Trinity Sunday
June 2, 2020, 5:33 PM


In Methodist congregations all over the world, we say as a gathered body that we “believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit.” But, explaining the Trinity remains challenging for us.
The Articles of Religion states that the Godhead is “three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” 

Trinity Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, reminding us of the three different ways we experience the one God whom we worship. We worship God the Creator; we worship Jesus who experienced the life of a human; and we worship the way that God works within us - the Holy Spirit. 

The word “Trinity” does not appear in the New Testament, but we do see evidence of the three persons of the Trinity throughout. Jesus spoke of God as a father or parent. Jesus said that he would send the Holy Spirit to help us. These passages illustrate the relationship and work of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as we prepare for Holy Communion. 

PRAYER - Everlasting God: You have revealed yourself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and ever live and reign in the perfect unity of love. Grant that we may always hold finely and joyfully to this faith, and, living in praise of your divine majesty, may finally be one in you; who are three persons in one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

SCRIPTURE (NRSV)- Matthew 3:16-17 & Matthew 28:16-20 
Matthew 3:16-17 - And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved,[a] with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 28:16-20 - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


INVITATION – Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sins and seek to live in peace with one another. 

CONFESSION – Almighty and all-loving God, through your Son Jesus Christ you have reconciled with us, that again we might dwell in the warmth of your love. Inspire us with your Holy Spirit to put aside the cloak of pride and put on Christ, that we might forgive and be forgiven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

PARDON – Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love towards us. In the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, you are forgiven!

Matthew 26:26-28  -  While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

The unleavened bread and cup of juice are symbolic gestures of Jesus’ body and blood. God gives us grace by the confession of the faith of the holy church. May this gesture keep us steadfast in faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Pastoral Prayer – Pour out your Holy Spirit on us O Lord and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. 
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, and one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit O Lord all honor and glory is yours, no and for ever. 

SILENT MEDITATION –  “The body of Christ broken for me; the blood of Christ shed for me. Thanks be to God! Amen.” 


BENEDICTION - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit with the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.


Rev. Dr. Kristen Burkhart 
Fountain City United Methodist Church 
212 Hotel Road Knoxville, TN 37918