L O A D I N G

Liturgy for Home Worship

The Fifth Sunday of Easter — May 15, 2022

 

Words for Reflection 

It is the vision of an indescribable loveliness that calls our hearts out of darkness, breaking down the barriers of false love, rightly ordering those desires and impulses by which we live.

-Rowan Williams

 

The best testimony to the truth of the gospel is the quality of our life together… The character of our shared life – as congregations, communities, and families – has the power to draw people to the kingdom or to push them away. How we live together is the most persuasive sermon we’ll ever get to preach.

– Christine Pohl

 

We may preach truth. We may preach orthodoxy. We may even stand against the practice of untruth strongly. But if others cannot see something beautiful in our human relationships, if they do not see that, upon the basis of what Christ has done, our Christian communities can stop their bickering, their fighting and their in-fighting, then we are not living properly.

– Francis Schaeffer

 

Friends, always trust the power of the message of the mystery of Christ, God come to save his people through his life and death applied to our need. Knowing that you are not facing the Ultimate Taskmaster and Judge, but the open arms of your loving Father changes everything.

– Kathy Keller

The Lord Calls Us
God invites and calls us into His presence to worship Him. He enters into our busy lives to speak to us.

 

The Call to Worship

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

     He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,

     who was and is and is to come!

Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

     to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

     and by your will they existed and were created.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

     He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

—Revelation 4:8, 11 ESV

Hymn of Praise | Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,

Who wert and art and ever more shall be.

 

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;

Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

 

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth, and sky, and sea;

Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Words: Reginald Heber; Music: John Dykes

Opening Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy 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.

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Lord Cleanses Us
God cleanses and restores us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We fight the temptation to hide our sin and instead acknowledge it openly to God, but we do so in light of the grace that is ours in Jesus.

Confession of Sin

Most Merciful Father,

We praise You for the glory and all-sufficiency of Your Son. We thank You that You have blessed us in him and have called us to be a blessing to our neighbors and our world. Yet, Father, we confess that our hearts are often indifferent towards You and towards others. We frequently withdraw from those around us and place our own selfish desires above the needs of our neighbors. Forgive us through the one who has reconciled all things in himself, and enable us by Your Spirit to pray steadfastly, walk wisely, and speak graciously. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Silent Confession

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

—Mark 10:45 ESV

 

Hymn of Response | Oh Help My Unbelief

How sad our state by nature is! Our sin, how deep it stains!

And Satan binds our captive minds Fast in his slavish chains
But there’s a voice of sov’reign grace, Sounds from the sacred word:
“O, ye despairing sinners come, And trust upon the Lord.”

My soul obeys th’ almighty call, And runs to this relief

I would believe thy promise, Lord; O help my unbelief!
To the dear fountain of thy blood, Incarnate God, I fly;
Here let me wash my spotted soul, From crimes of deepest dye.

Stretch out Thine arm, victorious King, My reigning sins subdue;

Drive the old dragon from his seat, With all his hellish crew.
A guilty, weak, and helpless worm, On thy kind arms I fall;
Be thou my strength and righteousness, My Jesus, and my all.

 

But there’s a voice of sov’reign grace, Sounds from the sacred word:
“O, ye despairing sinners come, And trust upon the Lord.”

 

Words: Isaac Watt; Music: Justin Smith

 

Confession of Faith | The Heidelberg Catechism #1

 Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

 A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

The Lord Converses with Us
God speaks to us by His Word, and we respond with prayer, gratitude, and offerings.

 

The Old Testament Lesson – Genesis 12:1-3

12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Reader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God.

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

Barney Wilfred Cauble

Averi Barron Goff         

Christopher Collins Goff   

Henry Quinn French

Parents: Emily & John French

Georgia Mae Goff

Parents: Averi & Christopher Goff

Shiloh Marie Stephens

Parents: Amanda & Ryan Stephens

Louisa Claire Zimmerman

Parents: Margaret & Robbie Zimmerman

The Offering

To give online click: here

 

The Prayers of the People

Prayers for the Davis Family & Trinity

The Reading of the Word – Colossians 4:2-6

4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
    
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Preaching of the Word

Showing Christ to be Beautiful & Believable”

Pastor Brian Davis

The Lord Communes With Us
God invites us to feast with Him at His Table.

 

The Celebration of Holy Communion

Pastor:   The Lord be with you.
People:   And also with you.    
Pastor:   Lift up your hearts!
People:  We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:  It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Words of Institution

Pastor:    Let us proclaim the mystery of the faith:
People:  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Hallelujah!
Pastor:   Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us. Hallelujah!
People:  Therefore, let us keep the feast.
Pastor:   The gifts of God for the people of God.

