The Holy Trinity
May 30, 2021

The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.  

~ Psalm 29:4

It is often said that things happen in threes... Maybe that idea began with God! Today we celebrate The Holy Trinity, the day we focus on God in three persons, three entities, three ways of coming to the world. Theologians have tried for 2000 years to explain the Trinity, but in all honesty, it can't be explained! It cannot be fully understood! So what is the Trinity? It is mystery! As much as we try to wrap our heads around it, the Trinity is something that befuddles us - and that is a wonderful gift! It is an invitation to trust, to rely on God's wonder and beauty, to know that no matter what comes our way, God's got us in the palm of his hand. And God has done everything possible to let us know that wonderful news - coming to us in the beauty of creation, the intimacy of becoming human, and the continued presence of the Spirit. Today is a day when we don't try to explain or even understand. It's a day to celebrate, rejoice, and give thanks that we have a God who never tires of loving us!

Welcome back to in-person worship!!! We continue to do all we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. In order to care for children and those who are unable to receive vaccines, we will still wear masks at all times, and there will be no congregational singing.

When you arrive, you will have your temperature taken, sign in, and provide contact information. Please arrive early, use the parking lot entrance, and follow the direction of the ushers. However, if you feel ill or are running a fever of over 100 degrees, please stay home and keep yourself and others safe. As God's people we are called to love one another and to care for the most vulnerable in our midst.

Services will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube Live each week. While we all “want” to come physically back together as a community of faith, we realize that not all will feel comfortable returning to indoor in-person worship yet. Please do not feel guilty or pressured . We will be continuing our services on-line. Please only come when you feel that you are ready.

This Week at Immanuel...
Upstate New York Synod Assembly – June 3-5

It’s that time of year again when congregations come together for the Upstate New York Synod annual assembly. Because of Covid, the assembly was cancelled last year, and this year will be held online. It will certainly be a new experience! This year’s main order of business will be electing a new bishop. There are 4 nominees: Pastor Laura Daley, Pastor Lee Miller, II, Pastor Deron Millville and Pastor Aileen Robbins, all serving congregations in the Upstate New York Synod.

Please keep our voting members in your prayers as they gather with others, learn, and discern God’s Spirit at work through the ministry of the synod. Dave Ekimoff and Kathy Bannon were elected at our last congregational meeting to serve as voting members from Immanuel, and will attend along with Pastor Joanne. It’s always an inspiring, spirit-filled time of worship and learning! 
Challenge Accepted!
Springs in the Desert

As part of our Synod Assembly (June 3-5), we as a congregation have been challenged to participate in an ELCA World Hunger effort to assist people around the world in dire need of clean water.

Did you know?
Globally, 1.8 billion people drink from contaminated water sources. Unsafe water leads to illnesses that claim the lives of 840,000 people each year, most of them children under five years of age. It claims more lives each year than war.

Each congregation is challenged to collect $400 or more. How much will we be able to help? As stewards of our own resources, we have the opportunity to share from our wealth and our compassion with others who don’t have a basic human need—clean drinking water.

What can we do?
1. Any loose offering contributed at worship today will be used towards the challenge.

2. In addition, you may make a donation via check either at worship on these two Sundays or by mailing it to the church. Designate “Springs in the Desert” on the check memo line.

3. Take all those returnable cans and bottles that have been building up in your garage to church and drop them in the labeled receptacles outside by the parking lot doors. OR return them to the grocery store and share the refund with the challenge.

Time is short! But we can give from our abundance and meet this challenge!

ELCA WORLD HUNGER accompanies ministry partners in 60 countries of the world including the U.S. providing life and hope to those who live in poverty.
Adult Sunday School
Today at 10:10 am

Log into Zoom Sundays at 10:10 and join others for a conversation about the Gospels. Dig more deeply into these 4 books that tell the story of Jesus and his followers. Adult Sunday School will continue through June 13. Join in on Sunday mornings at 10:10 via Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 892 4142 0205
Passcode: 891269

Or click the button to access the link directly.
Bible Study –
Wednesdays at 9 on Zoom

Do you want to join with folks to learn and laugh? Do you want to dig more deeply into Scripture? Do you want to have a chance to be challenged and deepen your faith and understanding of who Jesus is? Then Wednesday morning is your time! Join in the conversation as we look at readings for the upcoming Sunday. Log into Zoom Wednesday mornings at 9. No previous knowledge or Bible study experience is necessary! Come and learn and laugh and be with friends both old and new!

Meeting ID: 837 9151 1254
Passcode: Bibles
O God, receive this gift as you receive us: like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide. Nourish us anew in your tender care, and empower us in faithful service to tend to others with this same love, through Jesus Christ, our saving grace. Amen.

~ Gathering ~


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
the God of manna,
the God of miracles,
the God of mercy.

Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God, our provider,
help us.
It is hard to believe there is enough to share.
We question your ways when they differ from the ways
of the world in which we live.
We turn to our own understanding
rather than trusting in you.
We take offense at your teachings and your ways.
Turn us again to you.
Where else can we turn?
Share with us the words of eternal life
and feed us for life in the world.

Beloved people of God:
in Jesus, the manna from heaven,
you are fed and nourished.
By Jesus, the worker of miracles,
there is always more than enough.
Through Jesus, ☩ the bread of life,
you are shown God’s mercy:
you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.

Greeting and Prayer of the Day

The grace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

~ Word ~

First Reading     Isaiah 6:1-8

1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
 6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Word of God. Word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 29

1Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor. 
5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the Lord
bursts forth in lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord all are crying, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.
11O Lord, give strength to your people;
give them, O Lord, the blessings of peace. 


Gospel   John 3:1-17

The Holy Gospel according to John.
       Glory to you, O Lord

1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
 11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

         Praise to you, O Christ.


Special Music

Prayers of the People and Lord’s Prayer

Each petition ends:
Hear us, O God,
your mercy is great.

The prayers conclude:
trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

~ Sending ~



Go in peace. You are the body of Christ!
       Thanks be to God!


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