Trinity Sunday (Year C)

Summary

In the readings for this Sunday the author of Proverbs writes: Does not wisdom call? I was present at the beginning of creation (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31). The psalmist sings: O Sovereign Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8). The apostle Paul writes: God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1-5). In John, Jesus says: The Spirit will guide you; all that the Father has is mine (John 16:12-15).

Lectionary Readings

Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31

1 Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4 “To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.

22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world’s first bits of soil.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race.

Psalm 8

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

You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

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

Romans 5:1–5

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

John 16:12–15

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Liturgical Elements

Call to Worship

Psalm 8:1-5, 9

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

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?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.

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

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Based on Romans 5:1-5

Triune God,
we are grateful that we are justified by faith,
and that we have peace with with you.
We stand in your grace, and we boast
in our hope of sharing in your glory.
We also boast in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope.
Thank you, Lord, that this hope does not disappoint us,
because your love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

Affirmation of Faith

Based on John 16:12-15

Brothers and sisters, what do we believe concerning the Holy Spirit?

We believe that the Spirit guides us into all the truth.

We believe that he does not speak on his own,
but he speaks whatever he hears and
declares to us the things that are to come.

We believe that he glorifies Jesus because
the Spirit takes what is Christ’s and declares it to us.

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