Online Worship – October 25, 2020

Trinity Presbyterian Church
Online Worship Service

for October 25, 2020 – Twenty-First 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.

2024/07/20-00:38:07-UTC 31st ols; 33rd woc

Reminder: Sunday Vespers is MOVING to a once-a-month service. There will be NO vesper services for the remainder of October. The next planned vesper service is November 22nd at 4:00 p.m.

An Outdoor Worship Service is planned for TODAY Sunday October 25th at 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting). We hope this is not a surprise if you are reading this page on Sunday morning! If you do rush out the door, please don’t forget to: (1) bring your mask, (2) a chair, and (3) practice social distancing while on the campus.

Hymn books are available to borrow. You could use them at home to follow along with the online worship service, bring it to Sunday Vespers, or a Outdoor Worship Service. The Hymn books can be checked out in the Church office, Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm.

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.

Portions of the liturgy we use in the service are provided by Sanctified Art. Where used, they are identified with a superscript 2 and the copyright acknowledgment is at the bottom of this worship page.

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 “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”
  • Call to Worship
  • Hymn #716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”
  • Prayer of Confession
  • Declaration of Forgiveness
  • Gloria Patri (Hymn #581)
  • Prayer for Illumination
  • Old Testament Reading
  • Anthem “Creation Will Be at Peace”
  • Children’s Sermon
  • Gospel Reading
  • Meditation “In This Moment”
  • A Stewardship Story
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
  • Hymn #711 “Lord of All Good”
  • Benediction
  • Congregational Response (Hymn #306)
  • Prayer of Dedication for the Offering
  • Offering to God
  • Postlude “I Sing a Song of the Saints of 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 “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”

Heasuk Che, organist.
The Servant Song

Call to Worship

David Tiernan, lay reader.


2 One: In worship we tell a story:
All: A story of an unfettered love that changed the world.
One: In worship we tell a story:
All: A story of how we live and how we long to live.
One: In worship we tell a story:
All: Because we are forgetful people.
One: So may we remember who we are.
All: May we release the narratives that trap us.
One: May we reimagine this world to see what God sees.
All: And may we work toward restoration.
One: It’s all that easy, and it’s all that hard.
All: Let us worship holy God.

Hymn #716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”

Pricilla Cahill, Carol Corson, Barbara Davis, Martha Gioielli, Kathy Link, Norma Rogero, Bob Sanders, Judith Spurrell, and Lillian Warner. Accompanied by Heasuk Che (pianist) and Jillian Koenig (flutist).

Beach Spring

1 God, whose giving knows no ending, from your rich and endless store,
nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom, costly cross, grave’s shattered door:
gifted by you, we turn to you, offering up ourselves in praise;
thankful song shall rise forever, gracious donor of our days.
2 Skills and time are ours for pressing toward the goals of Christ, your Son:
all at peace in health and freedom, races joined, the church made one.
Now direct our daily labor, lest we strive for self alone.
Born with talents, make us servants fit to answer at your throne.
3 Treasure, too, you have entrusted, gain through powers your grace conferred:
ours to use for home and kindred, and to spread the gospel word.
Open wide our hands in sharing, as we heed Christ’s ageless call,
healing, teaching, and reclaiming, serving you by loving all.

Prayer of Confession

Please join in our prayer of confession …

2 Holy God,
To restore is to bring back;
So today we bring our hearts back to you,
      our thoughts back to love,
      and our prayers back to peace.
We try to stay in this place, but we confess,
      it’s never been that easy for us.
We flirt with reconciliation and then back away.
We come face-to-face with an opportunity for justice, but get scared.
We are offered an opportunity to re-write our story, but we lose our way.
Bring us back to this moment.
Bring us back to your story where brothers extend grace to one another
      and even the one who denied it was forgiven.
Bring us back. Restore us. Forgive us.
Gratefully we pray,
(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 (Hymn #581)

Heasuk Che, organist.


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.

Prayer for Illumination

David Tiernan, lay reader.

2 God,
We cannot do the work of restoration without your Word.
We cannot do the work of remembering, releasing, or reimagining without your Word.
We need you like the earth needs rain and a sailboat needs wind.
We come to you in prayer to ask that you breathe new life into us.
Grant us the clarity needed to hear your Word anew.
And as you do, restore us to your breath.
Restore us to your Word.
Restore us to one another.
Gratefully we pray.

Old Testament Reading

David Tiernan, lay reader.

Genesis 33:1-17Jacob and Esau Meet. Listen for God speaking to you today.
Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. 2 He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3 He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6 Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and bowed down; 7 Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. 8 Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor with my lord.” 9 But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor. 11 Please accept my gift that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have everything I want.” So he urged him, and he took it.
12 Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go alongside you.” 13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds, which are nursing, are a care to me; and if they are overdriven for one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”
15 So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “Why should my lord be so kind to me?” 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the place is called Succoth.

