A quick word about how to worship from a distance.

A note about this Online Service: Worshipping online like this will probably be awkward. It will be challenging. It won't feel the same or look exactly the same. But it will allow us to gather as God's people to worship Him and receive His Grace and Mercy!

With that in mind I want to encourage you to do a couple of things to make the most of this way of worship...

  1. Set aside a special time where you are dedicated to worship. Don't just multitask your way through this.
  2. Say a prayer before your time of worship that God would use this time through the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage your faith in Jesus.
  3. Participate don't just listen! Worship is something we do together. In your homes, this may be awkward and uncomfortable, but remember when we gather together we speak the liturgy together, we pray our prayers together, we sing together, and we hear God's Word together. So in your homes try to do the same thing! Pray. Sing. Speak. Hear. Yes, at first it will be odd. It will be a little confusing. But we can do this together.
  4. Remember that this is the Lord's time and He promises to be with us! Hold fast to His Word and promises because they are for you!
  5. As a final encouragement, PLEASE share the link to our online worship service with others as an opportunity for them to join us in worship!
  6. If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.

Holy Trinity Sunday

June 7, 2020



AS WE GATHER - The great fifty days of our Easter celebration have passed for another year, crowned by the climax of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Today we celebrate the doctrine of the mystery of the one true God. Our celebration, however, seems to say, “Easter isn’t really over.” Even though we have rebelled and brought death by our sin, still God’s glorious and “very good” creation has become even better in Christ, with eternal life the way God originally intended things to be. This is the great good news we proclaim all our days by which God brings forgiveness and life to all, making disciples in all the nations of the earth. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Before worship prayer - Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. In the multitude of Your tender mercies prepare my heart that I may enter Your house to worship and confess Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, my God and Lord. AMEN.

We’re So Glad God Brought You Here Today!

Opening Hymn: “O Blessed, Holy Trinity” LSB, hymn #876

O blessèd, holy Trinity,
Divine, eternal Unity,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
This day Your name be uppermost.

My soul and body keep from harm,
And over all extend Your arm;
Let Satan cause me no distress
Nor bring me shame and wretchedness.

The Father’s love shield me this day;
The Son’s pure wisdom cheer my way;
The Holy Spirit’s joy and light
Drive from my heart the shades of night.

My Maker, hold me in Your hand;
O Christ, forgiven let me stand;
Blest Comforter, do not depart;
With faith and love enrich my heart.

Lord, bless and keep me as Your own;
Lord, look in kindness from Your throne;
Lord, shine unfailing peace on me
By grace surrounded; set me free.


P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. Matthew 28:19b


P: Dear Friends in Christ, it is easy to sing God’s praises; it is more difficult to comprehend His eternal majesty. It is easy to look through a telescope; it is more difficult to look in a mirror. Let us come before God in true repentance, seeking His mercy and forgiveness.

(Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.)

P: Heavenly Father, Creator of all that exists, in deep humility we approach Your presence, for though You shower us with blessings, we have rebelled against Your just reign over us and You.
C: We have sinned against You, one another, and even Your good creation in our thinking, speaking, and acting. Forgive us, and teach us again to be Your true sons and daughters.
P: Lord Jesus, Savior sent from the Father, in deep humility we confess that we have neglected to appreciate Your great sacrifice, entering time and space to die for us.
C: We have failed to love You with our heart, soul, and mind, and we have failed to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have failed to live as Your loving brothers and sisters. Forgive us, and grant us Your own determination to love our neighbors in Your name.
P: Holy Spirit, giver of every good gift,
C: in deep humility we confess that we have let the faith You have planted within us to be covered with our own wants and desires. Without Your help we cannot be free; we are bound to sin. Forgive us, and renew in us clean and upright spirits. Amen.
P: The eternal God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, has not forsaken us in our sin. For the sake of the Son, who became one of us to die for us, God offers full and free pardon. As a called and ordained servant of the Word, I announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: Let us pray . . . . Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the uncreated and eternal Trinity and to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the one almighty God and Lord. Preserve us and keep us in the one, true faith.
C: Amen


The Athanasian Creed was named after St. Athanasius who valiantly defended the Trinitarian/Salvation-based faith during the 4th century. The creed emphasizes the unity of the Triune God as well as the distinctions between the persons - especially highlighting the distinctive work of Jesus, our Savior. The word "catholic" in the creed means "universal" and refers to all Christians. The references to "good deeds" are referring to those good deeds
that show true faith in Jesus, who has saved us by His good work which the creed emphasizes.

P: The Confession of Faith traditionally used in Christian churches around the world on Trinity Sunday is the Athanasian Creed. The Athanasian Creed focuses on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and on the doctrine of Jesus Christ, our Savior. We will consider each section throughout our worship service. Let us confess our faith:

Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.
C: Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.
P: And the catholic faith is this,
C: that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.
P: For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.
C: But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
P: Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:
C: the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;
P: the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;
C: the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.
P: And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,
C: just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.
P: In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;
C: and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
P: So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;
C: and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
P: So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord;
C: and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
P: Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord,
C: so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.


First Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 22-36 (Jesus, both Lord and Messiah)


Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: . . ."Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: "'I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.' "Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, "'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."' "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."


