Online Worship – November 8, 2020

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for November 8, 2020 – Twenty-Third 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.

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe
2024/07/20-01:39:17-UTC 33rd ols; 34th woc; 1st waro

This is the first week of Indoor Worship Service since the closure of the church building due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is planned for 10AM. Seating is limited and there are several other details you should know before attending. Please read about them HERE.

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.

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

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 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”
  • Call to Worship
  • Hymn #840 “When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)”
  • Prayer of the Day
  • Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Gloria Patri (Hymn #581)
  • Scripture Reading
  • Anthem “Lord, When I Came into This Life”
  • Children’s Sermon
  • Scripture Reading
  • Meditation “At First Sight”
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Hymn #358 “Steal Away”
  • Benediction
  • Congregational Response (Hymn #306)
  • Offering
  • Postlude “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”

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 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”

Heasuk Che, organist.

Call to Worship

Mimi Baruch, lay reader.
Heirs of the covenant, come;
let us present ourselves before the Lord.
We gather to worship the Holy One,
to incline our hearts to the one true God.

Family of faith, come;
choose this day: Whom will you serve?
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Hymn #840 “When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)”

Barbara Davis, Carol Corson, Judith Spurrell, Kathy Link, Lillian Warner, Norma Rogero, and Priscilla Cahill. Accompanied by Heasuk Che on the piano.
Ville du Havre
1 When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll,
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain: It is well with my soul;
it is well; it is well with my soul
2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
and hath shed his own blood for my soul. [Refrain]
3 He lives: O the bliss of this glorious thought.
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! [Refrain]

4 Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
even so it is well with my soul. [Refrain]

Prayer of the Day

Mimi Baruch, lay reader.
Lord our God, in Jesus Christ you have taught us that love is the fulfilling of the law. Send your Holy Spirit upon us, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, that we may love you with our whole being, and our neighbors as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Prayer of Confession

Please join in our Prayer of Confession …
“Keep awake,” you tell us, urging us to watch with expectant hope
as we wait for you to reveal yourself in our midst.
But, Lord, we grow tired of looking for signs of your presence among us.
We grow weary from a steady diet of distressing news and convince ourselves that you are still far off.
We are careless with the tasks you expect of us and, so, are not prepared to encounter you.
Forgive us for losing heart and losing hope.
Sustain us in faith, we pray, and keep us ever watchful so that we might be ready to greet you with joy.

(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

Mimi Baruch, lay reader.

Amos 5:18-24The Day of the Lord a Dark Day. Listen for God speaking to you today.
Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD!
Why do you want the day of the LORD?
It is darkness, not light;
19 as if someone fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?
21 I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Anthem “Lord, When I Came into This Life”

Jillian Koenig (flutist) and Heasuk Che (pianist).

Land of Rest

Children’s Sermon

Brooke Tucker, Director of Faith Formation.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 25:1-13The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. Listen for God speaking to you today.
Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Meditation “At First Sight”

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Affirmation of Faith

Mimi Baruch, 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

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.
Almighty God, in Christ you taught us to pray,
and promised that we would receive all that we ask in his name.
Hear now our prayers:
for the church universal …
for this congregation, its mission and ministry …
for the healing of the earth …
for peace and justice in the world …
for nations and leaders …
for our local community …
for the poor and oppressed …
for the bereaved and lonely …
for all who need healing …
Guide us, O God, by your Holy Spirit,
that all of our prayers and all of our lives
may serve your will and show your love;
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 #358 “Steal Away”

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

African American Spiritual

Refrain: Steal away, steal away,
steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home;
I ain’t got long to stay here.
1 My Lord, he calls me;
he calls me by the thunder.
The trumpet sounds within my soul;
I ain’t got long to stay here. [Refrain]
2 Green trees are bending;
poor sinners stand a trembling.
The trumpet sounds within my soul;
I ain’t got long to stay here. [Refrain]
3 My Lord, he calls me;
he calls me by the lightning.
The trumpet sounds within my soul;
I ain’t got long to stay here. [Refrain]


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.

Prayer of Dedication for the Offering

You are witness, O God, to the work we do for the sake of Christ Jesus. To your name all honor is due. Help us to raise the needs of others above those of our own and, thereby, be more faithful in our commitment and faith. Take the gifts that we bring, and enhance our endeavors. Make us ever bolder in our love for neighbors and use us to lead others to the truth of your gospel.


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 “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”

Heasuk Che, organist.
English Country Song

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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