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May 29

Trinity Sunday (Year B)

Isaiah 6:1-8
  • I learned in seminary that this passage provides us with a “template” for our worship service.  First, we enter into God’s presence.  Then, we hear/sing praises to God.  Next, we realize our utter depravity in the face of the Creator, and we confess our unworthiness.  Then, we experience God’s forgiveness.  Finally, we hear God speak and we are invited to respond.
  • If you have a budget (and a space) that allows for it: get enough fabric to flow throughout the entire worship space (like the hem of the robe of the Lord).  If you can’t fill the entire space, use enough fabric to drape across the front of the worship space.  You may be able to find some neat looking (and affordable) bedsheets or extra-large table cloths at a dollar store.
  • The scripture mentions that the “house filled with smoke”, so you may want to make use of a smoke machine to add something unexpected to your worship service.  Check with your local theatre departments to see if they have a smoke machine that you can borrow.  Or, you can probably find one at a party supply store.
Psalm 29
  • We also read this Psalm on Baptism of the Lord Sunday (Year B)
  • If you use projection equipment, you may want to display pictures/images of the various “nature items” that are referenced to describe the voice of God (rolling waters, thunderstorms, cedars, a young calf, a young wild ox, etc.).
Romans 8:12-17
  • The NRSV is good, but I think it is a little bit wordy – it is way too easy to get “stuck” in all the “flesh” and “Spirit” language.  Children, youth, and folks who aren’t steeped in “churchy words” will benefit from hearing this text in a way that is a bit easier to understand.
  • Since we have received a spirit of adoption, you may want to use adoption papers in your worship display.
John 3:1-17
  • We read part of this passage on the Fourth Sunday in Lent.  If you didn’t read it then, you may want to do so now.
  • Most of us are familiar with the NRSV text, so it may be refreshing to read this passage from a different translation.
  • “The wind blows where it chooses”.  The wild Spirit of God is not under our control, and the Spirit is prone to doing the unexpected.  So it is, Jesus tells us, with those of us who have received the gift of the Spirit.  What unexpected things have you done lately?

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