Sunday 27 May, 2018 – Holy Trinity, Year B

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.

Altar colour: White

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah called by the holy God
PSALM Psalm 29 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 8:12-17 You are God’s own children
GOSPEL John 3:1-17 God sent his Son to bring us his life

Notes on the readings
ISAIAH 6:1-8: Whether visionary or real, the events of this account are especially revealed to Isaiah because of the divine choice laid on him to be a prophet. God’s all-encompassing power and holiness is emphasised by the fiery and winged holy beings, by their reticence to behold God, yet also by their quickly devoted energies to praise and serve him. Isaiah is also overwhelmed by the fearsome natural phenomena which denote the Lord’s special presence, and the vision afforded him. This awakens him to his own personal sinfulness and guilt, as deep as that of those to whom he must go. His cleansing is effected by a symbolic gesture; a coal taken from the altar of sacrifice, from which forgiveness was sought and graciously given. His lips are declared to be clean. When the awesome question is put, Isaiah therefore can express his willingness to be a prophet to represent the Lord.

ROMANS 8:12-17: We do not owe our wonderful standing as God’s children to our own inborn powers. We owe it to the blood of Christ which was expended solely by the loving grace of the heavenly Father. Our ‘flesh’, given the chance, will take us back into empty fear which belongs to being dead to God. Therefore rather than ‘pay’ our old fleshly inclinations we move to kill off the immorality which belongs to the old sinful life. Those whom the Spirit has enlivened are able to view God as a ‘dear Father’ and to call Him ‘Dad’ (Abba). As then the Spirit works within us we are enabled to see ourselves as children of God. Even though that is by adoption, we are nothing less than heirs who have this incredible standing together with God’s own Son. As he suffered, however, so do we. These adversities do not contradict, but rather confirm the promised glory when our expectation is consummated in the age to come.

JOHN 3:1-17: This response of Jesus to Nicodemus is in sharp contrast to his recorded denunciations of the Pharisees’ hard-headed hypocrisy. Nicodemus is a sincere searcher. Though he recognises the divine origin of Jesus’ teaching, his faith needs to be radically redirected. He needs to see firstly that the kingdom of God is not a politically constituted bond of national ties, but is rather the reign of God in the heart of the individual. A new spiritual life is called for, but can only be generated from above by the Spirit. Jews saw baptism as a cleansing of heathen Gentiles who wished to become Jewish believers. Nicodemus is being told that new spiritual life of the Kingdom can only come about through baptism and the conviction of repentance and faith. While this is a mystery beyond human understanding (v 8), yet the Spirit brings about this miracle through earnest trust in the informed testimony of the Son of Man (v 16).

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 Simon Cooper ; Pr Roger Atze ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 3 1-17 – year b – trinity
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 6 1-8 – year b – trinity
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – romans 8 14-17 – year b – 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)
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)

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)

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.

Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

(Jesus said:) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not perish
but may have eternal life.  (John 3:16 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming from the Father as Saviour.
May we be born again by your Spirit.

Children’s Address: Trinity Sunday B

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 B

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 : Isaiah 6:1-8

138    The Lord my God be praised (v 5)
140    Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty* G5 (mod TIS 132)
269    Speak forth, Thy word, O Father G4
373    Lord, speak to me, that I might speak* G5
428    We sing Thy praise, O God (* see Matins)
457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6 (mod/alt TIS 127)
501    God Himself is present* G3 (see Modernised hymns page)
845    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands (alt tune 109, G5) (see TIS 498)
884    We worship you, O God of might G7
896    Isaiah, mighty seer, in days of old
904    We give praise to you, our God GS
40    Holy, holy
78    Holy, holy holy Lord
273    Holy, holy, holy
295    Here I am, Lord, send me
296    Here I am, Lord
305    Thuma mina
381    Holy, holy, holy
559   Holy, holy
98    We praise, we worship you, O God
99    God, we praise you; God, we bless you
101    Come, you people, come adore Him
121    God Himself is present
125    The God of Abraham praise (vv 4,6)
127    Holy God, we praise your name
132    Holy, holy holy! Lord God almighty
193    God , you are clothed with light
426    Spirit of truth, essential God
449    Stand up and bless the Lord
461    God, your glory we have seen in your Son (v 2)
496    Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
497    Let all mortal flesh keep silence (holy communion)
658    Here I am, Lord
723    Holy, holy, holy
749    Send me Lord (Thuma mina)

