May 30, 2021

First Sunday After Pentecost: “Trinity Sunday: Celebrating the Mystery ”

Passage: Matthew 28:16-20

Welcome and Call to worship 

 Hymns: 

 - “Holy, Holy, Holy” 

            - “Come Thou Almighty King” 

 Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer 

 Hymn: “Father I Adore You”  

 The Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20 

 The Apostles’ Creed 

 Sermon: “Trinity Sunday: Celebrating the Mystery” 

 Hymn: “Glory be to God the Father” 

 Announcements 

The Session of St. Paul’s Winchester has decided at their Session meeting of May 20 to keep the church building closed for worship during June and July. The decision is made for the safety of the congregation and all of our families and friends. Joint Worship Services with St. Paul’s, Kemptville and Knox, Mountain will be available online every Sunday morning during the church closure at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StPaulsPresbyterianChurchKemptville

During our worship service of Sunday June 6, the Presbyterian Church General Assembly Sunday, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Please have the communion elements (bread and juice) ready so that you can participate in the sacrament virtually as we worship the Lord together. 

 

The Synod of Quebec and Eastern Ontario of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be holding a virtual conference about “Climate Change: what can I do?” in October 14 to 16th, 2021. The guest speaker is Dr. Norman Wirzba, of Duke University. 

The event is open to the public. The Synod will donate all registration fees to PWS&D's environmental and climate change programs - a double bonus for us as we can learn more about our environmental stewardship while the Synod donates to PWS&D.  for more details and registration, please visit: CLIMATE CHANGE - WHAT CAN I DO? Registration, Thu, 14 Oct 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite 

 

Also, in preparation of the Synod Conference, on Sunday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. there will be an informative discussion led by The Rev. Dr. Gerbern Oegema of Presbyterian College and Mr. David Christiani, Ruling Elder at St. Andrew & St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Montreal. You are invited to join virtually to share your concerns as well as your ideas! Please register at davidchristiani403@gmail.com 

 

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession 

 

Hymn: “Thy Strong Word”  

 

Benediction 

- “Go Now in Peace” 

 

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Sermon Outline 

Trinity Sunday: Celebrating the Mystery 

Matthew 28:16-20 

 

Last week we celebrated Pentecost Sunday and today we celebrate the Trinity Sunday. On this Sunday we are called to celebrate not an event, but a doctrine. 

The doctrine of Trinity is difficult to explain, but there are some analogies to explain it.  

  • The Trinity is like water H2O - it can appear in three forms: ice, steam, and liquid. Perhaps this analogy points us towards the triune God, but it falls short in explaining the trinity correctly. When you speak about God, no analogy would stand when studied under a microscope. 
  • St. Patrick used to use the analogy of a three-leaf clover. All three leaves are from the same stem, yet they all are distinct from the other. 
  • In fourth century art the Trinity was first painted as a hand, a lamb, and a dove. The hand reflected the Creator action of God, the lamb, the redeeming action of God, and the dove, the empowering, purifying action of God.  
  • Also, the symbol of three circles, three unending circles all touching each other, yet distinct and rotating around in their own orbit. 
  • Another three circles symbolizing The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit in not the Father, but the Father is God... the Son is God... and the Spirit is God......  

 

The big question is: How can we apply “the Trinity” in our lives?  

Let me suggest two ways. 

 

First, by learning how to broaden our understanding of God’s nature. 

 

Second, by imitating the intimate loving relationship between the persons of the Trinity. 

 

Today I encourage you to think about the Trinity — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, not as a theological concept, but as a relationship that we who believe in Jesus Christ should follow. Amen.