 

Hymns for Communion | Jesus, With Thy Church Abide

Jesus, with Thy church abide;

Be her Savior, Lord, and Guide,

While on earth her faith is tried:

We beseech Thee, hear us,

We beseech Thee, hear us.

 

Keep her life and doctrine pure;

Grant her patience to endure,

Trusting in Thy promise sure:

We beseech Thee, hear us,

We beseech Thee, hear us.

 

May she one in doctrine be,

One in truth and charity,

Winning all to faith in Thee:

We beseech Thee, hear us,

We beseech Thee, hear us.

 

May she guide the poor and blind,

Seek the lost until she find

And the brokenhearted bind:

We beseech Thee, hear us,

We beseech Thee, hear us.

 

Words: Thomas Benson Pollock; Music: Christopher Miner

Give Reviving

Father, for Thy promised blessing,

Still we plead before Thy throne

For the times of sweet refreshing,

Which can come from Thee alone

Blessed earnests, Thou hast given,

But in these we would not rest

Blessings still with Thee are hidden,

Pour them forth and make us blest!

 

Prayer ascendeth to Thee ever,

Answer! Father, answer prayer

Bless oh bless each, weak endeavor,

Blood-bought pardon to declare

Wake Thy slumbering, children wake them,

Bid them to Thy harvest go

Blessings O our Father make,

Round their steps let blessings flow.

 

Let no people be forgotten,

Let Thy showers on all descend

That in one loud blessed anthem,

Millions may in triumph blend

Give reviving, give refreshing,

Give the looked-for Jubilee

To Thyself may crowds be pressing,

Bringing glory unto Thee.

 

Give reviving, give refreshing,

Give the looked-for Jubilee

To Thyself may crowds be pressing,

Bringing glory unto Thee

 

Words: Albert Midlane, Chelsey Scott; Music: Chelsey Scott, Aaron Sands

Life at Trinity

The Lord Commissions Us
God blesses us and sends us out to be a part of His mission to Fort Worth & the world.

 

Departing Hymn | O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love that will not let me go,

I rest my weary soul in Thee;

I give Thee back the life I owe,

That in thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.

 

O light that followest all my way,

I yield my flickering torch to Thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray,

That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.

 

O Joy that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to Thee;

I trace the rainbow through the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain,

That morn shall tearless be.

 

O Cross that liftest up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from Thee;

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.

 

Words: George Matheson; Music: Christopher Miner

The Benediction

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
— Numbers 6:24-26 ESV

The Sending

Pastor: Let us go forth to serve Fort Worth and the world as those who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!

* CCLI #5043663 – all songs used by permission

 

Announcements

Young Adults’ Dinner Today

Trinity Young Adults is a group for post-undergrad, in grad school, career, single, or young marrieds. Come join us after church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays after worship. Today we will eat at the Woodshed (3201 Riverfront Dr). Details can be found in the Church Center app or contact Rachel (rachelkuchem@gmail.com) or Jeff (jeffrey.bryant14@gmail.com).

 

Women’s Summer Study

Join us as we look at The Lord’s Prayer together on Wednesdays in June. We pray it each week in church, but have we forgotten what it means? Let’s look at how Jesus taught His disciples (and us) to pray. Not only will we learn how to pray, but we will see that the Lord’s Prayer changes how we view ourselves and our community. For more info, contact Marci (marci.sawilowsky@gmail.com) or Susan (susan@trinitypresfw.org) or find details in the Church Center app.

 

Lead Pastor Summer Sabbatical
Pastor Brian is on sabbatical with his family this summer. Pray for a restful, restorative, and joyful time for Brian, Jeanette, and the boys. He will return in mid-August.

 

Elder on Call

Each week during Pastor Brian’s sabbatical, there will be an elder on call to help with any pastoral needs. As always, you can also reach out to Pastor Andy, your Community Group leaders, diaconate members, or Women’s Shepherding Team members. The elder on call for May 15-May 21 is: Lee Tyner (leetyner2@gmail.com) or 662-801-3881.

 

Directory Pictures

We will be taking pictures for the church directory May 22 before and after worship in the nursery-side courtyard.

 

Youth Group, Five Six, and Sunday School

Our after-worship classes/groups will meet for the last time this semester today after worship until 630pm. All meetings will have pizza provided.