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Welcome to Trinity A Sunday of Gratitude Trinity Memorial Church 22 nd & Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA
Welcome to Trinity All responses and common prayers are contained and provided here … please read the bold, italic words together. Hymns are sung by the Trinity Memorial choir – you can sing along or simply listen to the musical offerings. All participants are muted so that we can each sing boldly or softly as our hearts and voices are called! Please do not unmute yourself during music. We are blessed to hear the scripture passages read by sisters and brothers on the journey – like you and me. The Good News of Christ was heard by James and Martha and Peter and Mary and all those loyal Jews and first disciples of Christ in those first years of making sense of this embodiment of “God with us. ” Take this opportunity to listen for God speaking to you, wherever you are your journey of faith.
Opening sentences We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds. ~Psalm 75: 1 Open our lips, O God; And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. God be with you. And also with you. In this traditional Episcopalian prayer we acknowledge that our prayers and thoughts are known better by God than by us. We open our hearts and minds to God’s presence and power as we gather. Let us pray, Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid. Cleanse thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name through Christ our Lord. Amen 3
Confession Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor; (pause to remember and repent) Let us pray; Book of Common Worship Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become inside a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen 4
Blessing of Forgiveness EOW Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen God be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. Generous and gracious God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty. We give thanks for the provision of our necessities and the temperance of want. We pray for the relief of all who are in need and the courage to provide; through Jesus Christ our savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 5
Hymn Come, Ye Thankful People H 290
Gracious God, prepare our ears and hearts to hear your Word. Reading Deuteronomy 8: 7 -18 after: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. Thanks be to God. Psalm 100 1 May all lands be joyful before you, O God, * serve you with gladness and come before your presence with a song. 2 For we know that you are God; * yourself have made us, and we are yours; we are your people and the sheep of your pasture. 3 We shall enter your gates with thanksgiving, go into your courts with praise; * give thanks to you and call upon your Name. 4 For you are good; your mercy is everlasting; * and your faithfulness endures from age to age.
Poem “I Dream a World” by Langston Hughes I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom's way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankind. Of such I dream, my world!
Gospel Luke 17. 11 -19 Before: The Good News of Jesus the Christ according to Luke Glory to you O Christ After: The Good News of the Christ Praise to you O Christ Homily The Rev. Donna Maree
Music for reflection after: An affirmation of faith We are always trying to put into words our belief about God, yet human language is totally inadequate. This statement comes from Patmos Abbey, a spiritual community of the Order of St. Columba in the network of Companions in the Celtic monastic tradition, blending of Celtic and Anglican worship in the early 16 th century. Like the Nicene Creed that it reflects, it is an expression of faith intended as a symbol of solidarity with other Christians throughout history.
An Affirmation of Faith from Patmos Abbey; Order of St. Coumba We believe our lives are held within the encircling love of God, who knows our names and recognizes our deepest needs. We believe Christ is the divine Child of the living God, whose grace is like living waters that can never be exhausted. We believe in the birthing, renewing, enabling Spirit of God who yearns over our welfare as a mother yearns for her child. We believe God is in the arid desert as well as in the green pastures, and that hard times and disciplines are also loving gifts. We believe our journey has a purpose and a destination, and that our path leads to a human glory we cannot yet imagine. We believe that in the Church we are fellow pilgrims on the road, and that we are called to love one another as God loves us. This is the faith we are humbled to profess in Jesus the Christ. Amen
Prayers God be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. Please use the translation that expresses your heart: Our Father (and Mother) in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen. 13
Prayers for all People a litany of gratitude We give thanks to all that is good and holy, God’s love is everlasting. Come, let us praise God joyfully. Let us come to God with thanksgiving. For the good world; for things great and small, beautiful and awesome; for seen and unseen splendors: Thank you, God. For human life; for talking and moving and thinking together; for the ups and downs, the ins and outs, the joys and sorrows of being together; for common hopes and hardship shared from birth until our dying: Thank you, God. For the eyes to see those who are invisible, for the heart to be moved to help those who go without or struggling to get through the day; for the hands to reach out and offer love and strength to those who do not feel loved; Thank you, God.
For work to do and strength to work; for the sharing of our resources; for the fellowship of labor; for exchanges of good humor and encouragement: Thank you, God. For children and youth; for their energy and curiosity; for their high hopes, for their brave play and their startling frankness; for their search for truth and new ideas; Thank you, God. For growing up and growing old; for wisdom deepened by experience; for rest in leisure; and for time made precious by its passing: Thank you, God. For your help in times of doubt and sorrow; for healing wisdom; for preserving us in temptation and danger: Thank you, God. For the faith into which we have been called, and the strength it gives to us, and the hope it brings to the world. We thank and praise you, Eternal One, for all your goodness to us. We give thanks for all that is good and holy, God’s love is everlasting. Amen
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all good things; we thank you for all the gifts you give us, for the beauty of creation in which we see your hand, for the harvest of the land, which sustains us, for the things we cannot see or understand, but remind us of your presence, and for your love, which always surrounds us. May we be reminded of the things which bind us, thankful for the things that sustain us, and always be a loving reflection of you to the world around us. Amen Officiant: Let us pray. Creator God, you sent your Son Jesus into the world that we might enjoy your peace always. Grant that we may be witnesses to all peoples and that we might meld differences and seek the unity of your Kindom. We make this prayer to you in Jesus’ name. Amen
Music for Stewardship Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (a round; 3 rd verse choir) Gather 739
Offering our best … All that we have is blessing of life. As we commit our time, treasure and hearts to do the work we have been given to do, let us not forget that it is but a portion of that which we have been given. Please consider your donation and go to www. Trinity. Philadelphia. org and click on the DONATE button. And we pledge together: sing or say together, as you are called … We give you but your own, what e’re the gift may be. All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully. Amen
General Thanksgiving Almighty God, source of all mercies, we your willing servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
Let us pray; Merciful God, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead humanity to commit injustice, nor selfishness make us bring suffering to others. Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we were created. Amen 20
Prayer of hope, from Bishop Daniel Gutierrez O God of life, we thank you for gathering us as your people. We call to remembrance the many times we have been fed at your table and we lament our distance now. Be present Lord Jesus as you were present with your disciples, be known to us in spirit and truth that your Holy Spirit may sustain us and all your Church until we gather together again. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen
And now we prepare to end our gathered time of prayer. Hymns/ songs / music are rooted in our hearts and souls. You are urged to sing along as you feel called or to let the music sing in you; let the words sink in and empower you. This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC
Hymn This is my song (Finlandia)
Officiant: Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; Glory to God from generation to generation in the church and in Christ Jesus forever. Amen Sending Deacon Lynn Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, live without fear. Your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you more than you can imagine. Alleluia, alleluia Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of God’s Spirit. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia!
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