Today is Trinity Sunday.
Trinity Sunday is traditionally celebrated one week after Pentecost.
It marks the acknowledgment that all three persons of the Trinity exist together from eternity to eternity.
Whereas other special services are tied to specific events,
this celebration is linked with a doctrine, which is itself
a summary of scriptural teaching about God’s being.
Trinity Sunday focuses explicitly on the mystery, power and beauty
of the triune God. Our Christian identity and mission are given to us as we are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
Our worship is not only directed to the triune God but is also enabled by the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the mediation of Jesus Christ. At its best, our worship is also an expression of the unity and common purpose of the church, which Jesus prayed would reflect the unity between himself and God.
This is my Father's world and to my list'ning ears
all nature sings and around me rings the music of the spheres
This is my Father's world; I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees of skies and seas, his hand the wonders wrought
This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise
The morning light, the lily white declare their maker's praise
This is my Father's world; he shines in all that's fair
in the rustling grass I hear him pass, he speaks to me ev'rywhere
This is my Father's world, O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet!
This is my Father's world, the battle is not done
Jesus who died shall be satisfied and earth and heav'n be one
Trinity Sunday Greeting Jordan Humm, Ministry Associate
"Holy, Holy, Holy" (The Hymns Project)
Affirmation to the Trinity
The words God speaks are the life and sustenance of all that exists.
The life Jesus gives is the re-creation and renewed birth of all that is broken and worn.
The Spirit’s stirring in our souls is the inspiration for creativity, compassion, joy, and community.
All: Life-giving, life-restoring, life-fulfilling God; may our whole lives be worship.
In all things, may we seek to connect with and to reflect your love and your hope.
"This I Believe" (Hillsong)
On this Trinity Sunday, as every day, we claim God “triune”, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. He has done so since the beginning of the world and will do to the end. And we believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is to be made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another. (Ephesians)
Though we believe these things in our head and in theory, we don’t always act on them in our lives. We ask now for God's mercy and forgiveness…
Lord Jesus, you have already conquered the hatred between people and groups.
You have demonstrated to us the kind of unity and love we, as your followers,
should be emulating. Painful love. Deep love. Consistent love that sets our eyes on you and actually goes into all the world as you’ve sent us. While your work on the cross covers all our sin, we confess that we don’t completely pursue spiritual growth and unity among us, especially when it comes to seeking community and unity with your children that think, look, speak or act different from us.
Why is it so hard for us to follow you completely and serve and honor your creation and people? We acknowledge that we are afraid to be uncomfortable. We pretend, whether we know it or not, that we really are making a difference in the lives of those around us. We pretend, whether we know it or not, that equality exists among and between people.
Forgive us when we do not give ourselves willingly and joyfully to bless others.
We count the cost to step out and act justly to do what we know we should, but the cost seems too great or our fear is too strong. And so often we can’t even see injustice in front of our eyes – as hard as we might try. We are sorry, God. Why do we not even notice the pain others encounter? You have shown us the way in your son Jesus, and we have not followed. Forgive us.
Take a moment now to talk and plan with those you are worshiping with or to write down one positive action you are committed to take toward racial reconciliation in particular today. (Suggestions: read a book, change an action, listen to a podcast, speak with someone you normally would not, pray for someone with a skin color different than yours)
We’ve been taught, Lord, that repentance is changing our thinking and turning away from our old ways and walking in a new direction. May our confessions this day be more than mere words that we should say, about topics which we should feel deeply about, and instead be turned into palpable actions & credible repentance by the power of your Holy Spirit and your never-ending grace toward us. We pray in the name of the true life-giver, Jesus Christ, who desires to make all things new – in and through us. Amen.
Words of Assurance (1 John 1:9)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Thanks be to God!
Sharing Christ's Peace
Because God has given us his peace, we are invited to share the peace of Christ with others. Whether digitally through a text message or by turning to someone next to you, share the peace of Christ now with the words: "The peace of Christ be with you!" If you are on the receiving end of these words, you are invited to reply, "And also with you."
...Jesus came and stood among his disciples and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
The Peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you!
A life of generosity, for all who know Christ, means the opportunity to draw closer to God, now and in eternity. It means joy, a fulfilled heart, and the potential to store up treasures in heaven. Once you take hold of it, once you begin to feel the change generosity brings into your life, you will feel a strong calling to share the message with others.
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Scripture Reading Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 28:18-20 Craig Abbott
Message: "Living Like Jesus" Jon Sherrill
Series: Following Jesus
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"By Faith" (Getty/Townend)
Lyrics are included in this video...
Option: as an individual or quarantine family, create/add movements for each line below -
we will use this benediction throughout this sermon series.
God go before you to lead you,
God go behind you to protect you,
God go beneath you to support you,
God go beside you to befriend you.
Do not be afraid.
May the blessing of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be upon you.
Do not be afraid.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.
Song of Dismissal: “Christ Be in My Waking” (Townend/Brading)