Lectionary (Year A): Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20
Theme: Trinity Sunday
Message: “But Some Doubted”
“If you read this passage with your imagination wide open, you can almost see those awe-struck disciples gathered on the mountain top, the wind whipping their robes, their breath visible in the cold air. And there stands Jesus, risen from the dead. No wonder the disciples worshiped him. But some doubted…Jesus did not commission the believers and banish the doubters. He gave his great commission to all who were there, worshipers and doubters alike. He gave the commission to a community of disciples in which worship and doubt were allowed to coincide.”” Lou Lotz, Words of Hope, woh.org/word/devotionals/2011/04/25
“I cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety.” John Calvin
Music: “How Great Thou Art,” “God of Grace and God of Glory,” “Once to Every Man and Nation,” “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”
We address you this morning as Father, for by you we live, and move, and have our being.
We address you this morning as Son, for by you we are pardoned, set free from our burden of guilt.
We address you this morning as Holy Spirit, for by you we are empowered for service and filled with joy.
We pray today for our fathers who find themselves in a wide variety of circumstances. We pray with thanksgiving, for fathers who are establishing a stable and loving home life. We pray for stepfathers, who are doing their best to carry out a sometimes difficult role in their family. We pray for new fathers, who are learning, with some fear and trepidation, the skills of fatherhood. We pray for fathers who are out of work and are frustrated by their inability to get a job. We pray for fathers who, even though they are working, find it difficult to support a family. We pray for fathers who are incarcerated and thus are separated from their families. We pray for fathers who are raising their children by themselves.*
Benediction: And now may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
*Leroy Koopman, 2011 Liturgical Publications Inc, LPi Resource Center, P.O. Box 510817, New Berlin, WI 53151, 1-800-950-9952 x 2469