Readings, Reflection and Prayers for Trinity Sunday, 7 June 2020

Readings

Isaiah 40:12-17,27-31; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20

Reflection

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. How strange to have a Sunday devoted to a doctrine – one which most people find hard to get their heads around at that!. I prefer to think of it as a day devoted to the mystery of the Godhead. For, that’s what God as wholly one, yet three persons is – a mystery, but one in which we find our meaning as a Christian community.

I’ve offered you all the readings which are set for this Sunday, but don’t expect to find anything resembling an explanation of the Trinity in them. Rather look at them as you might the surfaces of a cut diamond. They reflect some light on the mystery, but are by no means the whole picture.

The Old Testament gives witness to God as the Creator of the world and, in the stories of Abraham and his descendants, of God’s desire to bless all nations through them. Isaiah and the psalmist give us two wonderful hymns of praise, awe and wonder at creation and affirm our place and human worth within it. God is mindful of human beings, has given them a task to cooperate in the stewardship of creation and renews and sustains the faint and weary. God cares for his people.

The doctrine of the Trinity evolved in the early church as the only way the followers of Jesus could reconcile their experiences of the God they had known before the coming of Jesus with their experiences of Jesus and the Holy Spirit and their actions in the world. In Jesus they recognised the love, justice and mercy of God the Creator and came to worship him as God, as we’re told in the passage from Matthew. Far from being left impotent after Jesus had left this earth, they found themselves energised, emboldened and empowered in the building up and growth of the church by the Holy Spirit who they experienced as none other than the promised ongoing presence of Jesus with them.

When we begin to delve into the mystery of the Trinity, we can recognise that as our experience too. It is in our relationship with God that we experience the love of God, the grace of Jesus and the communion or fellowship of the Holy Spirit, as Paul says in his closing benediction to the Corinthians. We cannot emphasise one to the exclusion of the others, or God is diminished. At the heart of God is relationship and it is in the relationships within the Godhead, where the work of one complements and builds on the other, that we find our model for community.

As we are drawn through worship into the mystery of relationship with God, so God draws us into the loving community of the Three-in-One God and affirms our human dignity and worth. It is an endless dance of love designed to spill over to the whole world because the triune God is a God of mission, longing to bless, save and draw all people to Godself.

I’m sure that everyone is appalled by the scenes we have seen from America this week, and the increasing evidence that black and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus both with respect to their health and to its economic effects. Injustice, misuse of power and social inequality are not reflective of the model of loving community of God.

God, who made us and loves us, draws us into the loving community of the Three-in-One and sends us out to share that love with a world in desperate need of justice and mercy and to build communities which affirm the worth and dignity of all people. We are empowered to do so with the promise that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit is with us always. In the words of a blessing, God the Holy Trinity makes us strong in faith and love, defends us on every side, and guides us in truth and peace.

Primitive art trinityPrayers

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. Amen

From St. Patrick’s Breastplate

I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Notices

Parish Office

Whilst we are all still in lock-down (or partial!) I am in the office Monday -Thursday. The times may vary a little to my normal hours though the phone will always be answered between 9.30 am and midday on these days. Outside these hours please contact me on 01531 633561 or 07850 892559.  Many thanks
Joy (Parish Administrator)

Sunday evening Zoom service at 6.30pm

The link and log in details have been distributed to those on the Parishioners mailing list but is also available from the Parish Office (see Contacts page).  We are aware that a number of parishioners had an issue with logging in last week, if this happens try logging out of Zoom and retrying - this usually works!

We shall need volunteers for the psalm reading, the bible reading (liaise with Anne), and intercessions so that an order of service can be circulated.
Please contact Marian & Mike (540108)

Daily Hope

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join on-line church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Food Bank

A huge thank you to everyone for their generous donations for the Ledbury Foodbank - a reminder that collection points will be open every Tuesday & Thursday from 2-4pm (Station Carpark and Wisteria House, 7 Colwall Green).