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Holy Trinity Sunday

June 16, 2019

AS WE GATHER…Today’s Psalm provides another impetus for awe:  God’s creation itself is majestic in scope and grandeur.  The more we learn about it, especially the vastness of cosmic space, the more we recognize the grace of God in His caring about us at all.  Our planet is blue marble when seen from most of our solar system. Few of humanity’s accomplishments are visible even from the space station in near-earth orbit.  God has not only provided the one place where we might thrive, but He also became one of us to die for us and then gave us the ability to trust Him for all things.  Indeed, how majestic is His name in all the earth!



P:  In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C:  Amen. 


P:  We join in confessing our sins to God in order to hear once again his forgiveness that frees us from the guilt of our sin and allows us to live in joy and hope following Christ:

C: Dear Lord, we come to you in all honesty and humility, admitting that we are sinners—we have sinned in our evil thoughts, in our hurtful words, and in our destructive actions.  We also admit that we have at times been exclusive in thinking that Christ’s salvation is just for a few of us, rather than a gift for all people.  Help us, Lord, to hold on to that simple, pure Gospel of your gracious gift of salvation, and to share that good news with others in whatever ways we can, so that others may come to know you and your gracious gift. 


SONG OF CONFESSION                                              “White as Snow”

White as snow, white as snow,

though my sins were as scarlet

Lord I know, Lord I know,

that I’m clean and forgiven.

Through the power of your blood,

Through the wonder of your love

Through faith in you I know that I can be white as snow.



P:  God knows our brokenness, and he knows our hearts; he knows our desire to live as his people day by day.  So he frees us from the guilt of our sin by assuring us of his forgiveness.  In God’s name and by his command, I proclaim to you the forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen. 

CREED (Part 1)

P:  As an expression of our faith, we confess the words of the Athanasian Creed, the longest and most recent of the three Ecumenical Creeds of the Church.  Because of its length, we will be dividing the Creed into two sections and will be assisted by readers in speaking it.

C: Whoever desire to be saved must, above all, hold the universal faith.  Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally. 

Reader 1:     And the universal faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.  For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.  But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one:  the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

Reader 2:     Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:  the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.

C: And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal, just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite. 

Reader 1:     In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty; and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

Reader 2:     So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.  So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord; and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.

C: Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the universal church to say that there are three Gods or Lords. 

Reader 1:     The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.  The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.  The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.

Reader 2:     Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

Reader 1:     And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;

Reader 2:     but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.

C: Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity. 


Old Testament                                                                               Psalm 8

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 babes 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, which You have set in place,

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

And crowned him with glory and honor.

You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands;

You have put all things under his feet,

All sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

Whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

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

Reader:  This is the Word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL:                                                                              John 8:48-59  

Using the words “I am,” Jesus proclaims His divinity. 

    The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Pastor:  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:  Praise to You, O Christ.




SERMON HYMN: “Holy, Holy, Holy”    LBW 165

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!


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 everymore shalt  be.


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.


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!




CREED (Part 2)  

P:          We continue and conclude the confession of our faith today with the second part of the Athanasian Creed.

C:         But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man. 

Reader 1:     He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age: perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;

Reader 2:     equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

C: Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ: 

Reader 1:     one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God; one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

Reader 2:     For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ, who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

Reader 1:     At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.

Reader 2:     And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

C:         This is the universal faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved. 



We offer our thanksgiving for what God has first given us—ourselves, our time, our possessions.




P:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.  As we grow in the Christian faith, we pray for an increase of the Word, that it be freely shared and bring the good news of sins forgiven through Christ to every place.  Triune God in mercy,

C: hear our prayer. 

P:  We pray for the world in which we live, asking that there would be times of peace and security in our days and that we know days of blessings and joy.  Triune God in mercy,

C: hear our prayer. 

P:  We pray for the Church and for this household of faith, that we be the radiant Bride of Christ, daily growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  We also pray for College United Methodist Church that their fellowship continues to be salt for the community of Philomath and a light to those who need Your grace.  Triune God in mercy,

C: hear our prayer. 

P:  We lift our petitions now for the sick, the homebound, and all who this day are in need of our intercession, (especially…), that their prayers soon be answered and that they be supported by God’s people as they honor Christ.  Triune God in mercy,

C: hear our prayer. 

P:  Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen. 









“Psalm 8”                                                                                 TOSB 175

1) O Lord, our Lord, how majestic Thy name is,

How great is Thy name in all the earth,

Who hast set Thy glory above the high heavens

And stilleth Thy foes through a child in its birth.


2) When I think on Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers,

The moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained,

What is man in Thy mem’ry, a man that Thou mindest,

The son of man that Thou carest for him?


3) You made him, Lord in your own image and likeness.

And crowned him with honor and glory.

You gave him dominion o’re all of the wide earth.

And over the creatures that pass through the sea.


“Be Still, My Soul”                                                                      TOSB 7

Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain

Leave to thy God to order and provide

In every change He faithful will remain

Be still my soul thy best, thy heavenly friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end


Be still my soul when dearest friends depart

And all is darkened in the vale of tears

Then shalt thou better know His love His heart

Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears

Be still my soul the waves and winds shall know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below


Be still my soul the hour is hastening on

When we shall be forever with the Lord

When disappointment grief and fear are gone

Sorrow forgot love’s purest joys restored

Be still my soul when change and tears are past

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last


“Great is the Lord”                                                                    TOSB 66

Great is the Lord, He is holy and just, By His power we trust In His love.

Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true, By His mercy He proves He is love.

Great is the Lord, And worthy of glory, Great is the Lord, And worthy of praise.

Great is the Lord, Now lift up your voice, Now lift up your voice:Great is the Lord  Great is the Lord


Great is the Lord, He is holy and just, By His power we trust In His love.

Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true, By His mercy He proves He is love

Great are you Lord, And worthy of glory Great are you Lord, and worthy of praise.

Great are you Lord, I lift up my voice, I lift up my voice: Great are you Lord! Great are you Lord!



P:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen. 


CLOSING HYMN: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”              TOSB 118

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, hail Thee as the sun above,

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.


All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of the unbroken praise;

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in Thee.


Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

Well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the Joy Divine.


Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning over us, Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;

Joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life.



P:  Go in Peace.  Serve the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.