Liturgy for Home Worship

The Third Sunday after Epiphany
— January 24, 2021

Words for Reflection 

Deep down, we just don’t believe God is as generous as he keeps saying he is.

—Paul Miller

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.

—St. Augustine

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I’m afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.

—C. S. Lewis

In God’s kingdom, life becomes more secure as we let go, not as we grip tighter.

—Kelly Kapic

The Call to Worship

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
     Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
     Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
     we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
     and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
     For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
     and his faithfulness to all generations.
—Psalm 100:1-5 ESV

Hymn of Praise | Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come Thou Fount of every blessing 
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; 
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, 
Call for songs of loudest praise 
Teach me some melodious sonnet, 
Sung by flaming tongues above. 
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, 
Mount of God’s unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer; 
Hither by Thy help I’m come; 
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, 
Safely to arrive at home. 
Jesus sought me when a stranger, 
Wandering from the fold of God; 
He, to rescue me from danger, 
Interposed His precious blood. 

O to grace how great a debtor 
Daily I’m constrained to be! 

Let that grace now like a fetter, 
Bind my wandering heart to Thee. 
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 
Prone to leave the God I love; 
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, 
Seal it for Thy courts above.

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.

Confession of Sin

Most Merciful Father,
We thank You that You are a good and faithful Father to us. We thank You for the way You care for us and provide for us. And yet, Lord we confess how quickly we look to created things to provide for us what only You can. We thank You for Your patience with us, and we ask that You would forgive us through the sacrificial death of Your Son on the Cross. Enable us by Your Spirit to find our life and our treasure in Jesus. We pray in his name. Amen.

 

Silent Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith.

—Ephesians 2:4-8 ESV

Hymn of Response | I Shall Not Want

From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me, O God

From the need to be understood
From the need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me, O God
Deliver me, O God

And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want

From the fear of serving others
From the fear of death or trial
From the fear of humility
Deliver me, O God
Deliver me, O God

And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want (repeat)

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 Offering

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The Prayers of the People

The Reading of the Word – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Preaching of the Word

Looking Like Your Father
Dr. Paul Kooistra

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.

Hymn for Communion | In Feast or Fallow

When the fields are dry, and the winter is long
Blessed are the meek, the hungry, the poor
When my soul is downcast, and my voice has no song
For mercy, for comfort, I wait on the Lord

In the harvest feast or the fallow ground,
My certain hope is in Jesus found
My lot, my cup, my portion sure
Whatever comes, we shall endure
Whatever comes, we shall endure

On a cross of wood, His blood was outpoured
He rose from the ground, like a bird to the sky
Bringing peace to our violence, and crushing death’s door
Our Maker incarnate, our God Who provides.

(Chorus)

When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
Not a sparrow falls, nor a hair from my head
Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength
In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death

(Chorus)

Life at Trinity

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.

The Benediction

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

—Ephesians 3:20-21 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

MTW House In Order Seminar
Trinity is hosting a financial seminar on Monday, January 25 with Rev. Bruce Owens, the Director of the Center of Estate Design and Gift Planning at Mission to the World (MTW) at Luna Vista (the Dome at Reata) from 630-8pm. The seminar will help families find God’s plan for stewardship for their families and estates, and to be wise managers of the resources He has entrusted to us. There is no charge for the seminar and a seated dinner will be provided; cash bar and appetizers will begin at 530pm. You can RSVP on the church center app; please do so quickly as capacity is limited. We will also be led in the service on Sunday, Jan 24 by Dr. Paul Kooistra, former President of Covenant Seminary, and former Coordinator of MTW. 

Youth Small Groups Today
Calling all middle and high school students! Were you bummed that we weren’t able to have small groups on Sunday? Me too. Do you like food? Me too!! Come join me (John) to grab some grub at Central Market directly after worship today. We’ll enjoy ourselves outside on the patio and look forward to what God is going to do this year. Invite your friends and bring your parents too if you like! Questions? Contact John (john@trinitypresfw.org) or 615.517.9238.

Five Six Today     
We will have Five Six today directly after worship until 630. It will be a fun time of songs, teaching, and snacks. Questions? Contact Wade (jewettwade@gmail.com).

Women’s Bible Study
We are so excited to be kicking off our Spring study. Most of you will be picking back up with your Fall semester groups but if you didn’t join us then, we’re glad you’ve joined us now! You will be meeting again this week either in person, or via Zoom. Your leader should explain to you if your group intends to watch/listen to the lecture before meeting, or if you will do that together. We aren’t dictating structure as different things worked for different groups!

We are taking up a $5 donation to help cover printing costs of the book. You can give $5 using the church center app under “giving” or you can leave $5 cash when you pick up your book at the church office or Susan’s front porch (4000 W. 6th)

If you would like to join a group but have not been placed yet, OR if you haven’t heard from your leader yet: contact Susan (susan@trinitypresfw.org).

New to Trinity
We love seeing new faces (although masked) but COVID makes it harder for us to connect with you and for new ladies to meet people and plug in to the Trinity community. The Women’s Ministry Team will host a ZOOM meeting to help fill in the gaps and give you an opportunity to put some names to some faces. Please email Susan (susan@trinitypresfw.org) if you would like to join! 

Membership Seminar
We have scheduled a membership seminar for Feb 6, 9am-1230pm at the chapel at Connell. The seminar is a great way to learn more about Trinity and get the full scoop on becoming a member should you decide to do so. Please RSVP in the church center app. If you have any questions, contact Courtney (admin@trinitypresfw.org).

Rivertree Parent University
Parent University is a 4-6 week virtual weekly meeting that provides a series of discussions designed to build community among the families, volunteers, and other stakeholders at Rivertree Academy. These discussions are designed to provide a safe place to have conversations, ask questions, and explore what God says about building Godly-influenced relationships with one another.

Rivertree is looking for volunteer co-facilitators to work alongside a Rivertree parent to facilitate these weekly meetings OR other families who want to attend and participate in the discussion, starting in January. Groups typically meet on Tuesday or Thursday evenings and start times can be flexible between 6 to 7:30, based on facilitators’ schedules. Course schedules for the spring semester are listed below – all videos are accessed through the school RightNow Media account.

Contact Abbie Pitzer (abbie@rivertreeacademy.org) if you have questions or are interested in attending OR facilitating one of the classes!