Weekly Church Service – Trinity Sunday: 16th of June, 2019


Sentence:

God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6


Collect of the day

Father, we praise you,
that through your Word and Holy Spirit you created all things,
you reveal your salvation in all the world through Jesus Christ,
the word made flesh,
through your Holy Spirit you give us a share of your life and love,
fill us with the vision of your glory,
that we may always serve you and praise you,
Father Son and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.


Today’s readings

  • Proverbs 8:1 – 4, 22 – 31
  • Psalm 8
  • Romans 5:1 – 5
  • John 16: 12 – 15

next week

  • 1 Kings 19:1 – 4, 8 – 15 a
  • Psalm 42, 43
  • Galatians 3:10 – 14, 23 – 29
  • Luke 8: 26 – 39

A thought to ponder upon

Trinity Sunday – John 16: 12 – 15

“the spirit of truth will guide you all truth”

As Ordinary Time resumes,”two solemnities of the Lord ” are celebrated on the next two Sundays. Today’s celebration of the Trinity, originating in France in the 8th century and adopted by the universal Church in 1334, focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out upon us in the Sustainer spirit.

In his final words to his disciples at the Last Supper, Jesus promises to send the ”Spirit of truth to guide you all truth”. The Son has revealed that the Father to the Church, the Spirit of truth and wisdom keeps that revelation alive in the church.

Trinity Sunday is a celebration of the many dimensions in which we discover the how and why of God: God the Creator and Sustainer of all that lives; God the Christ who became one of us to show us the depth of God’s love; the Spirit, the love of God living among us, the love that gives meaning and vision to us, God’s beloved creation.

Truth is an ongoing process; God continues to reveal himself in all time. He is not a silent God who ceased to reveal himself on the last page of the Scripture. Through the Spirit dwelling within us and within the church, God is still leading us into a greater realisation of what Jesus taught in the Gospels.

To be a person of authentic faith means to seek out and face the truth – regardless of the consequences, regardless of the cost to egos or wallets, regardless of our doubts and cynicism and fear. To live our faith means to live the truth about love, justice and forgiveness with that integrity and conviction, regardless of the cost.

Faith begins with realising the Spirit of God breathing life into all that exists; faith that then compels us to continue the creative work of God, to embrace a real grace by the love of God that envelops every wonder of nature and every manifestation of compassion.

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Weekly Church Service – Day of Pentecost: June 9, 2019

Includes Sermon Audio

Sentence

God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5


Collect of the day

O God,
who in smoke and fire upon Mount Sinai
gave the law to Moses;
and who revealed the new covenant in the fire of the spirit,
grant, we pray,
that, kindled by that same spirit
which you poured forth upon your apostles
we may fulfill with joy your commandment of love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 7: June 2, 2019


Sentence:

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.
Acts 16:31


Collect of the day

Almighty God,
whose blessed son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one,
as you and he are one,
grant that your church,
being bound together in love and obedience to you,
may be united in one body by one spirit,
that the world may believe in him who you have sent,
your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 6: May 26, 2019


Sentence:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, says the Lord.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27


Collect of the day

Great and loving God,
your will for us in your son Jesus
is the peace which the world cannot give,
your abiding gift, the Advocate he promised, calm all troubled hearts, dispel every fear, and keep us steadfast in love and faithful to your word.
Grant this through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who lives with you now and always.
Amen


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 5: May 19, 2019


Sentence:

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
One John 4:16 B


Collect of the day

We behold your glory, O God,
in the love shown by your son,
lifted up on the cross and exalted on high;
be glorified anew by the love we have for one another
as disciples of the risen Lord Jesus.
Who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 4: May 12th, 2019

 Includes Sermon Audio

Sentence:

The lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd and will guide them to the springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7: 17


Collect of the day

Gracious God,
you sent Jesus, the good Shepherd to gather us together,
may we not wander from his flock, but follow wherever he leads us, listening for his voice and staying near him,
until we are safely in the fold, to live with you forever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.


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Weekly Church Service – Easter 3: May 5th, 2019

Jean II Restout – Ananias Restoring the Sight of St Paul

Includes sermon Text


Sentence:

To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb the blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:13

Collect of the day

Almighty God,
through your only son you overcame death and opened us to the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that we who celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, may, through the renewing is power of your spirit, rise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen

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Weekly Church Service – Easter 2: 28th of April – 2019

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio


Sentence:

Jesus said to Thomas “put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.”
John 20:27


Collect of the day

Living God,
for whom no door is closed,
no heart is locked:
draw us beyond our doubts,
till we see your Christ and touch his wounds where they bleed in others.
This we ask through Christ our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.


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Weekly Church Service – Easter Sunday: 21st of April – 2019

 Includes Sermon Audio

Sentence:

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Luke 24:34


Collect of the day

God of glory, for your church with the power that flows from Christ’s resurrection, that, in the midst of this sinful world, it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity, raised 2 new life with Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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