Trinity Sunday A
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.
651-God who stretched the spangled heavens
22-All creatures of our God and King
4-Holy, Holy, Holy
450-Lord, you give the great commission
395-Seed, scattered and sown
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or
This week: Psalm 8 – see p. 728
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
The building of the fellowship
weaves of our daily fare
transformed in God’s delighting ways
that here we find our home.
In full design, find mended ways,
agreement graced by call,
that in God’s thriving peace we learn
the love God brings to share.
Dare then the quality of joy
spread in love’s luxury
that as we greet in holy kiss
the fellowship be sealed.
CM Suggested tune: Abridge
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer
L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.
P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.
L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.
P: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.
L: The living Christ is with us.
P: Praise the Lord!
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. O God, we ask you to pour out your spirit on us. Help us serve you more cheerfully so we can serve our brothers and sisters. Cast out everything which breaks or hinders the growing bonds of love between us. Give us the determination to make progress so that all our lives we may seek after your holy and perfect will. (And now we are bold to pray as our Savior Christ has taught us, “Our Father…”)
You are holy, O Lord our Creator and God, giving us mercies beyond number. You are holy, O Savior Jesus Christ, loving and setting us free. You are holy, O Spirit of truth and peace, leading us in ways that are right. O holy eternal Trinity, we praise you for ever and ever. (And now we are bold to pray as our Savior Christ has taught us, “Our Father…”)
Intercessions for the Month of June (Bidding Prayers from Common Worship)
R may indicate silent prayer, or a simple response, such as “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Through Christ, who ever lives to make intercession for us, let us pray to the Lord.
Lift up our hearts to the heavenly places and inspire us to serve you as a royal priesthood: R
Let all peoples acknowledge your kingdom and grant on earth the blessing of peace: R
Send down upon us the gift of the Spirit and renew your Church with power from on high: R
May peace abound and righteousness flourish, that we may vanquish injustice and wrong: R
Help us to proclaim the good news of salvation, and grant us the needful gifts of your grace: R
Let us commend the world, for which Christ prays, to the mercy and protection of God.
Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.
It is appropriate this week to add a verse of prayer giving thanks for the role of men of faith who have served as fathers to us on this day. One might be:
As we give thanks to you, O God, for the fathers who have cared for us and sustained us on our journeys of life, we pray for those who are in need of your fatherly care, and commend to you all who seek to live as men of faith.
Prayers from Common Worship*
Almighty and everlasting God,
you have given us your servants grace,
by the confession of a true faith,
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity
and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:
keep us steadfast in this faith,
that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold us firm in this faith,
that we may know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three Persons yet one God,
now and for ever.
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us
your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to
acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the
power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep
us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to
see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with
the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Coming as directed, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
let us encounter your commission
as at the lips of Jesus.
For by your lifting grace we stand
to expose in life, thence word
the presence of Jesus,
with us all the days.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation for June)
Friends, God prepares a feast for you and for all people; a fest of good things, a feast of peace. Come and taste. Eat and be filled. Drink deep and never thirst again.
[If the offering has not yet been received, add: “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]
Offertory Prayer for June
Holy one, your heart abounds with gifts. Receive this offering as a sign of our trust in you and our intention to live surrounded by your mercy, inspired by your Spirit, open to the joy of your presence, hospitable to one another, and generous toward your world.
Preface to Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
P: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.
P: It is right and just. [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]
Preface (to the Words of Institution)
L: It is always good to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, Creator of all. And so we join with every voice in heaven and on earth, of all times and places, glorifying your name and saying (singing):
P: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might! Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
(Alternately, a sung version of the “Holy,…” may have slightly altered wording; see “Day is dying in the west” – the refrain only – for example.)
L: And so we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed…(continue with the Words of Institution)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
1. Eternal God, you make yourself known to us in three Persons, yet bound together in one perfect communion of love. As we break this bread, may we come to a more perfect awareness of the unity of the Church you have called together as one through your Son Jesus Christ.
2. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, gracious Lord, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. May we who drink from the cup Christ has offered be united with you and united with each other in the one body of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.
[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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