Worship At Home, The Most Holy Trinity

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

The Most Holy Trinity

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.

 


Opening Song

Rain Down:

 

Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

 

Amen

With heavy hearts, we lay before you all our burdens, concerns, mistakes, and difficulties.
Rain down your love as all our hope lies in you.
Loving God, you came to unite the whole world together in you.
Heal all that divides us.
May we never stop laboring for reconciliation.
Help us to see that we are all sisters and brothers in one beautiful family.
Heal us.
Forgive us.
Renew us.

Amen

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Exodus
Early in the morning Moses went up Mount Sinai
as the LORD had commanded him,
taking along the two stone tablets.
Having come down in a cloud, the LORD stood with Moses there
and proclaimed his name, “LORD.”
Thus the LORD passed before him and cried out,
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Then he said, “If I find favor with you, O Lord,
do come along in our company.
This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins,
and receive us as your own.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Psalm

I Will Praise Your Name:

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the holy ones greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with all of you.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Gospel Acclamation:

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

There are some time honored and bedrock truths which have not changed since the beginning of humankind’s appearance on the world stage. One of the most significant and primordial truth is the longing each person has to be in community with others. Right out of the gate, God indicates why this desire is part of every persons DNA when he said, “It is not good for the human person to be alone”. The intention, the mind and the heart of God at the very beginning of life itself, was to create a community of persons, male and female, along with all good things in nature, supporting them and giving us the capacity to embrace their longing and innate desire not be alone.
I have wondered and maybe you have too, where this notion of our yearning to belong and form community together began. I can only surmise and believe it originated long before the created world came into being. The community of God has existed, thrived and has been in constant animation. We have come to know this because we have come to believe God is creator all life. Jesus is redeemer of all. The Holy Spirit is sanctifier and well-being of all. In other words, God is one, yet three persons, in communion, sharing with all of creation divine love. When the human person lives in God and God in them, we form community with one another. It is filled with grace and our longing desire to belong diminishes. When we do is live in God, suffering ensues.
There are two examples of this. During this pandemic, when we were asked to shelter at home, away from family, friends and especially our faith communities, we suffered. And while most of us attempted to try and make the best of it, because we were apart from people we loved and found life together with, we found our sense of longing and desire to with our communities of family friends and faith grow more keenly. While social distancing is a necessity, the separation it created was more than just a physical one. Our spiritual and emotional well-being was comprised and left us bereft.
But overtime, we found ways to compensate for our needs to be with each other. We got creative and allowed our ingenuity to provide a way to be community even with the restrictions placed upon us. The support, the care, the healing, the forgiving, and the loving we use to do in close proximity with each other was provided for in new ways.
With tragic murder of George Floyd a week ago, we saw people’s communities shattered, and it wasn’t only the physical spaces which created places to gather and be together but something much deeper. We witnessed the emotional and spiritual well-being of people sharing life together broken a part, decimated and in some cases destroyed for good. Once again, we were faced with the stark reality, that the desire to belong, the longing for everybody to part of the community was not and has not been available to all. Sadly, this has been true for generations of people of color but especially for the African American communities, whose isolation and exemption from the community of white people has left an indelible stain on the soul of humankind.
But again, slowly, and surely, people in these neighborhoods, black, Latino, Asian, white, Christians, Jews and Muslims as well as many others, are beginning to create a new course forward. They are motivated to begin healing, forgiving, and loving each other in their sadness and grief. They are invigorated to use their anger and pain as motivation for change. In the aftermath of the horrific violence done to their community by the murder of George Floyd, they show each other and the world around them how love and will continue to the force of change they seek for themselves and all people of good will.
Understanding the mystery of the Holy Trinity is not for the faint of heart. But each day and especially when extraordinary events affect all of us deeply, we can see and understand a bit more, the Trinity in action, here and now.
We participate in the life God our creator, when we use our creativity for the good of others. We participate in the life God when we model the life of Jesus who redeemed through mercy and love. We participate in the life of God when we allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify our minds and hearts so this care and hospitality shown to us can be shared with everyone we meet along our way. Forming community is our life’s work. When it is done in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we make it available to all. When we all experience community in its purest form, we experience God.

