Online Worship – April 26, 2020

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for April 26, 2020 – Third Sunday of Easter

Welcome and Announcements

Welcome to Trinity
Presbyterian Church’s worship service online!

This is the fifth online worship service for Trinity.

Briefly, a word concerning the technical presentation of this service. If you are having difficulty reading the words, look for your web browser’s “Zoom” settings. The keystrokes are typically ‘Ctrl-Shift-+’ to increase the zoom or ‘Ctrl-Shift-(minus)’ to decrease the zoom. Other devices may have a different mechanism (‘finger pinch’), but most support zoom.

Although the sanctuary doors will not be open, we hope you will have a meaningful Sunday worship experience!

This week’s bulletin is available at any time by clicking this link. The bulletin will open in a separate tab or window.

The bulletin is not needed to follow the order of the service (the order of service on this page matches the bulletin’s order of service), but there are additional items that may be of interest to you that are not included on this worship page.

The service this day contains:

  • Preparation for Worship
  • Prelude “O God, You are my God”
  • A Call to Worship
  • Opening hymn #815 “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”
  • Prayer of the Day
  • A Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • A Children’s Sermon from Brooke Tucker
  • A solo by Jody Dutton “Precious Lord, Take my Hand”
  • Scripture readings for the Third Sunday of Easter
  • Rev Dr Jeff Beebe’s message: “Unraveled by Uncertainty”
  • Offering to God
  • Doxology
  • And a closing hymn, #741 “Guide My Feet”

Preparation for Worship

Let us join together now and prepare for worship.

Dear Family of God – these are trying days in God’s beloved world. As Christ’s Church, sustained by the Holy Spirit, we have gifts and a call by which to care for one another and our neighbors. Worship in which we encounter our living God and know ourselves connected to the body continues. So this day we expand our worship into our homes, knowing that as we read the same Scriptures, and share in the same prayers, we are held together on this Sunday morning. Let us prepare our hearts and minds to worship the living Lord.

Prelude “O God, You are my God”

Heasuk Che performs on the organ.

Call to Worship

Please join in our Call to Worship.

One: God, you are a God of invitation
All: You invited Abraham to follow you.
One: You invited the disciples to drop their nets.
All: You invited the children to draw near.
One: You invited Peter to walk on water.
All: You invited the tax collector to dinner.
One: You invited the Samaritan woman into eternal life.
All: Just the same, you invite us to live lives of faith.
One: Give us the strength to say yes.
All: Let us worship good and holy God.

Opening Hymn #815 “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”

1 Give to the winds thy fears,
hope and be undismayed;
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head.
2 Through waves and clouds and storms,
God gently clears the way;
wait patiently; so shall this night
soon end in joyous day.
3 Leave to God’s sovereign sway
to choose and to command.
So shalt thou, wondering, own God’s way,
how wise, how strong God’s hand!
4 Let us in life, in death,
Thy steadfast truth declare,
and publish with our final breath
Thy love and guardian care.

Prayer of the Day

Our prayer for this day.

Living God, through Jesus Christ you emptied the power of death and gave us the gift of life in fullness. Now fill us with the breath of your Spirit to tell the good news of the gospel: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Let us confess our sins before God.

God of the wind and the sea,
You invite us to be brave, but we are more familiar with fear.
You invite us to trust you, but we’d rather trust wind and gravity.
You invite us to believe in ourselves, but we have never been good at that.
You invite us to move–to change and take a risk–
But we stay planted where we are, afraid of the ways growth might hurt.
Forgive us for our self doubt and fear.
We believe, despite our unbelief.
(Silence for Reflection)

Declaration of Forgiveness

Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. (Romans 8:34) Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life is gone and a new life is begun. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Affirmation of Faith (Apostle’s Creed)

Let us affirm our faith.

I believe in God, the Great Sewer—
Who weaves us together in community,
Collecting our loose ends and turning them into belonging.

I believe in the Holy Spirit—
Who hems us in before and behind,
Catching us when we fall and writing us into God’s holy narrative.

And I believe in Jesus Christ—
Who loved and claimed the people society had thrown out, refusing to disregard
Anyone as scrap.

I believe God has woven part of God’s self into the fiber of our being,
Making us inherently worthy of love and belonging.

I believe the fabric of my life is weak,
That I am prone to error and need God’s handiwork to remind me of love.

I believe in the Church, and that like a quilt of different fabrics,
She is designed to be as diverse and beautiful as God’s creation.

And I believe that when life unravels,
God is there to stitch my wounds together,
To hold me in the palm of God’s hand, to tell me of love,
And to invite me into a new journey.

— Liturgy by Sara Are, A Sanctified Art

Prayers of the People

“God who holds us in our anxiety” God of grace and mercy, be present with us as we face an unknown future and as we walk paths untrodden. In the ever-changing and uncertain world where we find ourselves, help us to know and be assured that you are sovereign, that you are all-knowing, allpowerful and ever-present. We know you are a good God who holds us in our anxiety and distress and who has a plan for our future. Calm our hearts and minds and give us hope in you, our only certain hope. We pray in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

— The Rev. David Loleng, Director of Church Financial Literacy and Leadership, Presbyterian Foundation

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us 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 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.

Children’s Sermon

Brooke Tucker has a special message for you on the Third Sunday of Easter.

Anthem “Precious Lord, Take my Hand”

Performed by Jody Dutton with accompaniment by Heasuk Che.

Scripture Reading

For the readings, you may click on the links below. The link will take you to A new window (or tab) will appear. After you finish the readings, you may close the window (or tab) to continue with the service. If you prefer, find your Bible and read the selections.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew. Rev Beebe has supplied a video of his reading of the scriptures. Read along in your Bible, online, or simply listen for God speaking to you today.

Jesus Walks on the Water: Matthew 14:22-33

Message “Unraveled By Uncertainty”

The message from Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe on this Third Sunday of Easter.


Please continue to give your offering.

God calls us to give all of who we are, and all of what we have to be used in and thru the Church. So let us present our lives. Let us present our gifts unto God. (Offerings can be received in the church by mail or you may utilize online banking options).

You can click the image to the right or this link to give online now. At the online Giving site, select “2020 Pledge” as the Fund to fulfill your 2020 pledge or use another fund if you’re directing your gift elsewhere. Note, the church must pay a small processing fee to receive your contribution via online giving. Increasing your gift would help cover the cost of processing and would be greatly appreciated.

If you’d like to see alternatives to online giving, please take a look at our Contribute page.


Performed by Judith Spurrell, Lillian Werner, and Jason Wheeler with accompaniment by Jillian Koenig on flute, and Heasuk Che on piano.

Closing Hymn #741 “Guide My Feet”

1 Guide my feet while I run this race; (yes, my Lord!)
guide my feet while I run this race; (yes, my Lord!)
guide my feet while I run this race,
for I don’t want to run this race in vain! (race in vain!)
2 Hold my hand while I run this race; (yes, my Lord!)
hold my hand while I run this race; (yes, my Lord!)
hold my hand while I run this race,
for I don’t want to run this race in vain! (race in vain!)
3 Stand by me while I run this race; (yes, my Lord!)
stand by me while I run this race; (yes, my Lord!)
stand by me while I run this race,
for I don’t want to run this race in vain! (race in vain!)

The Service has Ended

Thank you for joining us online! We hope you will join us again as long as we need to be apart. We pray for the day when we can all meet again and worship God in the sanctuary and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

May the Peace of Christ be with you!

1 Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.


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