• Glebe Road United Church

Sunday Worship -- June 12, Trinity Sunday

The liturgy today is taken from the Lorica of St. Patrick. A Lorica in the

Irish monastic tradition is a prayer recited for protection.

We Gather Together

Musical Prelude


Promise of Divine Welcome

Invocation: Open Our Hearts, MV 21

Open our hearts, open our minds.

Open our lives to you, O loving God. (2x)

Open our hearts.

Call to Worship:

One: Arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

All: through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness

of the Creator of creation.

One: Arise today through the strength of Christ's birth and baptism,

All: through the strength of his merciful works and just witness,

One: through the strength of his death and resurrection,

All: through the promise of his coming again.

One: So arise today through the strength of children,

in the obedience of angels, in the service of archangels,

All: in the hope of resurrection and coming justice,

in the prayers of patriarchs and matriarchs, in the revelation of prophets,

One: in the preaching of apostles, in the faith of confessors,

in the innocence of those chosen, and in the deeds of righteous people

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Listening in the Light of Reconciliation

Opening Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy, VU 315

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;

holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,

casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,

though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see,

only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,

perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;

holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Opening Prayer

Invitation to Confession

Song: Listen, God Is Calling, MV 97

Listen God is calling, through the Word inviting,

offering forgiveness, comfort, and joy. (2x)

Prayer of Confession

One: Christ our friend, and saviour too often we listen to other voices,

voices which distract and obscure our vision from you.

For the times we have listened and given voice to powers that corrupt,

All: Christ, have mercy.

One: For when we prioritize harden hearts over grace filled welcome,

All: Christ, have mercy.

One: For when we create false idols of power, affluence and money,

All: Christ, have mercy.

One: For when devalue people’s bodies, expressions and souls.

All: Christ, have mercy.

One: Christ shield us today;

All: Against anger, against jealousy,

Against fear, against timidity,

One: So that your justice may flow through us

All: and we may share in its reward.

Words of Assurance

Song: Behold, I Make All Things New, MV 115

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

beginning with you and starting from today.

Behold, behold, I make all things new,

my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.

Choral Anthem

Children’s Hymn: You Are Holy, MV 45

You are holy, you show us the way. (4x)

You show us, you show us, you show us the way. (4x)

You are freedom…

You are justice…

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

forever and ever. Amen.

Children’s Prayer:

God, be in my eyes and in my looking.

God, be in my ears and in my listening.

God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God, be in my heart and in my understanding. Amen.

God Calls and We Respond to the Word

Romans 5:1-8

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Psalm 8, VU 732, with Sung Response:

O God, our God, how glorious is your name in all the earth!

O God, our God, how glorious is your name in all the earth!

From the lips of infants and children your praises

reach up to the heavens.

You have set up a stronghold against your foes,

to quell the enemy and the avenger. R

When I look to the heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars you have set in their places,

what are we mortals that you should be mindful of us,

mere human beings that you should care for us? R

You have made us little less than divine,

and crowned us with glory and honour.

You have made us rulers over all your creation,

and put all things under our feet,

all sheep and cattle, all creatures of the wild,

the birds of the air and the fish in the sea,

and all that make their way through the waters. R

John 16: 12-15

‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Sermon: Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Trinity

Hymn: God, Whose Almighty Word, VU 313

God, whose almighty word

chaos and darkness heard, and took their flight,

hear us, we humbly pray, and where the gospel day

sheds not its glorious ray, let there be light.

Jesus, who came to bring

on your redeeming wing, healing and sight,

health to the troubled mind, sight to the Spirit-blind,

O now to humankind let there be light.

Spirit of truth and love,

lifegiving, holy dove, speed forth your flight;

move on the water’s face, bearing the lamp of grace,

and in earth’s darkest place let there be light.

Blessed and holy three,

glorious trinity, wisdom, love, might,

boundless as ocean’s tide rolling in fullest pride,

through the world far and wide, let there be light.

Invitation to the Offering


Doxology: Grant Us, God, the Grace, VU 540

Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

with a spirit large and free,

that ourselves and all our living

we may offer faithfully.

We Pray

Prayers of the People

Poem: The Holy Trinity by Kenn Storck (adpt.)

It is Holy Trinity Sunday.

Time to dust off the Dogmatics, speak of God as H-2-0:

water with three parts – mist, liquid, ice.

Or a three - leaf clover will do to disclose the Three-In-One.

Why do we bother with images, icons, projections of God

worthy to be shattered by the mystery unsolved?

How dare we define the Divine,

Domesticate the Godhead?

Go ahead: draw your pictures, color your triangles,

Speak of the Three-In-One, and the One-In-Three.

But all the while, do not trust the limit of language,

The confinement of metaphor, the simplicity of simile.

The Ancients knew no one could not be

In the presence of the living God and live,

The Christ confined in flesh,

Spirit unmanageable, Cosmic-Creator.

Expand, do not contract God,

For God is the Great Iconoclast.

And we at last with Job stand in the Divine Presence,

Jaws dropping in muted wonder.

Closing Hymn: O Laughing Light, VU 434

O laughing light, O first-born of creation,

radiance of glory, light from light begotten,

God self-revealing, holy, bright and blessed:

you shine upon us.

Day’s light is fragile, your light is eternal;

we look to you, our light within the shadow.

We sing to you, Creator, Christ and Spirit.

You shine before us.

Light of the world, O Jesus, you are worthy!

Giver of life and Child of God, we praise you.

Hear as the universe proclaims your glory!

You shine among us.


One: Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

All: Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

One: Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

All: Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,

One: Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

All: In the vision of those that see me

and the hearing of each person who listens to me.


Song: May the Blessing of God Be upon You, VU 429

May the blessing of God be upon you.

May God’s love light all your way.

May the grace of Christ enfold you

and peace around you stay.

May the Spirit of God dwell within you.

May you live in joy each day.


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