your commitment including, mailing a check, PayPal or a one-time or reoccurring bank draft . Drafts can be setup or changed at anytime. Please contact Jacqueline for more information.

Using the link below, you may contribute to your 2020 pledge or make a gift to the church.
Self Care and Prayer
The Labyrinth is a sacred place set aside for you to reflect, pray, and worship God. The rhythm of walking empties the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. 

The Labyrinth can be walked in four stages, allowing you to walk with your body and rest your mind.

Remember: Before walking the labyrinth take time in gratitude to be thankful for your life. Bless the people in your life. If there is a specific event or situation troubling you (like the coronavirus) bring it to mind and form a healing question if possible (such as why am I anxious about …).

Release: Walking into the labyrinth quiet the mind, let go of the chatter and release any tension. Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel. Become aware of your breathing making sure you are taking slow deep breaths. Relax and move at your own pace. 

Receive: While standing or sitting in the center, use this space as a place of reflection. Pause and stay as long as you like. Open yourself to God. Listen to God’s small, inner voice. Use this time to pray and be honest with God about the things you need to say. 

Return: While walking out of the labyrinth, take the same path you followed to go in. Walking out experience the sense of well-being, healing, energy, and peace.

Prayers You Might Choose to Offer

"I place myself in your presence O God."

"Thank you God for ______. I praise your name because you _______."

"Lord search me and know me for you have created me. Give me the strength to serve you and to _____."

While exiting, offer words of praise and thanksgiving!
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