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Worship - June 7, 2020-Holy Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity, Triune God, Triune Church


Greeting (LBW p. 99)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.


Introduction

Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today’s second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

Entrance Hymn We Gather Together

Verse 1

We gather together To ask the Lord's blessing

He chastens and hastens His will to make known

The wicked oppressing Now cease from distressing

Sing praises to His name He forgets not His own


Verse 2

Beside us to guide us Our God with us joining

Ordaining maintaining His kingdom divine

So from the beginning The fight we were winning

Thou Lord wast at our side All glory be Thine


Verse 3

We all do extol Thee Thou Leader triumphant

And pray that Thou still Our Defender will be

Let Thy congregation Escape tribulation

Thy name be ever praised O Lord make us free

Amen


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Prayer of the Day

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

whose steadfast love is everlasting,

whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

Amen.

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.

Silence for reflection.

Reconciling God,

we confess that we do not trust your abundance,

and we deny your presence in our lives.

We place our hope in ourselves

and rely on our own efforts.

We fail to believe that you provide enough for all.

We abuse your good creation for our own benefit.

We fear difference and do not welcome others

as you have welcomed us.

We sin in thought, word, and deed.

By your grace, forgive us;

through your love, renew us;

and in your Spirit, lead us;

so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Beloved of God,

by the radical abundance of divine mercy

we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus,

through whom we have obtained grace upon grace.

Our sins are forgiven.

Let us live now in hope.

For hope does not disappoint,

because God’s love has been poured into our hearts

through the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Scripture Readings

First Reading: Genesis 1:1--2:4a The creation of the heavens and the earth

At the beginning of time, God the Creator, God the powerful Word, and God the life-giving Spirit form the earth and all its inhabitants. God sees that all this created work is good and then rests on the seventh day.


1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a]and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Here ends the reading.


Psalm 8 How Majestic is your name in all the earth!


1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul’s farewell to the church at Corinth

Paul closes a challenging letter to the Corinthians with an appeal to Christian fellowship grounded in the triune harmony of Christ’s grace, God’s love, and the Spirit’s partnership.


Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

Here ends the reading.

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Living in the community of the Trinity

After his resurrection, Jesus summons his remaining disciples and commissions them to baptize and teach all nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

The Gospel of the Lord.

Sermon: Pastor Jill- Making Disciples

“All authority” is given to Jesus, not “all dominion” to us.

Matthew makes the point about the unique authority of Jesus throughout his Gospel. Jesus taught, he tells us, “as one who had authority”. He claimed that “the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”

We should note that the text does not say, “All authority is given to you, meaning his believers; therefore, go.” If it did, it would imply that God has handed this whole world mission over to us, lock, stock and barrel. Converting the world would then be our business, not God’s, and it would be a business, a simple matter of employing the right methods with sufficient resources. Our understanding of mission should never degenerate into that kind of business mentality.

But neither does the text say, “All authority is given to me; therefore, there is no need for you to go.” If it did, it would invite the church to sit on its backside and await the sovereign moving of God to draw all humanity to himself. He said, “Go, pronto--& make disciples of all nations” But lets take a deeper look at what it meant!

If we forget the first part of that statement—all authority is given to ME, mission becomes just another process of human persuasion or propaganda, an attempt to capture the minds of people so that they should all think just like us. That is not Christian mission.

The commission speaks of making disciples, not converts.

If all authority belongs to Jesus, the mission of the church is not to convert people -- only the Holy Spirit can do that -- but to invite or urge others to join us on the road of following Jesus—this is our job. That means the commission given to us is not fully discharged when people make a profession of faith and are baptized, because that is only the first step on their long road of Christian discipleship. We are to proclaim the call to follow Christ -- and to go on following him.

German mission theorists in the early 20th century, who were the first to grapple seriously with the problems of Christianity and culture, developed the emphasis that the call to discipleship is not individual but corporate. They noticed that the text strictly does not say “go and make disciples from all nations” but “go and make disciples of all nations.”

One such man was Mr. McGavran, who proposed --people would never be won for Christ by piecemeal individual conversions but only by a mission strategy that enabled people to move toward Christ without having to cross the barriers of caste or culture. That was the origin of church growth theory. I find this standing out in bold print in light of all the racial unrest going on in the US today. Something is dreadfully wrong with the way we are currently doing discipleship. Have we really considered other nations, creeds, colors, customs, cultures in our quest to disciple—or have we just stuck to our church family? Have we developed a workable, reasonable, doable strategy for making disciples OF all nations—which can mean people groups right in our own county, state or country who are very different from us, but whom Christ loves dearly & died for just the same as for you & I. We can start small & who knows where it can lead? Let me repeat:

Jesus does not command us to maximize conversions but to enable people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to become true and lasting disciples. That means spending time with people—teaching, equipping, working with them to become disciples—not just converts, not just followers—but to go on—growing –even to the end of the age, Jesus said. That would mean the church age..which we are in right now. After Jesus returns in the second coming, that age will end and the Kingdom age will begin.

