PRAYER OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION – Psalm 8
O LORD, our God, how splendid is your name in all the earth;
a radiance I will worship to the ends of the cosmos.
On weak infant babbling you have established strength
on account of your enemies,
to subdue chaos and death.
I gaze at the night sky, and marvel at your handiwork;
the moon and stars which you have set in place.
Who am I that you remember me,
or the whole human family, that you care about us?
You have made us in your image, little less than yourself,
and surrounded us with the glory and splendour of your creating word.
Yet you have given us these works of your hands:
you have put the world at our feet;
sheep and cattle, herds and flocks,
birds of the air – blue wren and wedgetail eagle,
fish of the sea – fairy penguin and Southern Right whale
— all the creatures that live and move in the depths and shallows.
O LORD, our God, how splendid is your name in all the earth
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen…
We lament the times we exploit rather than treasure your gift of creation.
Holy One whose love was most clearly revealed in Jesus,
We lament the times we fail to live out your commandment to love
Holy Spirit, giver of life, who has spoken through the prophets,
We lament the times we betray the truth of the gospel.
Source of life, Word of life, Breath of life,
fill us again with your creative power,
remake us in your image
so that we may better love you and worship you,
in all our living. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT
Trinity, as simple as A-B-S? (What follows is an outline of my recollection of a moment in worship led by our parish minister, quite some years ago, and well before I was ordained.) Materials: A telephone – it could be one from your study desk, or a mobile/cell ‘phone. The glossy, attractive finish to the telephone comes from Acrylonitrile one of the plastics used in making the telephone. The telephone’s impact strength – which means it will bounce rather than break if dropped – comes from Butadene. And Styrene give the telephone its attractively moulded shape. You can’t see each of these plastics; what you see is the result, or effect, of their presence. Three plastics; one telephone. So too, the three personae of the One God are evident by the effects of their presence.
Another suggestion: Gen 1:1-2:4a, Ps 8 offer the opportunity to engage with a variety of themes. The reading of either or both lections could be accompanied by the projection of images of the cosmos and the created world.
Have a lighted candle as a focus point in the worship space symbolising the light separated from the darkness and Christ, the light of the world. Draped blue and brown cloth could symbolise the waters and the dry land.
How do we live in this world? What does it mean to be created “in the image of God”? Have we misunderstood what it means to “fill the earth and subdue it”? What does it mean to “have dominion over all the earth” in the light of the gospel?
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Holy, holy, holy are you,
Source of life,
Word of life,
Breath of life,
to warm the lives of those we name
on our unclean lips and in the silence of our hearts;
to celebrate with those open to your abundance;
to bring comfort to those among us and around us who are hurting,
to encourage those for whom the light of life
shines less brightly.
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY
|All things bright and beautful
|At the dawning of salvation
|Colourful Creator, God of mystery
|Did you ever see a kookaburra laugh
|For the beauty of the earth
|Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
|Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty
|Lord, your almighty word
|Loving Spirit, loving Spirit
|Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit
|Morning has broken
|O Lord of every shining constellation
|Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation
|She sits like a bird brooding on the water
|Sing a new song, sing a new song
|Stars and planets flung in orbit
|The sounds in God’s world all agree
|Touch the earth lightly
|Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand
|Lord, our Lord, your glorious name
|2 Corinthians 13:11-13
|Father, bless us as we go
|Go now in peace
|Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son
|Father in heaven, grant to your children
|Lord Christ, true peace of all above
|Christians, lift up your hearts …
|Dearest Jesus, we are here
|Father, we adore you
|Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one
|How firm a foundation, you people of God
|Jesus calls us here to meet him
|May the grace of Christ our Saviour
|O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr
|O breath of life, come sweeping through us
|O what a gift, what a wonderful gift
|Praise with joy the world’s Creator
|This is the truth we hold