The Love of the Cosmic Christ Includes All

The Love of the Cosmic Christ Includes All

Trinity SUNDAY
May 26, 2024

PRELUDE:   All Creatures of Our God and King                                  setting by Benjamin M. Culli
OPENING SCRIPTURE:   John 3: 1-8, 14-17                                                            Jeff Kuhn, Liturgist
OPENING HYMNHoly, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!   GTG#1 
UNISON CALL TO WORSHIP:   Romans 5: 1-5 (New King James Version)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

CONGREGATIONAL HYMN:   Glory Be to the Father   GTG#581
CONFESSION OF OUR NEED OF GOD:   Romans 8: 1-4, selected verses (NRSV) 

Leader:     For God has done what we, weakened by the flesh, could not do, by sending God’s own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, God condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
People:    For those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON:   Romans 8: 9-17

Leader:     But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.
ALL:          So then, we are debtors to the Spirit of God. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. 

SUNG RESPONSE:      Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing   GTG#475

Pastor:      The grace, peace, love and joy of Jesus Christ be with you.
     People:    And also with you.
     Pastor:      Let us share the peace of Christ with one another. 

CHORAL ANTHEM:   Prayer to the Trinity                                                                 Michael Bedford

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to You, O God, our rock and redeemer.

SCRIPTURE READING:   Psalm 27:  1, 4-5, 14         Galatians  3:  28
MESSAGE:   The Love of the Cosmic Christ Includes All
CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Now There Is No Male or Female   GTG#493
SUNG PREPARATION FOR PRAYER:    Help Us Accept Each Other   GTG#754
THE LORD’S PRAYER (Our Creator, who art in heaven…)
OFFERTORY SOLO:   Die Mai-nacht (the May Night);   Johannes Brahms;   Emma Witbolsfeugen, soprano 

When the silvery moon glimmereth through tangled boughs,
And her slumberous light streameth athwart the brakes,
And the nightingale chanteth, sad I wander from glade to glade.
Hiding deep in the leaves listening to the turtledove cooing softly of love.
Ah! Love is not for me, fain I would hide me in shadow
And there gathereth alone some tear.
Ah! The smile of thy face, like to the rosy morn streaming into my soul, earth knoweth not of thee.
And there stealeth the lonesome tear burning down my cheek. 

PENTECOST DOXOLOGYSing to the familiar hymn tune “OLD HUNDREDTH” (Glory to God #606)

Words by Rev Scott Myers (2019)
Praise God, the One who makes us whole!
Praise Christ — who liberates our souls!
Praise Spirit, leading us always!
Praise God, Companion of our days!  Amen.

UNISON PRAYER OF DEDICATION: (by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) 

Eternal God, out of whose mind and being this great cosmic universe was born.  We bless You.  Help us to seek that which is high, noble and good.  Help us in moments of difficult decisions.  Help us to work, with renewed vigor for a warless world, a better distribution of wealth, and a worldwide family that transcends race or color or spiritual beliefs.

CLOSING HYMN:  We are One in the Spirit  (vs. 1-4)   GTG#300
POSTLUDE:   Holy God, We Praise Thy Name                                            setting by Joseph Honoré 


  • WELCOME! MEMBERS! NEWCOMERS! FRIENDS! We are so glad you could join us for worship today! VISITORS, please take a moment to let us know you were here by picking up an attendance card (in the pews) and filling out whatever information you would like to share with us.
  • WELCOME FAMILIES! Children’s Sunday School meets in the 2nd floor Children’s Space, Sunday mornings during the 1st half of worship, beginning at 11:00 am.
  • OUR OFFICE MANAGER, Deanna Capps, will be on vacation from May 29th to June 5th. Diane Kennedy will be watching the church office while she is away. 


  • Bread, Buns, Fruit, Water, Meat, Peanut Butter, Cheese are always needed for our INTERRUPT HUNGER work.
  • WESTPORT SHOWERS happens on Sundays & Thursday nights. Men’s boxer brief underwear needed. Men’s and Women’s shoes, pants. Backpacks!
  • WESTPORT SHOWERS is looking for additional volunteers to help with Sunday mornings. With the increase in guests, we would like to have teams of 2 volunteers upstairs working together at the door and 2 downstairs working in the shower/laundry room each Sunday. You would be working with experienced volunteers who can train you in what is needed. If you would like to help, and are willing to volunteer 1 Sunday morning a month, reach out to Drew Irwin or Allison Rozga for more information.
  • WEEKDAY LUNCH VOLUNTEERS. We could use a few more people to help with making weekday lunches. We have an opening on Wednesdays (to make lunches to be given out on Thursdays).
  • Please contact the church office for more information.

INREACH & OUTREACH IN THE COMING WEEK: (All Events are at the Church, 201 Westport Rd – unless noted) 

  •      Monday, May 27                                        MEMORIAL DAY (CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED)
  •                                                 11 a.m.            *Weekday Lunches will still be given out* (Front Door)
  •                                                 6:30 p.m.         Men’s AA Meeting (Storefront)
  •                                                 7:30 p.m.         Boy Scout Troop 60 (Westport Rising Room)
  •      Tuesday, May 28                6:00 p.m.         Irish Dance (Westport Rising Room)
  •      Wednesday, May 29          7:00 p.m.         Cub Scouts Award Ceremony (Fellowship Hall)
  •      Thursday, May 30              5:30 p.m.         Westport Showers – For Women, Trans, & Gender Non-conforming people (Basement)
  •       Saturday, June 1                8:30 a.m.         Living Integrated (Men’s Support Group) (Storefront)
  •      Sunday, June 2                   8-9:30 a.m.      Westport Showers (Fellowship Room & Basement)
  •                                                11:00 a.m.       Service of the Lord’s Day:  Celebration of Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
    Children’s Sunday School (Upstairs Children’s Room) 


  •      Wednesday, June 5             7:00 p.m.         Zoom Bible Study – contact church office for link   (Online) *meets every other week*


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