6/16/19 Celebration of the Holy Trinity + Holy Communion + Commissionings, Ordinations, and Installations


Ordination and Installation of Deacons and Presbyters

Holy Trinity Sunday

The Book of Common Worship (2018)



“O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Today we celebrate the name of God: holy blessed Trinity. There is no other day quite like this one in the church’s year. There is no other god like ours. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!


PRELUDE: Two Part Invention on NICEA- John Bacchus Dykes, setting by Gary Lanier



We have peace with God through Jesus Christ;

we have love from God through the Holy Spirit.

O blessed Trinity, in whom we know

the maker of all things seen and unseen,

the Savior of all both near and far:

By your Spirit enable us

to worship your divine majesty,

so that with all the company of heaven

we may magnify your glorious name,

saying: Holy, holy, holy.

Glory to you, O Lord most high. Amen.


HYMN # 1 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!






We are called out by God to be the Church of Jesus Christ, a sign in the world today of the new life that God intends for all. In our life together we are to display the new reality that sin is forgiven, reconciliation accomplished, and the dividing walls of hostility torn down. As the living body of Christ, the church is called to proclaim the good news of salvation, to present the claims of the gospel on people’s lives, and to demonstrate Christ’s love in service to the world. We are called to undertake this mission even at the risk of life, trusting God in all things. In faith, we embrace a new openness to what God is doing in our time, a renewed obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, and a new joy in our common worship and work. Today we reclaim our historic calling and remember the great ends of the church:


The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.


The call of Christ is to willing, dedicated discipleship. Our discipleship is a manifestation of the new life we enter through baptism. Discipleship is both a gift and a commitment, an offering and a responsibility.






The grace bestowed on you in baptism is sufficient for your calling because it is God’s grace. By God’s grace we are saved, and enabled to grow in the faith and to commit our lives in ways that serve Christ. God has called you to particular service. Show your purpose by answering these questions.


Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?

I will, with God’s help.

Do you welcome the responsibility of this service because you are determined to follow the Lord Jesus, to love neighbors, and to work for the reconciling of the world?

I do.


Will you serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love, relying on God’s mercy and rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit?

I will, with God’s help.


Do you, members of Southminster Church confirm the call of God to our brothers and sisters as missionaries in the service of Jesus Christ?

We do.


Will you support and encourage them in this ministry?

We will.




We bless you, O God, and we praise your name. In your merciful providence you sent your Son into the world to free us from the bondage of sin by his own blood and to enrich us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Before he returned, triumphant over death, to you, Father, he sent his apostles, the bearers of his love and power, to proclaim the Gospel of life to all peoples and in the waters of baptism to cleanse those who believe.

Lord, look kindly on your servants: we send them forth as messengers of salvation and peace, marked with the sign of the cross.


Guide their steps with your mighty arm and with the power of your grace strengthen them in spirit, so that they will not falter through weariness.


Make their words the echo of Christ’s voice, so that those who hear them may be drawn to obey the Gospel. Fill the hearts of your missionaries with the Holy Spirit, so that, becoming all things to all people, they may lead many to you, the Father of all, to sing your praises in your holy Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


You are now commissioned missionaries of this congregation. By your words and your lives proclaim to all peoples the Gospel that is proclaimed in this house of God, so that the mystery of Christ and the Church may be reveled to all.




Father of holiness, you willed the cross of your Son to be the source of all blessings, the fount of all grace. Bless these crosses and grant that those who will preach the crucified and risen Christ to others may themselves strive to be transformed into his image. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.






We are all called into the church of Jesus Christ by baptism and marked as Christ’s own by the Holy Spirit. This is our common calling, to be disciples and servants of our servant Lord. Within the community of the church, some are called to particular service as deacons and as presbyters, or elders. Ordination is Christ’s gift to the church, assuring that his ministry continues among us, providing for ministries of caring and compassion in the world, ordering the governance of the church, and preaching the Word and administering the sacraments.






Do you trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, acknowledge him Lord of all and Head of the Church, and through him believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?


Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you?


Do you sincerely receive and adopt the essential tenets of the Reformed faith as expressed in the confessions of our church as authentic and reliable expositions of what Scripture leads us to believe and do, and will you be instructed and led by those confessions as you lead the people of God?


Will you fulfill your ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture, and be continually guided by our confessions?


Will you be governed by our church’s polity, and will you abide by its discipline? Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit?


Will you in your own life seek to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, love your neighbors, and work for the reconciliation of the world?


Do you promise to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?


Will you pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?


(For deacons) Will you be a faithful deacon, teaching charity, urging concern, and directing the people’s help to the friendless and those in need, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?


(For elders) Will you be a faithful ruling elder, watching over the people, providing for their worship, nurture, and service? Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?


(For Congregation) Do we, the members of the Church, accept these women and men as deacons and elders, chosen by God through the voice of this congregation to lead us in the way of Jesus Christ?


Do we agree to encourage them, to respect their decisions, and to follow as they guide us, serving Jesus Christ who alone is the Head of the Church?



Current Session of Elders come forward to lay hands on those to be ordained and installed to ministry. Those who are to be ordained, kneel as they are able.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Eternal God, we give you thanks for your steadfast faithfulness to us. In every age you have called forth leaders to serve you and equipped them with your gifts. Among your people Israel, you anointed prophets, priests, and rulers. You called pastors and teachers, bishops, elders, and deacons to build up your church. With Moses, the seventy elders bore the burdens of your people, ministering in the power of your Spirit. Alongside the apostles, deacons cared for all in need and guarded the community’s peace. In the church, deacons, elders, and pastors serve together, so that your whole people might be equipped for ministry, and built up into the full unity of Christ. For your servants in every age, O God, and for the church of Jesus Christ, we give you all thanks and praise.



God of grace, pour out your Holy Spirit on these servants of yours, that they may be faithful deacons in the church. Give them openness to the Holy Spirit’s leading that they may see and serve wherever there is need. Train them in the school of prayer that they may express the compassion of Christ for the poor and the friendless, the sick, the grieving, and the troubled. Equip them with courage to bear the gospel into the halls of power, and to communicate your presence and might among those who are powerless. In everything, give them the mind of Christ, who did not grasp at greatness but emptied himself, to become a servant of your reign. Give them joy in their walk of faith and a sure sense of your abiding presence for their work of ministry.



God of grace, pour out your Holy Spirit on theses servants of yours, that they may be your faithful elders in the church. Give them prudence and sound judgment, wisdom and courage to order the life of the church in obedience to your Word as they share the Word of life. Nourish them in the life of the Holy Spirit as they provide for us the nourishing means of grace, exercising the ministry of discipline with humility and compassion. Guide them in governance, on this session and in every council of the church that they may be servant leaders following Christ who came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life to set others free. Give them joy in their walk of faith and a sure sense of your abiding presence for their work of ministry.



Gracious God, through the waters of baptism, you have claimed us as your own and called us to share in Christ’s ministry. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, that we may discern the gifts you have given, calling them forth from one another, and together use these gifts for the good of all. In obedience to Christ, and in the unity of his Spirit, may we proclaim good news, make disciples, be light and leaven, share our bread, offer a cup of cold water, wash one another’s feet. Make us strong in Christ to live as your people and show forth your saving love in the world, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



You are now installed as deacons and elders in the Church of Jesus Christ and for this congregation. Be faithful and true in your ministry so that your whole life will bear witness to the crucified and risen Christ.




The Peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you.


The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace

and reconciliation.




ALL SING # 853 We Are Marching in the Light of God



Holy, Holy, Holy One,

guide us by the Spirit of truth

to hear the Word of life you speak,

and to give all glory, honor, and praise

to your threefold name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


FIRST READING: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

In the Bible, wisdom has many faces. It is portrayed in terms sometimes human and sometimes divine. Often, it is personified as feminine. In this passage, Woman Wisdom is depicted not only as the first creation of God but also as God’s helper, rejoicing in God’s creation, especially in human beings.