 

 

 

Another Reflection

This Sunday we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity being God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, separate but all equally one. This is truly a mystery for our human brains to try to comprehend. They each are different, but the same, how? God the Creator, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit the Advocate. We have just celebrated the Ascension and Pentecost revealing more about the nature of God through Jesus and the Spirit. Some still regard the God of the Old Testament as judging and vengeful, but this Gospel reminds us that God offered his only Son, reminding us that God is, was, and always will be a God of love. The very nature of God is to love by reaching out to another in relationship. Each of us are sisters and brothers created in God likeness, following the example of our brother Jesus, commissioned to go out and continue the work with the Holy Spirit by our side. There is great unity in the Trinity and in our relationship with them. For Christ, love is lived and how we live is always a choice. It is a choice driven by our recognition of, compassion for, and willingness to do something about the life and needs of another, whether they are in our own families, our parish, or on the other side of town. If we believe, we will love. If we do not love, neither do we believe. We are being called to be present, to open our eyes and hearts, listen, and pay attention to where love is asking us to go. The life and well-being of another now sets our agenda, guides our decisions, and determines our actions. We do this with the accompaniment of the Trinity beginning a new life, a more authentic life, a life that looks a lot like Jesus’ life.
The recent events in our cities have left many sickened, overwhelmed, outraged, powerless, afraid, and asking “How?” How can this disregard for human dignity and respect be happening? Many were already burdened with the heavy weight from the pandemic, however, the timing for difficult change is never convenient. We want answers instead of more questions, certainty instead of ambiguity, and hope instead of despair. We want to create a safe place for discussion. We want understanding and explanations. We want to see a way forward together in harmony and unity. We know we are not alone; we know God’s love is needed now more than ever and that we are called to reflect so we can act. Let’s start our reflection with “How?” How did we get to this place? How is the legacy of racism passed on, sometimes hidden just below the surface? How do we begin to remove oppressive systems and broaden perspectives? How do we see in each person, the presence of Christ and acknowledge their inherit value and beauty? How do we help those who have been left behind, often not invited to the table to share their voice? How do we work together to create a living wage, greater opportunity and representation, affordable housing, and access to education and health care? How do we promote human dignity, the value of each life, while meeting the needs of our sisters and brothers? How do we use our voices to elect people who will elevate and bring true justice for the common good? How do we feed our students at their homes instead of their schools? How do we broaden our circles of hospitality to include others who may be different from us? How do we live as the church, bringing unity, justice, peace, truth, mercy, and love? How do we listen, learn, and accompany? How do we gather back the scattered members of community? How do we unite divisions? How do we come together to rebuild systems to correct injustice that has been a part of our lives for far too long? There are many aspects to this, and it will take all of our gifts to begin the healing. Racism is taught and has been systemically endorsed across our country for too long. The unity we find in the Trinity calls us to welcome all and find space in our communities to share the many gifts we have been given. Our communities are calling for equality, justice, and unity. Their voices are crying out. How will we respond? Our sisters and brothers need us and with the help of the Trinity, all things are possible. The building may be closed, but the church is still open, alive, and sent out working in the world. Come, Holy Spirit!

 

 

Reflection Song

For the Faithful Who Have Answered:

We are providing two versions of the sheet music for your convenience, a “tall” version (probably better for phones and tablets) and a “wide” version (probably better for computer screens):

Tall:

Wide:

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,          
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

 


Prayers of the Faithful

PRESIDER:
We have been sent out to bring hope and peace to the world.
Our prayers cry out for understanding for all that divides us.
Come, replace our anger with compassion, and our prejudice with love.
LECTOR:
For the church:
May we broaden our perspectives to accomplish your purpose on earth by uniting us in harmony and love…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For our leaders:
May they have the courage to dismantle systems of oppression and injustice…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For those bringing relief:
those donating food and helping to rebuild, those beginning courageous conversations, and those who are lifting up prayers…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the faithful servants who serve all people as doctors, nurses, first responders, and therapists…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the times when we struggle to live up to our baptismal commitments:
May we find the courage to know we are not alone and return to our mission…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For our vulnerable populations:
the elderly, the homeless, the physically compromised, and the those on the front lines:
sustain their bodies and spirits…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick and those who will leave us this day.
We remember those who have died…

(PAUSE)

Grant peace and eternal life to all who have gone before us in faith…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

 

PRESIDER:
Gracious God, we see you in the power of relationships and the power of unity.
Help us to live as one people, united in you.
Show us how to be a community of love and peace,
accepting and supporting those you place in our paths.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Closing Prayer

God of all healing,
We carry these scriptures deep in our hearts today:
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Stir in us the fire of compassion to serve as peacemakers in all we say and do.
Let us create space to listen and understand.
May we move forward together in hope.
As God so loved the world,
let us return that love to our world
as together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

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 trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.

 


Blessing of the Graduates

For all graduates

(Middle School, High School, college, trade school…Lay hands on the graduate in your home, or offer up in unity with the community)

Before you were even formed, God knew you.
While in your Mother’s womb, God named you.
At your birth, God’s breath filled you with life.
Today, we celebrate what you have become at this moment in time.
And so, we pray,
God of our beginnings,
We thank you for the gifts of these graduates;
Their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity,
their open speech and encouraging words.
Their contributions have blessed and challenged us,
and we have become a richer and more diverse community because of them.
As they step forward into the world that awaits, comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence.
Strengthen their resolve to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit.
Guide their feet as they move through life,
protecting them from the pitfalls of darkness
while they help lead future generations
into the warmth and promise of your light.
We ask this blessing upon each of them,
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen