Online service 7th June 2020

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Online service 7th June 2020



TRINITY SUNDAY SERVICE

 

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Anthem

Cantate Domine

 

Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you

All   and also with you.

 

Opening Prayer

Holy God,

faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,

that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Prayers of Penitence

We have too often exchanged the worship of the living God for idols of our own imagining. As we gather to offer our praises to the holy and undivided Trinity, and to worship him in spirit and in truth, let us call to mind our sins.

Father, you come to meet us when we return to you:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, you give us life and peace:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

 

Absolution

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins, and heal and strengthen you by his Spirit and raise you to new life in Christ. Amen.

Gloria

Peruvian Gloria -Traditional

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Father.
To him be glory forever.
To him be glory forever.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia amen, alleluia amen.

Glory to God, glory to God, son of the Father.
Glory to God, glory to God, son of the Father.
To him be glory forever.
To him be glory forever.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia amen, alleluia amen.

Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory to the Spirit.
To him be glory forever.
To him be glory forever.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia, amen.
Alleluia amen, alleluia amen.

Reading

“A reading from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew Chapter 28 Verses 16 to 20

Response: Glory be Thee O Lord”

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Response: Praise be to Thee O Christ

 

Reflection

O lord open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise”

That reading is completely beautiful and I can very easily become lost in the aspiration of the words, and ignore what lies behind the words.

And when I think of the Trinity I cannot but think of this tremendous Icon by Rublev.

On gazing at it, once again I find I readily loose myself and become absorbed by its depth of beauty, ignoring the interpretations that have been written about the icon.

When I consider the Trinity, I find it impossible not to become totally bemused, and tangled in a sticky web of unintelligible theology. Through the ages we have been bombarded by eloquent theological texts, none of which set me on fire, rather they dampen my enthusiasm. My eyes glaze over, and it is all just too much for me. The best of minds in many councils of the early church “had a go” at developing what is known as the doctrine of the Trinity. From words to pictures of triangles trying to explain the oneness of; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick who used a shamrock, its one leaf with 3 distinct segments making up the whole, to offer an explanation of the Trinity is for me the most helpful. These definitions remind me of the very ancient eastern story of a group of men who come across a large statue in the depth of the jungle on a moonless night they cannot see the details on the statue, and can only feel it, each man describes the statue differently because he feels a different part of it, and yet it remains a whole and entire statue, no man had the full explanation.

However, we shall miss the whole point of the Trinity if we allow ourselves to get bogged down in fields of shamrocks and theological definitions.

The definitions seem to me to seek to express how Christians experience God.

We heard earlier the very simple, pure and beautiful Peruvian Gloria which tells us all we really need to know. I can only attempt to try and hold onto some understanding of the Trinity in simple terms… But it seems to me that the doctrine of the Trinity is a way of thinking of God and our experience of how the one God has revealed himself to us in these terms;

Firstly, God who has revealed himself to us as the Creator and who we have come to think of as “Father”.

Secondly, God who revealed himself to us so wonderfully in the person of our Saviour Jesus the Christ and who we think of as the “Son”.

Thirdly, God who has revealed himself to us in the indwelling power we express as the Holy Spirit who we experience in such ways as; inspiration, comfort, wisdom, power, joy, which comes to dwell in us. We can catch a glimpse of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling when we say “I felt inspired” or “I never thought I could do that”.

So, when we speak of the Trinity, we are speaking of 3 distinct and definite ways in which God has revealed himself to us in a very, very, personal and individual manner.

The Trinity, a word that seeks to hold together a concept of God…an infinite God beyond all human knowledge, bounds and control…it is no wonder we struggle.

God reveals Himself to us always for a reason, as we learn in our reading today, to inspire us to go forth and make disciples of All nations and…. vitally that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is… Through, With and In us….Always and to the end of time….. The Holy Trinity….Amen.

 

 

 

 

Hymn

Holy, Holy, Holy.

1 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!

 

2 Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

 

3 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.

 

4 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!

 

(Reverend John Hayward will now lead the prayers, with Thanksgiving as Trinity Sunday marks 65 years of his ordination as a priest in the Bath and Wells Diocese)

 

Prayers

We pray that you Our Father, will bring heaven to earth Through your loving mercy and grace.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit…

Hear our Prayer.

Merciful and mighty Son, we pray for all who are with others and providing care for them at this time.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit…

Hear our Prayer.

Compassionate and counselling Spirit, may we and All peoples, especially those in need or distress, receive the peace and joy of your In-dwelling.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit…

Hear our Prayer.

Holy Trinity, all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful, may we know you are with us always to the end of the age. Amen.

 

We now pray together the words Our Saviour gave to us; the Lord’s Prayer

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,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Dismissal

 

God the Father,

who first loved us and made us accepted in the beloved Son,

bless you.

Amen.

God the Son,

who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

bless you.

Amen.

God the Holy Spirit,

who sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts,

bless you.

Amen.

The blessing of the one true God,

to whom be all love and all glory for time and for eternity,

come down upon you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

We go in the Love of God, the Peace of Christ and the Unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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