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We continue our Season of Trinity on this, the Second Sunday after Pentecost. Reflecting on the triune mystery, we find a way from Covid isolation to a renewed sense of community.
While our churches remain closed for worship the church bells still ring out, calling the people to worship and prayer wherever you may be sharing in this service.
played by Anne Derrick
Sonnet for Trinity
In the Beginning, not in time or space,
But in the quick before both space and time,
In Life, in Love, in co-inherent Grace,
In three in one and one in three, in rhyme,
In music, in the whole creation story,
In his own image, in his imagination,
The Triune Poet makes us for his glory,
And makes us each the other’s inspiration.
He calls us out of darkness, chaos, chance,
To improvise a music of our own,
To sing the chord that calls us to the dance,
Three notes resounding from a single tone,
To sing the End in whom we all begin;
Our God beyond, beside us, and within.
Loving God - infinite Creator and fount of love.
We approach you with troubled hearts, restless minds and anxious souls. We come to you to seek the solace and peace of your love. Almighty Father, we bring our worries and concerns to you and know that in your infinite mercy and grace we can pray for one another and bring you this our humble act of worship.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Genesis 18:1-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
18 The Lord appeared to Abraham[a] by the oaks[b] of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. 3 He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures[c] of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
9 They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”
by Rev Pamela Strachan
Let us pray
Keep us, good Lord,
Under the shadow of your mercy
In this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
And lift up all who are brought low;
That we may rejoice in your comfort
Knowing that nothing can separate us
From your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
As if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
To comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
And to assure the isolated
Of our love, and your love
For your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
Be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
In their anxiety, be their hope;
In their darkness, be their light;
Through him who suffered alone on the cross,
But reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
For you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us
And be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace.