Trinitarian Congregational Church

Outdoor Worship Services – Fall 2020

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Dear Church,

We are excited to invite you and your family to our Fall 2020 outdoor worship service! This is one of many outdoor services planned as we gather through the warmer fall months of September and October.

Last week’s outdoor service was a true joy to experience. We praise Our Lord and Savior for providing beautiful weather, technology that worked and a fine turnout. We had roughly 175 people attend the outdoor service, all wearing masks, some gloves, and social distancing. The on-line service was also well attended. We have so much to be thankful for. We will continue to run outdoor services until October 25th, in the same fashion that we did last week. We ask for your continued prayer for guidance and discernment as we prepare for the following weeks.

To read more about regulations and rationale you can click here

 

COVID-19 Updates

Update for Fall 2020: Outdoor Worship and Livestream Service at 10:30a

Praying for the World

The first thing we want to do as people of faith is to pray for the world and the needs of our community. If you have prayer concerns please send them to office@tccwayland.org. A link to a regularly updated prayer list will be emailed out to our Email Newsletter mailing list. (Signup here)

Deacon Prayer Time | Wednesday Nights | 8:30pm
Pre-Worship Prayer| Sunday Mornings | 8:45am

Need Help?

If you know someone who needs help, or if you yourself need help, please reach out to the office at 508-358-7717 or office@tccwayland.org.

Deacon’s Fund

For those experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic it is our joy to invite you to apply for support via the Deacon’s Fund. This fund is not only used to serve real needs in the community directly, but it’s a resource that members of our TCC community could utilize to help meet the needs of neighbors and others in Metrowest.

Deacons Fund Application

Please fill out this form and email it to office@tccwayland.org

Food Pantry

Food pantry is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9A-12P.

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – 17th Sunday After Pentecost (September 27, 2020)

Prelude


Gathering Hymn

  • Great is thy Faithfulness | FAITHFULNESS

Chorus 1
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning
New mercies I see
All I have needed
Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me

Verse 1
Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father
There is no shadow
Of turning with Thee
Thou changest not
Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been
Thou forever wilt be

Verse 2
Summer and winter
And springtime and harvest
Sun moon and stars
In their courses above
Join with all nature
In manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness
Mercy and love

Verse 3
Pardon for sin
And a peace that endureth
Thy own dear presence
To cheer and to guide
Strength for today
And bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine
With ten thousand beside


Call to Worship – Psalm 92

It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”


Praise

  • Lift High The Name | Getty (2013)

Verse 1
Lift high the name of Jesus
Of Jesus our King
Make known the power of His grace
The beauty of His peace
Remember how His mercy reached
And we cried out to Him
He lifted us to solid ground
To freedom from our sin
Chorus 1
Oh sing my soul
And tell all He’s done
‘Til the earth and heavens are filled with His glory
Verse 2
Lift high the name of Jesus
Of Jesus our Lord
His pow’r in us is greater than
Is greater than this world
To share the reason for our hope
To serve with love and grace
That all who see Him shine through us
Might bring the Father praise
Verse 3
Lift high the name of Jesus
Of Jesus our Light
No other name on earth can save
Can raise us a soul to life
He opens up our eyes to see
The harvest He has grown
We labor in His fields of grace
As He leads sinners home

  • Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love | Getty (2018)

Magnificent, marvelous, Matchless love; too vast and astounding to tell
Forever existing in worlds above, now offered and given to all.
Oh, fountain of beauty eternal; the Father, the Spirit, the Son.
Sufficient and endlessly generous,
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

Creation is brimming with Thankfulness, the mountains, exultant they stand;
The seasons rejoice in Your Faithfulness, all life is sustained by Your hand.
You crown every meadow with color; You paint every shade in the sky;
Each day the dawn wakes as an encore of
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

How great, how sure; His love endures forevermore.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

What grace,That You entered our brokenness; You came in the fullness of time
How far we had fallen from righteousness, but not from the mercies of Christ.
Your cross is our door to redemption; Your death is our fullness of life.
That day, how forgiveness flowed as a flood:
magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

How great, how sure; His love endures forevermore.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.

