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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

6 Jun 2020 • General news

Readings

Isaiah 40. 12-17, 27-end

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scalesand the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the spirit of the Lord, or as his counsellor has instructed him?
14 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of justice?
Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.


2 Corinthians 13. 11-end

Final Greetings and Benediction

11 Finally, brothers and sisters,[b] farewell.[c] Put things in order, listen to my appeal,[d] agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

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


Matthew 28. 16-20

The Commissioning of the Disciples

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 a reflection for Trinity Sunday.

As the song says, “Three is a magic number.” Our readings this morning, from the prophet Isaiah, from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, and from Matthew’s Gospel, are all focused on the idea of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is often seen as one of the most difficult concepts in the whole of the Christian faith; through the centuries there have been many attempts to explain it – such as St Patrick and his shamrock. I’m not proposing that I can explain the entire workings of the Trinity here, in the three or four minutes that I have! But I am going to suggest that it maybe should not be considered such a difficult thing to understand – that, perhaps, it’s only difficult because we have told ourselves that it is.

The image of a Triple Deity – the Three Who Are One – keeps reoccurring throughout human history. I could give you a slew of examples: the Celtic Goddess Morrigan, who is Maiden, Mother and Crone; the Trimurti of the Hindus, composed of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the Morai of the Greeks; the Roman triple goddess Diana. There are dozens of others. The idea turns up again and again, regardless of culture or geography or age – from the earliest times, even in the depths of our ignorance we have had some vague sense, have tried to grope blindly towards this fundamental truth about God – that God is Three, and the Three are distinct, and the Three are One, and the One is eternal.

It is here, in the Christian faith, that the concept of the Triune God – the Three in One – finds its fullest expression, as revealed to us in our scriptures. Because, make no mistake, the idea of the Trinity IS scriptural. Not for nothing does Jesus say, “I and the Father are one”; nor command his disciples, as in our Gospel reading today, to baptise “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We didn’t make this stuff up! There is not, as some have claimed through the years, any plot by the Church to obscure God’s nature beneath layers of incomprehensible gobbledygook. The Trinity is who – and what – God is, as revealed in the words of the Bible.

In the end, this should not come as a surprise to us. Lewis Carroll, in his poem ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, states that “What I tell you three times is true,” restating an idea that has come down to us from the Ancient World. Is it any wonder then that the One True God should reveal himself to us in Three different Ways? God is the Father, God is the Son, God is the Spirit. All are One, and the One is All. Three IS the magic number. What I tell you three times IS true.

AMEN.

Prayers of Intercession for Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020

Prayers for the Corona Virus situation (from the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy):

Merciful God, we pray for the many people who have contracted the coronavirus in the UK and across the world. Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads. We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.

Help us all to be responsible in the things that we do in our lives to prevent the spread of infection by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.

Whether we are at home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us all.

Prayers For Trinity Sunday

God in three persons, blessed Trinity, on this special day, we come before you to offer our praise and adoration. You are God, the creator, giving us richly all things to enjoy. You are Christ the Saviour of the world, made flesh to set us free. You are the Spirit of truth and love, willing to dwell in us. You are holy and blessed. One God, eternal Trinity, be near to us the people formed in your image, and close to the world, your love brings to life.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

God in three persons, blessed Trinity, we pray for your church throughout the world, for those that are thriving and those which have lost a sense of direction especially during this Pandemic. We give thanks for our church and its people, and gladly acknowledge all the gifts you have given us through its life, we ask you to open wide our hearts that we may welcome the stranger and share our faith with others. You, Lord, have chosen men and women to serve you in the ministry of your church and have given them a perfect example in the person of your son.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

God in three persons, blessed Trinity, we remember all who bear the responsibility of leadership, for heads of state, ambassadors and political advisers, we think today particularly of the leaders of the world as they and their peoples start to return slowly to a new normality; let your will for our world be accomplished through the decisions they make and give them a vision of a better way of life for everyone.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

God in three persons, blessed Trinity, we pray for peace in the world, in our communities and our families: create in us a love for peace, not peace that is absent from struggle, nor peace that is blind to injustice but the peace that makes whole what now is broken.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

God in three persons, blessed Trinity, we remember this morning those who are sick, sad or lonely and those who are brave and patient when things are going wrong. We pray that they may be aware of your comforting presence and know that in your hands they are safe and loved. We continue to give thanks for all frontline workers as they continue to risk their lives coping with the Corona Virus.

We remember the names of all those we know to be sick, ill, troubled or in need of prayer.

We pray for all those whose names and faces we do not know.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

God in three persons, blessed Trinity, we remember before God, those who have died and we pray for all whose life is saddened by the death of a loved one, be with them in their loneliness and let them know that Jesus Christ is the light of the world a light which no darkness can quench. We especially pray for who have died from the virus and their loved ones who were unable to attend their funerals.

We remember the names of all those we know who have gone before us into your glory.

We pray for all those whose names and faces we do not know.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer

Father God, lead us into the coming week.

Son of God, help us to believe that you are close to us.

Spirit of God, keep us from making mistakes.

Triune God, help us never to disappoint you, and when we face hard decisions or difficult work, when we enjoy ourselves and have fun with others may we know that you share these times with us.

Merciful Father:

Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


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