On Lent 3, 15th March, the last time we held public worship in St James’, I promised that whatever transpired I would celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10am. If we couldn’t come to church people could gather round their kitchen/dining room table either then or, at some other time in the day, to pray and break bread with those in their household who wished to join them. It would be an opportunity to share with the village in offering up prayers for themselves, their family, this village and the world.
Today, Trinity Sunday, this is the day when we reflect on God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. People see God in different ways, to some he is a Father figure watching over them; to others faith is about being like Jesus and spending their lives doing good works; and there are those for whom the spirit has moved them so much they can claim to have been slain by the spirit. For many of us the three different aspects are intertwined. The important thing is to be convicted by the charge Jesus gave his disciples before he left them, to go out and make disciples of everybody we meet. This morning’s gospel is that great commission.
Every week we have had a short service sheet for your use with the Reflection which can be viewed on Youtube. You can view this week’s Reflection for Trinity below:
At Pentecost, and the birthday of the Church, we experimented with live streaming the 10am short Eucharist service from Church on the Church Facebook page. It was well received so we will continue to do that each week. People have also commented that they welcome the opportunity to “do church” at other times so you can view the Reflection and the live streamed service at a time to suit you. The live streamed service lasts about 20 minutes. The main reflection is available on the Church website www.stjameschurchforton.org as usual.
I should be live just before 10am. If you can’t watch live I think you will be able to view it later on catch up!
If you have a candle you might like to place it on the table and light it.
If you want to share with us in the breaking of the bread you should place some bread on the table
Peter; In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Peter: The Lord be with you
All: and also with you.
Peter: Alleluia! Christ is risen
All: He is risen indeed Alleluia!
Prayer of Preparation
To whom all hearts are open, and all desires known,
And from whom no secrets are hidden:
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
That we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name;
Through Christ our Lord, Amen
Prayers of Penitence
Peter: What God has prepared for those who love him, he has revealed to us through the Spirit;
For the spirit searched everything. Therefore let us in penitence open our hearts to the Lord,
Who has prepared good things for those who love Him.
All: Father eternal giver of light and grace,
We have sinned against you and against our neighbour,
Through ignorance through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.
We have wounded your love and marred your image in us,
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us, forgive us all that is past,
And lead us out of darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.
Reading Matthew 28 v
The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, even though some of them doubted. Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
Peter: The Lord is here
All: His spirit is with us
Peter : Lift up your hearts
All: We lift them to the Lord
Peter: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
All: It is right to give him thanks and praise
Peter says prayer over the bread and wine
At the end of the prayer we all say; Holy Holy Holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
We all say together the Collect for Trinity Sunday:
Almighty and everlasting God,
you have given us your servants grace,
by the confession of a true faith,
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity
and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity:
keep us steadfast in this faith,
that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
We say together the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
As we share bread we do so knowing the love and forgiveness of the Father, the example of His Son and filled by the Holy Spirit we can go out and proclaim the gospel to all those we meet.
These are God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
A Concluding Prayer
All praise to you, our God and Father,
for you have fed us with the bread of heaven
and quenched our thirst from the true vine:
hear our prayer that, being grafted into Christ,
we may grow together in unity
and feast with him in his kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.. Amen
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 Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen
If you would like a copy of this service sheet emailed to you every Saturday please send your email address to email@example.com.
There are several people in the village offering help and support. St James’ has a number of people who are able to help with shopping, collecting of medication and in any other way should you need it. We are also aware that there will be some in the village who are experiencing severe financial difficulties due to not being able to work. Whilst we don’t have limitless funds we may be able to help in a small way.
If you need help in any way please contact Peter our Vicar:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel; 07970 923 141
If you would like the sheet to include the names of friends or relatives who are sick or any who have passed away please email them to Peter on the above email.