Sunday 11 June, 2017 – 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

Rublev’s icon of the holy Trinity (Three angels at the oak of Mamre) is a beautiful visual depiction of the trinitarian faith. This icon (or a colour transparency, banner or poster of it) may be displayed during the service. If an icon is available, it may be carried into the church in procession during the opening hymn.

Pictures or symbols could be displayed on banners or the overhead screen during the readings. For instance, the first reading could be accompanied by pictures of each of the days of creation  and a symbol of baptism or the Holy Trinity (see ‘Symbols’ below) may be displayed during the reading of the gospel.

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

Notes on the readings:
GENESIS 1:1 – 2:4a: ‘In the beginning God created’ depicts the earth in its earliest created form, verses 1,2, not in its completed perfection (the process of which occupies the rest of the chapter). God confirmed this by his cessation from this work and his seventh day rest. The description of creation, with specific details of all that God brought into being out of nothing are itemised under the headings of the six days. While opinion is divided as to whether the days are meant to be arranged chronologically or according to differential topics, our interpretation needs always to be guided by how the remainder of Scripture treats these chapters. On Trinity Sunday this reading points to the mysterious all-powerful transcendent ownership of God over the whole creation and our consequent responsibility towards it.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:11-13(14): Christians, bonded together by saving faith in their Lord Jesus Christ, are to live and work together in peace and love. Where harmony and agreement are the shared outcome of faith, God can dwell in its midst. The trinitarian blessing with which Paul closes this letter presupposes that the grace which took Christ to the cross for all sinners truly introduces the love of God into hearts and lives. The Holy Spirit has brought this about by the work that establishes a fellowship between Christians, truly the work of God.

MATTHEW 28:16-20: The Lord’s meeting with the disciples in Galilee was as previously directed (Matthew 28: 10). Having fulfilled his own mission he has now received full authority from the Father. He is therefore able to direct and commission not only his immediate followers, but the church after that to go out into all the world in his authority. He accompanies it when his command to baptise and to teach all of his commands are observed. The promise of his abiding and empowering presence gives the church its full credentials to act in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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 ; edited for lay reading sermon – matt 28 16-20 – year a – holy trinity ; Pr Andrew Brook
Based on second reading : Pr Roger Atze
Based on first reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 1v1-2v4a – year a – trinity

Opening sentences:
Praise the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Praise and adore him forever.
Praise the Lord in the heights of heaven.
Praise and adore him forever.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
Praise and adore him forever.
He was and is and is to come.
Praise and adore him forever.

Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty,
who was and is and is to come. 
(Rev 4:8 NRSV)

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God of hosts.
All the earth is filled with his glory.  (Isa 6:3)

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)
Service orders with holy communion
Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt )
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)|
Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

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)

Resources for services with Holy Communion
It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
who with you and the Holy Spirit is one God, one Lord,
whom we confess as the only true God
and worship as the eternal Trinity,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

Through Christ Jesus we have access to the Father by one Spirit.
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

The holy things of God
for the holy people of God.
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

The third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Eternal God,
you have revealed yourself to us today
in word and sacrament
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.

This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.
(May) God the holy Trinity,
who has created, redeemed, and sanctified you,
bring you to know and adore him as one God; . . .

Go in the peace of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

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

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.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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