Saturday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday

Hebrew Scripture: Job 38:22-38

[Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: Job 38:1]

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
  or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
  which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
  for the day of battle and war?
  What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
  or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

“Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain,
  and a way for the thunderbolt,
  to bring rain on a land where no one lives,
  on the desert, which is empty of human life,
  to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
  and to make the ground put forth grass?

“Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?
  From whose womb did the ice come forth,
   and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven?
  The waters become hard like stone,
   and the face of the deep is frozen.

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
  or loose the cords of Orion?
  Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth* in their season,
   or can you guide the Bear with its children?
  Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
  Can you establish their rule on the earth?

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
  so that a flood of waters may cover you?
  Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may go and say to you,
   ‘Here we are’?
  Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,
   or given understanding to the mind?
  Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
  Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
   when the dust runs into a mass and the clods cling together?”

*This probably refers to the constellations of the Zodiac.

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants
  you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
  to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens,
  the work of your fingers,
  the moon and the stars that you have established;
  what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
  mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
  and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
  you have put all things under their feet,
  all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
  the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
  whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!

New Testament Gospel Lesson: John 14:15-17

[Jesus is speaking to the apostles at the Last Supper.]

”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”

Year A Trinity Saturday

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.   Used by permission.  All right reserved.

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: Holy, Holy, Holy, image by Will Humes via Flickr . This image is used under used under the Creative Commons 2.0 noncommercial use only license.

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