Newsletter – 7 June 2020

Sunday Letter

Benefice of Padstow & Trevone,

St. Merryn, & St Issey with Little Petherick

During this extraordinary time, with our churches locked and public worship suspended, we thought our congregations might appreciate a emailed letter with the prayers and readings for the Sunday and a short devotional piece, as a way of keeping us together and sharing any thoughts we may have.

Sunday June 7th 2021 – Trinity Sunday

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
you have given 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 be evermore defended from all adversities;
though Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

Readings

First Reading       Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-312  

The prophet proclaims the power and majesty of God

Second Reading 2 Corinthians 13.1—13   

St Paul gives us the prayer known as “The Grace”

Gospel                 Matthew 28.16-20           

Our Lord commands the disciples to preach and baptize in the name of the Trinity

Reflection

Five hundred years before Christ, Greek philosophers were teaching that everything was made up of tiny invisible particles that they called “atoms”, from a Greek word meaning “not split-able”. It took 2500 years for scientists to prove them wrong: the atom could be split.

About the same time prophets like Isaiah were teaching that, instead of the many gods worshipped in those days, there was but one God, the Lord: “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no God”. (Isaiah 45.5)

But then – and this we think particularly today, Trinity Sunday – things turned out to be more complicated: Christians agree that there is indeed “one God and no other”, but at the same time acknowledge as divine the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – which Jews and Muslims find incomprehensible, and even some groups which claim to be Christian reject the idea of the Trinity. Most Christians who do accept the Trinity would struggle to explain it!

When scientist eventually did split the atom, they found a very strange world indeed, exceedingly difficult to explain in terms us non-scientists can understand. (Do you know what a “strange quark” is? No, neither do I, but I am told you can find them inside the atom.)

In a similar way the doctrine of the Trinity cannot be explained in ordinary human terms, but only in poetical or picture ways: when we speak of the Father or of the Son or of the Holy Spirit, we are only using the nearest analogy we can find in human life. The doctrine of the Trinity sprang out of Christian experience; we call God “Father” because that is the term Jesus used, but we also worship Jesus, and it would be idolatrous to worship someone who was not God, so Jesus must also be divine, and through the ages Christians have been conscious of that divine presence which we call the Holy Spirit, so the Spirit must also be divine. As Charles Wesley said in one of his hymns, “’Tis mystery all!” But we should not be surprised at that: if the structure of the atom (a finite thing) is a mystery to most of us, how much more will the nature of God (who is infinite) be a mystery. But we should not worry; we manage perfectly well to make use of the atom without knowing what goes on inside; so also we can worship the Trinity without fully understanding it. Rather let us (in the words of the following prayer) know God in his ways and rejoice in his glory. Amen.

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold us firm in this faith,
that we may know you in al your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three persons yet one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

Workers in health and social care and emergency services, all keyworkers and volunteers.

Our Benefice and all its communities

Schools, teachers, children and their families

Those in financial difficulty

All who are in isolation, especially those alone

Church – worldwide, Diocese and Benefice

World – peace

             all affected by Coronavirus

Suffering – all who are sick, anxious, lonely, bereaved

Radio4   8.10am   Sunday Worship

BBC1   10.45am   Sunday Worship

Online video services:

www.churchofengland.org 

www.trurodiocese.org.uk     

www.trurocathedral.org             

www.kerdh.co.uk for readings, prayers & reflections.

Facebook pages:

United Benefice of Padstow, St Merryn St Issey

St Columb Minor & St. Colan Parish Churches

United Benefice of West Kerrier

Wednesday Morning Prayer 9.00am by Zoom

Email Revd Fiona for link   giorlaf@outlook.com

PRAYERS FOR THIS TIME

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. Amen.

Let us pray to Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is our refuge and stronghold.

For the health and well-being of our nation,

that all who are fearful and anxious

may be at peace and free from worry …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for …

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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