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Trinity Sunday, Ordinary Time begins

posted Jun 13, 2011, 6:14 AM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Jun 28, 2011, 12:58 PM ]

Now that the Easter Season is over, the Christian calendar moves to Ordinary time with Trinity Sunday.  After Trinity Sunday, Ordinary Time lectionary scripture sets are labeled Proper #.  These Sundays have two sets of Old Testament readings. One is a continuation of the "typological" set (meaning it compliments or contrasts to the gospel). The second is a stream of "semi-continuous" readings (meaning it lends itself to reading/preaching through a book or books in sequence).

This post gets us started, with more on the way in the next couple of weeks.  You can find the detail at Year A - Trinity thru Proper 16 Downloads

Trinity Sunday (6/19/2011): In the Beginning... the Trinity

This message uses Genesis 1.1-2.4 to lift up the Trinity and some of its implications.  The thesis: God impresses a radical world view into ancient culture, which is that  there is one God in 3 persons who created all things, the greatest part of which is people made in his image.  As an option, I've posted another Trinity sermon as part of the series: The 10 Big Ideas of Christian Faith.  However if you are preaching the lectionary scriptures you may prefer to hold that one until Year B because it fits that lectionary scripture perfectly.

Proper 8 (6/26/2011): Living Against Culture

This message uses the Genesis 22.1-14 story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac to address the perennial call on the God-follower to live against many of the winds of prevailing culture.

As always, if you do not follow the lectionary calendar you can simply use these sermons at any other time that fits the needs of your church.  While you probably will never use them exactly, they provide good ideas for your preaching.