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Trinity Sunday

  • Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • Time: 10:30am11:30am
  • Location: Sanctuary

Order of Worship

Service for the Lord’s Day

Gathering around the word

Prelude: Organ Sonata in G Major, K.328, Domenico Scarlatti

† Call to Worship

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And with your spirit.

The psalmist cried, “I was glad when they said to me, let us go up into the house of the Lord.”
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Come, let us worship God!

† Hymn #1, “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”

Prayer of Adoration

Prayer of confession & Assurance of Pardon (Iona Form)

Before God, with the people of God, I confess to my brokenness:
to the ways I wound my life, the lives of others and the life of the world,
May God forgive you, Christ renew you,
and the Spirit enable you to grow in love.

Before God, with the people of God, we confess to our brokenness:
to the ways we wound our lives, the lives of others and the life of the world.
May God forgive you, Christ renew you, and the Spirit enable you to grow in love. 

† Response: Hymn #582, “Glory To God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me”

† Passing of the pEace

Life in Community

Proclaiming the Word

Children’s Message

Prayer of Illumination

Sing into our ears, O Spirit, the holy word of life.

Tell us who are and to whom we belong so that may live with gratitude for all that you have done. Amen.

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7

Hymn #475, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Scripture: Galatians 3:23-29

Sermon: “Claimed, Cleansed, Called,” Kenneth Kovacs

Responding to the Word

Sacrament of Baptism

Hymn #487 (verses 1-3), “These Treasured Children”

Presentation of Gabriel Andrew Frank & Graham Vincent Frank

Promise and Commitment

Q:  Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ promise to guide and nurture Gabriel and Graham by word and deed, with love and prayer?
A:  We do.

Q:  Will you encourage them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of Christ’s church?
A:  We will.



Hymn #487 (verses 4-5), “These Treasured Children”

Call to Offering

Offering of Tithes and Gifts

OffertorY, Look at the World, John Rutter

Look at the world, ev’rything all around us:
Look at the world and marvel ev’ry day.
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders,
So many miracles along our way.

Praise to thee, O Lord, for all creation,
Give us thankful hearts that we may see:
All the gifts we share, and every blessing,
All things come of thee.

Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower;
Look at the sky, the sunshine and the rain;
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
Valley and flowing river, field and plain: [Refrain]

Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer
Bringing the harvest before winter’s cold.
Ev’rything grows, ev’rything has a season,
till it is gathered to the Father’s fold: [Refrain]

Every good gift, all that we need and cherish
Comes from the Lord in token of his love;
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty;
His is the earth, and his the heav’ns above: [Refrain]

† Doxology #607, “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Christ, all people here below;
Praise Holy Spirit evermore;
Praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen.

† Prayer of Dedication

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness, you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions.

Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love; through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayers of the People & the 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 and the power
and the glory, forever. Amen.

† Hymn #485, “We Know that Christ is Raised”

† Charge & Benediction

The eternal Creator calls us.
The risen Savior sends us.

The dynamic Spirit empowers us, to go into the world.

Through baptism, you are one with Christ.
Christ will be with you always.

Through baptism, you have received the Holy Spirit.
She breathes you into new life.

Through baptism, you are sealed in the love of God, who will keep you forever.
Thanks be to God!

Postlude: Toccata, Roland Erismann


Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-734388; CCLI Copyright License B 20481088 + Streaming License B 481071

Worship Participants

Dorothy Boulton
Associate Pastor

Marcellous Dixon-Grant
Worship Technical Director

Kathy Glennan
Video production 

Wendy Johnston
Organist and Assistant Director of Music

Greg Knauf
Director of Music

Kenneth Kovacs

Vickie Lord
Social media support

Cynthia Schwanz


Chancel flowers

Today’s flowers are given to the glory of God in honor of the Frank family.

Fellowship Hour

Thank you, Greg Knauf and Molly Jefferds, for hosting today’s Fellowship Hour in honor of the choir and Wendy Johnston’s birthday.

Summer Worship

Beginning June 2, worship will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. There is no Second Sunday programming in June, July, or August, but a children’s area will be available in the Fellowship Hall during worship.

Upcoming Sabbatical

Ken Kovacs will start a three-month sabbatical on Monday, June 3. He will be in worship on June 2, return to the office on September 4, and worship on September 8. Dorothy Boulton will be acting Head of Staff while Ken is away, and we’ll have guest preachers for many Sundays throughout the summer. Look for the Pentecost Messenger with more details.

Youth Group Cookout

Middle and high school youth are invited to an outdoor cookout on June 2 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.! We’ll meet in the pavilion and enjoy burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian dishes, plenty of sides, and lots of yard games. Contact Dorothy Boulton with questions.

Wedding of Bernie Adjei and Fran Romain

The wedding of Bernie Adjei and Fran Romain will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The congregation is invited to this service of worship. Please note that the sanctuary is not air conditioned and dress appropriately.

The Messenger

The Messenger was published this past week and sent via email. Printed copies are available in the front and the back of the sanctuary.


An additional Realm sign up and picture day has been scheduled for June 2 following worship. The recorded walkthrough session is available at catonsvillepres.org/realm, and additional resources are linked on the page. If you would like assistance setting up your account, learning about Realm’s features, or accessing the online directory, please contact Michael Cuppett.

Christian Education Evaluation

Families with infants to high school age children: we’re evaluating this past year’s Christian Education ministries and making plans for fall. Parents/caregivers, please plan to attend one of the two gatherings with the CE team.

  1. In person after worship on Sunday, June 9 at 10:45 a.m.
  2. Via Zoom on Thursday, June 13th.
  • 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. for those with middle/high school students
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. for those with K – 5th graders
  • 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. for those with infants – 5 year olds

Join the meeting at tinyurl.com/2024-CE-evaluations. Simply log on when it’s your time slot. Thank you so much for helping us all to grow in faith together! We look forward to seeing you soon. Dorothy Boulton & the Christian Education Team

Friday Food Drives

The next Friday Food Drive will be held on Friday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the small Frederick Road parking lot. Sign up to volunteer at tinyurl.com/food-drive-2024.

Catonsville Pride

The fourth annual Catonsville Pride festival is on June 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. across our church grounds. The family-centered celebration will include live music, ice cream, pony rides, face painting, kid’s crafts, a story time, lawn games, and a silent auction. We will join Salem Lutheran, the Community of St. Dysmas, and St. John’s Grace UCC at a table of open and affirming congregations.

Exciting Changes to the Child Care Center

“Catonsville Presbyterian Church Family Child Care Center” is a very long name. For years (or perhaps decades) the families of the center and the wider Catonsville community have nicknamed it “Presby.” We are excited to announce that the Child Care Council has officially changed the name of our child care center to Presby Child Care Center. This change will be announced to the wider community and celebrated at the beginning of June. Along with the name change, we will launch a revitalized website and new logo.

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