June 16

FIRST LESSON                                                                          Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Lector         A reading from the Book of Proverbs.
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: "To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth-- when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world's first bits of soil. When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when 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, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race."

Lector        Hear what the spirit is saying to God’s people.
People      Thanks be to God.

SECOND LESSON                                                                      Romans 5:1-5
Lector        A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Lector     Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
People    Thanks be to God.

On this Trinity Sunday, let us lift our petitions to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.
For the ministers of the church, that they build a community of love which flows from the community of God, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For every member of the human family, that we be guided to all truth by the Spirit of truth, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For the stewards of the earth, that they accept creation as a wondrous gift and work to preserve it, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For the sick, that their affliction lead to endurance, their endurance to virtue, and their virtue to hope, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For us who celebrate community here, that our labors spread joy and our witness bring peace, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
   (Here other intercessions may be offered.)
O God, our Father from whom all good things flow, answer our prayers and bring us hope through Christ your Son, who celebrates life with you in the unity of the Spirit, now and forever.