Year C
Trinity Sunday
16 June 2019


Eucharistic Preface


Let us lift up our hearts.
    We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise,
O Trinity of Love,
for your greatness is known in all the world
and your glory reaches beyond the stars.

In the first of your acts long ago,
before the mountains were shaped
or springs brought forth water,
you breathed your Spirit into being
to work beside you like a skilled artist,
dancing joyously to the music of creation
and delighting with you in the works of your hand.

In your child, Jesus Christ,
you have revealed the glory and honour
for which you created all humanity.
When the world would not accept his truth
and crucified him,
you raised him to new life.
Through him, you sent your Holy Spirit
to pour your love into our hearts;
whispering your words into our ears,
guiding us into all truth,
and filling us with the hope of sharing your glory.

Therefore with .....

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Short Preface
(for insertion into Eucharistic prayers with fixed prefaces)

We thank you that your Holy Spirit,
who danced with you in creation
and spoke to us in your Son, Jesus Christ,
is now pouring your love into our hearts,
and guiding us into all truth.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




General Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Preface reformatted for use apart from communion)

We give you all thanks and praise, O Trinity of Love,
for your greatness is known in all the world
and your glory reaches beyond the stars.

In the first of your acts long ago,
before the mountains were shaped
or springs brought forth water,
you breathed your Spirit into being
to work beside you like a skilled artist,
dancing joyously to the music of creation
and delighting with you in the works of your hand.

In your child, Jesus Christ,
you have revealed the glory and honour
for which you created all humanity.
When the world would not accept his truth
and crucified him,
you raised him to new life.
Through him, you sent your Holy Spirit
to pour your love into our hearts;
whispering your words into our ears,
guiding us into all truth,
and filling us with the hope of sharing your glory.

Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you thanks and praise at all times
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Declaration of Grace / Absolution

Through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
we have obtained access to the grace of God.
By our faith we are put right with God
Have peace with God
for we will share in Godís glory.

Sisters and Brothers,
    your sins are forgiven;
        be at peace.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Commission & Benediction

Go now, rejoicing in God
and delighting in all God does.
Stand firm in the grace found in Christ
so that in suffering,
you may grow in endurance, character and hope.

And may God crown you with glory and honour;
May Christ Jesus bring you into the mercy of God;
and may the Holy Spirit pour love into your hearts
   and guide you into all truth.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
    In the name of Christ. Amen.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net






Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for Trinity Sunday - Year C - 16 June 2019
Lections from The Revised Common Lectionary.
Copyright 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT)
P. O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville, TN 37203-0003, USA. Used with Permission.


* Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31

Wisdom calls; her voice full of promise.
    Canít you hear her, offering herself to all who pass by?

On the station steps at rush hour, there she is.
    On a busy corner where everyone passes;
    leaning on the gate as the crowd comes through;
        wherever people are, her voice rings out.

This is what she has to say:

ďCome one and all, and hear me out;
    If youíre in the land of the living, what I have to offer is for you.

The LORD began the work of creation with me;
    the opening act of the primeval drama.
In time before dreaming I was in on the action;
    right from the word Ďgoí as the earth began.

Before the oceans were spawned, I was conceived;
    before the first springs bubbled up and the waters broke free.
Before the mountains were carved and anchored in place;
    before the hills were moulded, I was born;
brought forth by hands that were not yet dirty
    from forging the elements of the planetís first soil.

I was there to see the LORDís preliminary works:
    - launching the heavens;
    - drawing coastlines on the deep blue sea;
    - filling the sky with water-laden clouds;
    - unplugging the springs to fill rivers and lakes;
    - putting the ocean in its place,
        and drawing a line in the sand that it dare not cross;
    - marking out and pouring the foundations of the earth.

Throughout creation, I was there at the LORDís side,
    applying my skills like an expert in the trade.
My joyous enthusiasm always made the LORDís day,
    for I filled our work with dance and play.
The LORDís earth was my playground
    and the earthís children my greatest delight.Ē

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Psalm 8

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

Your glory fills the universe!

The gurgling of babies makes more sense
........than the clever arguments of your enemies.
The innocent chatter of children
........silences the venomous talk of your opponents.

When I gaze at your handiwork in the night skies
........ó the moon, the stars, the milky way ó
................the whole cosmos under your control;
I canít help but wonder why you bother with us.
........Why do you care so much for mere human beings
................when we count for so little in the scheme of things?

And yet, for reasons known to you alone,
........you created us almost on a par with yourself
................and decorated us with the highest honours and glory.

You have even entrusted us with power over your precious creation;
........you placed the future of all life in our hands:
................sheep and cattle;
........................emu and kangaroo
................insects, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures;
........air, land and water and the planet itself.

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Romans 5: 1-5

........It was our faith that put us back in the good books with God. We put our trust in Jesus Christ our Lord and we can rest assured that he has cleared up everything with God for us. Christ got us in on the extravagant generosity of God, and that generosity has given us a safe place to plant our feet. We donít just stand there, though. We hold our heads up high and announce, with pride, that we confidently expect to be sharing the glory that is coming to God. Actually, itís not just whatís coming in the future that makes us feel so good. Even now, when life seems to be giving us a raw deal, we can stand proud. We know that going through suffering can make us tough enough to survive the worst of times. This ability to tough things through will in turn generate new depths of integrity and maturity within us. And that brings us full-circle because it is this integrity and maturity that gives us our confidence about the future. Our confidence is not in vain either. We are sure about that because of what we have already experienced: a flood of love surging into our hearts from the Holy Spirit who God has given to us.

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* John 16: 12-15

........On the night that he was betrayed, Jesus said to his disciples, ďThere is a whole lot more I would love to say to you, but it would all be too much for you at the moment. The Spirit will come, full of truth, and will lead you by the hand into the pathways of truth. The Spirit does not speak independently, but on my behalf. Through the Spirit, I will let you know what is going to happen and what it all means. I will be honoured by everything the Spirit says, because they are my words delivered to you. All that the Father has is mine. So now you understand why I have been saying that the message the Spirit will deliver to you is actually coming from me.Ē

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net