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               St Clement Church Community Trinity Sunday Service

 

Good morning to you as we celebrate our Trinity Sunday service.

I hope you’ve all had a good week and have been enjoying the lovely weather.

From what I hear you certainly enjoyed commemorating the birthday of the Church last Sunday with special treats…….didn’t you Dave!  Poor Daphne has her work cut out there….

As I said last week the covid restrictions are beginning to lift, but please be careful if you go out and about and keep yourselves safe.

Much love and prayers and may Christ’s love sustain you not only during these difficult times, but always. 

Rev Di and family xx

 

 

Let us pray;

Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory.  Amen.

 

 

Our prayers of Penitence

As we celebrate the holiness and goodness of God, we remember the shadows in our own lives:

 

Father God, we confess that we often take the gifts of your creation for granted, and use them chiefly to further our own interests….

Lord, have mercy.

 

Saviour Christ, we confess that we easily fall into temptation and forget to seek your forgiveness….

Christ, have mercy.

 

Holy Spirit, we confess that we often close our minds to your influence, and fail to bear good fruit in our lives…

Lord, have mercy.

 

May Almighty God have mercy upon us, forgive us our failings, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Let us pray our Collect for Trinity Sunday

Holy God, faithful and unchanging: enable our minds to understand 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. Amen.  

                                                                                           

Our Reading today is taken from the Gospel of 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.’

 

 

 

 

Reflection

It must be said that there’s a tradition among us clergy to always be unavailable to preach on Trinity Sunday, as the subject is just too complicated and confusing to talk about.
I was never quite quick enough to book the day off, but thankfully as most of you know, somehow I’d always manage to ‘persuade’ our Reader; Liz to preach…….
Ho Hum, you’ve got to put up with me today! 

Trinity Sunday - the only Sunday on the ecclesiastical calendar dedicated to a doctrine. All our other special days hark back to events - Christmas, Easter, Pentecost - but not this one.

Trinity Sunday is the day we Christians celebrate the reality of one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Yes, the doctrine of the Trinity is confusing. Even the finest theologians find themselves at a loss to explain it well, so what hope do I have I ask!

Some scholars use the analogy of the masks worn by actors in the old Greek plays. Very apt in these Covid19 times!  One actor wearing different masks can play many parts, or personas, but is still just one actor.

Other theologians have used the idea of roles and relationships.  For instance, I can be at the same time; a mother, a daughter, a wife, a priest, - one person, but with many roles.

The doctrine of the Trinity is the very limited way in which we describe the God we have come to know both in the pages of scripture, and the life of our faith.

Our experience of God is marvellous and mysterious.  We have and know the God of Isaiah - the God who is high and lifted up in his temple, who speaks and brings forth all of creation, who is judge, lord, ruler, King - the God who is in light inaccessible hid from our eyes. This God is strange to us and beyond us, even though we see this God's signs all around us in creation.
And then we have the God who is in Christ, and who is Christ - the God who is lowly, and humble, who reaches out.  The God who serves others, who walks the earth with us, and cries and laughs with us; the God who calls God; Abba, Father, who is tempted with us, hungers and thirsts with us, who embraces and encourages us.  The God who surrenders himself to death for us, having only the promise and the hope of being raised again.

