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The News Bulletin, Prayers, Reflections, Images, and Videos for Trinity Sunday (May 22)

May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday May 22-2a

Father, in whom we live,
In whom we are, and move,
The glory, power and praise receive

Of thy creating love.
Let all the angel throng

Give thanks to God on high;
While earth repeats the joyful song,
And echoes to the sky.

Incarnate Deity,
Let all the ransomed race
Render in thanks their lives to thee

For thy redeeming grace.
The grace to sinners showed

Ye heavenly choirs proclaim,
And cry: Salvation to our God,

Salvation to the Lamb!

Spirit of Holiness,
Let all thy saints adore
Thy sacred energy, and bless

Thine heart-renewing power.
Not angel tongues can tell

Thy love’s ecstatic height,
The glorious joy unspeakable,

The beatific sight.

Eternal, triune God!
Let all the hosts above,
Let all on earth below record

And dwell upon thy love.
When heaven and earth are fled

Before thy glorious face,
Sing all the saints thy love hath made

Thine everlasting praise.

(Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 [alt.])

Most blessed and most glorious Trinity, Three Persons in one God, teach us to worship and adore that absolute Trinity, that perfect Unity. And that we may adore Thee, that our worship may not be a mockery, make us to know that we are one in Christ, as the Father is one with the Son, and the Son with the Father. … Help us to see all distinctions more clearly in the light of Thy everlasting love. Help us to recognize the truth of every effort to express something of that which passes knowledge. Help us to feel and confess the feebleness of our own efforts. So may Thy holy Name embrace us more and more. So may all creatures in heaven and earth and under the earth at last glorify Thee throughout all ages. Amen.

(F. D. Maurice, 1805-1872)

Love and faith are at home in the mystery of the Godhead. Let reason kneel in reverence outside.

(A. W. Tozer, 1897-1963)

Our narrow thoughts can no more comprehend the Trinity in Unity than a nutshell will hold all the water in the sea.

 (Thomas Watson, c. 1620-1686)

The Trinity is the basis of the gospel, and the gospel is a declaration of the Trinity in action.

(J. I. Packer, born 1926)

“And the glory which thou hast given to me I have given to them.” We know now what that glory is – absolute love in perfect self-expression; this, in face of the selfishness of the world, is the Cross. … The purpose and consequence of the gift of “glory” is that the unity of the Godhead may be reproduced in them – in us – “that they may be one as we are one.” … That fellowship of love is the end for which we were created and for which our nature as God fashioned it is designed.

(William Temple, 1881-1944)

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The two images above were on our screens for our May 22 Services. The two images embedded immediately below are the News Bulletin for May 22. The images will enlarge if you click on them.

May 22, 2016 page 1

May 22, 2016 page 2

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Embedded below are (appropriately!) three versions of the great Trinitarian hymn that began our worship on May 22 at both Services, “Holy, Holy, Holy;” and a live performance of “Agnus Dei” by Michael W. Smith:

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The image immediately above is of a window at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota. Its website gives the following description: “Known as the Trinity window, the three overlapping vertical circles represent God the Father/Creator, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Looking down from the top circle are three overlapping profiles, another representation of the Trinity.” The image immediately below is of its companion, the Homecoming window. Trinity Lutheran’s website shares this about it: “While the Trinity window focuses on the gifts we have received freely and unmasked from God, the Homecoming window addresses our responses.” Both windows were created by artist David Hetland (1947-2006).

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Here are links to my previous postings for Trinity Sunday:

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/two-prayers-for-trinity-sunday/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/trinity-sunday-quotes/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/two-reflections-on-the-pulsating-activity-of-gods-nature/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/the-basic-christian-teaching-about-the-trinity/

https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/the-basic-christian-teaching-about-the-trinity/

The following documents on the Holy Trinity can also be accessed by Google Documents by clicking on https://docs.google.com/#all; typing in as your email address stpaulscalgary; and then typing in as your password God’s Grace:

“0001. C. S. Lewis on the Trinity (2007)”;
“0002. Trinity Sunday Reflection (2007)”;
“0003. A Gnadenstuhl & Jurgen Moltmann Quote (2008)”;
“0004. Isaiah 6.3a (2009)”; and
“0005. Psalm 8.1 (2010)”.

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