Online Worship – July 26, 2020

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for July 26, 2020 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Welcome to Trinity Presbyterian Church’s worship service online!

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

If you prefer, we have a version of this service available on that is a single ‘full-service’ video. To try that version of the service, click HERE.

Trinity welcomes The Reverend Daniel Graham to its pulpit this morning. Dan served Trinity as its Interim Pastor from October 2007 to April 2009. Dan is always willing to fill the pulpit at Trinity when his preaching schedule permits. He is known throughout the Presbytery as, “Have Bible, Will Travel.” Welcome back Dan.

Communion will be celebrated during Online Worship, next Sunday, August 2nd. Those wishing to participate should have a piece of bread and beverage ready. Communion is celebrated at Trinity on the first Sunday of every month.

Hymn books are available to borrow if you would like to use at home to follow along with your bulletin or online worship. Books can be checked out in the Church office, Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm.

A new Midweek Bible Study video is available online each week. Visit our website or Facebook page to view a video from Rev. Beebe. The current Bible Study Series uses: “The Disciple Making Church” by Glenn McDonald. A new video will be released each Thursday and will be available to watch whenever it is convenient for you. We hope you will join us!

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 “God”
  • Call to Worship
  • Hymn #175 “Seek Ye First”
  • Prayer of the Day
  • A Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Anthem “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”
  • Children’s Sermon
  • Trinity in Action
  • Gospel Reading
  • Meditation “The Kingdom of Heaven Can’t Wait”
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Doxology (Hymn #606)
  • Hymn #372 “O For a World”
  • Benediction
  • Congregational Response (Hymn #306)
  • Offering to God

Preparation for Worship

Let us join together now and prepare for worship.

Lord God, hear us as we pray. You are the God of time and the God of eternity. Your realm is here, yet more than here. You are the God of life as we savor it and the God of life that is beyond our imagining. You have made yourself known to probing minds and longing hearts, yet you remain an unfathomable mystery to intrigue and inspire those who will ever reach to your beckoning.


— from Prayers for the Lord’s Day: Hope for the Exiles by James S. Lowry 2

Prelude “God”

Heasuk Che, organist

“God” /Haydn

Call to Worship

Carol Corson, lay reader


O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful deeds he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered.
Let us worship God.
— Psalm 105:1-5; NRSV

Hymn #175 “Seek Ye First”

Heasuk Che (pianist), Barbara Davis, Jillian Koenig (flutist), Kathy Link, Norma Rogero, Judith Spurrell, and Lillian Warner.
1 Seek ye first the kingdom of God
and its righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Allelu, alleluia!
2 Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
seek, and you shall find;
knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, alleluia!
3 You shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word
that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Allelu, alleluia!



Prayer of the Day

Eternal God, protector of all who put their trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Fill us with your mercy and your grace, that, with you to rule and guide, we may so use the good things of this present life that we do not neglect those of eternal worth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Carol Corson, lay reader

We are restless and the world is restless.
We have seen the promise of peace.
We grieve and the world grieves.
We have seen the promise of life.
We are ill and the world is ill.
We have seen the promise of health.
We are afraid and the world is afraid.
We have seen the promise of kindness.
We are wrong and the world is wrong.
We have seen the promise of forgiveness.
We are thankful.
To the marrow of our bone, we are thankful. Amen.


— from Prayers for the Lord’s Day: Hope for the Exiles by James S. Lowry 2

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.

Anthem “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”

Jillian Koenig on flute accompanied by Heasuk Che, pianist.


Children’s Sermon

Brooke Tucker, Director of Faith Formation

Trinity in Action

Here, we highlight Trinity members and friends making a difference in our congregation and in our community.

At some point, over the past few months, you may have asked yourself ‘what can I do to help?’ This, the first video in our series, highlights the work of the Presbyterian Women and their desire to do their part to keep everyone in the community safe.

Laurie Harrison, “Sisters in Stitches” a project of the Presbyterian Women


Gospel Reading

Three Parables. Listen for God speaking to you today.

Carol Corson, lay reader

Matthew 13:44-46
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;
46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Meditation “The Kingdom of Heaven Can’t Wait”

Rev Dan Graham

Affirmation of Faith

Carol Corson, lay reader

The people of God have often misused God’s promises as excuses for doing nothing about present evils. But in Christ the new world has already broken in and the old can no longer be tolerated.

God sends us to strive for justice. God has reached out to those who suffer injustice and defended the excluded, the poor, and the hungry. The Lord is moving toward the time when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

We are persuaded God is at work here and now when people deal fairly with each other
and labor to change customs and structures that enslave and oppress human beings.

We know our efforts cannot bring in God’s kingdom. But hope plunges us into the struggle for victories over evil that are possible now in the world, the church, and our individual lives. Hope gives us courage and energy to contend against all opposition, however invincible it may seem, for the new world and the new humanity that are surely coming.

— from from A Declaration of Faith 1977 3

Prayers of the People

God who is near, so near there is no leaf of color nor person you do not behold in delight… so near there is no laughing creature nor mortal you do not heed in joy… so near there is no stirring wind nor human spirit you do not feel in gladness,
listen carefully, we pray, listen in all of your distance, listen more in all of your presence.
We’re praying for a vision . . . not a fantasy . . . not an illusion . . . not an invention, but a vision:
A promised place where children do not throw stones;
A promised place where soldiers do not shoot children;
A promised place where tyrants sit in dark silence;
A promised place where airplanes do not fall from the sky;
A promised place where disease does not destroy;
A promised place where sons and fathers are not taken in the night;
A promised place where daughters and mothers walk in safety;
A promised place where women and men stand side by side;
A promised place where the poor are seated at the banquet;
A promised place where the rich learn dignity from the poor;
A promised place where truth is spoken;
A promised place where there is no mourning, nor crying, nor pain, nor despair, anymore for the former things shall have passed away.
Then, like a mother comforting her child, wipe away every tear from their eye and ours; and with this vision of divine promise, give us grace to live in faithfulness and hope as we face the tasks that are before us this day.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.

— from Prayers for the Lord’s Day: Hope for the Exiles by James S. Lowry 2

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 #372 “O For a World”

Heasuk Che (pianist), Barbara Davis, Jillian Koenig (flutist), Kathy Link, Norma Rogero, Judith Spurrell, and Lillian Warner.
1 O for a world where everyone respects each other’s ways,
where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.
2 O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved,
where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.
3 We welcome one world family and struggle with each choice
that opens us to unity and gives our vision voice.
4 The poor are rich, the weak are strong; the foolish ones are wise.
Tell all who mourn: outcasts belong, who perishes will rise.
5 O for a world preparing for God’s glorious reign of peace,
where time and tears will be no more, and all but love will cease.




Rev Dan Graham

Congregational Response (#306)

Leslie Russo, Lillian Warner, Julie Pearson, Jillian Koenig (flutist), Judith Spurrell, Jody Dutton, and 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.


2 The preparation for worship, prayer of the day, prayer of confession, and prayers of the people are reprinted by permission from the Presbyterian Worship Planner, © 1999, Geneva Press which includes Prayers for the Lord’s Day: Hope for the Exiles by James S. Lowry.

3 Note: The 197th General Assembly (PCUSA, 1985) made its own the action of the 177th General Assembly (PCUS, 1977) with reference to A Declaration of Faith which is as follows: “That ‘A Declaration of Faith’ be adopted as a contemporary statement of faith, a reliable aid for Christian study, liturgy, and inspiration… ” (Minutes, PCUS, 1977, Part I, p. 168), with the understanding that only the current Book of Confessions has constitutional standing.

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