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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Trinity Sunday

Written By Ryan Egan on 05/28/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

Trinity Sunday

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, a day which we intentionally recognize the important doctrine of the Trinity: God the Father, God, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Last week we celebrated the birth and bestowal of the Holy Spirit into the Church and as we continue the season of Pentecost it's good for us to continue to highlight the work of the Spirit as well as the triune nature of our God. To that end, we will be singing "Father, Only in Your Power," a modern trinitarian hymn written by Zac Hicks and Bruce Benedict.

The writers intended this song to be a confession of sin, not only to God, the Father, but to all three Persons of the Godhead. It also gives us an opportunity to sing the ancient "Kyrie" and "Agnus Dei" that have been sung in the Church to various musical settings for centuries. You can read a much more detailed explanation of the thoughts and structure behind the song at

The Nicene Creed

We will also be using the Nicene Creed as our Confession of Faith again this week. While this creed is longer and more complex than the Apostles' Creed, it gives much more specific reference to each Person of the Trinity, allowing us the opportunity to jointly proclaim our belief in the Triune nature of God. You can find the words to the Nicene Creed below:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, through Whom all things were made:

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man: Who for us, too, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, suffered, and was buried: the third day He rose according to the Scriptures, ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of the Father: He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son: Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy, Christian, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and life of the age to come. Amen.

Bless The Lord (Psalms 103 and 145)

The remainder of Sunday's service is built around the themes found in Psalms 103 and 145. These two psalms are pictures of what we aim to do in every worship service. In both is found a call to worship:

"Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name." Psalm 103:1
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall declare Your mighty works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness." Psalm 145:3-7.

While both don't offer an expression of direct confession of sin (which is what we will be doing in the song mentioned above), both offer beautiful pictures of complete assurance that God has pardoned our sin:

"He does not deal with us according to our sins nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the East is from the West, so far as He removed our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him." Psalm 103:10-13.
"The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all and His mercy is over all that He has made."

God's mercy, compassion and steadfast love and clearly seen and shown in these Psalms. And so, as we know the love and mercy of our Father, we respond in worship by singing "Bless the Lord, oh my soul...sing like never before!" and "Here I am to I am to say that You're my God."

While we will be hearing and confessing portions of both of these Psalms together on Sunday, I would encourage you to read each one in their entirety and spend some time dwelling on them before and after Sunday morning.

Listen To and Learn Sunday's Music

You can head to the music at Living Word page to listen to and learn the songs for Sunday so you are more easily able to worship without distraction by knowing the songs we will be singing.

Special Guests

Alan Greene, LifeLight Ministries

This Sunday at Living Word Free Lutheran Church will be joined by Alan Greene, founder of LifeLight ministries. We're very excited to hear what Alan will teach on the topic of "What Does God Want from Us?" especially after knowing the unique experience Alan has had with "Taking the Church Outside the Walls" through LifeLight's many ministries.

Skylar Kaylyn

We are also excited to welcome Skylar Kaylyn, a young recording artist. Skylar contacted me through our website a couple months ago and wondered if there might be a good time where she could come and share her music with Living Word. Since she will be sharing her ministry at LifeLight this year it seemed like a good fit to have her join us along with Alan Greene. You will be blessed to hear special music from Skylar and we will be blessed to have her join our worship team for the morning!

Singing like never before,
Ryan Egan
Director of Worship & Creative Arts

Editor's Note: The Trinity Sunday title image used above was provided by CreationSwap, a wonderful resource for high-quality media for the Church.

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

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