30th May ~ Trinity Sunday
The Collect: 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. All: Amen.
The Epistle is written in the 12th verse of the 8th chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:
We have an obligation ~ but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a Spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs ~ heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.
This is the Word of the Lord: All: Thanks be to God
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John: All: Glory to You, O Lord
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.” “How can anyone be born in old age?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven ~ the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This is the Gospel of the Lord: Praise to You, O Christ
Prayers for Trinity Sunday
Almighty God we ask you to guide your people and to inspire us with the desire to put aside our differences as we seek to serve you. Help us to reach out as the Body of Christ to all who remain outside, especially those who feel unworthy or too sinful. Give us through your grace opportunities to invite them into our fellowship so that they may taste and see that the Lord is good. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer
Creator God, we know that we are part of the problems that the world faces, and we know that wherever there is resentment between people there will be tension. We pray that those who lead us and the other nations of the world will always try to solve issues in a peaceful way and intervene in the world’s conflicts with forethought and common sense. We pray for our Royal Family and all they are going through with disputes between some members. We continue to pray for the Queen and commend her and all the family to your love. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer
Gracious God we pray for our children and young people as they near the end of another academic year. Be with those who are beginning important assessments at school and university, those awaiting results and those starting new lives in the world of work. Help us, through our Christian life to create a society where both young and old, gifted and less able feel valued and proud to be a part of society. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer
Gracious God, we pray for all those who are afflicted by physical, emotional or mental illness. Comfort all who care for the mentally ill. Be with them, we pray, through the lonely watches of the night and the narrow tunnel of their pain and grief. Help them to keep their eyes fixed on you, and give them the courage to face the trials and temptations that may come. Especially we pray for………………… Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer
Merciful God, your love reaches beyond the grave and so we bring before you those whose earthly life is now at an end. Receive their souls into your kingdom, we pray, that redeemed by grace they may be forgiven for their sins, rest in peace and rise in glory. Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer
And so Heavenly Father wherever nature’s beauty or the daily miracles around help us to see your hand at work we thank you for the grace to live and enjoy it to the full. Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen