Online Worship – July 12, 2020

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for July 12, 2020 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Welcome to Trinity Presbyterian Church’s worship service online!

This is the sixteenth worship service for Trinity and our eighteenth not held in the Trinity Presbyterian Sanctuary due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Please note the bulletin matches the order of service on this page, 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 “Seed, Scattered and Sown”
  • Call to Worship
  • Hymn #104 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”
  • Prayer of the Day
  • A Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Gospel Reading
  • Anthem “Love”
  • Children’s Sermon
  • Scripture Reading
  • Meditation “Minds Set Upwardly”
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Doxology (Hymn #606)
  • Hymn #451 “Open My Eyes That I May See”
  • Benediction
  • Congregational Response (Hymn #306)
  • Offering to God

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 “Seed, Scattered and Sown”

Heasuk Che, pianist


Call to Worship

David Tiernan, lay reader

God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
We gather ‘round table, font and pulpit to root ourselves in sacred story and grow in faith.
God’s teachings are our heritage; they bring joy to searching hearts.
We gather in God’s presence to offer our thanks and praise!

Hymn #104 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”

Heasuk Che (pianist), Carol Corson, Jillian Koenig (flutist), Jody Dutton, Leslie Russo, Robert Sanders, Judith Spurrell, and Bob Wright
1 O Lord, how shall I meet you,
how welcome you aright?
Your people long to greet you,
my hope, my heart’s delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy,
a lamp within my breast,
to do in spirit lowly
all that may please you best.
2 Love caused your incarnation;
love brought you down to me;
your thirst for my salvation
procured my liberty.
O love beyond all telling,
that led you to embrace
in love, all loves excelling,
our lost and fallen race.
3 You come, O Lord, with gladness,
in mercy and goodwill,
to bring an end to sadness
and bid our fears be still.
In patient expectation
we live for that great day
when your renewed creation
your glory shall display.

Gerhardt & Teschner

Prayer of the Day

I pray that according to the wealth of his glory [the Father] may grant you to be strengthened with
power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so
that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all
the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ
that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

-Ephesians 3:16-19

Prayer of Confession

David Tiernan, lay reader

God the Sower,
we confess that we do not always live as people who obey your law.
Sometimes, we are like rocky ground.
We welcome your word when life is simple.
But as soon as we face challenge, we forget your teachings and our faith withers.

Sometimes, we are a thicket full of thorns.
We clamor for more and step over the needy.
Your word is choked out of our hearts.

Forgive us, Lord.
Let your Spirit work within and among us; make us good soil.
Weed out our resistance and water us with your grace, that your word might grow within us and we might bear fruit for the sake of your kingdom.
(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.

Gospel Reading

The Parable of the Sower. Listen for God speaking to you today.

David Tiernan, lay reader

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears listen!”
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. 23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Anthem “Love”

Barbara Davis, handbell ringer, and Lillian Warner, piano

arr. L. Warner

Children’s Sermon

Brooke Tucker, Director of Faith Formation

Scripture Reading

Life Through the Spirit. Listen for God speaking to you today.

Romans 8:1-11
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Meditation “Minds Set Upwardly”

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Affirmation of Faith (Apostle’s Creed)

David Tiernan, lay reader

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.

Prayers of the People

God of grace,
hear our prayer.
For your Church in every place,
that we may worship and serve you faithfully…
For leaders and people in every land,
that they may know your way and do your will…
For justice throughout the world,
that there may be peace and plenty for all…
For the earth you have made,
that it may flourish in beauty and show your glory…
For all those who hunger and thirst,
that they may be filled with good things…
For those who are ill or close to death,
that they may know your loving care…
Receive all these prayers, O God, in the tenderness of your mighty hand,
and strengthen our hands to serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

Doxology (Hymn #606)

Leslie Russo, Lillian Warner, Julie Pearson, Jillian Koenig (flutist), Judith Spurrell, Jody Dutton, and Heasuk Che (organist)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Hymn #451 “Open My Eyes That I May See”

Heasuk Che (pianist), Carol Corson, Jillian Koenig (flutist), Jody Dutton, Leslie Russo, Robert Sanders, Judith Spurrell, and Bob Wright
1 Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me.
Place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes; illumine me,
Spirit divine!
2 Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear.
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears; illumine me,
Spirit divine!
3 Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere.
Open my heart, and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart; illumine me,
Spirit divine!


C. Scott


Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Congregational Response

Heasuk Che, organist

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 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.

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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