P: The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.
C: The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.
P: The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.
C: Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
P: And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;
C: but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.
P: Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 28:16-20 (The Great Commission)


Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Children’s Message Rich Nordmeyer

Sermon Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy” LSB, hymn #507

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Pastor’s Message: "Go and Make Disciples!" Matthew 28:16-20


In this time of staying in our homes, we need to also remember our care for the house of the Lord. If you normally feel led to contribute to the offering plate, we recommend electronic giving. Consistent offering does help us to budget for the care of building, church staff, school support and the surprise extras like equipment to live-stream our preaching!

We ask, if at all possible, that you please continue your offerings as we have ongoing and regular expenses with utilities, payroll, and mortgage among others.

Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.

If you are able to increase your offering during this time to help us, we would greatly appreciate it.


P: But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.
P: He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age:
C: perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;
P: equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.
C: Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:
P: one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God;
C: one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
P: For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,
C: who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,
P: ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
C: At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.
P: And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.
C: This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

P: Let us pray. . . Holy are You, Lord God Almighty, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
C: Defend Your holy Church throughout the world that the praises of Your glory as the only true God may be boldly confessed everywhere.
P: Holy Father, by Your holy Word You create and restore all living things. Sustain us in our physical bodies, protecting us from all harm and danger, warding off disease and illness, and binding up our wounds in accordance of Your holy will.
C: Preserve those who encounter terror and catastrophic disaster, that even in the midst of tears and sorrow, they may know Your constant care through all creation, visible and invisible.
P: Holy Jesus, You are the incarnate gift of heaven, redeeming us perishable creatures and preserving us for life in heaven. We give You thanks for restoring our relationship with the Father, that we may unabashedly approach the throne of heaven in prayer. May we ever cling to Your cross consciously aware of Your life-giving sacrifice through Your nail-pierced hands and feet.
C: Continue to shape our faith by Your holy Word that we may live lives worthy of Your holy name.
P: Holy Spirit, light our hearts with Your integrity and truth, that we may become Your disciples, boldly confessing the name of Christ among believers and unbelievers. May our spoken words speak to the truth of Christ's comfort. May our actions reflect the same compassion and forgiveness Christ grants to us.
C: And may our thoughts be genuinely grounded in our baptismal covenant that we may with the angels and archangels unendingly confess the holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
P: Lord, we pray for those who in any way suffer the consequences of living in an unrighteous world, be that because of sickness, death, broken relationships, or emotional struggles. Teach us all to bear these trials relying on Your grace. We pray that you be with those hospitalized this past week (Especially, . . . ). Also be with those who continue treatment and healing at home. We pray for them and all those that we name in our hearts . . . (Silence). O Lord, in the midst of their trials, bring peace and where You will, grant healing and wholeness. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: Hear Our Prayer.
P: O merciful Father in heaven, in Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have reconciled the world to Yourself, not counting our trespasses against us, and breaking down our dividing walls of hostility. Look with pity upon the dissension and unrest in our land. Do not let our own sin destroy us, but lead us to repentance and in Your almighty mercy, save us. Your Son has endured the injustice and violence of sinful humanity to redeem it. Guide us to love one another as You have loved us. Even while we strive to live at peace with one another, fix our eyes on Jesus Christ and His redemptive work for us, which gives peace that this world can never give. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

(Additional prayers of the congregation. Each petition concludes with. . . )

P: . . . Lord, In Your Mercy,
C: Hear Our Prayer.

P: O Lord, remember us in Your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
C: 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. (Matthew 6:9-13)


P: The LORD bless you and keep you.
The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The LORD look upon you with favor and ^ give you peace.
C: Amen!
P: Go in peace as you serve our risen Lord.
C: Thanks be to God!

Closing Hymn: “Glory Be to God the Father” LSB, hymn #506

Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit: Great Jehovah, Three in One!
Glory, glory While eternal ages run!

Glory be to Him who loved us, Washed us from each spot and stain;
Glory be to Him who bought us, Made us kings with Him to reign!
Glory, glory To the Lamb that once was slain!

Glory to the King of angels, Glory to the Church’s King,
Glory to the King of nations; Heav’n and earth, your praises bring!
Glory, glory To the King of glory sing!

Glory, blessing, praise eternal! Thus the choir of angels sings;
Honor, riches, pow’r, dominion! Thus its praise creation brings.
Glory, glory, Glory to the King of kings!


After worship prayer - Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.


Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.

Serving in God's House Today:

Preacher: Rev. Karl Koeppel
Liturgist: Rev. Michael Hanel
Organist: Nadine Engel
Worship Service: Rev. Karl Koeppen
Audio/Video Production: Rev. Michael Hanel
Audio Production/Editing: Matt Callan



[Legal Stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: Scripture quotations taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®. Used by permission. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Music: Music re-printed through CCLI License #640335 or through hymnal/songbook ownership or song is Public Domain and not copyrighted. LSB876 - O Blessed, Holy Trinity: Text and Music: Public domain; LSB507 - Holy, Holy, Holy: Text (sts. 1–4) and Music: Public domain; LSB506 – Glory Be to God the Father: Text (sts. 1–4) and Music: Public domain.]