Sunday 15 June, 2014 – Holy Trinity (First Sunday after Pentecost), Year A

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Three types of foliage could be used.

OR, white flowers could be used in one of the following arrangements:
*    in the shape of a triangle
*    in the shape of a circle, symbol of eternity
*    with umbrella grass cut to the shape of a triangle
*    with three large strelitzia (bird of paradise) leaves

Any of the following symbols of the Trinity could be displayed
*    equilateral triangle
*    three interlocking circles
*    the triquetra (three equal interwoven arcs)
Note that any of these could be enclosed in a circle, representing perfection and eternity.

A design could be made by combining a symbol of the Father (eg hand of blessing), the Son (eg a lamb or cross), and the Holy Spirit (eg dove).

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a The Triune God creates the world through his word
    PSALM Psalm 8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 13:11-13(14) The apostolic blessing in the name of the Triune God
    GOSPEL Matthew 28:16-20 The great commission in the name of the Triune God
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel: Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – matt 28 16-20 – year a – holy trinity ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook
    Based on second reading : NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 1v1-2v4a – year a – trinity
  • Orders of service:
    After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Almighty and eternal God,
    since you have given us grace,
    by the confession of the true faith,
    to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity,
    and to worship the Unity
    by the power of your divine majesty:
    Keep us firm in this faith,
    and defend us forever from all evil;
    for you live and reign,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty and eternal God,
    you have given us faith
    to affirm the glory of the eternal Trinity
    and to worship you as One.
    Keep us firm in this faith
    and safe with you forever.
    For you live and reign, one God,
    now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for faith in the Triune God. [silence])
    Eternal God,
    you have revealed yourself
    as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    and you live in the perfect unity of love.
    Give us a sure faith in you,
    so that we share in your holy fellowship and life
    as three Persons in one God,
    now and forever.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that we are yours
    through baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    Be with us always.

  • Offering prayer
    Loving Triune God,
    teach us, your children,
    to praise and glorify you with our lives
    and all that we have,
    by serving others.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Trinity A or Prayer of the Church – Holy Trinity (alternative)
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a

    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    222    Thou whose almighty word G6
    429    All creatures of our God and King G6
    578    Eternal Father, strong to save G6
    598    I sing the almighty power of God G5
    808    Go out my heart
    809    Go out my heart (alt tune 808)
    810    Let all things now living G6
    812    The Lord in wisdom made the earth
    823    Your strong word broke through the darkness (esp vv 1,2,6)
    864    God, who made the earth G, STJ 66
    123    Morning has broken
    365    Lord of all
    422    Canticle of Daniel
    430    A voice is heard
    456    Everything we got
    522    New Life (baptism)
    100    All creatures of our God and King
    101    Come, you people, come adore him
    119    I sing the almighty power of God
    135    All things bright and beautiful
    138    Eternal Father, strong to save
    146    God, who made the earth
    156    Morning has broken
    157    O Lord of every shining constellation
    188    Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand
    435    We all believe in God who made
    255    O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation
    447    Lord, your almighty word
    698    When the light of first creation (marriage)

    Second reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13(14)

    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
    510    May the grace of Christ our Saviour G7
    777    Father in heaven GS
    86    A blessing
    115    Father in heaven
    193    Benediction
    293    Depart with the peace of God
    465    Father in heaven
    623    Lord Christ, true peace of all above
    777    May the grace of Christ our Saviour
    782    Go now in peace
    Also: Note the sung blessing in Worship Today: ‘The grace . . . ‘

    Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

    221    Spread, O spread, thou mighty word*
    227    O Spirit of the living God
    231    O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling
    234    Facing a task unfinished
    277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4
    771    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus
    829    I was made a Christian GS
    31    Freely, freely
    222    What a gift
    305    Thuma mina
    343    Jesus come and stand among us
    496    Don’t be afraid
    508   Wherever I go
    513   Another day
    545   Easter Alleluia
    579   Go and tell
    140    Firmly I believe and truly
    245    We have a gospel to proclaim
    390    Alleluia, Alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    423    Christians, lift up your hearts (vv 1,4,5,6)
    450    Spread, O spread, almighty word
    469    This is the truth we know
    477    Jesus calls us here to meet him
    481    Baptized into your name most holy
    517    Hallelujah! sing to Jesus
    605    I am alone, yet not alone
    749    Thuma mina

    Any hymns from the Trinity sections of the Lutheran Hymnal (135-142) or Supplement (776-779) are suitable for this day. The following may also be considered suitable:
    116    Come Holy Spirit, heavenly dove *(esp verse 5)
    197    Lord, keep us steadfast in thy word*
    532    O Trinity, most blessed light (esp suitable for an evening service)
    897    Kyrie, God, Father in heaven above (not easy for a congregation, but worth the choir giving it a go)
    * modernised version available

    40    Holy, holy
    41    Father, we adore you
    42    Now unto the King eternal
    43    How shall I call you
    90    Father, bless us
    115    Father in heaven
    118    The baptism song
    120    One God
    155    We believe
    158    Come, sing our praises loud
    168    Hear our prayer
    250    How majestic is your name
    271    For the bread
    301    Prayer of peace
    362    I believe, I do

    PSALM 8
    A version of Psalm 8 may be found in TIS, 3 Lord, our Lord, your glorious name, and 4 O Lord, our Governor.

    The following paraphrase, by David Schütz, is sung to the tune Portland, LHS 374. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth
    your glorious name is ever praised.
    Even on lips of infant babes
    your song is raised.

    When I look at the sun and moon,
    the stars and all in heav’n above,
    how is it that we humans know
    your saving love?

    How can it be that you should care
    for us poor creatures of the dust?
    Yet you have made us like yourself
    and honoured us.

    Over all creatures great and small
    you let us share your power to reign.
    O Lord, our Lord, in all the earth
    we praise your name.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 8 p11 , Psalm 8 p12

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

3 comments to Sunday 15 June, 2014 – Holy Trinity (First Sunday after Pentecost), Year A

  • Jill Schefe

    Just wondering why verse 14 of the 2nd reading for Trinity Sunday be placed in bracket, as surely the apostolic blessing is the main point of that pericope.

  • Trudi

    Hi Jill! The reason for the brackets for verse 14 is because different translations number the verses differently – some end the chapter with verse 13 , others with verse 14.

  • jill schefe

    Many thanks Trudie. Really appreciate your explanation.