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Trinity Sunday – 30th May 2021

May 30, 2021

Thank you for joining our online worship including our Holy Communion and a short sermon. Below them are links to a selection of music (traditional,  modern and prayerful). Thanks once again to Stephanie Woollam for prayerfully choosing such a broad range of inspiring sacred music.

Please continue to share your views on our services.

God bless,

Nigel.

 

Welcome to our Holy Communion, led by The Revd. Sue Auckland

Our Sermon today, from Lindy Ellis

 

Music links (just click on the titles below to be taken to the music hosted by YouTube).

More Traditional:

 
 

More Modern:

 
 
 
Prayerful
 

Sermon Text

In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

For many years I have sat in a pew on Trinity Sunday and listened to sermons that try to explain the Trinity. I have heard explanations involving triangles, shamrock leaves, and even pretzels, but of course each of these can explain only one small aspect of the Trinity, which is something so much greater than our human minds can possibly conceive. There is a story of St Augustine, while he was pondering the mystery of the Trinity, he went for a walk along a beach. He came across a boy, carrying a bucket full of water from the sea, and pouring it into a small hole in the sand. He asked him what he was doing, and the boy said, “I am emptying the ocean into this little hole”. That boy attempting the impossible led Augustine to realise that he was trying to do the same – he was trying to put an infinite God into his finite mind.

Indeed, it has been said that if you try to explain the Trinity, you will lose your mind, but that if you deny it, you will lose your soul. As someone trained in science, I cannot agree that we should not try to explain the Trinity to ourselves – it is in our human nature (as created by God) to try to make sense of everything we experience – that is the way all knowledge has progressed. But I totally accept that I can’t explain the Trinity to you, so today I want to look at the Trinity from a different angle.

I firmly believe that God is love, but love cannot exist alone – love is a transitive verb. If there is love, someone has to do the loving and someone has to be loved. So God’s nature tells us that he cannot be solitary; he has to be, always has been, always will be, a community, a fellowship. Our creed tells us that he is three persons in one God, and those three persons love one another; they always have and they always will. I have mentioned the novel, ‘The Shack’, by William P Young before. There is so much that can be quoted from it, but the most long-lasting memory of the book that I have is the relationship shown in it between the three persons of the Trinity. It is such a loving relationship, with so much respect shown by the three to each other, so much love, so much happiness. They are portrayed as continually laughing together and really enjoying each other’s company. I loved that image. The book is worth reading for that image alone.

I further believe that we were created because God wanted even more of us to join in that love, in that loving community. God is longing for each one of us to turn to him and to ask if we can join his gang, yet he will never force anyone to do that. We have been created with free wills, so it is up to each one of us to opt to join in that joyous circle of love, or not. Love is not love, if it is not freely given.

Let us pray: Dear God, we thank you for your great love that is beyond our understanding. We thank you for the love of the Father that is always ready to shelter us under his wings; we thank you for the love of the Son that was so strong that he sacrificed himself for us and for our salvation; we thank you for the love of the Holy Spirit that is within each one of us if only we can acknowledge his presence. Grant us grace we pray to recognise your love for us so that we may join that eternal fellowship of love. Amen.

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