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communion: Trinity Sunday

Invitation to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!
By the mysterious wonder of our triune God,
we gather here to celebrate a feast for all time,
joining with Jesus and his disciples in an upper room,
with the church of the ages who have come here so often,
with sisters and brothers in faith all along the way,
with people we know well and we don’t know at all.

Here we trust that the mystery of God will become real.
Here we gain a taste of the divine.
And here we are fed as we go forth to serve in the world.
Come, all of you, and share this feast of the holiness and wonder of God.

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.

(singing, “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”)

Holy God, we praise your name;
Lord of all, we bow before you.
All on earth your scepter claim;
all in heaven above adore you.
Infinite your vast domain,
everlasting is your reign.

We praise your name, most holy God,
for it is good and you are good.
You reveal yourself to us in countless ways,
even inviting us into the mystery of your inmost being
where you are one in three and three in one.
In your creation, you show us the marks of your hand,
and in creating us in your image,
you call us to bear your presence into all the world.
For your wondrous being and your glorious creation,
we join our praise with the sound of all creation
to sing joyfully in praise of your wondrous glory:

(singing) Hark! The glad celestial hymn
angel choirs above are raising;
cherubim and seraphim,
in unceasing chorus praising,
fill the heavens with sweet accord:
“Holy, holy, holy Lord!”

All apostles join the strain
as your sacred name they hallow;
prophets swell the glad refrain,
and the blessed martyrs follow,
and from morn to set of sun,
through the church the song goes on.

We your church sing your praise, eternal God,
for in your threefold glory we know Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Fully human, fully God,
he was born of low estate and lived among us,
an ordinary man in an ordinary time
who yet showed your extraordinary grace.
He proclaimed your coming kingdom in word and deed,
challenging the powerful,
healing the sick and distressed,
and calling all people to live in light and life.
Even though he was executed by the powers of the day,
you raised him to new life
to show that your power was stronger than death.
Still now he reigns in glory,
united in your holy oneness
to show your presence to all people.

Remembering his life, death, and resurrection,
we gather at this table as he did to share this feast of heaven and earth,
that by your power we might be united with you in this bread and cup.

Just as we have known your presence and love in the gift of Father and Son,
so, O God, reveal yourself to us in the wonder and power of your Holy Spirit.
Pour out this Spirit of love and hope,
that we might rise from this holy meal to love and serve in your world.
Keep us faithful in our service to you,
that we might give you glory and honor and praise forevermore:

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit: three we name you,
while in essence only one;
undivided God we claim you,
and adoring, bend the knee
while we own the mystery.

Amen.

submitted by Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, Queens, New York

Litany for Trinity Sunday

One: O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God.

One: The angels sing of your glory.

All: Children recognize your power.

One: Your enemies do not prevail. The fortress of your love lasts forever.

All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God.

One: When I think of all creation- space, animals, plants,

All: People, music, fish, mountains, oceans, and deserts.

One: It is more than I can comprehend- that I am born out of the same mind as whales and galaxies.

All: Who are we, that you have thought of us, made us, loved us, saved us?

One: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God.

All: You made people- all people, all kinds of people

One: You gave people, us, the work of caring for, of stewardship over

All: Flocks and herds, fields and forests, lakes and rivers, the wild and the tamed

One: O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God. 

 

Submitted by Rev. Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage Alaska

CTW: all things…

One: Light and dark, sea and sky, all things vast and intricate,
All: These God created.
One: People and communities, ecosystems and empty space,
All: These God created.
One: Large and small, simple and complex,
All: God called it good.
One: All that is seen and unseen is filled with God’s creative energy,
All: and God called it good.
One: In the beginning, God created.
All: Still God creates today, in us and around us and through us,
and behold: it is very good.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

confession: creation scorned

Call to Confession
Friends, we are made in the image of God, but that does not make us God. Though we often prefer to pretend we are perfect, when we ignore our sin we deceive only ourselves and there is no room for God’s truth to dwell in us. When we confess our sin, we experience the grace and mercy of God in the here and now. Before God, with the people of God, let us confess to our faults and our failings. Let us pray.

Prayer of Confession
Creator God, with a word you formed us from the dust of the earth and breathed the breath of life into us. You call us to live as stewards, reflecting your glorious image into the world.
When we have scorned your gift of creation, placing ourselves over and above rather than within and among, forgive us.
When we have ignored your gift of creativity, believing it inferior to the gifts of the intellect, forgive us.
When we have sought you in heaven and ignored you on earth, forgive us.
~silence~
Gracious God,
fill us again with your creative spirit, that your image may shine forth in our lives. We pray in the name of your creating Word made flesh, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness
In the beginning, God planted goodness deep within creation—and through the grace of God, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we are able to live as the Body of Christ, showing that goodness to the world. Friends, live and believe this good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

CTW: triune God

Leader: We come to worship God the Father,
People: who is the Alpha and Omega, who created out of nothing, and formed us from the dust of the earth.
Leader: We come to worship God the Son,
People: who is eternally begotten of the Father, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, and has saved us from our sinful nature.
Leader: We come to worship God the Holy Spirit,
People: who eternally proceeds from the Father and Son, brings us to the knowledge of God’s self-revelation in Christ, and sustains and renews our faith.
Leader: We come to worship the one triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
All: Together, let us worship God!

Submitted by Rev. Daniel Commerford, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Covington GA

communion preface: Gather Us

One: Great God the evidence of your love covers our world.
All:   Great creator, gather us as your children
One:   Jesus, God incarnate, we are grateful for your continued lessons of love, service, and sacrifice
All:   Great redeemer, gather us as your friends
One:   Breath of God, we feel your presence in, around, and among us
All:   Holy Spirit, gather us as your people
One:   (continues with communion prayer)

Submitted by Rev. Kathleen Sheets, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Jesup, IA

CTW: wildly mysterious world

One: In the beginning you, oh God created everything.
All: You filled the ocean with life. Made the squirming things of the ground. Gave birds wings to soar.
One: You made orbiting planets, expansive atmospheres, and bright burning stars.
All: And yet, you took the time to create us too.
One: Entrusting us with the care of this wildly mysterious world.
All: O Lord, our God, how majestic is your name throughout creation!

confession: new songs are hard

O God, you call us to sing your song anew, yet we confess that sometimes we don’t feel much like singing. Sometimes we just want to sing of the past. Other times we ignore the witness of your people singing out through the ages. Forgive us when we trap your good news in our preferred language, when we insist that your grace must be known through our approved tunes, when we limit your story to the good old days. Forgive us when our lips are sealed in protest or in fear. Forgive us when we keep our voices low and our feet firmly planted, refusing to join you in the song and dance of holy life. Open our lips, O God, that we may proclaim your praise. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

confession: suffering, endurance, character, hope

One: God, you pour out love and offer us peace, and yet we have trouble with grace.

We boast in our suffering, our busyness, our frustration, as if these earn us your favor.

All: We forget that you have already brought us near to you through Christ,

we forget that you make yourself known through your Spirit,

we ignore your outstretched hand inviting us to life with you.

One: We long for endurance, character, and hope, but we glorify our suffering and end up with idolatry of ourselves.

All: Forgive us, Holy One, and pour yourself into our hearts again this day,

that we may give glory to you in all we say and all we do.

~silence~

Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.

CTW: God’s Spirit Calls

One: God’s Spirit calls–come! hear! live!

All: In every place and every time, the wisdom of God rings out.

One: Before the beginning, the Spirit danced.

All: Before we understand, God loves.

One: Daily, like a friend, like a colleague, like a child, God whirls into our lives to say: Come. Hear. Live.

All: Let us join the dance.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.