Worship Elements: June 15, 2014 (Option 1)

May 12th, 2014

Trinity Sunday

Color: White
Scripture Readings: Genesis 1:1—2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Mat-thew 28:16-20

Theme Ideas

Last Sunday, we observed the coming of the promised Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This week, Trinity Sunday now celebrates the fullness of the Triune God. Although the year A lections emphasize God the Creator, the second and third persons of the Trinity are specifically named in the New Testament readings and should be elevated in the liturgy. The emphasis on God the Creator may be best reflected in sermon, and in fact the long passage from Genesis offers rich preaching material.

Invitation and Gathering

Call to Worship (2 Corinthians 13)

God the Creator is in this place.
The love of God is with us.
Jesus our Redeemer is in this place.
The grace of our Lord is with us.
The Holy Spirit is in this place.
The communion of the Spirit is with us.
We welcome the fullness of God's presence.
God the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer
be with us now and forever. Amen.

Opening Prayer or Closing Prayer (Matthew 28)

Jesus, our Savior,
in response to your call to be your faithful disciples,
we are baptized in the name of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Open our lives
and teach us how to follow your great commission
to make disciples of all nations,
to baptize and teach them your ways.
Let us know the full blessings of our God—
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

Proclamation and Response

Unison Prayer (2 Corinthians 13, Matthew 28)

Hear, O friends, our God is one God,
and we are one people under God.
We are called from all times and places,
from all circumstances and positions,
to be disciples of the Most High,
who is revealed to us in three persons.
Hear, O friends, our God is one God,
and we are one people under God.

Thanksgiving and Communion

Call to Prayer (Genesis 1, 2)

Brothers and sisters, let us lift up our prayers,
for our God hears them, every one.
The God who made earth and heaven,
sea and desert, meadow and mountain,
flower and redwood, snake and spider;
the God who blessed and placed every creature
in an interdependent web of creation,
this God listens to our prayers, every one.
Brothers and sisters, let us lift up our prayers.

Offering Prayer (2 Corinthians 13)

God, our Creator,
we call upon your name
and pray your fatherly protection,
your motherly nurture.
Jesus, our Redeemer,
we call you Lord
and submit our lives
as your disciples.
Holy Spirit, our Sustainer,
we need your guidance
to encourage and lead us on.

Sending Forth

Benediction (Matthew 28)

Let us go forth in the name of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We will make disciples of all nations.
We will baptize and teach them of our God.
Remember that Jesus is with you to the end of the age.
Amen.

(Or)

Benediction (2 Corinthians 13)

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

Contemporary Options

Contemporary Gathering Words (2 Corinthians 13)

Let's remember why we're here.
God has claimed us as family.
Baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
we are daughters and sons of God forever.
So let's remember why we're here.
It's a family reunion.

Praise Sentences (Psalm 8)

How majestic is your name, O God, in all the earth.
All of creation tells of your marvelous works.
The heavens are the handiwork of your fingers.
All of creation tells of your marvelous works.
And yet you care for human beings as your children.
All of creation tells of your marvelous works.
How majestic is your name, O God, in all the earth.

From “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2008,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © 2007 by Abingdon Press. “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2015” is now available.

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