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The Way for Worship at  Trinity United Church of Christ

October 1, 2023                                                                                  11am

Gathering in Community

*Gathering Music           Wa, Wa, Wa Emimimo (Come, O Holy Spirit, Come)        Nigeria

Greeting and Announcements

Centering Music

*Responsive Intent
Leader: Today we gather around God’s table from near and far
People: We are the People of God!
Leader: Though we differ in language, custom, and tradition
People: We are brothers and sisters in Christ!
Leader: For there is one Spirit, one faith, and one baptism
People: We are One in God’s Spirit!
Leader: We are one and together we remember our teacher Jesus
People: For we are the people of Wholeness!
Leader: Jesus showed us the way, so we could be reconciled to God and each other.
People: Come, let us worship the God of our Healing!

*Hymn             We Are People on a Journey               NCH 340

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 kin-dom 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 kin-dom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Anthem                    Santo, Santo, Santo (Holy, Holy, Holy)                        Argentina


Hearing the Good News

A Reading from the Psalter                                                                          Psalm 133-1-3

A Reading from the Gospels                                                    John 13-34-35; John 15:12

Stories of Bread and Life                                                                         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

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. 

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 yet become life anew for us and for all the world. Amen.

Through the broken bread, we participate in the brokenness of Christ’s body, the brokenness of our world, the brokenness in our lives; through the cup of blessing, we participate in the new life Christ gives and we welcome this blessing into our lives.

These are the gifts of God. Thanks be to God.

* 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          Amen! Siyakudumisa  (We Praise Your Name O God)

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Celebrations in October 

2 Alex L.

4 Loni C.

7 Lora R.



In Need of Prayers

– Doris – Theresa’s mother

– Gayle – Theresa’s sister
– Bill Rummage
– Bob’s Mom
– The Family of Rev. Marion Rhyne
– The Family of Mary Setzer
– The Family of Mike Nguyen
– Family of Julie – Dan and Kelli H. SiL
– Bill S.
– Dominic – Helena’s nephew
– Joyce – Ashleigh’s Mawmaw; also Michelle’s Mawmaw
– Jessica C
– Jase
– Rob S.
– Brian K.
– Bob’s Dad
– George S. Kylee’s dad
– Martin V.
– Pat L.
– Andrea – Debbye’s daughter
– Kathy R.
– Helena’s dad
– Lincoln H.
– Ralf T.
– Antonio
– Rev. Jerry R.
– United Methodist churches
– Rwanda and Co. Mission
– Palestine/Israel
– Ukraine/Russia

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