May 26, 2024 – Trinity Sunday

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 6:1–8
Isaiah has a vision of the Lord and cries: Here I am; send me!

Psalm 29
In the wilderness and in the temple, give glory to the Lord.

Romans 8:12–17
By the Spirit we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ.

John 3:1–17
We must be born of the Spirit; God sent the Son to save the world.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Holy, holy, holy is our God;
Heaven and earth are filled with God’s glory.
The God of glory thunders;
God’s voice shakes the wilderness.
No one knows from where it comes, or to where it goes,
and all in God’s temple say, “Glory!”
Will we hear that voice saying:
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
O God, we are here, send us!
Let us worship God in holy splendor.

Prayer of the Day

Spirit of the Living God,
you tell us that we are your children,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
Let us not take our inheritance for granted
or hold too tightly
to our understanding of who we are.
For you are wild like the wind,
loving whom you choose
with reckless generosity.
You call us to abandon fear
and to receive a new family
made up of all people and all creation.
Teach us to love as you love,
wild and free,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the grace that is at work in us
through the gift of our baptism—
the sign of your threefold name,
the communion of your faithful people,
the promise of your glorious realm.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
let your grace and peace grow in us,
until we gather at your heavenly throne
to give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
It is only by the power of God
that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

For you so loved the world, O God,
that you came among us
to feel our pain, amplify our joy, and bless our broken stories.
For you so loved the world, O God,
that you are among us still,
calling us by your spirit to follow in the way of your love.
Forgive us when we do not listen, O God:
when we forget the love that you have for us
and the love we are called to share with one another.
Forgive us, three-in-one God,
and let your love transform our lives.

Lifting water from the font:
Now stand firm in your faith,
covered by the saving grace of God
and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Holy, Holy, Holy One,
guide us by the Spirit of truth
to hear the Word of life you speak,
and to give all glory, honor, and praise
to your threefold name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Listen to the word of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4

After the readings:
Keep these words in your heart.
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Thanks be to God.
Deuteronomy 6:6


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord our God, Alpha and Omega,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Revelation 21:6

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday
Jesus Christ is God with humankind.
He is the eternal Son of the Father,
who became human and lived among us
to fulfill the work of reconciliation.
He is present in the church
by the power of the Holy Spirit
to continue and complete his mission.
This work of God,
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
is the foundation of all confessional statements
about God, humanity, and the world.
Therefore, the church calls all people
to be reconciled to God and to one another.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.07

Prayers of the People

In the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we call on the name of the Lord, saying:
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the church . . .
As you have claimed us by water and the Spirit,
send us forth in the name of Jesus
to proclaim your great love for the world.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the world . . .
Touch our world with healing, and wash it clean
from all violence, pollution, and corruption,
that the whole earth may be full of your glory.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for this community . . .
Give us strength and bless us with your peace,
so that all may know the beauty of your presence
and glorify your holy name.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Deliver them from captivity to death and fear,
embrace them as your beloved children,
and turn all their suffering into glory.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

Gracious God, continue to pour out your power
in the church, in the world, and in our daily lives,
so all will know that you are at work among us;
through Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,
to present yourselves as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Generous God, we give you thanks
for all your blessings to us.
Use these gifts we offer
as a sign of your great love for the world,
so that all may know and share
the abundance of your grace;
in your holy name we pray. Amen.
2 Corinthians 8:12–15

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
In every age, you have anointed leaders with your Spirit.
Now all of your people—men and women, young and old—
are empowered to speak your truth and show your glory.
Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

We give you thanks that you sent Jesus into the world
not with condemnation but with everlasting love,
that all who believe in him may have eternal life.
The words of institution are included here.
Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation (e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lead us by your Spirit, O God,
sending us out to bear witness to the world
that all may have life in you and be born anew.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer

Breaking the Bread

Communion of the People

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
Holy Spirit, you have filled us with your life.
Christ our Savior, you have embraced us in your love.
God our Mother, you have fed with your grace.
Now send us out into your beloved world
to share your life, your love, your grace with all.
Blessing and honor and glory to you,
holy, holy, holy Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
May the blessing of the Trinity—
holy, holy, holy Lord—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Isaiah 6:3

