Prepare for Worship
May 28 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11.
Like the disciples gathered in the upper room, we pray and wait for theHoly Spirit to transform the church throughout the world. Where there are divisions and fractures, we seek to bring about the unity God intends for the church. In John’s Gospel, we hear Jesus’ prayer for unity among those who would continue his work throughout the world.
Hymns: “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus” (392); “I Come With Joy” (482); “Crown Him With Many Crowns” (855).
Cathedral Choir: “With a Voice of Singing,” Martin Shaw.
June 4 – Day of Pentecost
Readings: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23.
Named after the Jewish harvest festival celebrated 50 days after the Passover, Pentecost marks the 50th day of Easter. Today we recall the power of God’s Holy Spirit, revealed to those gathered at that first festival, through tongues of fire on the foreheads of all believers. God’s Holy Spirit has the power to heal, forgive, inspire and unite the church across space and time. We celebrate the great diversity of gifts given by the Holy Spirit, which brings unity to our witness of the power of Christ’s resurrection. Our hymns and songs for today remind us of the global nature of God’s continually expanding creation, richly beautiful in its diversity of language, melody and rhythm.
Hymns: “Come, All You People” (819); “God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind” (400); “We Are Marching in the Light of God” (866).
Cathedral Choir: “Creator, Spirit, Who Gave Us Life,” Aaron David Miller
June 11 – The Holy Trinity – First Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20.
We are invited into worship each week through the words found in our second reading for today (2 Corinthians 13:13), “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all,” known as the apostolic greeting. Images of the Trinity, God expressed in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are scattered throughout our liturgy. When we baptize, we do so in the name of the Trinity; we proclaim it in the words of the creeds; we encounter this mystery at the Lord’s Table. We hear Jesus’ command in Matthew’s Gospel for today: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Hymns: “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” (413); “Father Most Holy” (415); “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (414).
June 18 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 11
Readings: Genesis 18:1-15 [21:1-7]; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8 [9-23].
Through the invigorating waters of baptism we are called into a life of discipleship. We say, as an assembly, “We welcome you into the body of Christ, and into the mission we share.” What is this mission? We learn in Matthew’s Gospel that this mission is to continue the work of Jesus. This work is difficult and Jesus offers instruction to his followers so that others may know God’s love and grace through word and deed.
Hymns: “Rise Up, O Saints of God!” (669); “O Christ, Your Heart Compassionate” (722); “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (859).
June 25 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 12
Readings: Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39.
Trusting in the abundant grace of God, we encounter texts that are not easy to hear: “Those you find their life will lose it and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39). We are called to live into our baptismal identity, dying to sin so we might be “alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). The unfailing grace we receive through Baptism and Holy Communion gives us strength to live into the truth of God’s love. While it is often easier to avoid the difficult truths of our own sin and brokenness, we are met with an even stronger reality: “For if we have been united with Christ in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:5).
Hymns: “How Firm a Foundation” (796); “I Love to Tell the Story” (661); “Give to Our God Immortal Praise” (848).