Worship – June 7th – Trinity

How to use this resource:
Set aside intentional time to read the words below, watch the videos, listen to the music, and be in prayer. Gather together everyone in your house for this time. Treat the time and space as sacred: shut of electronics, silence the cell phones, and minimize distractions.

As you move through the service, share the leadership! If you have kids or youth in your household, invite them to do a piece or two of the service.

Call to Worship – Thanksgiving for the Word

Praise and thanks to you, holy God, for by your Word you created all things:
you spoke light into darkness,
called forth beauty from chaos,
and brought life into being.

For your Word of life, O God,
we give you thanks and praise!

Through Jesus, your Word made flesh, you speak to us and call us to witness:
forgiveness through the cross, life to those entombed by death,
the way of your self-giving love.

For your Word of life, O God,
we give you thanks and praise!

Send your Spirit of truth, O God; rekindle your gifts within us:
renew our faith, increase our hope,
and deepen our love,
for the sake of a world desperately in need.

For your Word of life, O God,
we give you thanks and praise!

Gathering Song – Rise, Shine, You People
Lyrics can be found here.
Played by Donna Natseway

Scripture Readings

Psalm Reading – Psalm 8
Words are below
Read by Jeff Buchanan

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Gospel Reading – Matthew 28:16-20
Reading can be found here.
Read below by Abi Barnhart

Message – Pastor Adam

Questions for Reflection:
How do you understand or explain the trinity in your own words?

What relationships is God calling your into during this time?

Where did Risu (the dog) go?

Centering Song – How Majestic
Performed by the SOTH Worship Team

Prayers – Caring for Our Neighbors
God of relationship,
In these days of knowing, not knowing,
We, like the buds on the trees,
Are eager to burst forth into the world.
Hold us gently in place
Until we are certain in the ways of loving our neighbor.

[Silence for Reflection]

Let us not toss ourselves and neighbor into thoughtless harm.
Let us recall that all life is sacred in your eyes,
not only those who are expecting new life,
but also those with lines of life lived etched upon their hands and faces,
and including those whose immune systems are compromised.
These, too, are your beloved, whose care we hold.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

We ask for blessings upon those
who have answered a call to care for us
in our times of physical healing,
no matter our opinion, our ideology, our hardship, Lord.
These, we hold in our care as neighbors.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Help us to hear that caring for one another
is your command on our lives.
Open our ears to hear the tragedy in this time of coronavirus,
to those who grieve illness and death,
to the frustration of the oppressed
and to the cries of the poor.
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Send your Spirit to inspire us,
Let us think on how we will make the world a better place.
Let us think on what kindness, however small, we might offer someone.
Let us dream how we might enter our communities
to be a beacon of hope for those living in disorder
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Help us always, Lord, to remember our promise to you
that we will care for our neighbor as ourselves.

Blessing – 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Read by Vicki Carroll

11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
  13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Amen! Thanks be to God!

Closing Song – Father, I Adore You

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

Prayer – Caring for Neighbors – Written by Reverend Brenda Torrie, First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, Wyoming