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The Way for Worship at Trinity United Church of Christ
May 2, 2021
10:58 a.m. Gathering Music
11:00 a.m. Greeting and Announcements
Centering Music and lighting of altar candles
One: Like the disciples who met the risen Christ,
All: we come hoping for unexpected appearances of God’s love.
One: We come with our questions and doubts, and listen for Christ to appear in our midst saying:
All: “Peace be with you.”
One: We hear the stories of God’s love in the Scriptures,
All: and we know that God is still speaking!
One: We look around at our neighbors and guests, and see the power of the risen Christ at work in their lives, offering peace, offering hope, offering courage.
All: We are witnesses to the miraculous love of Jesus! Come, let us worship!
Hearing the Sacred Word
Sermon Rev. Nathan King
A Reading of Scripture
Giving of Our Gifts to God
Invitation to Offering
Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts
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 one another. Amen.
Going Forth with Good News
Chiming of the Trinity (In the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit)
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– Jerry & Marion R.
– Pat L.
– David M.
– Ron C.
– Lisa G.
– Mary Lou
– George S.