Sunday 7th June – Trinity Sunday 


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.

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First Reading

Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-31

 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?  Who has directed the spirit of the Lord, or as his counsellor has instructed him?  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?  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.  Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt-offering.  All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.  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’?  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.  He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.  Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 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.

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Second Reading

2 Corinthians 13.11-13

Brothers and sisters, 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.  Greet one another with a holy kiss.  All the saints greet you.  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

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 Gospel

Matthew 28.16-20

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.’

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 Post Communion Prayer

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.

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Trinity Sunday – Reflection

G.K. Chesterton wrote that ‘a lady I knew picked up a book of selections from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, with a commentary and began to read a section with the heading, The Simplicity of God. She then laid the book down with a sigh and said: “Well, if that’s His simplicity, I wonder what His complexity is like.”’

We may well feel like that woman did when we contemplate the Trinity.

Trinity Sunday, that anomaly of Sundays.  A day when we celebrate a doctrine or foundation of our faith.  It is always a Sunday that has provided most clergy with anxiety or anguish as one tries to prepare a sermon on the Trinity that is not full of theological jargon.

As Church, all of our missionary efforts must reflect the life of the Trinity which seeks to draw us into its life by encouraging others to accept that invitation.

Trinity Sunday is a day for the Church to celebrate how it understands God and how it lives out that understanding. It is an opportunity for us to wrestle with, to struggle with, and to celebrate the meaning of God in our lives and in the life of our faith community. It is, in a sense, about getting back to basics.

Trinity Sunday speaks powerfully:
To the community that hears the salvation story and how God has acted through history and continues to act in our lives as we recognize that all people are created in God’s image.

Trinity Sunday speaks powerfully:
To the community that lives the resurrected life of the risen Christ and makes itself known in the world by living as Jesus lived – a welcoming and inclusive life.

Trinity Sunday speaks powerfully:
To the community that knows it is empowered by the Holy Spirit to live boldly, as it proclaims the good news and goes forth into the world baptizing all in the name of the Trinity.

The Trinity as a doctrine has perplexed theologians and philosophers down through the centuries. But maybe the Trinity as a concept is not so very hard after all?  Maybe it goes something like this…  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of us.

Amen