1Does not wisdom call,

and 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 out:

4“To you, O people, I call,

and my cry is to all that live.

22The LORD created me at the beginning of his work,

the first of his acts of long ago.

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—

26when he had not yet made earth and fields,

or the world’s first bits of soil.

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 worker;

and I was daily his delight,

rejoicing before him always,

31rejoicing in his inhabited world

and delighting in the human race.”


The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL: John 16:12-15

Jesus’ ongoing presence with the disciples will be borne by the coming Spirit, who will guide them and communicate to them Jesus’ will and glory.


[Jesus said:] 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”


The Gospel of Our Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ!





Joining our voices with God’s people around the world, let us offer our prayers for those in need.


A brief silence.


For the church throughout the world and its leaders, that the work of the Spirit unite us in Christ to proclaim the wonders of God, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For the majesty of creation: the moon and stars that enlighten the night, the birds that inhabit the sky, and the fish that reside in the seas, that all creatures flourish together, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all levels of government; for wisdom and truth displayed in world leaders, and for international relief agencies, that God’s love poured into our hearts extend to all people and nations, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For the sick, that they are comforted; for the despairing, that they receive hope; for infants and children, that they be granted nurturing caretakers; and for all who cry out to God in any need (especially), let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


For all who provide fatherly care and guidance, for those estranged from family, for friends and neighbors, and for our congregation, that God’s mercy serve as a model for all relationships, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


Here other intercessions may be offered.


In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their labors, that we cling to the hope of sharing with them the glory of God, especially this week as we commemorate: Rufus Jones; Her-ve-us; For-tun-a-tus the Philosopher; O-do of Cam-bree; Alban; Ralph; and Thomas More, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.


Merciful God, you hear the prayers of your people even before they are spoken. We commend these and all our prayers to you, trusting in your abundant mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


OFFERING (Acts 2:44–46)

Let us lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.




During this time of the offering, you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what it means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?


Offerings will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smartphone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.


Children bring in elements and help set the communion table



Blessed are you, O God,

for the greening earth given for all,

for the talents we are given to share,

and for this bread and wine.

Transform us to be the body of Christ,

that, feasting on this food and drink,

our lives may reflect your generosity;

through Christ our Lord.



God invites you to this table of bounty.

Come, the banquet is ready.



The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son,

who reached out to heal the sick and suffering,

who preached good news to the poor,

and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension,

we await his coming in glory.


Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord,

and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food,

the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord;

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be all glory and honor, now and forever.


As our Savior Christ has taught us,

we are bold to pray:

Our Father

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory, forever.




God invites you to this table of bounty.

Come, the banquet is ready.


Breaking of bread, and pouring of the cup


Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.



All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten-free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.



O God, in this holy communion

you have welcomed us into your presence,

nourished us with words of mercy,

and fed us at your table.

Amid the cares of this life,

strengthen us to love you with all our heart,

serve our neighbors with a willing spirit,

and honor the earth you have made;

through Christ our Lord.


O God of tender compassion,

as you healed the sick and welcomed the stranger,

bless those who leave this assembly

to share the gifts of this table

with our sisters and brothers

who are sick, homebound, or imprisoned.

May they be sustained by the love and prayers

of this community,

and by the Bread of life that satisfies all hunger,

Jesus Christ our Lord.


Live your lives in Christ, rooted and built up in him,

and abound in thanksgiving;

and the blessing of the holy Trinity, one God,

be upon you and remain with you forever.


HYMN # 749 Come! Live in the Light!




POSTLUDE: We Are Called- David Haas, setting by Mark Hayes


NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year C), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018).




16      Rufus M. Jones (1863– 1948)

17      Herveus (d. c. 575)

18      Fortunatus the Philosopher (d. c. 569)

19      Odo of Cambrai (1050– 1113)

20      Alban (d. c. 305)

21      Ralph (d. 866)

22      Thomas More (1478– 1535)


Presbyterian Church. Book of Common Worship . Presbyterian Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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