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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.
The Way for Worship at Trinity United Church of Christ
March 14, 2021
10:58 a.m. Gathering Music Change My Heart, O God by Eddie Espinosa from Sing Prayer and Praise One License #80731
11:00 a.m. Greeting and Announcements
Centering Music and lighting of altar candles
This is the gathering place of God and all God’s people Give thanks to God for God is good.
God’s steadfast love endures for all time.
Come all who need justice,
God weaves in us the path of life.
Come all who need peace,
God weaves in us the way of truth.
Come all who need comfort,
God weaves in us a sure hope.
Come all who need healing,
God weaves in us the promise of wholeness.
Come all who need community,
God weaves in us the love of Christ.
Come all who need God,
God weaves us in the heart of the Divine.
Give thanks to God for God is good.
God’s steadfast love endures for all time.
Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer
Our Mother-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.
Hearing the Sacred Word
Anthem O Sacred Head Now Wounded by Handel
Sermon A Dangerous Text: Part 2 Rev. Nathan King
A Reading of the Gospel Mark 11:15-19; 12:38-44
15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; 16 and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. 19 And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples[a] went out of the city.
38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
The Widow’s Offering
41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Giving of Our Gifts to God
Invitation to Offering
Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts
Praise Response Doxology
Prayer of Dedication
Going Forth with Good News
Chiming of the Trinity (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)
Closing Song Change My Heart, O God by Eddie Espinosa from Sing Prayer and Praise One License #80731
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