Lectionary --Trinity Sunday Year C

Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31 Holy Wisdom introduces herself
Psalm 8 O Lord our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth
Romans 5:1-5 justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ
John 16:12-15 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth

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Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to the Australian Hymn Book)

38 We give immortal praise
51 Father, in whom we live
60 Father of heaven, whose love profound
65 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty
67 O worship the king
80 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
92 God has spoken through the prophets
104 Father all loving, thou rulest in majesty
310 Come down O love divine
399 Father in heaven
429 Come, thou everlasting spirit
567 Father, Lord of all creation
573 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

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Sermon Summary Trinity Sunday Year C  [Click here  for complete sermon]

Holy Wisdom in Community

Deep in the mystery of the being of God there is community. There is only one God. Yet there is relatedness within this one God; and, furthermore, that capacity for relating, for loving in communion, within the one being, is extended to include us.  Jesus prayed for us [John 17:21] to have the same unity that is the unity of communion within the one God.  Jesus said "The father and I are one." [John 10:30], yet there was a relationship between them. That is the beginning of our understanding of the Holy Trinity -- of communion within unity. A similar mutual relationship of the Father and the Son is expressed with the Holy Spirit, who is promised in the gospel reading today [John 16:12-15] and elsewhere in Christ's farewell to the disciples and in the final prayer of Jesus. [John 14:16; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7]

Holy Wisdom and Christ

If this imagery of Father, Son and Holy Spirit sounds too masculine to be true of God, notice the feminine character of Wisdom as she introduced herself in the Old Testament lesson [Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31]. She appears also, as a woman, in the Wisdom of Solomon [Wisdom 6:12-15]. This winsome, attractive character is described in Proverbs as having been created by God at the beginning before the world was made [Proverbs 8:22-25] and as sharing in and celebrating the creation [Proverbs 8:27-31] Where else do we read about a person who shared with God in the creation at the beginning? John writes of the Word, rather than Wisdom, and of he rather than she, in reference to the Word that became flesh, but see how similar is the opening part of John's gospel [John 1:1-4,14; compare John 17:5 and 1 Colossians 1:12-15].  The work of Wisdom (Sophia) can also be identified with the work of the Holy Spirit. [Gen 1:2; Wisdom 1:6,7; Job 33:3; Psalm 104:30; Romans 8:22-23].

We always struggle when we try to express the mystery of God in human terms. It helps if we use some feminine as well as masculine images to confess our faith in the one holy God who gives life, bears pain, nurtures, protects and rescues us, and as one who possesses community of persons within the one being and extends that loving communion to us.
 

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Order of Service Trinity Sunday Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Open our lips, O Lord:
And we shall declare your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, made haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Let us praise the Lord.
The Lord's name be praised.

HYMN 38 We give immortal praise [Tune: St. John, 12/229]

PRAYER OF ADORATION In Praise of the Trinity
Worthy of praise from every mouth,
worthy of confession from every tongue,
worthy of worship from every creature,
is your glorious name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
For you created the world in your grace,
and by your compassion you saved the world.
To your majesty, O God,
ten thousand times ten thousand bow down and adore,
singing and praising without ceasing, and saying:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts;
heaven and earth are full of your praises.
Hosanna in the highest.
[Nestorian Liturgy, 5th Century.]

CONFESSION
For our failure to love and honour you in the goodness of your creation, Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

For our disloyalty as disciples, our hesitating witness to your saving grace, Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

For our lack of discernment in the leading of the Holy Spirit and our slowness to respond to your presence, Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. -- 1 Timothy 1:15
By the authority of Christ, I declare to all who believe in him the forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn 573 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: A word to the children
FIRST READING Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31 Holy Wisdom introduces herself
PSALM 8 O Lord our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth

Slightly Less than Gods: [An Australian Psalm by Bruce Prewer]

God our God, yours is the most wonderful name in all the world,
the highest joy in the whole universe
Little children know this and grow strong;
rebellious adults break themselves against your truth.
I see your fingers at work in vast galaxies;
sun and moon obey you to the very second.
I can't help wondering why you remember mankind,
why bother about creatures like us.
Yet you have made us only slightly less than gods,
trusting us with remarkable responsibility.
You have asked us to take charge of our land,
making all other creatures subject to our authority:
The cattle and sheep, the kangaroo and crocodile,
wedge-tailed eagle, magpie, and cockatoo,
Barramundi, tuna, dolphin, and shark,
turtles, fairy penguins, and seals.
O God, our dear God,
yours is the most astounding name in all the world!

EPISTLE Romans 5:1-5 justified by faith, we have peace with God through Christ
GOSPEL John 16:12-15 The Spirit of truth will lead you into all truth
HYMN 429 Come, thou everlasting spirit
SERMON
CREED [Nicene Creed, Uniting in Worship p. 68]
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to 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; for you live and reign with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Supper

THE PEACE
HYMN 104 Father all loving, thou rulest in majesty

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Thanks and praise

..... in the eternal hymn: [SA 100c and 100d]
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.

We thank you ....

[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
BREAKING THE BREAD
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 80 Immortal, invisible, God only wise

WORD OF MISSION [As he departed from his disciples Jesus said:]
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. -- Matthew 28:19-20

BLESSING
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

The Call to Worship and In Praise of the Trinity, are published in Uniting in Worship, Peoples Book.
Slightly Less than Gods is from Australian Psalms by Bruce Prewer. Lutheran Publishing House.

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