Our Gatherings

Dear Family of Faith,

In these turbulent times, I am grateful for the constancy of God.  And I am thankful for you, and for the opportunity to continue to gather in worship.  Now, more than ever, it is important for us to focus on God, and on God's will.  Worship is one of the primary ways that we do this.  You may watch and participate in this Sunday's worship here: Service for the Lord's Day 6 7 20

May the peace of Christ be with you,

June 7, 2020

Trinity Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Greene County, Bloomfield, IN


Call to Worship (from the Iona Community, A Wee Worship Book, Fifth Incarnation)

Leader: In the beginning, before time, before people, before the world began,

People: God was.

Leader: Here and now, among us, beside us, clearer than air, closer than breathing,

People: God is.

Leader: In all that is to come, when we have turned to dust and human knowledge has been completed,

People: God will be.

Leader: Not despairing of earth, but delighting in it, not condemning the world, but redeeming it through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit,

People: God was, God is, God will be.


Hymn: "For the Beauty of the Earth"                                                                         (tune: DIX)

                        For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,

                   for the love which from our birth over and around us lies:

                   Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


                   For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,

                   hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light:

                   Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


                   For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child;

                   Friends on earth and friends above; for all gentle thoughts and milk:

                   Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


                   For thy Church that evermore lifteth holy hands above,

                   offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love:

                   Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


                   For thyself, best gift divine, to the world so freely given;

                   for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth and joy in heaven:

                   Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


Call to Confession (1 John 3:2)

We come before God not as despised sinners, but as beloved children. With the confidence of children of God, let us humbly confess our sin. Let us pray.


Confession (from the Iona Community, A Wee Worship Book, Fifth Incarnation)

Holy and gracious God, we live in a world of wonder, conceived by your divine imagination. The universe is your creation born out of love and generosity. If, knowing this, we have failed to love you, our Maker, been hesitant to follow your Son, and suspected the power of your Spirit: Lord, have mercy. If we have desired comfort more than devotion; if we have satisfied our wants more than we have served your will, if we have worshipped a lesser god and gone for an easier gospel: Christ, have mercy. If, in the face of your openness, we have privatized our wealth, limited our company to those like us, restricted our conversation to matters of no consequence, and in all this compromised our integrity and lost faith in our faith: Lord, have mercy. Forgive us, O God, so that we may have no defense against your will; and then make us friends of your purpose and worthy companions of Jesus, in whose name we pray.


Pardon (Philippians 3:9)

Our righteousness is found in Christ alone, a gift of God by faith. Beloved people of God, believe the good news: through the grace of Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!


Prayer for Illumination

Testify to us, O God, by the voice of your Spirit. Put your law in our hearts, write your word in our minds, and show your will in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-5


Sermon: "The First Day"


Affirmation of Faith (from the Iona Community, A Wee Worship Book, Fifth Incarnation)

That we worship one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in whose image we were made, to whose service we are summoned, by whose presence we are renewed: This we believe.

That it is central to the mission of Christ that we participate through word and action to rejoice in the diversity of human culture, to preserve the earth in all its beauty and frailty, to witness to the love of God for every person, and to invite all to share in that converting experience: This we believe.

That through the power of the Holy Spirit, the persecuted shall be lifted up and the wicked will fall, the heartfelt prayers and hidden actions of God's people shall change for good the course of human history, the ancient words of scripture shall continue to startle us with fresh insight: This we believe.

That God has called the Church into being to be the servant of the kingdom, to be a sign of God's new order, to celebrate in every land worship that raises our hearts to heaven: This we believe.

That Christ, fully aware of our differences, prays that we may be one so that the world may believe: This we believe and to this we are committed for the love of God, in the way of Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Hymn: "This Is My Father's World"                                                   (tune: TERRA BEATA)

                   This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears

                   All nature sings, and 'round me rings the music of the spheres.

                   This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought

                   Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas-His hand the wonders wrought.


                   This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise,

                   The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker's praise.

                   This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair;

                   In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.


                   This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget

                   That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

                   This is my Father's world: the battle is not done,

                   Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and heaven be one.


Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession

God of light, who shines for us in deepest darkness, you illuminate who we are and whose we are. We give thanks for this gift of being and of belonging. We praise you for the might power that brought forth light with just a word, as we give thanks for the Word that shines light in our lives. We pray that we would follow where this light leads us to do your will.

We give thanks that you have given us a voice to speak for you, and against injustice. We give you thanks for our hands that serve you as we tend to those in need. We give thanks for hearts that can always grow with love and relationship. Thanks be to you for those who speak truth to us in love, for those who care for us, and who love us into who we are and remind us whose we are.

Great Healer, we pray for those who are in pain, for those whose bodies feel like a prison, for those who are struggling toward healing and wholeness. And we pray for the illness of our society that is broken and hurting. Shine the light of your Truth that we may see where we have been complicit in this hurt. Give us grace to admit our mistakes and seek forgiveness. Give us courage to step into uncomfortable spaces of learning and change. Give us strength to love as you have loved us.

God of the past, the present, and the future, help us to see our way forward in this time, that as we do the hard work of healing, we may find ways to move into the kingdom that you are building. We give thanks that we walk this path in the presence of your son, who knew what it was to be human, born from a womb, and born again from a tomb. May the light of his life give us hope as we pray using the words he taught us, saying…

     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 and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.


Blessing: (from the Iona Community, A Wee Worship Book, Fifth Incarnation)

Is it true that God loves the world? Amen. This is true.

Is it true that God loves all people? Amen. This is true.

Is it true that Jesus came to make all things new? Amen. This is true.

Then let us go as those whom God has called, to bear witness to the love and justice of heaven, to be beacons of light and signs of transformation, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Amen.


Choral Response:

            May the Lord, mighty Lord, bless and keep you forever;

                        Grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavor.

                                    Lift your eyes to see His face, and His grace forever.

                                                May the Lord, mighty Lord, bless and keep you forever.