Trinity - Sunday 30th May

 TRINITY SUNDAY

AUDIO SERVICE OF THE WORD

A warm welcome to this service

Trinity Sunday, is one of the few celebrations of the Christian Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. On Trinity Sunday, Christians remember and honour the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity. 

The Greeting

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty: who was, and is, and is to come. The Lord be with you       All   and also with you.

Acclamation; 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts:     All      the whole earth is full of his glory.

 Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength; ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name.    All   The whole earth is full of his glory. 

The Lord shall give strength to his people; All    the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.  

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;   All   the whole earth is full of his glory.                                                

Invitation to Confession

God the Father forgives us in Christ and heals us  by the Holy Spirit. Let us therefore put away all anger and bitterness, all slander and malice, and confess our sins to God our redeemer.  (cf Ephesians 4.30,32)

Confession

Father, you come to meet us when we return to you: Lord, have mercy.    All    Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins: Christ, have mercy.     All    Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, you give us life and peace: Lord, have mercy.     All    Lord, have mercy. 

Absolution

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.           All      Amen

Gloria in Excelsis

All Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The 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.   All        Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word                                                  

Isaiah 6.1–8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out. ’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!     For the word of the Lord;     All     Thanks be to God.

Romans 8.12–17 Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ – if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.      For the word of the Lord;    All     Thanks be to God.          

Gospel Reading  

Alleluia, alleluia. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, one God, who was, and who is, and who is to come, the Almighty.  

Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord be with you.    All      and also with you.           

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John       All       Glory to you, O Lord.  

John 3.1–17 There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.                      All     Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon    Isaiah 6. 1-8, Psalm 29, John 3. 1-17

Affirmation of Faith                           

Let us declare our faith in God.   All      We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high. We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  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, saying

All        we plead before your throne in heaven.

Father in 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. 

All        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.

All        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.

All        We plead before your throne in heaven.

Mysterious Godhead, three in one, Jehovah - Father, Spirit, Son: 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;

All        Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All      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.

The Dismissal 

Blessing

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.       All      Amen.  

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.              All      In the name of Christ. Amen.

Recessional hymn verse

All sing       May the grace of Christ our Saviour, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favour, rest upon us from above.

 

 

Enriching the Christian Year (1993)Patterns for Worship (1995), Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), New Patterns for Worship (2002) and Times and Seasons (2006), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.                 St M & AA 2020