 
And we have and know God the Spirit - God the bringer of visions and dreams, God the source of strength and of hope, God the supplier of healing words and of comforting prayer.  The wind, the breath, the air we breathe, God the transformer, the one who gives new birth, new life, the presence within us and all around us.  The God calling to us - and calling for us.
Confusing isn’t it, trying to understand the Trinity.
Whilst I was in ministry training, we studied the book; ‘The Shack.’  At the time it was raising a lot of questions among churches worldwide, and was considered controversial. For those that haven’t read it, here’s the story-line in brief:
Mack, the main character of the story, receives an invitation from ‘Papa’ to visit the shack – a hut in the forest.  From his scanty religious background, Mack knows that Papa is God himself. 
Four years prior to this invitation, Mack had lost his young daughter Missy, and since then he’d been overcome by, what he called, “The Great Sadness.”   So he responds to the invitation.  
What he encounters there are the manifestations of the three persons of the Trinity. God the Father takes the form of an African American woman, who calls herself Elousia, or just ‘Papa’; 
The Son is a Middle-Eastern carpenter; and the Holy Spirit physically manifests itself as an Asian woman named Sarayu.
In that encounter with the Trinity, Mack is helped to deal with the loss of his daughter, and in the process, learns a few hard lessons about God, suffering, and life itself, and the Trinity eventually restores life and wisdom to Mack.  
It’s worth reading.  To me, it’s a modern parable, even though every description that talks about God has its limitation, and even though The Shack has its problem areas, what I liked about it most is that it invites us to experience God in a different light, and to be open to the variety of ways we experience God. 
The key point is: our belief in God as the Trinity isn’t just a line in the Bible, nor is it a mere answer to a question in the catechism.  Our belief in God is an invitation to experience. 
And the Trinity is the way we experience God in the mystery in His different dimensions, which we might lose the significance of, if we just fossilize that mystery into a religious doctrine. 
The Trinity is a model that captures the three ways God has been experienced in history, or the three ways He has revealed Himself.  
It also reminds us of the three ways in which we – as individuals and as community – might experience Him today.
Our Christian life then is to experience God as the Father, a loving parent.  God the Son, a dear Brother, and God the Holy Spirit, a caring presence, – to enable us to encounter God in his complete nature. 
Most of us like to think that things are either black or white - and we’ll often go to incredible lengths to fit things around us into one or the other category -but God is greater than any category - any system of thought or classification, and so is our life in him.
May it be so, both now and for ever more.  Amen.

 

 

Affirmation of our faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist.  We believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again. 

We believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world.  

This is the faith of the Church. This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Our Intercessions this week are written by Helen Dunbar

The Mystery of God – Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier all at once – is beyond our human understanding, yet closer to us than breathing.

Called by the great God we worship, let us pray fervently for the Church and for the world.

 

We bring before you, O God, the needs of the Church, and its weakness and its potential; revive and refresh us, teach and direct us, inspire all who preach, teach and spread the good news, and uphold all who suffer for their faith in anyway.

 

We ask God’s blessing on our Archbishop Justin. At home we pray for our own Diocese here in Truro, for Bishop Phillip and our Suffragan Bishop Hugh and for our own, much loved Revd Di who continues her work in the community especially ministering to the bereaved and taking funeral services.

 

Our prayers go to the Queen and all members of the royal family as they go about their duties.

Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

 

Dear Lord, we know that we are all part of the problems that the world faces, and we know that wherever there is resentment between people there will be tension. We pray that those who lead us here in this country will do their utmost to solve issues with other nations of the world in a peaceful way. And intervene in the world’s conflicts with forethought and common sense.

Give clearer vision to those in positions of power and influence. Grant to us in our own lives a share in the mutual love of the Holy Trinity…May that unbroken harmony, be shown in our families, in our work and in all our relationships.

 

Dear Lord we bring before you our children and young people, who have been coping with a different way of living, due to the coronavirus measures that have been in place for the last two months and with the slight easing of these measures we pray for their safe keeping, as they start going back to school and socializing again.

Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

 

Dear Lord we bring before you, the hungry and homeless, those who have no place to call home; all who are ill and those who care for them; all who are unhappy, please God, direct them on a path that they may find love and compassion in their time of need. All who are undergoing surgery or painful treatment and all who have no one to turn to; we think of all those recovering from the coronavirus, and all who are suffering ill health, we remember Father Harold, Nicky, Liz, and all those known to us.

 

We remember, O Lord all those who have died in faith and will now see you face to face; those for whom death speaks of fear or annihilation, and those who are unprepared to meet you.

We pray for the recently departed, we remember Nigel and our thoughts and prayers go to Ilse and the family; may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,

Let us pray with confidence as our risen Lord taught us;

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.

 

The Peace

We wish peace to each other from God our heavenly Father. 

We wish peace to each other from his Son Jesus Christ.

And we wish peace to each other from the Holy Spirit.

May the peace of the triune God be always with us.  Amen.

 

Blessing

May God the Holy Trinity make us strong in faith and love, defend us on every side and guide us in truth and peace.  And may the presence of God watch over us, the power of God protect us, those whom we love, and may we never forget that wherever we are, God is with us always, to the end of the age.  Amen.


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