This Sunday Edythe Arnott will be leading us in worship.
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost as we commemorated the Holy Spirit descending upon the Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ. With the Holy Spirit indwelling each believer of Jesus Christ, they were now equipped and ready to spread the gospel far and wide in the great commission (Matthew 28: 16-20). It isn’t easy being Jesus’ disciples – or making disciples! Jesus – and the apostle Paul – offer us words of encouragement in their farewell addresses to their disciples and faith community.
The image above is by JESUS MAFA. The mission to the world, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
Order of Service
Prelude Welcome Call to Worship Hymn 436: “God, we praise you for the morning” Prayer of Adoration Prayer of Confession Declaration of Grace The Lord’s Prayer Children’s Time Hymn 299: “Holy, holy, holy” (vs 2 & 4 en français) Responsive Reading: Psalm 8 Gloria Patri Matthew 28: 16-20 (en français – English on the screen) 2 Corinthians 13: 11-14 Sermon: “Learning together” Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed Hymn 764: “There’s a spirit in the air” (To tune Monkland #96) Offering and Offertory Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession Hymn 769: “Lord of light, whose name and splendour” Benediction Go now in peace Postlude
Tomorrow is both communion and Trinity Sunday. Two weeks ago was Ascension Sunday when we remembered Jesus’ ascension to power at the right hand of God the Father. Last week was Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the church. An obvious question is how the ascended Jesus and Holy Spirit are related to God the Father? The answer that the early church came to, after some argument and controversy, is the doctrine of the Trinity. While there are still ongoing arguments (the Copts in Egypt insist that Jesus had only a divine nature rather than two natures (divine and human) that is the majority view; Roman Catholic and Orthodox argue about whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone or the Father and the son), these are minor details. The main point, on which Christians of all denominations agreed is that our Trinitarian understanding of God is what is basic and distinctive about our faith. Tomorrow we will focus on this Russian orthodox icon of the Trinity which those who go to coffee hour should recognize.
Icons are intended to be used for worshipful meditation and contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity. So we will use it as our jumping off point for a communion mediation. The three persons of the Trinity are gathered round the communion table and invite us to join with them in their dance of love.
Order of Service
TRINITY SUNDAY June 12, 2022 Prelude Call to Worship Hymn #299: “Holy, holy, holy” Prayer of Adoration Prayer of Confession and Declaration of Grace Responsive reading: Psalm 8 Proverbs 8: 1-4; 22-31 Anthem: Psaume 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16: 12-15 Hymn 394: “Come thou almighty king” Sermon: “Communion with the Trinity ” Offertory Hymn 524: “We come as guests invited” Communion Hymn #295: “When long before time” Benediction Go now in peace Postlude