June 4, 2023: Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer

Trinity Sunday


Scripture: Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

Reverend Dr. Desi Larson

  • Prelude: “Holy God, We Praise Your Name,” tune “Grosser Gott” from Katholiches Gesangbuch, arr. by Charles Royer; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Introit: “One is the Body,” by John Bell; Trinity Singers
    © 1997, 2002 The Iona Community (Scotland), admin. by GIA Publcations, Inc.
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  • Hymn 71: Hymn 71: “Glory Be to the Father (Gloria Patri),” by Henry W. Greatorex
  • Hymn 62: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” words by Francis of Assisi, trans. by William H. Draper
    Adapt. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
  • Hymn 2171: “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” music by Sebastian Temple, words adapt. by Sebastian Temple from Prayer of St. Francis
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  • Offertory: “Cathedral Shadows,” by Dennis Eliot; Pauline Olsen, organ
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  • Hymn 95: “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” words by Thomas Ken, music attr. to Louis Bourgeois
  • Guest Soloist: “You Raise Me Up,” by Rolf Løvland and Brenden Graham; Tim Byrne, vocal
  • Special Music: “Sonata in C Major,” by Domenico Scarlatti; Mark Johnson, piano
  • Readings from Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Neil Parse
  • Reading from the Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
  • Sermon: “Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,” Pastor Desi Larson
  • Hymn 2184: “Sent out in Jesus Name,” words anon., trans. by Jorge Maldonado, music trad. Cuban, arr. By Carmen Peña
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  • Benediction Hymn 431: “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, harm. by Charles H. Webb; Trinity Singers
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  • Postlude: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” by Rowland H. Prichard, arr. by Gregg Sewell; Pauline Olsen, organ
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Sermon Outline: Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer

Trinity Sunday, June 4, 2023

Focus Verses

  • God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. Genesis 1:31a
  • When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the starts that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Psalm 8:4-5
  • agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 11b, 13:13
  • Remember, I am with you always Matthew 28:20

I. Trinity

  1. Church doctrine and Trinitarian theology
    1. Doctrine: who God is
    2.  Relationship: how God is
      1. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. Romans 8:15
      2. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Exodus 6:7
      3. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12
    3. “I didn’t need to understand the hypostatic unity of the Trinity; I just needed to turn my life over to whoever came up with redwood trees.” Anne Lamott

II. Creator: Creative, Innovative, Imaginative

III. Redeemer: Humble, Forgiving, Merciful

IV. Sustainer

  1. Present and empowers Reign of Heaven here and now
  2. “Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us to where we can never return.” – Anne Lamott

V. Trinity: Beloved Community

  1. How will we be with each other if we believe God is here?
  2. How do our decisions and actions and speech demonstrate belief or indifference to God’s presence?
  3. Where? Jesus tells his followers to spread his good news “to all nations” (Luke 24:48; cf. Matthew 28:19). Mark’s parallel passage is even more emphatic — we’re sent into “all creation” (Mark 16:15). And in Luke’s sequel to his gospel, Jesus sends us to “the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
  4. Who? If “I am with you always” is a summary of the Trinity itself, then the Trinity is the belief about God without which the church could not be the church.