O Christ, You Send Your Servants Out

This would work for Ascension, or for the Gospel we had this Sunday for Trinity:

O Christ, you send your servants out
to baptize all the world,
to speak with holy grace and pow'r
the wonders they have heard.,
but send as well your mercy down
into my inner world
to speak into my pain and doubt
yourself, O living Word.

You send us as a living sign
of mercy and of love,
as branches spreading from the vine
they bear the ripeness of.
As in the wide world, so in mine,
O Lord, pour out your love
that I may see your face divine
and tell the world thereof.

You send your servants out to teach,
to turn the world to you
with works of wonder, pow'rs of speech,
and eyes for all that's true.
O Christ, into my heart your reach
to turn myself to you,
and at your feet I hear your preach
as you make me anew.
Drogo Sacramentary c. 850 By Unknown author – Sacramentaire de Drogon, Metz. BNF lat 9428 page 71v., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1985948

The Lord Is God (Trinity)

This is why you must now know,

and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God

in the heavens above and on earth below,

and that there is no other.

Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40

To the tune FINLANDIA, for Trinity Sunday:

The Lord is God, and there is not another
on earth below or heaven high above.
None but the Lord has done such signs and wonders;
none but our God such power ever proved.
We are God's own, and we shall have no other
than God alone, who made us for his love.

His word is law, who speaks us into being;
his law is love, who died on Calvary.
For this he came, from heaven once all-seeing
as God-with-us, one with ourselves to be,
to teach the way, our fallen world redeeming,
to break the chains, and set the captives free.

No other God, no other law shall save us;
no Spirit breathes, save that which breathed us first.
Then cast them down, the idols that deprave us,
that make us less and drive us to our worst.
And turn again, to worship God who made us,
to love again, God's images on earth.
Depiction of Trinity from Saint Denis Basilica in Paris (12th century) By Rebecca Kennison – Own work by user:RRKennison, croppedThis file has been extracted from another file: France Paris St-Denis Trinity.jpg, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1565468

For Families

 O Father, who give families their name,
 whose gifts are more than we could ever claim,
 who gives and who withholds, we know not why,
 now bless what you have sent us from on high:
 The children you have given in your grace
 and those no longer here in our embrace
 and those who've yet to come. For these we pray:
 Bless all of them, O Father, every day.

O Son, begotten ere the world began,
 the Son of God and Son of fallen Man,
 who spans the chasm earth and heav'n between,
 now bless our loved ones seen and still unseen:
 The parents of our parents long ago
 and far-flung kin we do not even know
 and those we know and hold ever more dear:
 Bless them, O Christ, and all those gathered here.
 O Spirit, from the Father's goodness sent
 to light upon the Son in dove's descent,
 who touches us with mercy's gentle ray,
 now bless us all and lead us in the way:
 With all our kind on earth, in every land,
 in all our forms, in peace united stand
 and see in all the children of God's love:
 Bless all of us and come to us, O Dove.
Father, The Holy Spirit, and Christ Crucified, depicted in a Welsh manuscript. c. 1390–1400 By Unknown author – This digital image can be seen in its original context hereThis image is available from the National Library of WalesYou can view this image in its original context on the NLW Catalogue, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41548453oll0 013


For Trinity Sunday, to the tune CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM (“Creator of the Stars of Night“).

Creator of humanity,
oh, manifold in unity,
you showed to all your pow'r and fame,
but called yourself your people's name.

Of Jacob, Isaac, Abraham,
you named yourself, oh great I AM,
and bid us call ourselves for you,
the people of your promise true.

You came with us through dusty waste—
your presence heaven's sweet foretaste.
And then in flesh and blood you came
to seal in flesh and blood your claim.

Your flame divided, came to rest,
united those the Christ had blessed.
Oh, Godhead, make us all to be
as you are: blessed in unity.

We bear your image, triune God,
ourselves imprinted with this law:
that as you hold in love your three,
so none of us can outcast be.

Oh, Father, Son, and Holy flame,
your image bearers call your name.
As you are ours and yours are we,
let us each other's ever be.
Traditional icon of Our Lady of the Burning Bush (Neopalimaya Kupina). By anonymous – http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Images/ii2914&263.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3639213