Life in the Trinity : Prologue to Post-Pentecost
Today we make the transition from seasons of preparation for discipleship and mission (Lent and Easter) to an extended season of living out our discipleship on God’s mission in Christ’s name and the Spirit’s power.
- Isaiah 6:1-8
- Psalm 29 (UMH 761)
- Romans 8:12-17
- John 3:1-17
Today’s service is in the form of morning prayer, which lay at the basis of the early Methodist preaching services common when the travelling elder was not in town (eleven weekends out of twelve for many early American Methodist Episcopal churches). We use our current form for Morning Prayer (see UMH 876-877) as the basic outline for this service order.
- 1 Samuel 3:1-20
- Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
- Mark 2:23-3:6
What we have the power to do in our season of “Why?” is exactly what Samuel and God did. We can pray, processing what we’re seeing before the face of the Almighty. We can hear God’s word for us in the face of our “Why?”. We can hear God reminding us of our role, and God’s, in the midst of our situations. And maybe we can sense God reminding us that God still has good work for us to do...
- 1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15)
- Psalm 138 (UMH 853)
- 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
- Mark 3:20-35
In the season of “Who?” we find ourselves in times of transition; we get anxious; we try to force fit things; and in all of that, we risk missing whom God may be providing for us in such a time as this. Are you in a season of “Who?” You may not be able to let go all the anxiety. But you may be able to interrupt it long enough to breathe and to seek God’s voice and the Spirit’s leading. It’s there. And often, it’s the voice reminding us to ask a question we may not have thought to ask in our anxiety-driven tunnel vision...
- 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
- Psalm 20 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17
- Mark 4:26-34
Today we may all be on the edge or in the middle of some sort of season of “How?” And that’s why we’re reaffirming baptism today. Because it’s in baptism that we remember what we’re all supposed to be about. It’s in baptism that the Holy Spirit first starts pouring spiritual gifts into our lives. It’s in this community, living this baptismal covenant together, that we’re learning how to use these gifts and to live as Christ’s representatives on mission with him in the world.
- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
- Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)
- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
- Mark 4:35-41