2020 Trinity

Weekly Online Service
07 June 2020 Trinity Sunday

Please find below our service for this week. You can also click on the PDF button to open and download a copy of the printed generic Service booklet.

You will find an opening hymn played on the organ by Keith Beniston - words are included. This is followed by the service. Finally there is a closing hymn. Please feel free to follow along in whichever way you feel most comfortable. Words in bold are for everyone to join in.

Hymn

St Patrick's Breatplate

I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star-lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, his might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all who love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

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.
Of whom all nature hath creation;
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Words: Atomriug indiú niurt trén togairm trinoit, 5th-7th Century Gaelic, attributed to St Patrick (372-466), trans. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95)

Tune: ST PATRICK'S BREASTPLATE/GARTAN (Melody from the Petrie Collection of Irish Music, 1903) edited by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Service Audio

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

All say Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Prayers of Penitence

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria in Excelcis

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to the Father

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to the Father

To him be Glory
For ever.

To him be Glory
For ever.

Alleluia, Amen.

Alleluia, Amen.
Alleluia, Amen.
Alleluia, Amen.

Glory to God
Glory to God
Son of the Father

Glory to God
Glory to God
Son of the Father

To him be glory
For ever.

To him be glory
For ever.

Alleluia, Amen.

Alleluia, Amen.
Alleluia, Amen.
Alleluia, Amen.

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to the Spirit

Glory to God
Glory to God
Glory to the Spirit

To him be glory
For ever.

To him be glory
For ever.

Alleluia, Amen.

Alleluia, Amen.
Alleluia, Amen.
Alleluia, Amen.

The Collect of the Day is said or sung.

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Old and New Testament Readings

Isaiah 40.12-17,27-31 - Read by Maria Giles

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 scales
   and 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.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

2 Corinthians 13.11-13 - Read by The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, 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 the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Gospel

Matthew 28.16-20 - Read by Jessica Giles

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Gospel reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All say: Glory to you, O Lord.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped 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 the gospel of the Lord.

All say: Praise to you, O Christ.

All sing: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon

Trinity Sunday

May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Trinity Sunday is the only Sunday in the Christian year devoted to a doctrine. At a time when our country is haunted by the Global Pandemic of Corona virus, to focus on a complex doctrine may seem to be out of place. But seeking to know God has always been the way we human beings have responded to uncertain times. If there’s a time to focus on God’s nature, it is now.

Today we speak of the one God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is one and indivisible. Yet we believe in God the Father, who made the world; in God the Son, who redeemed us on the ‘cross’; and in God the Holy Spirit who lives within us. They are not three gods but one God. It’s not hard to understand why Christians have been accused of undermining the unity of God by this very doctrine we honour today. It’s a stumbling block that separates us from other peoples of the “Book”. Muslims and Jews both believe in one god and yet fail to understand the concept of the trinity. Not so suprising because it took 426 years before the early church agreed on and recorded what we now profess when we repeat the Nicene Creed.

The New Testament doesn’t explain the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Yet over the first two centuries of Christianity reflection on the experience of faith in Christ led the Church to develop this doctrine. We see glimpses of it in the very earliest ways Christians prayed. Think how often Christian meetings all over the world are brought to a conclusion by saying the Grace, those words which come straight from St Paul – “the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.”

This isn’t the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, of course, but it indicates how God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit proves inseparable from the way Christians have always lived their life in Christ. “The grace”, as we call it, developed within the first fifteen years after the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. It’s still used regularly by millions, perhaps billions, of Christians across the world today.

We should remember the Athanasian Creed says that God is incomprehensible. We cannot get our minds around God. Yet that creed reminds us that God is more perfectly one and united than we can possibly be or imagine. In God there is a mutual relationship of love, which is more outgoing, perfect and complete than the love found in any of us.

There are only two verses in the Bible that seem to suggest a full Trinitarian theme to most of us: Matthew 28.19 ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…’

and 2 Corinthians 13.14. ‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all…’

If you had the chance to have a chat with Jesus, what would you ask him? I don’t expect you would ask him to explain the doctrine of the trinity. The man in our reading today had just that opportunity. Having caused mayhem in the Temple with the ‘money-changers’, we are told Jesus was the talk of the town. Most of the Jewish authorities had begun to see Jesus as a threat, but one in particular, Nicodemus became very interested in what this new rabbi had to say.

Nicodemus, was a Pharisee, probably a member of the Sanhedrin, a prominent man in the community, and almost obsessed with the study and the keeping of Jewish law. Jewish people believed their salvation was dependent on the learning and keeping of the laws set in stone by God, and given to Moses.

So Nicodemus crept out at night, because he dared not jeopardize his reputation by being seen talking with Jesus. Nicodemus gave Jesus a compliment. He said that Jesus must have been sent from God, because no one could do the things he did without the power of God, the great ‘I AM’.

Not responding to flattery, Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God with Nicodemus who was expecting the Messiah, a new David sent to reclaim the kingdom of Israel on Earth, but he learned Jesus had come to usher in a new kingdom of God, a kingdom not of the physical but of the spiritual.

Nicodemus imagining his mother giving birth to him now as an old man was totally confused. His mind was set on the physical world but Jesus was talking about the Spiritual. The Kingdom of God was a new way of thinking and a new way of seeing for Nicodemus. “The Kingdom of God is within you.”

Nicodemus could not understand. He had spent his whole life keeping those physical laws in order to gain entrance to God’s kingdom, but he was rapidly beginning to realize this way wasn’t going to work.

We still see the physical world full of violence and hatred, injustice, pain and sorrow. We see the effects of the physical world in the virus everyday on the news. But the Kingdom of God is a new world, a place of peace, where the streets are paved with gold and the light of Christ is always around us. It is then through spiritual not physical means that we will enter into the Kingdom of God.

On this Trinity Sunday, as we ponder the nature of God and his kingdom, we too have unanswered questions. Some theologians prefer to speak of ‘Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer’ rather than the traditional ‘Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’. For myself, the Trinity of ‘Persons’ is completely indescribable by using human vocabulary. We have all heard the metaphore of H2O, ice, water and steam, but it simply doesn’t work. Jesus used the metaphor of birth to describe this change of mindset from the physical world to the spiritual. Echoing Nicodemus’ question, what must I do to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Love God, and love my neighbour.

Do we get it? Do we truly understand this ‘Doctrine of the Trinity? In our Christian journey we learn more about God as we walk with Jesus throughout our earthly life, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and on into the kingdom of God, by the grace of his Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Rev'd Mo Lunn, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 07/06/2020

2020-05-31 Pentecost

Service Audio

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Intercessions 

The Intercessions list has been circulated with petitions for the Church, The World, The Community, Our Keyworkers, The Sick and the Deceased. The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is found at:

London Anglican Cycle of Prayer

This or another response may be used:

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen N our bishop(s) and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …; according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

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

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

and also with you.

A sign of peace may be exchanged.

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.

Collect

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, who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Recessional Hymn

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning
Our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns
Around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man
Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name,
In earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

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