Sunday, 7th June

Trinity Sunday

 

Greeting

O Lord, open our lips

And our mouth shall declare you praise!

Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever, Psalm 86:8-12

 

Peace to you from God our heavenly Father.

Peace from his Son Jesus Christ who is our peace.

Peace from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.

The peace of the triune God be always with you…

Silence

 

Prayers of Penitence

Loving Father,

with open arms you welcome us home,

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, by your cross you defeated sin,

forgive us, and mend our hearts,

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, come,

fill us with your life,

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Receiving God’s Love

May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Reading: Matthew 28:16-20

Now 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.’

Thought for the week

I wonder if you’ve been zooming recently or are you a ‘skyper’ or ‘facetimer’. It’s so exciting to actually see your family and friends after such a long time and there’s so much news to exchange, you probably feel you could chat for ever and even take them for a tour of your kitchen or the sights of your garden. What can become difficult is how to bring the chat to a satisfactory conclusion because there’s always one more vital piece of information you need to share.

I get the impression that it’s the same for Jesus, though in his case he manages to be succinct and to the point. It comprises only four verses positively packed with vital information, the final verses of Matthew’s gospel. After Jesus’ resurrection he fulfilled his promises to the disciples that they would see him; as is so often the case, it’s up a mountain.

Firstly, for the disciples, it seems almost too good to be true being with Jesus again, like old times – but clearly something is very different. We can all pick up on the intensity of the meeting; there is an urgency as the disciples listen intently to Jesus as he shares the authority that God has given to him with them, the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now Jesus gives them their instructions to – go out – teach and baptize to every nation in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As Christians we too are being commissioned now to be the listening ear, the consoling and encouraging voice, the accepting eyes and the arms that want to hug. It’s for us to take Jesus’ work forward – but most importantly not in our own power alone, we are never meant or expected to do that. Jesus reminds us from the very start of the gospel that he is the Emmanuel, God with us, and now he tells us again ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age’.

Amen

 

Intercessions

Heavenly Father, you created the world.

Jesus Christ, you redeem the world.

Holy Spirit, you are with us always.

Holy Trinity, community of love and unity,

we pray for your world, gifted to us,

we pray for all who experience the pain

of prejudice, racism, and injustice,

we pray for peace and unity

in and between the world’s diverse communities.

 

Lord, you love all you have made.

Help us to see others as you do,

to work together for the coming of your kingdom

where every knee will bow in worship, not oppression.

May your Holy Spirit empower us

to love our neighbours, and our enemies,

may we sow in peace,

and trust in your grace.

Faithful God, Emmanuel,

You never leave nor forsake us,

As we bring you the cries of our heart,

may we know that in your presence is the fulness of joy.

Renew us by your Spirit,

Strengthen us in your love,

And lead us on in hope,

To the glory of your name.

Amen.

 

Open prayer.

 

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

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.

 

Lord, set your blessing on us

as we begin this day together.

Confirm in us the truth

by which we rightly live;

confront us with the truth

from which we wrongly turn.

We ask not for what we want

but for what you know we need,

as we offer this day and ourselves

for you and to you

through Jesus Christ, our Saviour

Amen