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The Way for Worship at  Trinity United Church of Christ

March 5, 2023        Second Sunday in Lent              11am

Gathering in Community

Gathering Music      Gathered Here in the Mystery of This Hour        by Phil Porter

Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music and lighting of altar candles

*Responsive Intent
One: Sometimes we are sure of our call, but unsure of our destination.
All: Friends who travel with us, come – journey to God’s place.
One: Sometimes we run out of energy and fear the future.
All: Friends who look with us for help, come – seek God’s strength for life.
One: Sometimes we are people of faith who have more questions than answers.
All: Friends who long for deeper understanding, come – find new life in the Spirit.
One: And so we come as we are.
All: We come to worship God.


Morning Prayer Concerns and Celebrations

Prayers of the People
One: In your mercy…
All: Hear our prayer.



Hearing the Sacred Word

A Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures                   Genesis 12:1-4a

A Reading from the Psalms                                        Psalm 121


A Reading from the Gospels                                       John 3:1-17

Sermon                     “You’re a Keeper”                       Rev. Nathan King


Giving of Our Gifts to God

Invitation to Offering

Offertory and Bringing of Our Gifts        

*Praise Response                                               Doxology
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above you heavenly hosts
Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

Prayer of Dedication



Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to the Table

One: Let us pray together:
All: Loving God, through your goodness we have this bread and cup to offer which the earth has given and human hands have made. May we know your presence in the sharing of this bread, so that we may know your touch in all bread, all matter. We celebrate the life that Jesus has shared among his community through the centuries, and shares with us now. Made one in Christ and one with each other, we offer these gifts and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
At this table we are called to gather and remember Jesus’ life and teachings. We recall with gratitude Jesus’ life and death and resurrection. We give thanks for his way of challenge and his teachings of justice with mercy. We give thanks for him reminding us that love is paramount, and that what is required of us is to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
So now, in gratitude, we join our voices to those of the Church on earth
and in heaven singing:

All: Holy, holy, holy God, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God!
Hosanna in the highest! Our God, we come to share the richness of your table…. until your
kin-dom comes.
One: we now join our hearts and voices with the church throughout the ages proclaiming the mystery of our faith:
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ comes again.
One: So hear us now as we pray:
Our Mother-Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kindom 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 kindom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Breaking of the Bread and Sharing of the Cup

Pastor: Come Holy Spirit, as you moved over the face of the deep, move over us and these gifts of bread and cup. Consecrate them that they may become life anew for us and for all the world. Amen.

Prayer of Gratitude
One: Let us give thanks together.
All: Gracious God, you have gathered us at this table with all the company of your people in heaven and on earth. In your mercy we have been nourished by the living bread, Jesus Christ, and we have been refreshed by the power of your Holy Spirit. May we, who have shared this holy meal, go out as glad disciples of Christ, following in Jesus’ way, proclaiming God’s truth, and living God’s love for the world. Amen.



Going Forth with Good News

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


*Closing Song

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Celebrations in March

10 Adalae S.
11 Cathy C. & Regina E.


In Need of Prayers

– Anne L.
– Bobby and Elsie B. and the Family of Wayne Cecil Reese, their brother-in-law
– Bob’s Dad
– Martin V.
– Pat L.
– Helena’s dad
– Lincoln H.
– Ralf T.
– Antonio
– Cindy R.
– Sheila J.
– Revs. Jerry and Marion
– Family of Anna Cress
– United Methodist churches
– Rwanda and Co. Mission
– victims of Flooding in California
– Palestine/Israel
– Ukraine/Russia


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