Trinity Sunday          June 11, 2017       (New Living Translation)
Genesis 1:1—2:4a (Creation of the heavens and the earth)
Psalm 8 (How exalted is your name)
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 (Paul’s farewell)
Matthew 28:16-20 (Living in the community of the Trinity)

Genesis 1:1-2:4
The Account of Creation
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2 The earth was formless and empty, and
darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he
separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the
waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth
from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.

9 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And
that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow
seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And
that is what happened. 12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-
bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.

14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark
the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened.
16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He
also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to
separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every
kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and
every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God
blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the
earth.”

23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—
livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made
all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God
saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the
sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry
along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
  In the image of God he created them;
  male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in
the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees
for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and
the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

2 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day
God had finished his work of creation, so he rested[e] from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and
declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

4 This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.

The Man and Woman in Eden
When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

Footnotes:
1:1 Or In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, . . . Or When God began to create the
heavens and the earth, . . .
1:26a Or man; Hebrew reads adam.
1:26b As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads all the earth.
1:27 Or the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.
2:2 Or ceased; also in 2:3.



Psalm 8
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.[a]

1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
  Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2 You have taught children and infants
  to tell of your strength,[b]
silencing your enemies
  and all who oppose you.
3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
  the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
  human beings that you should care for them?[c]
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God[d]
  and crowned them[e] with glory and honor.
6 You gave them charge of everything you made,
  putting all things under their authority—
7 the flocks and the herds
  and all the wild animals,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
  and everything that swims the ocean currents.
9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Footnotes:
8:Title Hebrew according to the gittith.
8:2 Greek version reads to give you praise. Compare Matt 21:16.
8:4 Hebrew what is man that you should think of him, / the son of man that you should care for him?
8:5a Or Yet you made them only a little lower than the angels; Hebrew reads Yet you made him [i.e., man] a
little lower than Elohim.
8:5b Hebrew him [i.e., man]; similarly in 8:6.

2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Paul’s Final Greetings
11 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity.
Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet each other with a sacred kiss. 13 All of God’s people here send you their greetings.

Footnotes:
13:11 Greek Brothers.


Matthew 28:16-20
The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When
they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go
and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with
you always, even to the end of the age.”

Footnotes:
28:19 Or all peoples.