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Today's theme: 

The Trinity

 

The collect for Trinity Sunday:

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.

 

Please click below for a welcome to today's worship from Pat Beale, reader emeritus. Today's first reading is 2 Corinthians 13: 11-end, and the Gospel reading is Matthew 28: 16-20. You could also read Isaiah 40 in your own Bible. 

 

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TODAY'S MESSAGE 

from the Rev Graham Smallman

In recent weeks we have been reminded of Jesus’s ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Today we celebrate the Trinity.

Bill Shankly, the former Liverpool FC manager, gave his own definition of the trinity. “At a football club, there’s a holy trinity that consists of the player, the manager and the supporter. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques.” At Manchester United’s football ground there is a famous statue of another ‘trinity’: Denis Law, George Best and Bobby Charlton.

In traditional services many Christians make a sign of the cross when they pray to God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit –  three persons with one substance, to use the words of Tertullian, one of the early church fathers, who is the first known writer to have described God as a ‘trinity’.

The doctrine of the Trinity also tells us that love and peace, between persons, are in God’s nature. So when we share ‘The Peace’ with each other, it is God’s love we receive and share with fellow believers.

In Isaiah 40, God is presented as almighty and present throughout creation and world history. Warren W Wiersbe, in his commentary on this passage, says that someone has defined ‘circumstances’ in life as ‘those nasty things you see when you get your eyes off God’. If we see our life situations through the eyes of faith in an almighty God, then we experience that elusive sense of peace and can believe that all will be well, both in the present and in the future.

In Matthew 28, Jesus is preparing his disciples for his absence, and in his teaching they felt his greatness and worshipped him as the one who has been given all authority, in heaven and on earth. Jesus then gave the disciples the ‘Great Commission’, to go into all the world to share his love and forgiveness and to baptise people in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Then the apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Corinthians by encouraging the Christians to greet each other with a holy kiss. He confidently states that all God’s people salute them, and closed with a blessing that we now know as ‘The Grace’, which characterises the Trinity: ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God (the Father), and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’

As lockdown continues in many ways and is still opening us up to a different world, may we continue to benefit from all the teaching and instruction from the many online services and times of personal devotion we engage in. We may not be able physically to share ‘The Peace’ together, but we can ‘sign the cross’ in our hearts.

May we affirm the fellowship of believers from St John’s to all the corners of the world. May we share a ‘holy kiss’, having being kissed by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the living presence of the Holy Spirit.

 
Here's a great hymn of praise often sung on Trinity Sunday:
 

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And here's a song of worship we have begun to use in meditation and prayer at St John's. It may come over as a bit old-fashioned in this American presentation, but notice that it's a prayer to each person of the Trinity, first to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit, and then the Father:

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And something a bit more lively ... this song's based on the Isaiah 40 reading:

 

PRAYERS

Please click below for today's prayers, led by Sue Thatcher:

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THE LORD'S PRAYER 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

 

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