7th June 2020

At this point in time you may not be able to attend our communal worship services. What follows is a contemporary Trinity Sunday service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty (40) minutes.

I pray you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.


The text that is in regular typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Opening Hymn


Trinity Sunday this year falls 76 years and 1 day after the D-Day landings in Normandy during World War 2. As we pray too see a world where the spectre of war is banished forever; where peoples will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; where nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.


Let us commence by remembering and watching, and please do raise your voices in praise and celebration, to sing along with the video, the wonderful, triune hymn "Eternal Father Strong To Save."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Call to Worship

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed, alleluia! 


Kia ora, te whānau, 
welcome to you my sisters and brothers,
for we are Christ's body,
Christ's work in the world.
Welcome to you whose baptism makes you 

salt of the earth and light to the world. Rejoice and be glad.
Praise God who gives us forgiveness and hope.


Christ is our light,
the joy of our salvation. 

Praise and glory to Christ,

God's new beginning for humanity.

Love and loyalty to Christ, 
who gives us the gospel.

Praise to Christ who calls us to holiness.


Glory to God in the highest

and peace to God’s 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 Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

In the glory of God the Father. Amen



We come seeking forgiveness for all we have failed to be and do as members of Christ's body.


Pause for a moment of silent reflection.


In God there is forgiveness. 
Loving and all-seeing God,

forgive us where we have failed to support one another

and to be what we claim to be.

Forgive us where we have failed to serve you;

and where our thoughts and

actions have been contrary to yours we ask your pardon.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.


Rejoice and be glad, for Christ IS resurrection,

reconciliation for all the human race.
We shall all be one in Christ, one in our life together.

Praise to God who has created us,

praise to God who has accepted us,

praise to God who sends us into the world.

The Sentence for the Day


You O Lord reign for ever;  your throne endures from generation to generation.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

Blessed Trinity, we know you as a community of love.

Grant us such worship of you that we are transformed after your likeness;

to be creative, caring, life enriching people.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love.

This we ask through Christ our Mediator. Amen.

A reading from The Old Testament

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

A reading from The New Testament

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with another of the great triune hymns, "Holy, Holy, Holy."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, Matthew 28:16-20 (The Commissioning of the Disciples)

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A Sermon for Trinity Sunday

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If you prefer to read the full sermon notes rather than to listen then please CLICK HERE.

Pause and Reflect


Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes. Let Father, Son and Holy Spirit breathe into your being.

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as "The Nicene Creed" is read to us.
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to listen) 

The Nicene Creed
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Our Prayers on this Trinity Sunday

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Praying Together

The Peace


I say to you:

The Peace of God be with you all.


Please respond aloud:


And also with you.

Are you missing Holy Communion? Click here.

The Lord's Prayer


Remebering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:

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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.


The Grace


May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you now and always. Amen

A Closing Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, the video "Shine Jesus Shine"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.

A personal footnote

The storm that we call 'The Covid-19 Pandemic' has ravaged the world ...

but those who HOPE IN THE LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

... and so it was that some three hundred (300) people from fifteen (15) countries came together in the form of a virtual choir and orchestra .... click the "play" button below to see the result.