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First Lutheran Church Service June 7, 2020

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June 7, 2020 AD + The Festival of the Holy Trinity

Dearly-loved by our gracious God,
thrice-blessed by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

“Holy! Holy! Holy!” Not only are those the words of the hymn by the same` name (LSB 507), they are also the words of the vision of the prophet Isaiah found in the Old Testament Book which bears his name (Isaiah 6), and the words of praise of the four living creatures at the throne of the “Lord God, Almighty, who was and is and is to come” in heaven (Revelation 4).

In our worship this week we celebrate the Festival of the Holy Trinity! We celebrate the mystery of the Three-in-One and One-in-Three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We worship the Triune God with awe and wonder as we own what we cannot understand by faith in our magnificent God! The Festival of the Holy Trinity always reminds me and makes me glad that we have a God, the true God, who is so much bigger and greater than we can understand, perhaps especially in these days of coronavirus pandemic and injustice and hostility in the streets of our own nation. While these may seem to be beyond what we humans can handle, they are certainly not beyond our great God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Again, I hope you will worship with us in the Sanctuary at our church-plant or in the sanctuary of your home and celebrate the Holy Trinity with your fellow members and friends! Thanks be to God for the gifts He gives to His people to make it possible for us to do so in His Name!

The Worship Schedule for this week (live in the Sanctuary) will be as follows: Sunday (6/7) 8 and 11 a.m. with the same service posted @ www.firstlutheranhelena.org. I am thrilled that we will resume our Adult Bible Class: Paul’s Missionary Journeys: ACTS, in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (6/7). Our Midweek Worship will return at the good olde time of 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (6/10). Midweek services will no longer (as a rule) have the same content as Sundays.

Our Annual Voter’s Meeting will be held, in the Sanctuary on June 7, after the Later Service. Lunch will NOT be provided. See The First Word for June for the details.

The Announcements for the week, and an Activity Sheet, and our Sunday Bible study sheet for this week are attached for our use at home if you are still sheltering there (or if you have to miss the Sunday morning activities at the church).

My brother-in-law Gary has moved to a rehabilitation center in Colorado and is making great progress, but there is much yet to be done. Thank you again for your prayers for them!

Next Sunday we will join with congregations across the U.S. and beyond in thanking God that by His mercy and grace we are able to return to worship and ministry in our own houses of worship. The same order of worship and a new hymn will be used, perhaps at different times in different places, as congregations return to worship (how’s that for distancing?)!

In closing, here are the words of Holy, Holy, Holy for you to sing or meditate on:

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

Let’s pray:
O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praise You because You are our great, big, awesome God, beyond whom we can comprehend, but in whom we trust! Make Your loving presence known in mighty ways in our lives, our homes, our nation, and our world during these times which are also beyond our comprehension and control. Through Your Word, remind us again that there is nothing that is beyond You. Help us, heal us, strengthen us and give us Your peace. Protect and bless all Your people as we return to worshiping You around Word and Sacrament in our churches.

In all things, O Father, Son, and Spirit, may You be glorified!
In Your glorious Name we pray. Amen.

Blessing, health, and peace to you,

 


Worship Guidelines from the Elders

Download This Week’s Announcements – June 7

Bible Study – June 7

Children’s Activity Sheet – June 7

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