Go, Therefore

Open Our Eyes

Trinity Sunday, Year A

The first Sunday after Pentecost is also called Trinity Sunday. One explanation reports that this is the Sunday where you explain the Trinity. Good luck with that.

Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost and the first Sunday to mark Ordinary Time. If your emphasis is on Trinity Sunday, the primary colors can be white and gold. Celebrations that focus on peace with justice might reflect various cultural contexts.

Liturgical Days: Trinity Sunday, First Sunday After Pentecost

Special Day: Peace with Justice Sunday

Color: White

Primary Themes: The Trinity, Holy Spirit, dove, gold unadorned cross, brokenness, images of the earth/world/creation, praying hands, disciples, the number 11, Go! preach, baptize, teach, remember, testify

Week 1: Matthew 28:16-20, “Go, Therefore”


Creator God, Saving God, Comforter God,
Speak to us, we are listening,
Reveal to us, we are watching,
Teach us, our hearts are open,
Do it again, God!
Rush into this place, re-create us, redeem us, Parent us…
In your name, our Three-in-One and One-in-Three God. Amen!

Written by Cynthia Wilson © 2020 Free Indeed Productions

Call to Worship (paraphrase UMH 456)

One: Great Spirit, Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
Many: Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
One: Open our hearts so that they need not be without succor;
Many: Let us not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
One: Show us where fear and prejudice blind us. Spirit of the Living God, open our eyes.

Paraphrase, Cynthia Wilson


I believe in the Spirit of God that swept over the face of the deep and created the heavens and the earth. I believe this same Spirit swept over the waters of the Middle Passage and created the will to live deep in the hearts of our African ancestors.
By God’s Spirit did we come to know that we were created by God and belonged to God, even in the days of chattel slavery.

I believe in the Spirit of God, the Almighty Creator.
I believe in the grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ, which has kept us as a people through racism, Jim Crow, lynchings, discrimination, disenfranchisement, and post-affirmative action.

I believe the same Jesus who suffered on the cross and who equipped the apostles with grace in their persecution suffers with us in our tribulations and provides grace for every situation.
I know that Jesus is walking with us even now, and that God knows us no matter the challenge.
I believe in the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe in the Holy Spirit and the sweet communion of saints She creates.
I believe that by the Holy Spirit our ancestors were empowered to found Sunday schools, churches, learning centers, and homes that have given us the foundation for the abundant living we have been promised.
By the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to live in community with one another, with love and peace.
I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I believe in the Triune God, who has covered our past, present, and future with grace, hope, and love.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us, now, and forevermore. Amen.

Written by Marilyn E. Thornton, The Africana Worship Book: Year A © 2006 Discipleship Resources. Used by permission.


"Go Ye Therefore" Text (Paraphrase: Matthew 28:16-20), Tune: Leon Patillo © 1981, 1982, Word Music, Inc.

Go ye therefore

In This Series...

Trinity Sunday, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Second Sunday After Pentecost, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Third Sunday After Pentecost, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes