Morning Worship for Trinity Sunday

7th June 2020

A video of this service (54 min) is available.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. And also with you.

Confession

Holy, holy, holy. When our eyes have seen the Lord of hosts, we echo the words of Isaiah, ‘Woe is me! I am doomed.’ We long for the fire of God’s cleansing to touch our unclean lips, for our iniquity to be removed and our sins wiped out. So we meet Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with confession on our lips. Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, 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 lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen. May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins, and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect

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.

Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 40: 12-1, 27-31
New Testament Reading:
2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
Gospel Reading:
Matthew 28: 16-20

Reflection by the Revd Alan Bolding

A family moved to Woodford Green and in the evening of the moving day they still couldn’t find anything and they were far from organised.

The wife said to her husband, ‘Let’s get a takeaway’, so he went on his phone to look for restaurants and takeaways in Woodford Green.

He noticed that there was a restaurant called the Church of God Chicken Grill. He was so intrigued with the name that he rang the restaurant. A cheery man answered the phone and said, ‘Welcome to the Church of God Chicken Grill’. The husband said, ‘I’m intrigued by your name — how did you get the name of your restaurant?’.

The man said to him, ‘We had a little mission church down here and one day we decided to raise funds for the church. We decided to cook grilled chicken after the morning service. It was so successful that we began to open everyday and eventually it got so popular we reduced the number of church services. After a while we closed the mission down but we kept the name Church of God Chicken Grill’.

That restaurant became so successful and was probably making loads of money but they lost sight of what the mission of the church is. It’s not difficult or complicated, in fact it’s very simple, Jesus gave each one of us authority to go to all people everywhere and make them disciples.

Jesus said, ‘Baptise them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you’.

It’s not what you say to people it’s how you say it. In the letter from James we are told to show our faith by our actions.

And that will make disciples of the Lord

The way we live our lives will show the gospel of Jesus Christ so much more than any words, and that will make disciples of the Lord

And remember the promise Jesus made: He will be with us always to the end of the age. Jesus also commanded us to baptise in the name of the Father and the Son and The Holy Spirit.

Although I did not believe in infant baptism, because sometimes parents and Godparents make promises for the child being baptised they didn't really believe, just after I was ordained I took my first baptism service of a baby girl about nine months old.

It wasn't till I poured the water over her head and said, ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ — when that little girl looked at me and I looked at her I saw that God was right there in the split second that our eyes met.

I knew then that something spectacular had happened in that very moment, and it happens every time I baptise a baby. It’s a privilege to witness the work of the Holy Spirit on every occasion.

Diocesan Prayer of Discernment

This Sunday is Chelmsford Diocese’s Day of Prayer. Across the diocese, churches will pray for discernment for everyone involved in identifying who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford.

God of provision and care, discernment and knowledge: lead us in your love, empower us by your Spirit, and equip us with your gifts; give us hearts full of love for all people, minds open to the signs of the times, and wisdom to know how to respond to the voice of your calling; We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

We come boldly to the throne of grace, praying to the almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven. Father of heaven, whose love profound a ransom for our souls has found: We pray for the world, created by your love, for its nations and governments … Extend to them your peace, pardoning love, mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven. Almighty Son, incarnate Word, our Prophet, Priest, Redeemer, Lord: We pray for the Church, created for your glory, for its ministry to reflect those works of yours … Extend to us your salvation, growth, mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven. Eternal Spirit, by whose breath the soul is raised from sin and death: We pray for families and individuals, created in your image, for the lonely, the bereaved, the sick and the dying … Breathe on them the breath of life and bring them to your mercy and grace. We plead before your throne in heaven. Thrice holy! Father, Spirit, Son, Mysterious Godhead, Three in One: We pray for ourselves, for your Church, for all whom we remember before you … Bring us all to bow before your throne in heaven, to receive life and pardon, mercy and grace for all eternity, as we worship you, saying, Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Amen.

Blessing

God the Father, who first loved us and made us accepted in the beloved Son, bless you. Amen. God the Son, who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, bless you. Amen. God the Holy Spirit, who sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts, bless you. Amen. The blessing of the one true God, to whom be all love and all glory for time and for eternity, come down upon you and remain with you always. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.