Trinity Sunday

Plan a service for Trinity Sunday that confesses the truth the Church celebrates with excellence, variety and beauty. This worship plan includes suggestions for hymns, canticles, alternate psalm arrangements, and choir pieces.

LESSONS AND PSALM

Genesis 1:1-2:3
Creation by the Triune God

2 Corinthians 13:11-14
The blessing of the Triune God

Matthew 28:16-20
The means and mission of the Triune God

Psalm 150

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ: in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever.

VERSE OF THE DAY

Alleluia. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. Alleluia. (Isaiah 6:3b)

HYMN OF THE DAY:

CW 177, 178: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest

COLOR: White

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

189, Jehovah, Let Me Now Adore You
239, Glory Be to God the Father

ALTERNATE PSALM SUGGESTIONS

CW 245, Sing a New Song to the Lord
Guitar, tambourine, and congas or bongos accompany nicely

Psalm 150, from Christian Worship Supplement
An excellent refrain that matches well with the theme for the day

Psalm 150, Hal Hopson, The People’s Psalter, Morningstar Music Publications (MSM-80-786)
A nice antiphonal or “call and response” psalm setting

CANTICLE AND/OR SONG OF PRAISE SUGGESTIONS

CWS 786, The Song of Moses
Repeats “Lord” three times in the refrain, reminiscent of the Aaronic blessing which would be given later in Numbers

Melodic Gloria, James Chepponis, GIA Music (G-2955)
Replacement for Gloria or Song of Praise
Could be sung by choir in unison or parts, or entirely by a cantor. Congregation would sing the refrains.
Excellent brass accompaniment

Festival Gloria, John A. Behnke, Concordia Publishing House (98-3915)
Replacement for Gloria or Song of Praise
For congregation and SATB choir

CHORAL SUGGESTIONS

All the Earth Sing Forth, W.A. Mozart, arranged by Hal Hopson, CPH (98-3829)
Verses from Psalms 95 and 100 and phrases of the Te Deum
An excellent piece of choral music for SAB

Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word, Donald Busarow, CPH (98-2602)
A simple two part setting to the hymn
A few words may need to be changed to match the CW text

Holy God, We Praise Your Name, Donald Busarow, CPH (98-2534)

WORSHIP SUGGESTIONS

Using either CW or CWS Morning Praise would be appropriate as the Venite and Te Deum are very appropriate for Trinity Sunday. The morning hymn on p. 45 of CW before MP is also very appropriate!

The Gathering Rite on Holy Baptism would be a terrific alternate beginning to worship and reminder of our baptism in the name of the triune God.
Consider confessing faith using the words of the Apostles Creed and each part’s explanation as taken from the Catechism. Or also consider using a part of the Athanasian Creed.

Could baptisms be purposely scheduled on this day?!

Rev. Aaron Christie

Aaron Christie serves pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, WI. He also serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and a frequent presenter and consultant for the WELS School of Worship Enrichment.

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