Online Worship – January 31, 2021

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for January 31, 2021 – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Welcome and Announcements

Welcome to Trinity Presbyterian Church’s online worship service!
If you prefer, you can view this service on our Worship Service Player. In the player, the service plays from start to finish without interruption. To try that version of the worship service, click HERE.

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe
2024/05/22-17:59:29-UTC 44th ols; 34woc; 11waro

Trinity has returned to Indoor Worship at 10AM on Sundays. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested but not required. To help set your expectations, please read our Guide to Indoor Worship.

The Per Capita contribution this year is $9 for each adult or confirmed member in your household. Please use the special “per capita” envelope that came with your offering envelopes or simply write “per capita” on the memo line of your check. If you contribute through the on-line giving site (in the offering section at the end of the service), you can choose the “Per Capita” fund.

The Presbyteries, Synods, and General Assembly of our Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) annually make assessments that total $8.98 per active member. Our session is committed to paying the full assessment ($3,547.10) for all the members on our roll because we value our Presbyterian heritage and identity. As a congregation, we derive many material benefits from our Presbyterian association. At the General Assembly level, these include the oversight of preparation for ministers and the mechanisms for calling new ministers, the maintenance of the wonderful Presbyterian historical collection in Philadelphia, the biennial meeting of the General Assembly, resources ranging from training for ruling elders to building connections with ecumenical partners around the world, and so much more. But it is not these benefits alone that make us so deeply committed to the per capita offering. It is our shared sense of our Reformed heritage and our Presbyterian identity that compels us to take our covenantal relationship with the whole Presbyterian family so seriously. Thanks in advance for your generous support!

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe
Congregational Meeting Announcements

Trinity’s Bible Study is available online. Visit our website or Facebook page to view a video from Rev. Beebe whenever it is convenient for you. You can also ‘catch-up’ anytime at the Bible Study archive. To be included in our weekly email, simply subscribe to the website or join our Facebook group. Links to subscribe and join are at the bottom of our webpage.

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 you could not be with us in-person today, 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 order of service on this page closely follows the bulletin, but there are additional items in the bulletin that may be of interest to you and that are not included on this page.

Today’s service contains:

  • Prelude “His Strength is Perfect”
  • Call to Worship
  • Prayer of the Day
  • Hymn #405 “Praise God for This Holy Ground”
  • Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Anthem “Be Thou My Vision”
  • Moments with Children
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Old Testament Reading
  • Responsive Reading
  • Hymn #519 “You Are My Strength When I am Weak”
  • Gospel Lesson
  • Meditation “Merciful and Gracious”
  • Sending
  • Congregational Response (Hymn #306)
  • Offering
  • Postlude “He Will Carry You”

Prelude “His Strength is Perfect”

Heasuk Che, organist.
arr. Smith

Call to Worship

Sally Smeaton, lay reader.
Give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart
in the company of the congregation.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
ever mindful of the covenant.
The works of God’s hands are faithful and just,
established forever and ever.

Holy and awesome is God’s name.
God’s praise endures forever!

Prayer of the Day

Sally Smeaton, lay reader.


God of compassion, you have shown us in Christ that your love is never-ending. Enable us to love you with all our hearts and to love one another as Christ loved us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn #405 “Praise God for This Holy Ground” (v.1,2,4)

Barbara Davis, Kathy Link, Julie Pearson, Judith Spurrell, Lillian Warner, and Bob Wright. Accompanied by Jillian Koenig (flutist) and Heasuk Che (pianist).

1 Praise God for this holy ground, place and people, sight and sound. [Refrain]

Refrain Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God’s goodness is eternal.

2 Praise God in whose word we find food for body, soul, and mind. [Refrain]

4 Praise God’s Spirit who befriends, raises, humbles, breaks, and mends. [Refrain]

Prayer of Confession

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe
You have shown us, O God, what it means to follow you.
Forgive us when we fail; open our hearts and minds to your teachings.
You modeled compassion in the person of Jesus Christ,
but we do not extend kindness to strangers or friends.
You challenge systems of injustice through the movement of your spirit,
but we keep choosing comfort over justice, the status quo over the kingdom of God.
You create all things good, and your creation sings your praise,
but we consider no creatures but ourselves and wound your earth by our sin.
Forgive us, O God.
Pour your compassion on us this day, and by your forgiveness,
show us how to share it with one another.

(Silence for Reflection)

Declaration of Forgiveness

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

Anthem “Be Thou My Vision”

(Left to right) Laurie Harrison, Kathy Link, Rosie Brown, Judy Hennenlotter, Joyce Lewis, and Liz Monaco. Directed by Lillian Warner.

arr. Warner

Moments with Children

Brooke Tucker, Director of Faith Formation.


Affirmation of Faith

Sally Smeaton, lay reader.

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe


The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Old Testament Reading

Sally Smeaton, lay reader.
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Deuteronomy 18:15-20A New Prophet Like Moses. Listen for God speaking to you today.
15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”

17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

Responsive Reading

Sally Smeaton, lay reader.
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Psalms 62:5-8
1    Praise the Lord!
       I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
           in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

2    Great are the works of the Lord,
           studied by all who delight in them.
3    Full of honor and majesty is his work,
           and his righteousness endures forever.
4    He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
           the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5    He provides food for those who fear him;
           he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6    He has shown his people the power of his works,
           in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7    The works of his hands are faithful and just;
           all his precepts are trustworthy.
8    They are established forever and ever,
           to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9    He sent redemption to his people;
           he has commanded his covenant forever.
           Holy and awesome is his name.
10   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
           all those who practice it have a good understanding.
           His praise endures forever.

Hymn #519 “You Are My Strength When I Am Weak”

Barbara Davis, Kathy Link, Julie Pearson, Judith Spurrell, Lillian Warner, and Bob Wright. Accompanied by Jillian Koenig (flutist) and Heasuk Che (pianist).


You are my strength when I am weak; you are the treasure that I seek;
You are my all in all. When I fall down you pick me up;
When I am dry, you fill my cup; you are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name!
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name!

You are my strength when I am weak; you are the treasure that I seek;
You are my all in all. When I fall down you pick me up;
When I am dry, you fill my cup; you are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name!
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name!

Gospel Lesson

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Mark 1:21-28 The Man with an Unclean Spirit. Listen for God speaking to you today.

21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Meditation “Merciful and Gracious”

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe


Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Congregational Response

Heasuk Che, organist.
Hymn #306
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.


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 use 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.

Postlude “He Will Carry You”

Heasuk Che, organist.

The Service has Ended

May the Peace of Christ be with you!

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.


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