Worship in the Home: The Holy Trinity, May 30, 2021

Posted on May 26, 2021 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

The Holy Trinity, Year B
May 30, 2021

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.

Find a peaceful place to pray, perhaps a table. You may wish to light a candle and place a bowl of water in remembrance of your baptism. One person may lead this acclamation and then pray the Prayer of the Day.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


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

First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of the Lord’s robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above the Lord; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of the glory of the LORD.”
4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the Sovereign, the LORD of hosts!”

6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

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


The Psalm may be sung or read in response to the First Reading.

Psalm 29

1Ascribe to the | LORD, you gods,
ascribe to the LORD glo- | ry and strength.
2Ascribe to the LORD the glory | due God’s name;
worship the LORD in the beau- | ty of holiness.
3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of | glory thunders;
the LORD is upon the | mighty waters.
4The voice of the LORD is a pow- | erful voice;
the voice of the LORD is a | voice of splendor.
5The voice of the LORD breaks the | cedar trees;
the LORD breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;
6the LORD makes Lebanon skip | like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.
7The voice | of the LORD
bursts forth in | lightning flashes.
8The voice of the LORD | shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe and strips the | forests bare.
And in the temple of the LORD all are | crying, “Glory!”
10The LORD sits enthroned a- | bove the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king for- | evermore.
11O LORD, give strength | to your people;
give them, O LORD, the bless- | ings of peace.


Second Reading: Romans 8:12-17

12Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with Christ so that we may also be glorified with Christ.

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


Gospel: John 3:1-17

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

1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jewish people. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the dominion of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to Jesus, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the dominion of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to Jesus, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son-of-Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son-of-Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16“For God loved the world in this way, that God gave the Son, the only begotten one, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

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



Having read these readings, think on this:

Both in reading these passages of Scripture today and, when it is possible, in gathering for eucharist, we find ourselves standing before God, the Thrice-Holy One. In both places we should cry out with Isaiah, “Woe is me!  I am a person of unclean lips, dwelling among people of unclean lips, and I cannot stand before God and live!”  But the Holy Trinity gathers us into mercy: the Spirit gives us birth in baptism and forms us to pray; Jesus Christ is sent to share our death and our life, making us joint heirs of hope; the Father, the one who sends Jesus, loves the world and sends us with him as witnesses. There are not three gods, but one loving, rich, enfolding mystery. The Trinity is the living God we know, whose divine life we are drawn to share. With the word of these scriptures — as also with the bread and cup of the eucharist when that is possible — the coal has touched our lips and we can turn with good news and love toward our neighbors.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “Come Join the Dance of Trinity” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 412), God Loved the World(Evangelical Lutheran Worship 323), Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 413). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

God Loved the World

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty


Then pray these intercessions:

On this festival of The Holy Trinity, let us pray to the triune God, responding to each petition with the words “Holy God, we praise your name.”

A brief silence.

That all leaders of the church be strengthened for their ministries; that theologians manifest the triune mystery for our time; and that all the baptized be renewed in faith:

A brief silence.

O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the church we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

That the earth’s mighty waters be cleansed; that cedars and oak trees be nurtured; and that wildernesses be protected:

A brief silence.

O God, creator, gardener, and keeper, for the earth we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

That the leaders of nations enact justice for all their people; that prejudice against those of different nationality or color or language cease; and that democracy flourish around the globe:

A brief silence.

O God, fortress, monarch, and protector, for the nations we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

That all people shun the use of violence; and that, in remembrance of all the soldiers and civilians who have died in warfare, humankind maintain peace between nations, on our streets, and in our homes:

A brief silence.

O God, judge, peacemaker, and shield, for peace we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

That the pandemic end; that vaccines be fairly distributed; that the suffering be comforted; that those who are ill be made whole; and that you visit those we here name:

A brief silence.

O God, healer, mother, and nurse, for the sick we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

That summertime offer refreshment to everyone; that relatives and friends find joy with one another; that travelers be kept safe; and that refugees receive refuge:

A brief silence.

O God, friend, companion, and homeland, for summertime we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

That each of us rest securely in divine love; and that our private prayers be heard:

A longer period of silence.

O God, wisdom, lover, and treasure, for ourselves we pray:
Holy God, we praise your name.

In remembrance of all who have died in the faith, (especially. . . ), we join with Mary to sing a magnificat of praise. That with all the saints, at the end of all things, we receive your eternal life;
Holy God, we praise your name.

Into your endless love we commend all for whom we pray, trusting as did Jesus in your grace and might, now and forever.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 735),Holy God, We Praise Your Name(Evangelical Lutheran Worship 414), As a Mother Comforts Her Child” (All Creation Sings 1015). Selected hymns are provided below for those without a hymnal at home.

Holy God, We Praise Your Name

As a Mother Comforts Her Child


Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

We thank you, O God, for your life-giving Word,
for calling creation into being,
declaring forgiveness from the cross,
and delivering the spirit of rebirth.
We praise you, O God, for your Word:
we praise you, O God, for your Word.

Your word is a lamp lighting our path,
a mirror reflecting our selves,
a shield providing us refuge,
a fire burning for justice and truth.
Your word is sweeter than honey:
it nourishes our bodies like milk,
it sustains your people like bread.
We receive your promises, more treasured than gold.
We bless you, O God, for your Word:
we bless you, O God, for your Word.

Open our ears to your prophets, apostles, and saints,
and to all the cries of the needy.
Breathe into your church the mighty Spirit of Christ,
that heeding your voice of beauty and power
we are strengthened to serve wherever we are called.

To you, Father, Son, and Spirit—the Source, Word, and Breath—
we offer our thanks for your life-giving Word.
We offer our thanks for your life-giving Word.


Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.


Then speak the Blessing:

The blessing of God,
who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us,
+ be upon you 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: “For God So Loved the World;” “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise;” “Come, Share the Spirit.”


Readings for the Week:
Monday (Visit of Mary to Elizabeth) Luke 1:39-57. Tuesday (commemoration of Justin, martyr at Rome, c. 165) 1 Corinthians 2:1-10. Wednesday Numbers 6:22-27. Thursday (commemoration of the Martyrs of Uganda, 1886; John XXIII, Bishop of Rome, 1963) Psalm 130. Friday 2 Corinthians 5:1-5. Saturday (commemoration Boniface, Bishop of Mainz, missionary to Germany; martyr, 754) Genesis 2:4b-14. Second Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1; Mark 3:20-35. Visit ELCA.org/Lectionary for a full listing of readings assigned to each day.

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

Due to copyright restrictions, we are only able to provide downloadable hymns that are in the public domain and selected hymns for limited use. To purchase copies of Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Creation Sings for the home, visit the Augsburg Fortress website or call 1-800-328-4648. Selected hymns from All Creation Sings are provided for limited use.

Reflection text: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw.

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, All Creation Sings, and sundaysandseasons.com © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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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