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Trinity Sunday
4th June 2022

What follows is a worship service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty five (45) minutes.

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

The text that is in reguar 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:


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud the lyrics, as we begin our celebration.

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The Pewsheet:

Call to Worship:

We meet in the name of God,

Creator of the universe,

source of true humanity,

mother and father of all. Amen.


We meet in the name of Jesus,

Word made flesh,
saviour of fallen humanity, lover of all. Amen.


We meet in the name of the Holy Spirit,

Lord and giver of life,
midwife of new humanity,
inspirer of all. Amen.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day


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

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

Father, you sent your Son to bring us truth and your Holy Spirit to make us holy;  open our hearts to exalt you, open our lives to reveal you, our one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour.   Amen.

A reading from The Old Testament

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Genesis 1:1-2:4a
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A reading from The New Testament

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2 Cor 13:11-13
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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


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The Gospel Reading, Matthew 28:16-20

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Matt 28:16-20
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Listen to the sermon:
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Sermon Trinty Sunday 2023 : Live With It folks !
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Sermon Trinity Sunday, 4th June 2023

Take my lips O God and speak through them, take our minds O God and think through them, take our hearts O God and love through them this day.   <Amen>

Trinity Sunday – the day when we celebrate the unity of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the three-ness in the one-ness. Easy!


Yes, understanding The Holy Trinity is a piece of cake …


There are two processions: the Son from the Father, the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son.

There are three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

There are four relationships: active generation (the Father to the Son), passive generation (the Son to the Father), the active breath of God (the Father and Son to the Spirit), and passive breath of God (the Spirit to the Father and the Son).


Got it? Great!  That's the Trinity. Can I sit down now? <PAUSE>


Now, you've probably gathered that's the hyper-theological language the Church has used to describe this wonderful mystery, and you're right, with the emphasis on the word “mystery”.


However, please bear with me as we delve a little deeper into the great mystery, the great truth, of The Holy Trinity.


So, one God. Christianity is a monotheistic religion. Inherited from ancient Israel our faith in the one God. “Shema (Shmy) Yisrael Adonai, Eloheinn Adonai Echad. Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deut 6:4)


Any movement towards multiple gods is ruled out! All of the first followers of Jesus were monotheistic Jews. They remained clear in their monotheism. There's one God and we will re-affirm that when we say the opening line of the Creed in a few moments … “I believe in one God.” So that's crystal clear.


Now, St John tells us that, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son …”. The incarnation. God became flesh. God came and pitched His tent amongst us. God came to live, die and be resurrected so that each one of us can believe in Him and have eternal life.


Going further, and as I introduced last week, at Pentecost, St Matthew tells us that, during the baptism of Jesus, God The Father speaks, “This is my Son, whom I love …” Ah yes - a lover (God The Father) and a beloved (God The Son).


“The Two” become “The Three” in “The One-ness” when we grasp that they are united by their shared love and THAT is the power of The Holy Spirit.See - I told you it was easy !! <PAUSE>


Trinity Sunday refers to a reality that has no date, no time-frame, no direct link to a specific part of Christ’s life, it is, as I said at the start of this message,  surrounded in mystery. It IS a mystery! BUT …


WHAT WE DO KNOW is that Trinity Sunday is our annual, essential reminder, that we cannot manage God – we cannot even imagine God. For if we could understand God – contain\explain Him – then God would, well, cease to be GOD.


When we are dealing with theology and faith we are always dealing with something more than we, as human, can cope with. We are being asked to deal with things too wonderful for us to comprehend – and we speak of things which we do not fully understand. <PAUSE>


Yet, the Holy Trinity is a distinct three-ness in the One God and is the central doctrine of our Christian faith. Our faith is this, "that we worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in unity.”


Ultimately, the KEY WORD is “FAITH”! We live by this faith that teaches us that God is indeed three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. even when we struggle to understand it!


So while my humble, human brain may struggle to come to clarity regarding The Holy Trinity I have absolutely no doubt that we are promised that, by the transformation of grace from God The Father, we may live in Christ, The Son, as He lives in us, through the uniting power and love of The Holy Spirit


The one-ness of The Holy Trinity is mightily confronting, some would say, scary stuff.  <PAUSE>


So, should we demand an explanation from our Lord? Question his methods? Or should we merely enjoy the benefits of His grace? <LONG PAUSE>


Is The Holy Trinity saying to us … my name is “I AM” and I am mysterious - live with it folks !


In the end, I don’t think the good Lord wants us to question TOO much … He just wants us to … proclaim His Kingdom and teach the things concerning The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit - with all boldness, UNHINDERED and to God, The Three-in-One, will be the glory.


I runga e te Ingoa o te Atua, te Matua, te Tama me te Wairua Tapu.
In the name of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit <AMEN>


Pause and Reflect


Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.

Allow these words of Holy Scripture and this interpretation of them today speak to you.

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as "The Apostles Creed" is read to us.
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apostles creed AD
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 ... and now ... let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness.

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The Lord's Prayer


Remembering 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.


Let us conclude our prayers by praying together and aloud:


God of mercy,
you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice,
and have promised to hear the prayers
of two or three who agree in your name,
fulfil now, we pray,
the prayers and longings of your people
as may be best for us and for your kingdom.
Grant us in this world to know your truth,
and in the world to come to see your glory. Amen.

The Blessing


The blessing of Almighty God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

be with you and all of those whom you love,

on this day and forever more.

A Closing Hymn


Let us continue with our closing hymn and please do feel free to sing along.

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Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.

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