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Holy Trinity A – June 7, 2020
Prayer of the Day
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a – In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Psalm 8 – When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Matthew 28:16-20 – “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 observe all I have commanded you, for lo, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
When the Father laughs at the Son
and the Son laughs back at the Father,
that laughter gives pleasure,
that pleasures gives joy,
that joy gives love,
and the love is the Holy Spirit.
—Meister Eckhart, German mystic (1260-1328)
Greetings to you on Holy Trinity A, the only Sunday in the liturgical calendar dedicated to a doctrine of the church. The texts for this Sunday begin Genesis 1 where God the creator, speaks the Word which creates while the Spirit hovers over the face of the deep. The gospel is Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples, baptizing with the Trinitarian formula: in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
This Sunday we have a special treat. Presiding Bishop Eaton has recorded a sermon, and provided other liturgical portions for us. On the one hand, this will give many preachers and worship leaders a much-needed break in this time of preparing worship for online live-streaming.
On the other hand, it provides us with a unique opportunity. It is quite possible that the Presiding Bishop will do something that has never been done before: preach in most ELCA congregations in a single Sunday. With over 9,000 congregations, no Presiding Bishop has even been able to preach in even 500 congregations over two six-years terms, much less several thousands. But this coming Sunday, it is quite possible that a majority of congregations will have the Presiding Bishop as guest preacher. This is a tremendous opportunity for unity and alignment. I hope you will take advantage this opportunity.
For those who only use the sermon, and will still be selecting hymns, there many Trinitarian hymns from which to choose. Here are a few. The section on Trinity can be found in ELW 408-415.
- Eternal Father, Strong to Save – ELW 756
- Holy, Holy, Holy – ELW 413
- Come Join The Dance of Trinity – ELW 412
- Holy God, We Praise Your Name – ELW 414
- God, Whose Almighty Word – ELW 673
- We Believe, by The Newsboys is popular in many of our congregations. The refrain is low and singable. The theology is straightforward.
- David Scherer (Agape) has a creed, as do Lost and Found, Jay
- Beech, The David Crowder Band (Believe) and Hillsong (This I Believe).
Here is a video on You Tube that might make for a meaningful prelude/gathering or contemplative piece during the service. It is a Ken Burns effect on Andrei Rublev’s icon of the Trinity set to the opening of Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St John Chrystostom. The Russian Orthodox chant captures a sense of mystery.
Come, join the dance of Trinity, before all worlds begun-
the interweaving of the three, the Father, Spirit, Son.
The universe of space and time did not arise by chance,
but as the Three, in love and hope, made room within their dance.
– Come Join The Dance of Trinity – ELW 412
For some more thoughts on Trinity A, see this post from Holy Trinity A 2017: https://bishopmike.com/?s=Trinity+2017
- June 14 – Genesis 18:1-15
- June 21 – Genesis 21:8-21
- June 28 – Genesis 22:1-14 Abraham tested by God.
- July 5 – Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Isaac and Rebekah. “So he put a ring in her nose, and bracelets on her arm… Then Isaac took her into his mother’s tent… and she became his wife… And he loved her.”
- July 12 – Genesis 25:19-34 Jacob swindles Esau’s birthright, with red stew.
- July 19 – Genesis 28:10-19a Jacob’s dream of a ladder to heaven, at Bethel
- July 26 – Genesis 29:15-28 Jacob, Laban, Leah and Rachel.
- August 2 – Genesis 32:22-31 Jacob wrestles with God/the angel
- August 9 – Genesis 37 Joseph’s dreams and his brothers’ plot. “Here comes this dreamer. Let us kill him and throw him into a pit… and see what will become of his dreams.”
- August 16 – Genesis 45:1-15 Joseph reveals himself to his brothers.
Summer-Epistles-at-a-Glance, Romans 6-14
- June 14 – Rom. 5:1-8 Justified. Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God.
- June 21 – Rom. 6:1b-11 Baptized. Baptized into Christ’s death, we rise with him.
- June 28 – Rom. 6:12-23 Freedom. Shall we sin now that we are not under the law?
- July 5 – Rom. 7:15-25a Sin. Paul’s dilemma: The good I want to do, I don’t do.
- July 12 – Rom. 8:1-11 Spirit. To set the mind on the Spirit is life.
- July 19 – Rom. 8:12-25 Glory. cannot be compared to suffering now.
- July 26 – Rom. 8:26-39 Confidence: Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
- August 2 – Rom. 9:1-5 The Jews: Paul grieves his people have rejected Christ. But theirs are adoption, glory, covenants, law, worship, promises, patriarchs and Messiah.
- August 9 – Rom. 10:5-15 The Jews: Justified by Faith just like the Greeks. But who can believe without hearing? So blessed is the proclaimer.
- August 16 – Rom. 11:1-2a, 29-32 The Jews: God has not rejected his people. God has imprisoned all in disobedience, in order that all might have mercy.
- August 23 – Rom. 12:1-8 Gifts: One body; many members. Conform not. Be transformed.
- August 30 – Rom.12:9-21 Life in the Body. Love one another. Live in harmony. Never seek vengeance.
- Sept 6 – Rom. 13:8-14 Love in the Body. The whole law is summed up in a single word: Love one another.
- Sept 13 – Rom. 14:1-12 Conflict in the Body. Don’t quarrel. Welcome one another. Don’t pass judgment on one another. Tolerate differences in piety.
2020 Summer-Gospels-at-a-Glance, Matthew 10-18
- June 14 – Matthew 9:35-10:8. Mission. Jesus sends the 12. Harvest plentiful. Laborers few.
- June 21 – Matthew 10:24-39. Commitment. Not peace. Sword. Find life by losing it.
- June 30 – Mt. 10:40-42 Hospitality. Whoever gives a cup of water in my name…
- July 5 – Mt. 11:16-19, 25-30 Repentance and Comfort. Come to me all weary…
- July 12 – Mt. 13:1-9, 18-23 Parable of the Sower. Birds, rocks, thorns, good soil.
- July 19 – Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43 Parable of Wheat and Tares. Let them grow together.
- July 26 – Mt. 13:31-33, 44-52 Parables: Mustard Seed, Yeast, Treasure, Pearls, Net.
- August 2 – Mt. 14:13-21 Jesus Feeds the 5,000. Send the crowds away…
- August 9 – Mt. 14:22-33 Jesus Walks on the Sea. Command me to come to you…
- August 16 – Mt. 15:[10-20] 21-28 (Blind Guides.) Jesus heals the Canaanite Woman.
- August 23 – Mt. 16:13-20 Peter Confesses Jesus. On this rock I will build my church.
- August 30 – Mt. 16:21-28 Jesus rebukes Peter. If you follow me, take up your cross.
- Sept 6 – Mt. 18:15-20 Jesus teaches on Conflict. If a member sins against you…