Trinity – Ps 8, Rom 5, Jn 16

Wow! Last week’s resources were mega-popular. I got over one week’s worth of traffic in just one day! So, if that’s what is helpful, here’s another bundle for the Sunday after Pentecost, or for any Sunday when you are looking at the Trinity.

As always, there are liturgy resources at the end: a confession and absolution, blessings and dismissal, all based on the the RCL passages for this week. Remember that these are not just for Sunday services. Why not use them in personal devotions or in a mid-week meeting? It’s great to speak God’s blessing on our brothers and sisters, and it can be a profound experience to speak a blessing to yourself.
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Here’s a fun take on trying to explain the Trinity, although I tend to be of the Richard Feynman school of thought. He said “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.” Same goes for Trinity. But anyway, here’s Spiderman to help, and who could ask for more?

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Trinity Sunday

Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15

Confession and Absolution

O Lord our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens,
yet we, your children, have not reflected your glory upon the earth.
We have failed to be your hands, bringing healing to a hurting world and carrying the weak.
Instead, we have acted selfishly and allowed injustice.
Forgive us, Good Lord.
Good Lord, forgive us.
We have failed to be your voice, speaking light into darkness and good news to the poor.
Instead, we have spoken hard words to those we should love.
Forgive us, Good Lord.
Good Lord, forgive us.
We have failed to have your eyes, seeing a world full of loved ones waiting to be brought home.
Instead, we have looked down on others and excluded those you would welcome.
Forgive us, Good Lord.
Good Lord, forgive us.

Forgive us, indeed, Good Lord,
for we have not reflected your glory.
Pardon and deliver us, and restore us in your image we pray,
for the sake of your Son and in the power of your Spirit.

Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
and our hope does not disappoint us
because God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Blessing and Dismissal

May the God whose glory is above the heavens
crown you with glory and honour.
May he pour peace into your heart
through faith in Jesus Christ,
and hope into your soul
by the Spirit of Truth who guides you in all things.
May God be mindful of you
and care for you
this day and always.

Go now, to love and serve our triune God,
in the strength of the Father,
in the love of the Son
in the joy of the Spirit.

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