Online services and readings for Trinity Sunday

Icon of the Trinity – Andrej Rublev – early 15th Century – Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

 

Reflections from our bishops.

Wells Cathedral – streamed services

Weekly online services from the Church of England

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
you have given us your servants grace,
by the confession of a true faith,
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity
and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:
keep us steadfast in this faith,
that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Readings

Psalm 8

1O Lord our governor,
how glorious is your name in all the world!

2Your majesty above the heavens is praised
out of the mouths of babes at the breast.

3You have founded a stronghold against your foes,
that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

4When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have ordained,

5What are mortals, that you should be mindful of them;
mere human beings, that you should seek them out?

6You have made them little lower than the angels
and crown them with glory and honour.

7You have given them dominion over the works of your hands
and put all things under their feet,

8All sheep and oxen,
even the wild beasts of the field,

9The birds of the air, the fish of the sea
and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.

10 O Lord our governor,
how glorious is your name in all the world!

 

2 Corinthians 13  11 – 13

Brothers and sisters, put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

 

Matthew 28 v 16 – 20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

 

Intercessions by Maureen West

We pray to you today as the Trinity

Father – you who loved us and knew us before we were born

Your Son – who loved us so much that he took up the cup, and followed your will to die for us, so that we might be saved

The Holy Spirit – who is in our hearts and who will fill us with your love and will always support us and guide us

We are so insignificant in this world and yet each one of us can feel your Love in us, we know that when we are sharing things, showing compassion, and talking to our friends, our family and neighbours you are in our hearts and working through us. Father give us the courage to do these works in your name

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

During lockdown we have had time to sit back and re-evaluate all we do, many of us will have decided that we need to do things differently after this, whether it be spending more quality time with loved ones, spending more time in reflection or just changing the idea that we must have to fill every minute and that we need time to sit and talk to you and to listen to the Holy Spirit,  to where you are guiding  us to be and what you want us to do

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

At this time we think especially of the Priest who is being considered for our vacancy, we pray that he will use this time to reflect on Midsomer Norton – the church the congregation and the community. That he will feel you guiding him to this new vocation, to come and minister to us. We pray for Charlton Road, Lyndhurst Road & The Timbers, we ask that you will be with all the residents in these homes, that your love support and healing will be with them.

We lift up to you all of those feeling lonely and apprehensive at this time, those who may not have seen anyone for several weeks, those feeling lonely and despair from being isolated.

We pray for all those suffering from Covid 19, those in hospital, nursing and care homes and those in their own homes. We pray for all the carers looking after them and for all the families affected by this. We also pray for all essential workers that have kept the country going during this time and we pray  for the children and teachers who have started back this week and for everyone having to re-open or restart normal jobs.

We also pray for our friends who are sick Rachael Macfarlane, Judy Flook, Miranda Cooper, Rose Stenner, Paul & Margaret Knott, Irene Leet,  Faye McDermott,  Anne Hatton, Rob & Glyn Gilliland,  Gerrard Monks, Trevor & Elizabeth Bell,  Fr Roy Boots, Nicholas Hambleton, Mary Hickmott, Helen Plummer & Daniel Plummer, Betty Chiplin, Ethan Horwood,  and John Lewis-   (Please take a minute to add any names know to you that need our special prayers)

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

We lift up to you our dear friend Mary Cheshire  (whose funeral is on Friday 12th June at 1.30pm for family only) and ask that we all remember her and her family at that time.

And we lift up to you Lord (S) Melinda Fear, Tamzin Elliott, James Pratten (M) Rupert Hine (Pr), Bettina Fisher, Trissette Blackett (W) Edna Hardwick (T) Peggy Cousins, Doris Gray, Simon Tamblin (F) Ella Cheffey (S) Olive Chamberlain, Geoffrey Hobbs. The anniversary of whose death falls at this time

Lord in your Mercy – Hear our prayer

We know and believe that you are with us, supporting us, and guiding us, we know that you will listen and answer our prayers Heavenly Father, we know that your Son our Saviour died for each one of us, we know that your saints and angels will care for us and that your Holy Spirit is in us all

Merciful and Gracious Lord

Accept the prayers we offer

AMEN 

 

 

 

Thought on the Holy Trinity by Father Tony

 

I wonder if you have come across a poem entitled ‘The Creation’ by the American writer and

political activist of the first part of the 20th century James Weldon Johnson.  In many ways it is a captivating poem, but in one important sense, from a Christian point of view, it is fatally flawed.  The poem begins:

And God stepped out on space,
And he looked around and said:
I’m lonely –
I’ll make me a world.

It then continues with a delightful recasting of the story of creation in Genesis chapter 1 from verse  3 to 26, the first to sixth day.  Then follows:

He looked on his world
With all its living things,
And God said: I’m lonely still. ….

God thought and thought,
Till he thought: I’ll make me a man!

And a description of the creation of man completes the poem.

What is the fatal flaw which makes this poem unchristian?  It is that it presents God as starting out alone – lonely.  This means that he cannot in essence be love and needs to call into existence creation, and humanity in particular, so that he can love them.  The doctrine of the Holy Trinity assures us that in all eternity God is love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist in a relationship of love. It is true that God understands loneliness, for in his human nature Jesus experienced complete loneliness, and a sense of abandonment, on the Cross, but the divine nature, which was his from the beginning, was still united with his Father and the Spirit, through whom he would empower his disciples to be ambassadors of love.

The formulation of the doctrine of the Trinity was not settled until the 4th century AD, but Christians had experienced God in this way from earliest times.  In today’s readings we find St Paul making his final greeting to the Christians at Corinth: “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all”.  These may well have been words familiar to the Corinthians because they used them regularly in worship, as we do today.  And the command to the disciples at the end of St Matthew’s Gospel, to baptise ‘in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’ may have been familiar to the first readers and hearers of that Gospel because it had already become the formula used in baptisms.

People sometimes become impatient with questions about doctrine, especially when they concern concepts difficult to understand.  But in the Holy Trinity we have a way of approaching the essential heart of the Christian faith.  God IS love, God IS grace God IS communion/fellowship, and he reaches out to make us one with Him, the One in Three and Three in One.

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