So the task before us is learning to walk the road alongside other disciples of different ethnic or cultural allegiance. Can we do this? I believe we can—but it may mean changing the former way we did mission work. It may be we must start by honestly asking ourselves: Am I racist? Repentance may be in order for many of us.

Also: In mission, those who teach are disciples, not dominators.

Too often missionaries think their denominational teaching or spirituality is superior and demand disciples to follow their way or the highway---that they must submit to their authority as the missionary teacher. WRONG! We may lead, but never dominate or dictate!

But in Matthew’s account of the commission given by Jesus, the disciplers remain disciples, still themselves learning to observe and obey all that Jesus has commanded. The disciples in Matthew’s Gospel are more than once called by Jesus the “little ones.”

To be great in God’s kingdom is not a matter of power or status but of being consistent between what I say and how I live, between what I teach others and what I carry on learning myself. It’s about “walking the talk.”

Why has the church in Africa grown so phenomenally over the last century? I believe because the gospel has been spread by those who are still young in the faith themselves, by ordinary Christians who are still very conscious that they are disciples even as they enthusiastically disciple others.

In this task of teaching others to obey everything he has commanded us, Jesus promises that he will be with us always, to the very end of the age in which his kingdom continues to grow.

How? He is with us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It is only through the presence of the Spirit that the authority given by the Father to the Son is made available to us.

Without the presence of the Spirit, it simply makes no sense for us to go when the authority belongs to Jesus and not to us. But with the indwelling presence of the one through whose power the Father raised the Son from the dead -- and through whose power men and women can be raised to new life in Christ -- obedience to the “Great Commission” becomes possible. May it be so.

Hymn of the Day: He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

performed by the Statler Brothers

Chorus:

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands


Verse 1

He's got the little tiny baby in His hands

He's got the little tiny baby in His hands

He's got the little tiny baby in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

Chorus:

He's got the whole world in His hands....


Verse 2

He's got the wind and the rain in His hands

He's got the wind and the rain in His hands

He's got the wind and the rain in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

Chorus:

He's got the whole world in His hands...


Verse 3

He's got ev'rybody here in His hands

He's got ev'rybody here in His hands

He's got ev'rybody here in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

Chorus:

He's got the whole world in His hands...


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NICENE Creed (LBW p. 105)

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen


Offering - Offering Prayer

God of goodness and growth,

all creation is yours,

and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

Water and word, wine and bread:

these are signs of your abundant grace.

Nourish us through these gifts,

that we might proclaim your steadfast love

in our communities and in the world,

through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song.

Amen.


Prayers

Holy Lord, you both give and sustain life. You understand better than we can about the state of the world at this time. We pray for your guidance and wisdom as we navigate new paths. We ask for your healing power and peace in this country and around the world. You alone are our refuge and you alone are our hope. All glory to the name of Jesus! Amen.


Lord we lift up Prayer Needs in our world today:

We pray for India:Almost 70% of India’s 1.4 billion residents live on less that $2.00/day. Amid the national lock-down and inability to work starvation is threatening millions. New Hope Mission Society is providing nutritious meals and sanitation items where they can. We ask you, Father to bless this ministry and the people served by it.


Lord of all, Our nation is divided. Our hearts are heavy with grief, fear, righteous anger and confusion. We pray for justice where inequities persist. We pray for a peace that passes our understanding and our emotions. We pray for all who all affected by the recent and current violence and the senseless loss of life.


We lift up the leaders who are trying to bring peace and calm. We pray for those sent to protect, and for business owners who work to rebuild their lives. Call the body of Christ forth, as your salt and light. Lord, heal this hurting nation.

Make us instruments of your peace. In Jesus’ Name We Pray! .

Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lord’s Prayer (LBW p. 119)

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Offering - Offering Prayer

God of goodness and growth, all creation is yours,

and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

Water and word, wine and bread:

these are signs of your abundant grace.

Nourish us through these gifts,

that we might proclaim your steadfast love in our communities and in the world,

through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song.

Amen.


Blessing

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,

nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ,

and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,

bless you and keep you in eternal love.

Amen.

SENDING HYMN- Holy, Holy, Holy (LBW 165)

1 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! 2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert and art and evermore shalt be. 3 Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in pow'r, in love and purity. 4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!


Dismissal


Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.






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