United in Your resurrection, You lift us to infinite heights
Could anything sever or take us from
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.
How great, how sure; His love endures forevermore.
Magnificent, marvelous, matchless love.


Announcements
  • Membership class Today 12-1pm on zoom.
  • Baptisms October 4th and 11th during the service.
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Missions Moment

Today we hear from some of our active missionaries LIVE in the service.
Because these missionaries work in an area of the world hostile to Christianity, we have removed their names from this bulletin and will pause the livestream at this point. Those watching online will notice the livestream fade away at this point. We’ll see you in 4 minutes!


Congregational Prayer
Adam Kurihara


Greeting

Only A Holy God

Verse 1
Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God
Verse 2
What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God
Chorus 1
Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God
Verse 3
What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God
Verse 4
Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God


Scripture Reading – Revelation 2:1-7
Alison Mitchell

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’


Sermon – The Return: Remembering our First Love
Tom Petter – Senior Pastor


Closing Song

  • Our Great God | Fernando Ortega (2002)

Chorus 1
Hallelujah glory be to our great God
Hallelujah glory be to our great God
Verse 1
Eternal God unchanging mysterious and unknown
Your boundless love
Unfailing grace and mercy shown
Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight
Around Your glorious throne
They raise their voices day and night
In praise to You alone
Verse 2
Lord we are weak and frail
Helpless in the storm
Surround us with Your angels
Hold us in Your arms
Our cold and ruthless enemy
His pleasure is our harm
Rise up O Lord and he will flee
Before our sov’reign God
Verse 3
Let ev’ry creature in the sea
And ev’ry flying bird
Let ev’ry mountain
Ev’ry field and valley of the earth
Let all the moons and all the stars
In all the universe
Sing praises to the living God
Who rules them by His Word

 


Benediction


TCC Band:

  • Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Alex Kouris
  • Drums – Jack Calverley
  • Bass and Vocals – Adam Kurihara
  • Piano – Jim Markey
  • Vocals – Eleanor Markey
  • Vocals – Kristin Neprud

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Pastor’s Note: Fear Not

Revelation 1:9-20 is the vision of the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John on island of Patmos and to us through the ages.  Jesus comes to John as the exalted Christ, the Lord who is also the Ancient of Days, clothed in a long robe and with white hair. He is the Beginning and the End.  These images describe God the Father (see Daniel 7:9) but here they are fused with God the Son (the son of man, Daniel 7:13) so that we don’t have any doubt Jesus and the Father are One (John 10:30).  Isaiah captured the same idea when he promised the birth of a Son, who is also almighty God and everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6).  In revelation 1:14-16, the Exalted God-Son-King Jesus has a voice “like the roar of many waters” and speaks His Word like a “two-edged sword.” His holiness (otherness/wholly different) is captured by eyes of fiery flames (The burning bush comes to mind from Exodus 3:2). His entire face is a reflection of the Glory of God (“like the sun shining in full strength: blinding and illuminating all at the same time). In His Right hand Jesus holds the dispatchers of His message on earth (the “angels” of the Lord in the Old Testament,for ex. Judges 13:3).  His feet “like burnished bronze” evoke the great statues as images of so called god-kings: Egyptians did it, the Romans did it and every other empire after that right into the modern world.

However, only the Exalted Christ was able to achieve the dream of every king: securing an eternal dynastic succession.  What John sees is no statue, aka idol, that cannot see, hear, speak, let alone care or know anything about us. Instead, Jesus appears to John as the GREAT I AM (“I AM the Beginning and the End” cf. Exodus 3:12-14; John 8:58).  He is the “living one.” He died on a Roman Cross but “behold, I am alive forevermore.” He has the “keys of death” and the abode of the dead (“Hades” Revelation 1:17-18).  By His death and resurrection Jesus has earned the right to call Himself King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the way to the Father. What John sees is no statue or monument: He is the Living God who is exalted over all things.  Right through the book of Revelation the nagging question comes to us too: will we serve the idol of Caesar, aka any monument exalting humanity or the Exalted Jesus? Will we serve this world that’s passing away or will we belong to the Kingdom that has no end?

