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The Feast of the Holy Trinity

The Feast of the Holy Trinity

Jun 09, 2019

Passage: John 8:48-59

Preacher: Pastor Yeager

Series: Pentecost

Category: Pentecost


We Worship One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity Blessèd be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity. Let us give glory to him because he has shown his mercy to us. Historic Antiphon for Trinity Sunday.


The Feast of the Holy Trinity | Divine Service Setting Five


When the bells ring, please stand and face the Cross.


507 Holy, Holy, Holy                                                                                sts. 1–4

Text and tune: Public domain


Confession and Absolution

The Sign of the Cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P    In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C    Amen.


P    Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.


P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C    who made heaven and earth.

P    I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C    and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

P    O almighty God, merciful Father,

C    I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

P    Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C    Amen.


Service of the Word

Introit                                                                     Psalm 16:8-11; antiphon: Liturgical Text

Blessèd be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
   Let us give glory to him because he has shown his mercy to us.
I have set the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
   my flesh also  dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
   or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the  path of life;
   in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
[Sung] Glory be to the Father and  to the Son
   and to the Holy  Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
   is now, and will be forever.  Amen.
Blessèd be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
   Let us give glory to him because he has shown his mercy to us.


Kyrie                                                                                                   LSB 186


948 All Glory Be to God Alone                                                                              sts. 1, 3, 5

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001583

Tune: Public domain


Salutation and Collect of the Day

P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.



Old Testament Reading                                                         Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31

1Does not wisdom call?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
2On the heights beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4“To you, O men, I call,
    and my cry is to the children of man. . . .

22“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
    the first of his acts of old.
23Ages ago I was set up,
    at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24When there were no depths I was brought forth,
    when there were no springs abounding with water.
25Before the mountains had been shaped,
    before the hills, I was brought forth,
26before he had made the earth with its fields,
    or the first of the dust of the world.
27When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established the fountains of the deep,
29when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
    30then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
31rejoicing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the children of man.”


A   This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.


Second Reading                                                                          Acts 2:14a, 22–36

    14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .

    22“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.
28You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

    29“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
    35until I make your enemies your footstool.’

36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”


A This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.


505 Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay

Text and tune: Public domain



Holy Gospel                                                                                    John 8:48–59

P    The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter.

C    Glory to You, O Lord.


    48The Jews answered [Jesus], “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.


P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise to You, O Christ.


Athanasian Creed

L    Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.

C    Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.

L    And the catholic faith is this,

C    that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

L    For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.

C    But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

L    Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:

C    the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;

L    the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;

C    the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.

L    And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,

C    just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.

L    In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;

C    and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

L    So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;

C    and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.

L    So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord;

C    and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.

L    Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

C    The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.

L    The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.

C    The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.

L    Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

C    And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;

L    but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.

C    Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

L    But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C    Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.

L    He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age:

C    perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;

L    equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

C    Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:

L    one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God;

C    one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

L    For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,

C    who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,

L    ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

C    At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.

L    And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

C    This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.


954 We All Believe in One True God

Tune and text: Public domain





Prayer of the Church

P    Friends in Christ, I urge you all to lift up your hearts to God and pray with me as Christ our Lord has taught us and freely promised to hear us.


God, our Father in heaven, look with mercy on us, Your needy children on earth, and grant us grace that Your holy name be hallowed by us and all the world through the pure and true teaching of Your Word and the fervent love shown forth in our lives. Graciously turn from us all false doctrine and evil living whereby Your precious name is blasphemed and profaned. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    May Your kingdom come to us and expand. Bring all transgressors and those who are blinded and bound in the devil’s kingdom to know Jesus Christ, Your Son, by faith that the number of Christians may be increased. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Strengthen us by Your Spirit according to Your will, both in life and in death, in the midst of both good and evil things, that our own wills may be crucified daily and sacrificed to Your good and gracious will. Into Your merciful hands we commend all who are in need, praying for them at all times: Thy will be done. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Grant us our daily bread, preserve us from greed and selfish cares, and help us trust in You to provide for all our needs. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who sin against us so that our hearts may be at peace and may rejoice in a good conscience before You, and that no sin may ever frighten or alarm us. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Lead us not into temptation, O Lord, but help us by Your Spirit to subdue our flesh, to turn from the world and its ways, and to overcome the devil with all his wiles. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    And lastly, O heavenly Father, deliver us from all evil of both body and soul, now and forever. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    We trust, O Lord, in Your great mercy to hear and answer us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C    Amen.






Service of the Sacrament

Preface                                                                                                                    LSB 216

P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you.

P    Lift up your hearts.

C    We lift them to the Lord.

P    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C    It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


P    It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Grant us Your Spirit, gracious Father, that we may give heed to the testament of Your Son in true faith and, above all, firmly take to heart the words with which Christ gives to us His body and blood for our forgiveness. By Your grace, lead us to remember and give thanks for the boundless love which He manifested to us when, by pouring out His precious blood, He saved us from Your righteous wrath and from sin, death, and hell. Grant that we may receive the bread and wine, that is, His body and blood, as a gift, guarantee, and pledge of His salvation. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.


Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                                      


P    Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray…Our Father…


The Words of Our Lord                                                                           LSB 217


P    In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at His command, and with His own words, we receive His testament:


Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


960 Isaiah, Mighty Seer in Days of Old

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001583

Tune: Public domain


Pax Domini

P    The peace of the Lord be with you always.      

C    Amen.


Agnus Dei                                                                                             LSB 198





Distribution Hymn, Holy God, We Praise Thy Name, LSB 940


Distribution Hymn, Glory Be To God the Father, LSB 506


Distribution Hymn, O Blessed, Holy Trinity, LSB 876



617 O Lord, We Praise Thee                                                                                          st. 1

Tune: Public domain

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110001583


Post-Communion Collect

A   Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.


Benedicamus                                                                                         LSB 218

A   Let us bless the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.



P    The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C    Amen.


802 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

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