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A caution regarding Prayers of the People online: Folks gathered in-person often recount a lot of detail in their prayers concerning other members or family (“Elderly Name, living alone, experiencing isolation…”). In a private, in-person gathering, this information may be safe, but online, it can expose vulnerable people to harm, since we can’t control who will join the gathering or access it later online. Please contact the Pastor directly by text or phone with prayer requests. Pastor Nathan will be prudent in offering prayers i.e. “For First name only, in need of healing”; “For First name only, comfort in grief” etc. Please contact the pastor directly with news of those needing extra pastoral care.

A Children’s Worship Sheet is at bottom of this order of worship.

The Way for Worship at Trinity United Church of Christ

January 3, 2021

10:58 a.m.               Gathering Music                    O Come, All Ye Faithful              (vs. 1,3,4 )
1) O come, all you faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come now, O come now to Bethlehem. Come and behold the ruler of all angels:
O come in adoration, O come in adoration, O come in adoration: Christ is Lord!
3) Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exaltation, sing, all you messengers of heavenly love: “Glory to God, all glory in the highest”:
O come in adoration, O come in adoration, O come in adoration: Christ is Lord!
4) Amen, Lord, we greet you, born this happy morning; Jesus to you shall all glory be given; Word of our God… now in flesh appearing:
O come in adoration, O come in adoration, O come in adoration: Christ is Lord!

11:00 a.m. Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles                        Tom Lipe, guitar

Responsive Intent:
Leader: We gather in the Light that was before, is now, and ever will be.
People: We seek the Light’s ancient wisdom.
Leader: We gather in the Light that is God’s continuing gift.
 People: We live into the Light’s new wisdom.
Leader: We gather in the Light that is our own, emerging anew each day.
   People: We seek to share this wisdom, nurtured in the Light from Bethlehem’s cradle.

Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations


Hearing the Sacred Word

Anthem                Go, Tell it on the Mountain                       Spiritual

Sermon                                        Rev. Ladale Benson
A Reading of Scripture


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering                                          

Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts                         Tom Lipe, guitar

Praise Response                                                           Doxology

Prayer of Dedication


Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to the Table
One: We remember and give thanks that, on the night before Jesus lay down his life for his friends he gathered at the table    with them one more time.
He took the bread, blessed it and gave it to them saying:  “Take and eat: for this is my body.”
And after supper, as Jesus looked forward to God’s long-awaited day of joy and power, he took the cup of wine, again gave      thanks and praise and said
“Take this, all of you, and drink.  This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood. I will share this with you again in the reign of God.  Share this bread and this cup in memory of me.”
Let us therefore proclaim the mystery of our faith:
 All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ comes again!
One: Come now, Holy Spirit of God— As you were present at creation, be present now, and let these gifts of bread and cup     become for us the bread of life and the cup of blessing. As You were sent by Jesus to accompany us on our journey of faith, be     present now, and transform this gathering, in receiving this bread and cup, into God’s Beloved Community, Friends in Christ.
As Christ taught the disciples, so let us pray:
All: Our Mother-Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
   They 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, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
One: May this meal nourish us and refresh us, may it strengthen us and renew us, may it unite us and keep us in God’s gracious love, now and forever. Amen

Prayer of Thanksgiving (after communion)
Leader: Let us pray our prayer of thanksgiving.
 All: God of love, we give you thanks for satisfying our hungry hearts with this meal. Send us from here to          reveal your love in the world. Inspire in us the resolve and the courage, the dedication and devotion, to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with one another. Amen.

Going Forth with Good News

Chiming of the Trinity                             (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)


Postlude             Hark the Herald, Angels Sing                    Hymnal no.144, (vs.1,2,3)
1) Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ Child bring;
Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinner reconciled!”
Joyful all you saints arise, join the triumph of the skies;
With the angel host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ child bring!”
2) Christ by highest heaven adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time the Savior comes, offspring of the Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased on Earth with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ child bring!”
3) Hail the Bearer of God’s peace! Hail the Sun of righteousness,
Light and life our Savior brings, risen with radiant, healing wings.
Mildly laying glory by, born that we no more may die,
Born the raise us all from Earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the Christ child bring!”

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