This vision of the Exalted Christ flattens John to the ground (Revelation 1:17).   You would think John (most probably the apostle, according to the most reliable records in the early church) would know Jesus by this time (around 96 BC): He was the disciple Jesus loved (John 13:23), he got a glimpse of the exalted Christ at the mount of Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-29).  He also witnessed and saw Jesus as the risen Lord after the resurrection (Matthew 29:9-10). But when the Exalted Jesus, the One seated at the Right hand of the Father appears to him on Patmos, John “falls at his feet as though dead.”  He sees Jesus as completely other and different from what he had encountered before. It’s a brand new ball game as the saying goes.

In this moment, Jesus reaches out with His right hand (representing authority, might and power) and touches John and says: “fear not” (Revelation 1:17).  What a complete paradox: that which is completely unfamiliar and therefore anxiety-producing reaches out and calms John’s fears.  Because the One who is Holy is also the One who is love. God is love and His perfect love casts out all fears! (1 John 4:18).

This juxtaposition of awe-inspiring greatness and tender love is captured in the following true story (from Our Daily Bread, September 13, 2020 written by Glenn Packiam:

“A marine biologist was swimming near the Cook Islands in the South Pacific when a 50,000-pound humpback whale suddenly appeared and tucked her under its fin. The woman thought her life was over. But after swimming slowly in circles, the whale let her go. It’s then that the biologist saw a tiger shark leaving the area.  The woman believes the whale had been protecting her–keeping her from danger.”

 

Reflection questions for this week:

  • Fear is an emotion created by the anticipation or awareness of danger and can often be an impediment to faith building.  What fear(s) within your heart can be laid at the feet of Jesus?  1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.  For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love”
  • Revelation 1:12-16 gives us a picture of the resurrected Jesus.  How does your view of Jesus compare to this description?  How will you respond to this awe-inspiring picture of Jesus given to us in the Scriptures?
  • Are you willing to go to the next level of deepening your relationship with Jesus?  If yes, would you tell the Lord in prayer and ask His help to do so?

 

 

Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – 16th Sunday After Pentecost (September 20, 2020)

Prelude


Gathering Hymn

  • Holy Holy Holy | NICEA

Verse 1
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

Verse 2
Holy holy holy
All the saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns
Around the glassy sea
Cherubim and seraphim
Falling down before Thee
Which wert and art
And evermore shalt be

Verse 3
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

Verse 4
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


Call to Worship – Psalm 100

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.


Praise

  • Praise the Lord (Psalm 117) | Jared McKenna (2014)

Chorus
Praise the Lord all you nations
extol him all you peoples,
for great is his love for us
Praise the Lord he is faithful
His love endures forever
and great is his love for us.

Verse 1
Sing a song of praise to God enthroned on high,
Bow before the King of the angels,
His mercy and His love, his justice will be known,
lift a song of praise to the Lord!

Verse 2
Boldly shout his praise for he has rescued us,
Sin and death no more can enslave us.
His beauty and his pow’r, displayed at Calvary,
lift a song of praise to the Lord!

  • Only a Holy God

Verse 1
Who else commands all the hosts of heaven
Who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles
Only a Holy God

Verse 2
What other beauty demands such praises
What other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice
Only a Holy God

Chorus
Come and behold Him
The One and the Only
Cry out, sing holy
Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God!

Verse 3
What other glory consumes like fire
What other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated
Only a Holy God

Verse 4
Who else could rescue me from my failing
Who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father
Only a Holy God
Only my Holy God!


Announcements

Ministry Spotlight


Greeting


Scripture Reading – Revelation 1:9-20
Ben Morse

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,  and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.


