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June 7, 2020
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Open to the Lord!
Order of Worship
Trinity Sunday
June 7, 2020

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Call to Worship 
(Bev and Dave Welsh)
Liturgist: Caring Shepherd, you supply all our needs.
People: We celebrate God’s generous care of us all.
Liturgist: Good Shepherd, you take us by the hand and lead us through the dark and fearful times in life.
People: We celebrate God’s compassion and understanding.
Liturgist: Gracious Shepherd, your goodness and mercy nurtures and blesses us, and it enriches our soul.
People: As we worship you, we share together in the feast you prepare for us, and it restores and refreshes us. Amen.
(by Joan Stott)

Opening Prayer
( Bev and Dave Welsh )
Loving Shepherd, you know our names; you care for us. When we face darkness and death,
walk beside us. When we hunger for your love, fill us with your presence. When we are fearful, feed us at your table. May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. Amen.
(by Joan Stott – The Timeless Psalms)

Opening Hymn - “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” - UMH #381 vss 1-3

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
 
Prayer Response - “Lead Me, Lord" - UMH #473 (Twice)
Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness,
make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only,
that makest me dwell in safety.

Online Communion         
Pastor: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you
Pastor: Lift up your hearts
People: We lift them up to the Lord
Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor: God of surprises, your Spirit brooded over the waters at creation and lived among your chosen people in wilderness, exile, and promised land. Your Spirit filled Mary’s womb at the moment of Jesus's conception and came upon him like a dove at his baptism. When Christ died on the cross your power raised him from the tomb on the third day, and that same evening he breathed your forgiving grace on those who had deserted him. On the day of Pentecost you sent your Spirit upon the fearful disciples, filling them with fire, with power, with wonder and joy, and making them your church. And we gladly thank you, with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, singing the hymn of your ending praise.

Together: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor: God of comfort and strength, we look to your Holy Spirit to be with us in sorrow and in contentment, in crisis and in abiding stillness. Come among us now through the power of your Spirit, that we may be transformed into your image, and that these gifts of bread and wine may become for us the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ; who, at supper with his disciples, took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying, “Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup. Again he gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Great is the mystery of faith.

People: Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again! 

Pastor: God of dreams and prophecy, send down upon us your gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and faith; of healing, discernment, and interpretation, that your church may be built up in the likeness of your Son. Let anyone who is hungry find in you the bread of life, and anyone who is thirsty find in you rivers of living water. Speak your word to all who are alone and in fear or despair, and let each one of your children hear your voice in their own language, whether that language be art or science, work or play. Sanctify your groaning creating, that your universe may breathe your breath and be filled with your life anew, that we may love what you love, and do what you would do, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, ever one God. Amen. 
(Eucharistic Prayer by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher)

Sharing of the Gifts of Bread and Cup
Look. Here is your Lord, coming to you in bread and wine.
The gifts of God for the people of God.

Prayer After Communion
Loving God, you graciously feed us with the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation. May we who have received this sacrament be strengthened in your service; we who have sung your praises tell of your glory and truth; we who have seen the greatness of your love see you face to face in your kingdom; in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading - Psalms 23
(Pete Seymour)

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
(NRSV)

Liturgist: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.

Message - " Open to the Lord!" - Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
I Love You, Lord” - by Laurie Klein (Psalm 35:9)
Adult Choir - Singing from our homes*

Offertory Prayer 
Loving Shepherd, as you have fed us in green pastures and quenched our thirst beside still waters, may the gifts we bring this day be food and drink, and shelter and warmth, to a world in need; may our offering reach into places of despair, and show the world that there is a shepherd who brings comfort and hope. Amen. 
(by Rebecca E. Garrett, Abingdon Worship Annual)

Closing Hymn - " In the Garden " - UMH #314

The Blessing and Sending Forth

Go now, and embrace the hope to which God has called us.
Recognize Christ in friend and stranger,
and as Christ has been gracious to you,
so be gracious to those in need.

And may God give you a place of rest on rich pasture;
May Christ Jesus be the shepherd who binds your wounds;
And may the Holy Spirit give you wisdom
........and reveal to you the fullness of the one who fills all in all.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
........In the name of Christ. Amen. 
(by Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net)

*Adult Choir Accompanist
Matthew Cron

*Adult Choir Singers
Jane & Mark Beatty
Nancy Burns
Dorothy Dwyer
David Grip
Bella & Larry Guilmartin
Scott Hall
Steve Hayes
Bill Kruger
Ken Muzykewicz
Louise Provan
Marilyn Seymour
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