Online Worship – November 15, 2020

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for November 15, 2020 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Trinity has returned to Indoor Worship with LIMITED seating at 10AM on Sundays. Besides limited seating, there are several additional details you should know before attending. Please read about them in our Guide to Indoor Worship.

Please fill in your 2021 Stewardship Pledge Cards. If you need a new pledge card, please contact the church office for a replacement or print your own by clicking this link or the pledge card image. Once filled in, they may be turned in to the church or mailed to the church office. May God richly bless our generosity as we return to God a small portion of what He has given to us.

Sunday Vespers has MOVED to a once-a-month service. The next planned vesper service is November 22nd (NEXT Sunday) at 4:00 p.m.

Communion will be celebrated at Trinity during Online Worship and Outdoor Vespers at 4:00 p.m., next Sunday, November 22nd. Those wishing to participate with the online service should have a piece of bread and beverage ready. For those attending the Vesper service, individual juice and bread will be provided.

Trinity’s Bible Study is available online. Visit our website or Facebook page to view a video from Rev. Beebe. A new video will be released each week and will be available to watch 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 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 “Be Thou My Vision”
  • Call to Worship
  • Prayer of the Day
  • Hymn #494 “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”
  • Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Gloria Patri (Hymn #581)
  • Scripture Reading
  • Anthem “Go Light Your World”
  • Children’s Sermon
  • Scripture Reading
  • Meditation “Love Demands Risks”
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Hymn #687 “Our God, Our Help in Ages”
  • Benediction
  • Congregational Response (Hymn #306)
  • Offering
  • Postlude “I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry”

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, even though we worship at a distance, 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 “Be Thou My Vision”

Heasuk Che, organist.
Arr. Rawthrone

Call to Worship

Leisa Gardner, lay reader.
Lift up your eyes to the Lord—
the exalted one, who is enthroned in the heavens.
Seeking compassion, seeking grace,
we look to the Lord, the giver of mercy.

Pour into God’s temple;
draw near to the king of creation.
We worship the Lord of heaven and earth!

Prayer of the Day

Leisa Gardner, lay reader.
Lord God of all the ages, the One who is, who was, and who is to come, stir up within us a longing for your kingdom, steady our hearts in time of trial, and grant us patient endurance until the sun of justice dawns. We make our prayer through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn #494 “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”

Barbara Davis, Carol Corson, Judith Spurrell, Kathy Link, Lillian Warner, Norma Rogero, and Priscilla Cahill. Accompanied by Heasuk Che on the piano.
1 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts,
thou fount of life, thou light of all,
from the best bliss that earth imparts
we turn, unfilled, to heed thy call.
2 Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
thou savest those that on thee call;
to them that seek thee thou art good,
to them that find thee, all in all.
3 We taste thee, O thou living bread,
and long to feast upon thee still;
we drink of thee, the fountainhead,
and thirst our souls from thee to fill.
4 Our restless spirits yearn for thee,
where’er our changeful lot is cast,
glad when thy gracious smile we see,
blest when our faith can hold thee fast.
5 O Jesus, ever with us stay;
make all our moments calm and bright.
O chase the night of sin away;
shed o’er the world thy holy light.

Prayer of Confession

Please join in our Prayer of Confession …
Lord, you have made us stewards of your creation and commissioned us to carry out your work to
the best of our ability.
But we have not served you with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.
We withhold our gifts and live in fear.
Have mercy upon us, we pray.
Make us bold to use our talents for the sake of your kingdom, until you come in glory.

(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.
Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Gloria Patri

Heasuk Che, organist.
Hymn #581
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.

Scripture Reading

Leisa Gardner, lay reader.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11The Day of the Lord. Listen for God speaking to you today.
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4 But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Anthem “Go Light Your World”

Jody Dutton, soprano, accompanied by Heasuk Che, pianist.


Children’s Sermon

Brooke Tucker, Director of Faith Formation.

Scripture Reading

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Matthew 25:14-30 (PHILLIPS) – Life is hard for the faint-hearted. Listen for God speaking to you today.
14-15It is just like a man going abroad who called his household servants together before he went and handed his property to them to manage. He gave one five thousand pounds, another two thousand and another one thousand—according to their respective abilities. Then he went away.
16-18 “The man who had received five thousand pounds went out at once and by doing business with this sum he made another five thousand. Similarly the man with two thousand pounds made another two thousand. But the man who had received one thousand pounds went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19-23 “Some years later the master of these servants arrived and went into the accounts with them. The one who had the five thousand pounds came in and brought him an additional five thousand with the words, ‘You gave me five thousand pounds, sir; look, I’ve increased it by another five thousand.’ ‘Well done!’ said his master, ‘you’re a sound, reliable servant. You’ve been trustworthy over a few things, now I’m going to put you in charge of much more. Come in and share your master’s rejoicing.’ Then the servant who had received two thousand pounds came in and said, ‘You gave me two thousand pounds, sir; look, here’s two thousand more that I’ve managed to make by it.’ ‘Well done!’ said his master, ‘you’re a sound, reliable servant. You’ve been trustworthy over a few things, now I’m going to put you in charge of many. Come in and share your master’s pleasure.’
24-25 “Then the man who had received the one thousand pounds came in and said, ‘Sir, I always knew you were a hard man, reaping where you never sowed and collecting where you never laid out—so I was scared and I went off and hid your thousand pounds in the ground. Here is your money, intact.’
26-30 “‘You’re a wicked, lazy servant!’ his master told him. ‘You say you knew that I reap where I never sowed and collect where I never laid out? Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and when I came out I should at any rate have received what belongs to me with interest. Take his thousand pounds away from him and give it to the man who now has the ten thousand!’ (For the man who has something will have more given to him and will have plenty. But as for the man who has nothing, even his ‘nothing’ will be taken away.) ‘And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where he can weep and wail over his stupidity.’

Meditation “Love Demands Risks”

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Affirmation of Faith

Leisa Gardner, 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.

Prayers of the People – “Help Us to Learn”

O Lord, let us never be afraid of a new idea or unreceptive to a new thought, lest we pull down the shades of our minds and exclude Thy holy light. When confronted by mystery, help us to remember that we do not have to explain all we know or understand all we believe. But give us the grace of humility and he spirit of the open mind, the courage to persist in face of difficulties, and a steady confidence in the power of truth.
Help us all to learn something this day, that we shall be wise at its close and more ready for our eternal home when we are one step nearer. 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.

Hymn #687 “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”

Barbara Davis, Carol Corson, Judith Spurrell, Kathy Link, Lillian Warner, Norma Rogero, and Priscilla Cahill. Accompanied by Heasuk Che on the piano.

St. Anne

1 Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:
2 Beneath the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.
3 Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting thou art God,
to endless years the same.
4 A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.


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 “I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry”

Heasuk Che, organist.
African American Spiritual

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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