Sermon – Fear Not
Tom Petter – Senior Pastor


Praise

  • No Longer Slaves | Bethel (2014)

Verse 1
You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

Chorus 1
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Verse 2
From my Mother’s womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again into Your family
Your blood flows through my veins

Bridge
You split the sea so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God


Congregational Prayer
Wendy Williams


Closing Song

  • His Mercy is More | Boswell/Papa (2016)

Verse 1
What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient all knowing He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many His mercy is more

Verse 2
What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father so tender is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest the vilest the poor
Our sins they are many His mercy is more

Verse 3
What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many His mercy is more

Chorus
Praise the Lord His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness new every morn
Our sins they are many His mercy is more


Membership Installation

Apostles’ Creed

I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.


Benediction


TCC Band:

  • Acoustic Guitar – Ben Clifford
  • Acoustic Guitar – Adam Kurihara
  • Drums – Jack Calverley
  • Electric Guitar – John Marciniec
  • Bass – Ben Keyes
  • Piano – Ben Morse
  • Vocals – Emily Pomphrett
  • Vocals – Karen Johnson

Pastor’s Note: The Revelation of Jesus Christ

As we launch a new series this fall in the book of Revelation, John says it’s a blessing to read, hear and keep (=obey) what is written in Revelation (Revelation 1:3).  So Revelation is actually a blessing and not something to be scared of.  Jesus is revealing Himself to us and what He is about to do.  He is not leaving us in the dark in a world that seems so scary at times.  The past few months have only heightened this sense of anxiety.  So John gives us a timely message.  Don’t be afraid, draw closer to Jesus, Return to Him He is the One who controls the past, present and future (Daniel 2:20-21 actually fits in perfectly here!).

In Revelation Jesus is the ultimate “safe space” and He is inviting us to be in His Presence. For seekers and followers of Jesus, this is a great book to get to know Jesus in His full glory (Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 1:7).  In a few verses (Revelation 1:1-8), John creates a long list of attributes:

Jesus is “the faithful witness,” “the firstborn of the dead,” “the ruler of kings on earth.” He has “dominion and glory forever and ever.” He is “the alpha and the omega,” the one “who is, was, and is to come,” “the almighty.” In short order, Jesus puts on notice the Caesars of Rome and every subsequent ruler on earth after them, just as He did Pharaoh a long time before that: “Guess what, you’re not eternal, I am; you’re mere human, I am the Son of God. You rule over nothing, I am the ruler of the kings of earth.”

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is also about His Return. History has an end game when righteousness and justice will be established forever. Jesus is coming back to make everything right one day.  In fact, and this is the catch, the return has already begun! When Jesus came to die on the Cross and to conquer death, the fulfillment began at that time.  But it is yet to be fulfilled when Jesus appears “with the clouds” and when “all the tribes of the earth will mourn on account of Him” (Revelation 1:7).  Jesus Himself says it in Matthew 24:14, “and this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.”   In the meantime, God is showing His servant (s) (=John) “things that must soon take place” (Revelation 1:1).  In Revelation 1:3, he says, the “time is near” which is exactly what Jesus says to us in Mark 1:15, “the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand (=”near”). Repent and believe in the gospel.” So the Revelation of Jesus is a call to return to Jesus and to feel and know His presence in our lives as individuals and as a church.  It’s also a message of comfort because He knows the outcome of history, so we live our lives in light of that outcome.

The setting is also important: the then not-so idyllic island of Patmos (a place of banishment under Roman law, Revelation 1:9) is where John got a front row seat to these life-transforming truths. Inspired by the Spirit of God, John is sharing them with us. Let’s go together into the Cave of the Apocalypse, our own place of exile (whether sickness, depression, persecutions, and whatever trials you are going through) and let us meet Jesus there.

 

Reflection questions for the week:

  • Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  He is in complete control.  Do you believe that?  Do you live that truth in surrender to Christ as your Sovereign Lord?

 

  • John was in exile on the island of Patmos when he received the Revelation from Jesus.  If you were to think of this time of the pandemic as your exile, what spiritual insights has Jesus revealed to you?

 

  • The language of repentance permeates the Book of Revelation.  Are there areas of your life that you need to repent of in order to fully enjoy your relationship with God?

 

  • The Book of Revelation looks forward to Jesus’ return.  Are you looking forward to His return?  Consider discussing your response in prayer with God.