Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

361 Sumner Ave.
Springfield, MA 01108

Worship Service July 5


Thanks to Pastor René, Pastor Erin, Becky, Zach, Handbell Quartet, Shannon, Sonja, Brendan,Ella videographer Nic, and editor Brian for making this service possible.


Note:  The liturgy for today's Communion can be found here.


Worship Service – July 5, 2020


Organ Fanfare Introduction: All People that on Earth do dwell (Michael Burkhardt)

  • Becky Isaacson, organ


Welcome (and announcements)

  • Pastor René


Prelude: Holy, Holy, Holy (McChesney)

  • Handbell Quartet


Call to Worship (John W. Howell)

  • Zach Seyler


Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

  • Pastor René


Solo: Down by the Riverside (Kallman)

  • Brendan LaFleur, clarinet


Scripture Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

  • Shannon LaFleur


Sermon: “Free to Move

  • Pastor Erin


Hymn: America the Beautiful UMH# 696 vv. 1-2

  • Song leader: Sonja Funk


Holy Communion

  • Pastor René


Solo: Blessing (Sleeth)

  • Ella Butcher



  • Pastor Erin


Postlude (& Credits) – Hymn to Joy (Albert Travis)

  • Becky Isaacson, organ


America the Beautiful

  1. O beautiful for spacious skies,
    for amber waves of grain;
    for purple mountain majesties
    above the fruited plain!
    America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
    and crown thy good with brotherhood
    from sea to shining sea.
  2. O beautiful for heroes proved
    in liberating strife,
    who more than self their country loved,
    and mercy more than life!
    America! America! May God thy gold refine,
    till all success be nobleness,
    and every gain divine.





Staying Connected


During this time of uncertainty and the inability to meet together as a congregation, it is important for us to have ways to stay connected with each other.  

Phase Two of our reopening is beginning.  We will hold our first in-person outdoor worship service on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m.  Please read the guidelines that have been adopted to govern our in-person services during Phase Two.  They can be found here.


Chad Thompson recorded this beautiful rendention of "America the Beautiful" for our enjoyment this Fourth of July.  It is available here.


On June 18, the Administrative Council approved the Phase 2 guidelines for reopening the church including a timeline for resuming in-person worship.


This is a letter from our Administrative Council Chairperson.  You will find a link to the Phase 2 guidelines in their entireity below.


Dear Church.

The last three months have seen worship in our Trinity sanctuary cancelled and a transition made to recorded worship.  These recorded services have been both creative and meaningful worship experiences. I know that each of us wishes we could return to our church now, but prudent planning and preparation for return is the order of the day.

The attached link will bring you to a summary of the Returning to Church – Phase Two. It contains a great deal of detail on the plans for the next phase of our return. The document lays out a plan for an orderly transition from a recorded service to a variety of other worship experiences including outdoor, evening, and soon, a return to worship in our sanctuary. 

Of course, any change to our gatherings for worship will conform to the Massachusetts Safety Standards for Places of Worship.

Finally, please know that we will continue offering a virtual worship experience for those of us that feel more comfortable at home or are unable to attend worship in the sanctuary.

No matter where we worship, we are all part of the church.


Stephen Sheffield

Chair, Administrative Council


The complete Phase 2 Guidelines can be found here.

Although we are now in Phase 2, the Phase 1 Guidelines can still be found here.


We will continue posting updates on this page so please check back frequently for new announcements about the next steps that we wil be taking to resume to some sort of normalcy.  


Worship Services 

These worship services have been recorded for each of the Sundays we were unable to meet physically as a congregation and remain available for your viewing.  

Worship Service June 28

Worship Service June 21

Worship Service June 14

Earlier recorded worship services can be found on our YouTube Channel.  If you would like to revisit some of these services we encourage you to follow this link and click on the date of the service.


Pastor René and Pastor Erin are writing blogs to help us through these difficult times.  The blogs can be found here.

Virtual Bible Stories for children read by Brittany and Caitlin can be found here.  Other stories can be found on our YouTube channel.


Virtual Programs to help us stay connected as a congregation:

Gather with us remotely on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for a time of prayer.  Prayer prompts and suggestions are on our Friday Prayer page.

Our Missions Committee has devised a way to continue having the Mobile Food Bank visit our parking lot on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.  We hope this will help address the food insecurity in our community and help anyone who is in need of food.  The food insecurity of our community is of great concern and we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for our neighbors to receive food donations safely.


Links to resources for meditation and staying connected:

Access information about Safe Practices for virtual meetings here.

Coronavirus Updates page includes announcements and links to community pages. 

Daily prayers from the UMC New England Conference to help folks stay connected during this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus.  

Recorded messages from Pastor René.

Written communications from the Adminstrative Council and pastors.