Second reading: Romans 8:12-17

109    Draw us to Thee* G5
121    Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G5 (mod TIS 399)
128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5 (mod TIS 401)
134    Come O come, Thou quickening Spirit* G3
142    We all believe in one true God* G3
160    Arise, my soul, arise G9 (esp vv 1,4,5)
277    Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
423    Jehovah, let me now adore Thee* G5 (esp vv 1,4,5 – v5 not revised)
441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
777    Father in heaven G5
798    Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round G6
805    We are heirs of the Father GS
850    O Father, my Father GS
6    O Father, my Father
12    We are heirs of the Father
115    Father in heaven
223    When your Spirit moves
251    God sends us his Spirit
393    A child of God
399    Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
412    God sends us his Spirit
435    We all believe in God who made
465    Father in heaven
481    Baptized into your name most holy
493    Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

Gospel: John 3:1-17

116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove*
127    Come, Holy Spirit, come* G4
130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* (vv 1,2)
138    The Lord my God be praised
154    Amazing love, that rent the heavens asunder* G4
164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3 (see TIS 217)
271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
276    Dearest Jesus, we are here* G5 (baptism – infant) (mod TIS 480)
279    He that believes and is baptized* G5 (baptism -general) (mod TIS 479)
322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* (mod TIS 196)
441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
783    Christ is the world’s light G6
791    O love, how deep, how broad, how high G5 (see TIS 194)
793    To God be the glory GS
826    Father welcomes GS
835    Bread of heaven, on you we feed G5 (holy communion)
852    God loved the world so that He gave G5
863    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine GS
881    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
4    Father welcomes
24    God’s love
126    The light of Christ
237    John 3:16
349    There is a redeemer
417    Water and the Spirit
421    Born forever
451    Saviour of the world
469    Wind is moving
627    Unconditionally
118    We give immortal praise
147    To God be the glory
155    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
213    Father, whose everlasting love
217    Love divine, all loves excelling
241    So God loved the people of the world
246    Christ is the world’s light
385    Now is eternal life
479    They that believe and are baptised (baptism – general)
480    Dearest Jesus, we are here (baptism – infant)
491    Father welcomes
494    In water we grow
513    Bread of heaven, on you we feed
676    A spendthrift lover is the Lord

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
605   God of creation
634   God in your goodness

See lists under ‘Trinity’ on page 1082 and under ‘Trinity Sunday’ on page 1092 in the indexes of the harmony edition of TIS.

34    Holy Trinity, we praise

Volume one
Credo I
Kyrie eleison IX
Alleluias IVI
Sanctus Dominus
Cantate Domino (using words of ‘Glory to the Father . . .’)
Credo II
Tibi Deo

Volume two
Credo III
Gloria Patri et Filio I
Gloria Patri et Filio II
Sanctus Dominus II
There is one Lord

Here are some songs from the Iona Community suitable for Trinity.

Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.

John L Bell & Graham Maule, Wild Goose Songs vol. 1 Heaven shall not wait
page 18    Shake up the morning
page 30    Praise with joy

John L Bell & Graham Maule, Wild Goose Songs vol. 3 Love from below
page 12    Today I awake
page 84    God the Creator

The following metrical paraphrase of Psalm 29 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Kremser (LHS 887, TIS 107). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Now honour the Lord, all you angels in heaven,
now honour the Lord with all glory and power,
now honour the name of the Lord with all due glory,
and worship in his temple of splendour with awe.

The voice of the Lord thunders over the waters;
the voice of the Lord is majestic and strong;
the voice of the Lord makes the cedars crack and splinter,
and Lebanon and Sirion dance to his song.

The voice of the Lord flames out lightning in flashes;
the voice of the Lord shakes the desert with storms;
the voice of the Lord rips up trees and flattens forests,
while all within his temple cry ‘Glory!’ to God.

The Lord was enthroned on the flood and the waters;
the Lord sits enthroned as our King and our God;
the Lord will give strength to his people in their trouble,
the Lord will give his people the peace of his word.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 29 p48 , Psalm 29 p49

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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