Worship in the Home: Sunday, June 7, 2020, The Holy Trinity

Posted on June 3, 2020 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

The Holy Trinity
June 7, 2020

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this brief resource as an aid for prayer in the home. As with our prayers in the gathered assembly for worship, you are encouraged to prepare or adapt them locally for your context.


The Prayer of the Day may be prayed. 

Let us pray.
God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God; Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever.


Then the readings for this Sunday may be read, as follows:

First ReadingGenesis 1:1-2:4a

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness God called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together God called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27So God created humankind in the divine image,
in the image of God humankind was created;
male and female God created them.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31God saw everything that had been made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that had been done, and God rested on the seventh day from all the work that had been done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that God had done in creation. 4aThese are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.


Psalm: Psalm 8 may be sung or spoken in response to the First Reading.

1O | Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in | all the earth!—
2you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of in- | fants and children;
you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe | and avenger.
3When I consider your heavens, the work | of your fingers,
the moon and the stars you have set | in their courses,
4what are mere mortals that you should be mind- | ful of them,
human beings that you should | care for them? 
5Yet you have made them little less | than divine;
with glory and hon- | or you crown them.
6You have made them rule over the works | of your hands;
you have put all things un- | der their feet:
7all | flocks and cattle,
even the wild beasts | of the field,
8the birds of the air, the fish | of the sea,
and whatever passes along the paths | of the sea.
9O | Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in | all the earth! 


Second Reading: 1 Corinthian 13:11-13

[Paul writes:] 11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.


Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reads the gospel and preaches a sermon on video for this Sunday. You may choose to view the video at this time or read a transcript of the sermon. A video with Spanish subtitles and a Spanish transcript are also available.

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



Having read these readings, think of this:

There are lots of ideas around the world about who God is.  Not all of them are life-giving. And there are lots of temptations right now to forget about any God, and to live only for ourselves. These texts call us again to faith in the Holy One who is also the Holy Three, the God who surrounds us with grace, love and communion, the God who made and holds the world, the God who—against all grief and sorrow—still calls the creation “very good.” Baptized into the powerful name of this God and assured of the presence of the risen Christ, we greet each other, even at a distance, with the peace and love that bears witness to this God. We know that God’s beloved world now is in great need of that ordered peace and love.


If you have a hymnal (or using the graphic below), you might now sing or read “I Bind unto Myself Today” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 450) or “Many and Great, O God” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 837).

I Bind unto Myself Today

Many and Great, O God Wakantanka taku nitawa


In addition to the prayer resources below,  worship materials addressing racism can be found at www.elca.org/EmanuelNine.

Then pray together these prayers for our church and world:

We are called into unity with one another. Yet especially this week our nation is experiencing painful and profound disunity. Let us preface our prayers this morning with several minutes of silence, meditating on the sorrows of our country, its history of racial injustice, and its resistance in bringing about liberty and equality for all.

A period of silence.

Held together in the mercy of the triune God, let us join with one another to pray for the many needs of the world.

A brief silence.

O triune God, bless the preaching and reception of your Word, and pour your Spirit onto congregational leaders and all the baptized. Give wisdom and stamina to those who work in national church offices for their unprecedented tasks. Hold the churches of all denominations together in one, as you are one.

A brief silence.

Holy One, Holy Three, for the church we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O triune God, as at the beginning of time your word and spirit visited the earth, so now sustain this planet with your renewing care. Teach us to care for the very good earth that you have created. Calm the summer’s storms, and send rain where there is drought.

A brief silence.

Holy One, Holy Three, for the earth we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O triune God, in whom Three are One, guide with your powerful mercy our troubled nation, where relationships are fractured and injustice marks the land. Heal our wounded people. Give hope to the despairing. Protect the protestors. Preserve our cities from more tumult, and keep away those intent on destruction. Guard stores and homes from fire, and save us from bloodshed. Control our police and national guard as they stand against violence. Assist our president, our governors and our legislators in moving forward from a history of racism into a future of peace.

A brief silence.

 Holy One, Holy Three, for our nation we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O triune God, bless the aboriginal peoples in lands around the globe. We commemorate before you today Chief Seattle, and we ask you to protect the native peoples of this land from yet more dangers, from outside aggression, and from internal despair.

A brief silence.

Holy One, Holy Three, for all tribes and clans we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O triune God, open our eyes to see your likeness in everyone. Heal the sick, uphold all who face oppression, feed the hungry. Visit refugee camps with power to save. We ask your mercy on the millions who suffer from the coronovirus – the sick, the dying, the bereaved, the unemployed. Uphold medical workers, and accompany researchers as they seek a vaccine. Embrace the children who live confused and sad. We pray also for those we remember here before you:

A brief silence.

Holy One, Holy Three, for all in need we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O triune God, as summer begins, give safety to those who travel and contentment to those who cannot. Give a sense of sabbath rest to those whose vacation plans have been canceled, and grant activities to the children who cannot attend summer camp. Shine your sun on famers’ fields, so that enough food will grow for our needs. Shield all farm workers from the worst of the heat.

 A brief silence.

 Holy One, Holy Three, for summertime we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O God, bring us into the mystery of your triune life. We praise you as Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Mercy-maker. Accept now the petitions of our own hearts.

A longer time of silence.

Holy One, Holy Three, for ourselves we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

O triune God, we praise you for all the saints who, in the past and the present, have lived and died in you. At the end, bring us all into the tender power of your presence.

A brief silence.

Holy One, Holy Three, for now and forever we pray:
Grant your threefold blessing.

Hear these words, O God, and receive also those petitions that are too deep for words, joining our prayers with those of Jesus Christ, who intercedes for us, now and forever.


If you have a hymnal (or using the graphic below), you might now sing or read “O Holy Spirit, Root of Life” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 399) or “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 413).  

O Holy Spirit, Root of Life

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!


Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever.

Our Father in heaven,
allowed be your name,
our kingdom come,
our will be done,
n earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
s we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
nd deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
nd the glory are yours,
now and forever. 

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us now and forever.


Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: ” Creating God, Your Fingers Trace “; “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth“; “O Christ, Surround Me .”

Readings for the Week:
Monday Psalm 29. Tuesday (commemoration of Columba, died 597; Aidan, died 651; Bede, died 735; renewers of the church) 1 Corinthians 12:4-13. Wednesday John 14:25-26. Thursday (Barnabas, Apostle) Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3. FridayExodus 4:27-31. Saturday Mark 7:1-13. Second Sunday after Pentecost (commemoration of Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, died 379; Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, died around 385; Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, died around 389; Macrina, teacher, died around 379) Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8 [9-23].


Daily Prayer Resources are now available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

Reflection material: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.

Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.


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