A reflection for Trinity Sunday

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Reflection for Trinity Sunday

During the recent restrictions, when we have been largely confined to home, we have had greater opportunity to observe the wonder and beauty of God’s creation. There were some nights when we had beautiful clear skies and we could gaze at the moon and the stars in all of their splendour. There is something awe-inspiring, yet humbling when we consider the immensity of the universe and our insignificance in comparison it.

The author of Psalm 8 had thoughts like this: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”

It is perfectly understandable that the psalmist should ask such a question – how could human beings matter to a deity as great and powerful as the creator of the universe? This could leave us with the impression that God is remote from us and unreachable by mere mortals, but the following verse of the psalm assures us that God has given human beings a dignity and worth because we are created in His image and He has made us partners with Him in caring for his creation: “You have given them dominion over the works of your hands”. This is a truly amazing revelation and, like the author, we can only respond in worship and praise of God and declare: “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Today is Trinity Sunday, a great celebration in the church as we worship the God who created the entire universe, a God who entered into our human experience through His son Jesus and a God who is present and active in our lives through the presence of His Holy Spirit. This is a God who is so great and wonderful and beyond anything that we can imagine, yet He is a God who has revealed Himself to us, and who cares deeply for us. No wonder the psalmist expressed his amazement that God is mindful of us and cares for us.

Normally on Trinity Sunday, we would be gathered together as the people of God to offer our worship and praise to Him. This Sunday is also the day when the bishop was to have confirmed ten of our young people, but that had to be put on hold. Nevertheless, we can still take time at home to worship God and perhaps join in a broadcast service. Appropriately, a Diocesan Service of Morning Prayer has been recorded for Trinity Sunday, involving people from all parish groupings in the diocese and it can be viewed online. You will find a link to the recording on this website and on the diocesan website or Facebook page.

In the short passage from 2 Corinthians, we have that lovely prayer or blessing used so often at our services: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you”. In those few words, St Paul expressed wonderfully the relationship we enjoy with the triune God and with one another as Christians. Unlike the people of first century Corinth, we cannot “greet one another with a holy kiss” due to social distancing, but we are united in the communion or fellowship of the Holy Spirit and we look forward to the time when we can worship together again.

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;
for you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayers of intercession

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
the Three in One and One in Three,
bound together in one eternity of love.
We worship you God the creator of all things.
We praise you Christ our redeemer and friend.
We give you thanks Holy Spirit, our strength and guide.
To you be all praise, honour and glory. Amen.

We give you thanks that you have made us in your image
and have given dignity and worth to every human being.
We pray for all who have been denied that dignity
on the grounds of race or ethnicity.
We pray for governments and leaders across the world
that they may promote equality, respect and justice for all people.
As we remember the death of George Floyd in America
we pray for all victims of racism and violence.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our country and for our elected representatives
as they work to form a new government.
Give wisdom and guidance to all who bear the responsibility of
leadership in our land and those who manage our health service.
As we prepare to lift restrictions and reopen social and commercial activity,
we pray for the health and safety of all people.
Protect all whose work brings them into contact with the public.
Support and strengthen all who work in our health and emergency services.
Give to all people a spirit of cooperation and consideration for others.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are ill in hospital or at home.
We pray for all who affected by the COVID-19 virus.
We remember residents of nursing homes and care homes,
and all who have endured isolation for many weeks.
Grant them your peace, healing and strength.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember all who grieve and mourn for loved ones.
We pray for people whose loss has been more painful because
of restrictions at funerals.
May they know the comfort and peace of your presence.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.

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