Morning Worship – 4 June 2023

Trinity Sunday/Annual Meeting

Prelude “Andante” from Sonata in G minor (Rachmaninoff)
for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

Congregational Welcome

Choral Introit “Come, Gracious Spirit” (Sjolund)

Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn #469 Morning Has Broken

*Prayer of Invocation and Hope
One Voice: Psalm 91 begins, “The one who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.’ For God will deliver you…and under divine wings we will find refuge…” Let us pray to our God, our refuge and love.
All: Gather us now, O God, for a time of praise and joy. Unite us for spiritual community, to share our bounty and burdens, and to celebrate how your Word moves from generation to generation, and place to place. Open our hearts to awe, our eyes to wisdom, and our hands to service. Draw us to the wonders of eternity, and let us delight in Jesus’ way. We pray this as Christ’s Body, Amen.

*Assurance of Forgiveness
*Response in Praise
From all that dwell below the skies
Let the creator’s praise arise:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let the redeemer’s name be sung
through every land, in every tongue.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

*Sharing of Peace

The Epistle 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

The Reception of New Members
Prayer of Welcome and Reception
All: We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church.
We promise you our friendship and prayers
as we share the hopes and labors of the church of Jesus Christ.
By the power of the Holy Spirit may we continue to grow together
in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior.

The Gospel Matthew 28: 16-20

The Communion Meditation The Rev. Kenneth F. Baily

Call to Offering
Choral Offering “O Clap Your Hands” (Rutter)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Christ the word in flesh born low,
Praise Holy Spirit evermore,
One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn of Preparation#504 Draw Us In the Spirit’s Tether

Celebration of Holy Communion
All: For this table is spread for you and for me that we might know that God has come to us and shared our common lot and invited us to receive life anew. Indeed, God has triumphed even over death. So we come to this table for thanksgiving, for grace, for God’s presence, for peace.
Leader: Let us unite our voices in preparation. God be with you.
All: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to God!
Leader: Let us praise God, speaking together:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, 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 the Lord! Hosanna in the highest.

Communion Musical Meditation “Spring Breeze” (Taiwanese Folk Tune)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Hymn of Departure #554 Let All Things Now Living

*Benediction Response “Go Now in Peace” (Wood)

Postlude “Largo” from Sonata in G minor (Chopin)
for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

* Those who are able please stand


Thanks to worship leaders Kenneth Baily, Wendy Donnell,
Christy Liao (Piano), Katie Chuang (Cello), Jan Zimmerman, Isabelle Draper, Ted Palés, Hope Wallace Hill, Anneliese & Sam Higgins, and Misha Hill.

NHCC is an Open and Affirming, Still Speaking congregation
where all are welcome regardless of the divisions or separations
that some in society would impose: whoever you are, you are
welcome in God’s house. “In Christ we are a new creation,”
so we are blessed to be together in Christ’s name.

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