Trinity, Year C

Musical Reflection
You Can’t Handle the Truth by the Infamous Stringdusters


Invocation

Holy Trinity,
you are neither monarch nor monologue
but an eternal harmony
of gift and response:
through the Uncreated Word
and the Spirit of Truth
include us and all creation

in your  extravagant love;

through the Wisdom of God, who raises her voice to call us to life,
Amen.

First Reading
Trinity

by Ted Olson

Wisdom, I think, is made of these
Three discoveries.

First, the raw incredible ache
Of a new heartbreak.
Bitter this – but bitterer far
Learning how brief all heartbreaks are,
When the hurt heals over and leaves no scar.
And last, that love full-feasted even
Is somewhat short of utter heaven.
Wisdom is wrought of these
Three certainties.

 

Second Reading
Motherland
by Rose Auslander
translated by Eavan Boland

My Fatherland is dead.
They buried it
in fire

I live
in my Motherland –
Word


Gospel Reading
John 16:12-15

“I have much more to say to you, but you can’t handle it now. However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, she will guide you in all truth. She won’t speak on her own, but will say whatever she hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. She will glorify me, because she will take what is mine and proclaim it to you. Everything that Abba God has is mine. That’s why I said that the Spirit takes what is mine and will proclaim it to you.”

 

Musical Reflection
Man named Truth by Monsters of Folk

 

 Trinity Prayer
by Richard Wagner, adapted
Love of Jesus, Fill us.
Holy Spirit, Guide us.
Will of Abba God be done.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Mother, Parent,
who are in the world and surpass the world,
Blessed be your presence,
in us, in animals and flowers,
in still air and wind.
May justice and peace dwell among us,
as you come to us.
Your will be our will;
You will that we be sisters, brothers, siblings,
as bread is bread, water is itself,
For our hunger, for quenching of thirst.
Forgive us.
We walk crookedly in the world,
and fail of our promise.
But we would be human,
if only you consent to stir up our hearts.
Amen.

 

Musical Reflection
Father Father by Laura Mvula


Blessing

Wherever we go,
may the joy of God the gracious
be with us.
Wherever we go,
may the face of Christ the kindly
be with us.
Wherever we go,
may the compassing of the Spirit of grace
be with us.
Wherever we go,
the presence of the Divine around us
to bless us and keep us.

May the blessing of God – the Rock, the Cornerstone,
and the Temple
,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

Sources:

Artwork by Carme Pinós

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection You Can’t Handle the Truth by the Infamous Stringdusters

Poem Trinity by Ted Olson

Poem Motherland by Rose Auslander

Musical Reflection Man named Truth by Monsters of Folk

Prayer by Richard Wagner

Lord’s Prayer from the Boston College Prayer List

Musical Reflection Father Father by Laura Mvula

Blessing from The Pattern of our Days

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