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Liturgies Online Now Available As Digital Download - YEAR A Liturgies, YEAR B Liturgies, YEAR C Liturgies, or all 3 Years in one complete digital download. These all include complete Orders of Service based on the Common Lectionary for The Liturgical Years in one download.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Prayer of Approach - Hymns - Prayer of Adoration and Praise - Readings from Old Testament - Epistle - Gospel - A Word with the Young - Prayer of Confession - Sermon - Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession - Offertory Prayer - Benediction

 
 

PENTECOST

TRINITY SUNDAY - YEAR B

Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17.

Additional resources for Trinity B: Love from Below, John L Bell, Graham Maule, Wild Goose Worship Group, 1989 The Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland; Australian Psalms, Bruce Prewer,  Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, South Australia, 1991;  BE OUR FREEDOM, LORD, ed Terry C Falla, Openbook Publishers, Adelaide, 1994.

Use the Holy Communion Liturgy for Pentecost

CALL TO WORSHIP:

 Let us praise God the Creator, who is filled with glory and power,

       with holiness and splendour;

 Let us worship God the Saviour, who is filled with love and compassion,

       with justice and peace;

 Let us experience God the Spirit, who fills us with faith and joy,

       with love and eternal life.

 

TIS100:  “All creatures of our God and King”  select suitable verses

TIS 101/AHB 5: “Come, you people, come adore him”

LOVE FROM BELOW 84:  “God the Creator” Tune TIS 156/AHB 91 Bunessan.

TIS 454/AHB 382 “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”

PRAYER OF APPROACH:

Awesome God, your creative power, your glory and holiness are beyond our imagining, yet, you chose to reveal yourself in the person of Jesus Christ, who graciously showed us the human face of your love.  He stretched our imaginations once more over the lengths he was prepared go to demonstrate the depth of your love for us.   And, as if that was not enough, you breathe new and everlasting life into our very beings, through the power of your Spirit.   Triune God, Source of our lives, we worship and adore you. Amen

 

TIS 716: “Father we adore you”  Sing as a round

OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 6:1-8

Invite the reader to read the verses as dramatically as possible.

A WORD WITH THE CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE

If the image of God that we heard about in that reading was our only image of God, we might believe God to be too far removed from us to really care about us.  But God’s love for the world - for you and me - was so great that God decided that that love would be recognisable in a way we could all understand - and so God’s love was born just as we are born - as a baby who grew up to adulthood….

So, today, known as Trinity Sunday, emphasises again just how much we are loved by God.

 

TIS 106/AHB 14: “Now thank we all our God”

TIS 146/AHB 82:  “ God, who made the earth...cares about me”

AHB 119: “Like a father watching over me”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:

 God, creator of all the wonders which make up this world...

      Forgive our failure to care for and protect this lovely land, its oceans,

      rivers and lakes, and the air that we breathe each day.                                           

 

God, bearer of our humanity in Jesus Christ...

    forgive us when we fail to live out Jesus’ commandment to love one another as he
   loves us. 

 

 God, giver of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth...

     forgive us when we betray the truth of the gospel through our lack of integrity and
    our abuse of ethical and moral principles …

WORDS OF ASSURANCE:

 “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life…

“Those who believe in him are not condemned.” (John 3 :16 - 18 NRSV)

     Thanks be to God

 

EPISTLE: Romans 8:12-17

GOSPEL: John 3: 1-17

SERMON:

Some of the boldest scenes of worship in scripture have to do with people who happen upon the glory of God and can make no reasonable response other than to participate in it.  People like Isaiah in the temple, when the overwhelming presence of God enveloped him, and those who unexpectedly spoke in the wake of the flaming tongues of Pentecost…

Today – Trinity Sunday – is the day when the church celebrates not an event, but a doctrine – the product of many theological debates in the early centuries of the Christian church.  One God – three persons.  It was crucial that the relationship between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit could be described in an understandable way.  That’s what the first half of the Christian year has been about - God’s intervention in our human history in the person of Jesus Christ, whose life continues on and energises us with the power of the Holy Spirit… 

It was certainly a vision of the holiness of God that Isaiah experienced in the Temple:

..."I saw the Lord," Isaiah writes..."sitting on a throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole temple."…

If we had a vision like that, our reaction would probably have been similar to Isaiah's - God is an awesome king from whom Isaiah shrinks in dismay, saying, "Woe is me, I am struck dumb!" Isaiah feels small and insignificant, crushed and lost for words as the vision continues…. 

When we turn to the Gospel, there are no temple or strange creatures, no flames or smoke here, no, just the opposite – a quiet, dark evening chosen by Nicodemus as the time to visit Jesus. For the most part we see Jesus surrounded by ordinary people, but here, surprisingly, we see him in contact with one of the religious aristocracy of Jerusalem. Nicodemus, a teacher of Israel, member of the Sanhedrin, the supreme Jewish court, comes to Jesus by night… 

It is as though John, gospel writer, allows us to eavesdrop on the conversation that took place between Jesus and Nicodemus.  About being reborn through the gift of the Spirit, blowing into our lives like the wind.  We may not actually see the wind, but we see its effect - in the trees and landscapes of our lives.  So it is with the Spirit, we see the effect of the Spirit in the spiritual landscapes of our lives.

Two very different pictures of God in action… 

When we gather around the Lord's Table -  we believe as we celebrate this sacrament together, that God is truly present through Jesus Christ.  A favourite author - Lloyd Ogilvie  - writes: 2
Holy Communion is that very special time when we receive Christ.  He enters our minds so we can think his thoughts; he floods our emotions so we can love each other as he loved us..."  I would add, he empowers us with his Spirit to respond to his call to follow him…

Trinity Sunday is about lives turned around, re-created, re-born by the power and the effect and the work of the Spirit.  God’s own Spirit bringing new life into the world.  The same Spirit that was in Jesus Christ, now comes as God’s gift to us – and with the gift, the call to be Christ to others.

 

That’s the challenge – are we ready?

 

TIS 474:  “Here in this place new light is streaming”  Gather us in

TIS 160/AHB 104: “Father all-loving and ruling in majesty”

TIS 168: “For the fruits of all creation”

TIS 478/AHB 454: “I bind unto myself today”  select suitable verses

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSION:

Prayers from Be our Freedom, Lord - “The wind of the Spirit” on page 353 begins with a reference to Nicodemus…

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

OFFERING and  OFFERTORY PRAYER

 Holy God, today we have been remembering with gratitude the many ways in which you touch and bless our lives…

This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

 

TIS 142/AHB 84 “Glory be to God the Father”

TIS 447: Lord, your almighty word”

TIS 453: “We limit not the truth of God”

BENEDICTION:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.  2 Corinthians 13:13

 

THREEFOLD AMEN

 

1.William Barclay THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Vol.1 (Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1974), p.112
2.Lloyd John Ogilvie THE CUP OF WONDER (Wheaton Illinois: Tyndale House Pub. Inc. 1976), p. 11

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