‘We stand on holy ground’. It’s Trinity Sunday. Today is a chance to see ourselves from God’s perspective, not only as loved but as created, loved and upheld; as made and redeemed and saved, at each and every moment.
We celebrate today that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – beyond us, beside us and within us. Not only is God with us, God is within us: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Col 1.27b, NIV).
We conclude our service today with a sung grace by John Newton, the author of ‘Amazing grace’. The grace (2 Cor. 13.13) is the oldest Trinitarian formula in the New Testament, written by Paul long before the gospel of Matthew was conceived, let alone in circulation.
Thank you to all who have contributed to today’s service, to Gill Pinches for the technical aspects, to Tony for the Readings, to Lesley and special guest for the band-led song, and to Jonathan for the prayers.
Welcome to this service for Pentecost, one of the most important festivals in the church calendar.
I am particularly pleased to have been able to record inside the church this week. No more shots of the Vicarage kitchen or garden! It may well be many months before we are able to meet again in church as a congregation, but this is a start.
The book I refer to in my sermon is ‘Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’ by Malcolm Guite. It was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2017.
Very best wishes to you all
Gill tells our younger members all about Pentecost
Today is the Sunday after Ascension in the church’s calendar. Ascension Day, last Thursday, marks the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth. He promises his disciples the coming of the Holy Spirit as a helper at Pentecost which we will celebrate next week.
Some of the readings this week are about suffering and may be a bit gloomy, but they also talk of glory to follow. As the epistle says, we must be ‘strong, firm and steadfast’ with the help of God.
Ascension Day is one of the earliest church festivals, and occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday and 10 days before the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It marks the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In my talk for today, I am encouraging you to pray each day of Ascension-tide as we anticipate the Spirit coming at Pentecost. You might like to try Thy Kingdom Come initiative or PACTS (Pause, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication).
Thank you so much for all your thanks and feedback for our virtual services.
We have had questions about giving to the church whilst the building is closed and no collections are taking place. We are in the process of setting up a way to make such donations easier, so watch this space!
This has been an inspiring week with the celebrations of VE Day on Friday. I hope you were all able to virtually meet with neighbours and friends to celebrate the anniversary of the end of war in Europe in 1945.
It is also the beginning of Christian Aid Week which will be very different this year. Obviously no door to door collections, but I hope you might be able to donate online, details are given by Marion in her video post which begins our virtual service this week.