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here I am; send me!” Amen.
Isaiah 6:8

Throne of God with Elders

Bamberger Apocalypse, Germany, 1000

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Holy God, We Praise Your Name (O, E) GROSSER GOTT WIR LOBEN DICH GTG 4
  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! (O) NICAEA GTG 1
  • Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo, santo) (O) CUÉLLAR GTG 594
  • The Play of the Godhead (O) PERICHORESIS GTG 9


  • He Came Down (G) HE CAME DOWN GTG 137
  • Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (O) PICARDY GTG 347
  • There Is a Redeemer (G) GREEN GTG 443
  • To God Be the Glory (G) TO GOD BE THE GLORY GTG 634


  • Eat This Bread (G) BERTHIER GTG 527
  • My Song Is Love Unknown (OG) LOVE UNKNOWN GTG 209
  • New Born Again (G) NEGRO SPIRITUAL AAHH 362
  • The Rice of Life (G) BÍ-NÎL GTG 524


  • Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine (EG) ASSURANCE GTG 839
  • In Christ There Is No East or West (E) MCKEE GTG 317 ST. PETER GTG 318
  • Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen (OEG) SURGE ECCLESIA GTG 536
  • Send Me, Jesus (Thuma mina) (O) THUMA MINA GTG 746

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 29

  • The God of Heaven [GLORY]; GTG 259, PH 180
  • All Who Throng the Halls of Heaven [EBENEZER]; KU 12
  • Give Glory to God, All You Heavenly Creatures [ARLES]; PAS 29C, LUYH 114
  • All on Earth and All in Heaven [EBENEZER]; PAS 29A LUYH 922
  • Ascribe to God Both Strength and Power [CMD]; SGP 45
  • The Lord Will Bless His People; OLOF 673
  • Hijos de Dios / Angels on High; PAS 29B
  • Your Voice, O Lord; PAS 29D

Organ Music

  • “Prelude and Fugue in E Flat ‘St. Anne,’” BWV 552, Johann Sebastian Bach, public domain (A)
  • “Meditative Prelude on NICAEA,” The Complete Organist, vol. 2, Grimoaldo Macchia, LOR (ME)
  • “The God of Abraham Praise,” Praise and Thanksgiving Hymn Improvisations, Set 3, Michael Burkhardt, MSM (M)
  • “Postlude on ITALIAN HYMN,” The Complete Organist, Edward Broughton, LOR (E)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “God So Loved the World,” John Stainer, GSH, SATB, acap (M)
  • “Heilig,” Felix Mendelssohn, CPDL, SATB/SATB, acap (A)
  • “Te Deum,” Joseph Haydn, Associated Music Publishers, SATB, keybd (A)
  • “In the Year That King Uzziah Died,” David McK. Williams, ALF, SATB, org (M)
  • “Mysterious Being,” Alfred Fedak, SEL, SATB, org (E)
  • “Cum sancto spiritu,” Gloria, Antonio Vivaldi, ed. Martens, WAL, SATB, keybd (M)
  • “Christ Be with Me,” Noel Rawsthorne, SJMP, 2 pt mx, org (E)
  • “Credo,” Andre Thomas, LOR, SATB, solo, keybd, bass, drums (M)

Handbell Music

  • “Holy, Holy, Holy,” Karen L. Buckwalter, 3–5 oct, BP, HB742, Level 3+
  • “Abba, Father,” Jason Krug, 3–5 oct, opt hc, LOR, 201707L, Level 2+
  • “Holy God, We Praise Your Name,” Kevin McChesney, 3–5 oct, JHS, 9602, Level 2


  • Isaiah 6:1–8, Timothy Botts (EYE)
  • Throne of God with Elders, manuscript illumination (VDL)
  • Nicodemus, Henry Ossawa Tanner (VDL)
  • The Gust of Wind, Gustave Courbet (VDL)
  • Born Again, Lauren Wright Pittman (VDL)