Anthem “Trust Medley” (“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”, “Amazing Grace”, and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”)

Lillian Warner, piano, and Barbara Davis, bell tree.


Children’s Sermon

Brooke Tucker, Director of Faith Formation.

Gospel Reading

David Tiernan, lay reader.

John 21:1-19Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples and Jesus and Peter. Listen for God speaking to you today.
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Meditation “In This Moment”

Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

A Stewardship Story

We know we all have a story to share concerning how we think about or do stewardship. So if you would like to share with us your story, please let us know, for we would love to hear it. Call any committee member: David Tiernan (chair), Marc Hitchins, Karen Walker, Jane Lippian or Martha Gioielli.

Marc Hitchens introduces Ken Mettler.

Notes from the Stewardship Committee: Please wait until AFTER the worship service on November 1 to fill in your 2021 Stewardship Pledge Cards. 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.

Affirmation of Faith – Restore

David Tiernan, lay reader

2 One: We believe in a restoring God,
All: Who restores our bodies through the gift of Sabbath.
One: We believe in a restoring God,
All: Who restores our souls through the gift of grace and second chances.
One: We believe in a restoring God,
All: Who restores this hurting world through the gift of mercy and God’s son Jesus Christ.
One: And we believe in a restoring God who invites us to join in this restoration work.
All: As people of faith, we seek to restore creation to God
by feeding the hungry, loving our neighbors,
forgiving seventy times seven, welcoming the children,
seeing all, loving all, and living like we belong to all.

One: And so we will work until God’s promised day.
All: This we believe.

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer

Restoring God,
You have always been in the business of beginning again with us,
      of restoration and return.
First you breathed life into dust.
Then you guided brother back to brother after years apart.
You sent prophets when the people lost their way.
You fed the hungry and healed the sick.
You let the little children come to you.
You forgave us from the cross,
And then you returned to remind us of our call.
You have always been in the work of restoration—
Of seeing us, claiming us, loving us, and inviting us to return to you.
Today we come to you in prayer, asking that once more, you would restore us—
All of all of us.
Restore our narratives about who we are to truth.
Restore our actions toward one another to love.
Restore our dreams for this world to your dream for us.
And when our time and place tries to teach us
      that a man’s worth is his income,
      that men cannot display emotion,
      and that being sensitive is feminine,
      Oh God, hear our prayer:
      Restore all of who we are to you.
And when our time and place teaches us
      that a woman’s beauty is more valuable than her soul,
      that a woman’s body is property,
      and that a woman’s “no” is optional—
      Oh God, hear our prayer:
      Restore all of who we are to you.
And when our time and place teaches
      that brown bodies and black bodies
      are less valuable than white bodies,
      give us the strength to speak out
      and to expect more from our history teachers,
      our churches, our law enforcement, and our politicians.
      Oh God, hear our prayer:
      Restore all of who we are to you.
And when our time and place tries to ignore
      the impacts of our consumer practices,
      may we remember the hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes of the last year—
      may we remember the consequences of global warming.
      Oh God, hear our prayer:
      Restore all of who we are to you.
And when our church places shame,
      instead of caring for everyone,
      when we idolize tradition instead of making room for the Spirit to move,
      and when we forget your call to love our neighbors as ourselves,
      Oh God, hear our prayer:
      Restore all of who we are to you.
Holy God, you have always been in the business of beginning again with us,
      of restoration and return.
We trust that you hear our 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 #711 “Lord of All Good”

Pricilla Cahill, Carol Corson, Barbara Davis, Martha Gioielli, Kathy Link, Norma Rogero, Bob Sanders, Judith Spurrell, and Lillian Warner. Accompanied by Heasuk Che (pianist) and Jillian Koenig (flutist).
1 Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to you;
use them your holy purpose to fulfill,
tokens of love and pledges brought anew,
that our whole life is offered to your will.
2 We give our minds to understand your ways;
hands, eyes and voice to serve your great design;
heart with the flame of your own love ablaze:
till for your glory all our powers combine.
3 Father, whose bounty all creation shows;
Christ, by whose willing sacrifice we live;
Spirit, from whom all life in fullness flows:
to you with grateful hearts ourselves we give.


Rev Dr Jeffrey Beebe

Congregational Response (#306)

Heasuk Che, organist.

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

2 Holy God,
There was Eden, and then there was east of Eden;
Which is all to say—this world is not what you intended it to be.
You planted a garden and dreamed of Sabbath—and it was good.
It was so very good.
However, when we look around today, we know that we have lost our way.
So today we bring our hearts, minds, and money back to you in hopes that you will sow good.
This is the work of restoration, for we want to be a restoration people.
Use these gifts for your hurting world.
Restore us to you, oh God.


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.

Postlude “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God”

Heasuk Che, organist.
Grand Isle

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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