Services in Hagley

The Parishes of Clent and Hagley

 

Worship for  Trinity Sunday

We will be using this service together on Zoom at 10.30 am.

 

 

        A call to worship and an Opening Prayer

 

 

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit,

be with all of you:

and also with you.

 

God the Holy Trinity,

three in one, one in three,

ever-present mystery,

be present with us now

as we offer you our worship,

our wonder

and our praise.

Amen.

 

Hymn           Thou, whose almighty word

 

 - a version can be found on YouTube

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iUYYir9ujY

 

 

Thou, whose almighty word
chaos and darkness heard,
and took their flight;
hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel-day
sheds not its glorious ray,
let there be light!

Thou, who didst come to bring
on thy redeeming wing
healing and sight,
health to the sick in mind,
sight to the inly blind,
O now to all mankind
let there be light!

Spirit of truth and love,
life-giving, holy dove,
speed forth thy flight;
move on the water’s face,
bearing the lamp of grace,
and in earth’s darkest place
let there be light!

Holy and blessed three,
glorious Trinity,
wisdom, love, might;
boundless as ocean’s tide
rolling in fullest pride,
through the earth far and wide
let there be light!

  

     

Acclamations

 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts:

the whole earth is full of his glory.

 

Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength;

ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name.

The whole earth is full of his glory.

 

The Lord shall give strength to his people:

the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts:

the whole earth is full of his glory.

 

 

 

Asking for God’s forgiveness

 

 

As we gather to offer praises to the living God,

let us hold ourselves before him in penitence and faith.

 

Father of majesty unbounded,

if we have lived our lives without thanks,

overlooking your creative goodness:
forgive us and save us.

Jesus, the true and only Son,

if we have not followed your example,

and overlooked the needs of others:
forgive us and save us.

Holy Spirit, advocate and guide,

if we have lived from our own resources,

and not sought your wisdom:

forgive us and save us.
 


May God the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us to live

in the power of the Spirit.

Amen.

 

 

 

A prayer of praise

 

We praise you, eternal God, for making disciples of us,

slowly but surely, with our doubting and hesitancy.

Reassure us when we feel inadequate.

Guard us when we are too impulsive.

Keep us together in times of change –

and send us where we are most needed;

in Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

 

 

 

A Collect

 

Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

 

A New Testament Reading                 2 Corinthians 13.11-13

 

 

Brothers and sisters, 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.

 

 

Hymn                     Holy, holy, holy, holy

 

 - a version can be found on YouTube

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecsr649z9N4

 

         

Holy, holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy, Lord God almighty;
and we lift our hearts before you
as a token of our love,
holy, holy, holy, holy.

 

Gracious Father, gracious Father,
we are glad to to be your children,
gracious Father;
and we lift our heads before you
as a token of our love,
gracious Father, gracious Father.

 

Risen Jesus, risen Jesus,
we are glad you have redeemed us,
risen Jesus;
and we lift our hands before you
as a token of our love,
risen Jesus, risen Jesus.

 

Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit,
come and fill our hearts anew,
Holy Spirit;
and we lift our voice before you
as a token of our love,

Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit.

 

Hallelujah, hallelujah,
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah;
and we lift our hearts before you
as a token of our love,
hallelujah, hallelujah.

 

 

 

A Gospel Reading            Matthew 28.16-20

 

 

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

 

 

A Reflection for Trinity Sunday

 

This is a very famous icon painted by the Russian artist Andrew Rublev in 1425.  Some of you may remember me talking about this image many years ago.  I have a wooden reproduction of it on the wall of my study – because it’s a terrific image that’s worth looking at again and again.  And I’m inspired to talk about it again today, because it helps us to engage with the Trinity in a powerful and visual way.

 

The icon depicts the Holy Trinity by using a story from Genesis.  In that story, as Abraham looks out of his tent, by the oak of Mamre, he sees three angels.  Abraham and Sarah display their hospitality by offering them food, which they prepare and set before the angels, and which the angels eat.  After they’ve eaten, the angels then tell Abraham that his wife Sarah - against all expectations, but by the Lord's doing - is to give birth to a son.

 

Rublev uses this story as a way of depicting the Trinity:

 

  • for the three angles, think Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

 

  • rather than the tree of Mamre, picture the Tree of life;

 

  • imagine we’re looking not at the house of Abraham, but into the house of God.

 

  • instead of the food offered to the angels, the focus of the  

picture is the sacrificial lamb who is to die on the cross.

 

Let's focus on the three figures. 

 

At the top is the Father: looking over to the Son, and blessing the sacrificial lamb in the centre - representing the mission on which the Son is to be sent.

 

On the left is the Son: clothed in the brown garment of humanity and the blue garment of divinity, gazing half up to the Father (and perhaps over to the Spirit as well).  He’s gesturing (with his hands) that he’s to accept the suffering of this mission before him.

 

And on the right is the Spirit: dressed in the blue of divinity and the green of fertility (as the giver of life), reflecting the Son's gaze back to the Father, and pointing down to the empty space in front of the food, where our gaze is focused (as we look in).

      

So there’s a dynamic relationship going on, all set around the life and mission of Jesus. 

 

We often patter off the words "the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit" as if they were names on a list, or three of the characters going to Widecombe Fair.  The way this icon is painted tells us the Trinity is so much more than that.  It points to a dynamic life within God, a communion of love, enabling our salvation through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  When we say phrases like "Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" we bring our praise before a living circle of love, focused on the redemption of the world by Jesus.

 

This relationship is very much to do with us, because it focuses on the mission of Jesus and thus on our salvation and our own calling as Christians.  As we look at it, we’re actually drawn into the picture.  The Spirit points to the space in front where there’s a rectangular opening in the side of the altar.   It’s a place set aside for those who offer all they have in response to God's love, and are thereby invited to share the feast. 

 

We're invited to become part of this circle of love.  We’re invited to enter into God's life, into God's mission.  There's a space reserved for you, and for me, if we’re willing to offer our lives as a witness to God's love.  Are you willing to accept that invitation?

 

 

 

Hymn                 God forgave my sin

 - a version can be found on YouTube

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NWOTInWoZs

 

God forgave my sin in Jesus' name.
I've been born again in Jesus' name.
And in Jesus' name I come to you
to share His love as He told me to


            He said: 'Freely, freely, you have received;
            freely, freely give.
            Go in my name, and because you believe,
            others will know that I live.'

All power is given in Jesus' name,
in earth and heaven in Jesus' name.
And in Jesus' name I come to you
to share his power as he told me to.

God gives us life in Jesus' name,
he lives in us in Jesus' name.
And in Jesus' name I come to you
to share his peace as he told me to.

 

 

“Circle us” Intercessions

 

 

Celtic imagery appeals to many people today.  

One Celtic image that is used well in prayers is that of being circled by the loving, protective presence of God.

 

 

Circle us, Lord.

Circle your Church with the light of the gospel.

Help us to understand more of our faith,

and not be too hard on our doubt.

May we commit ourselves to following you

in the small details of our lives.

 

Circle us, Lord,

Keep light within; keep darkness out.

 

 

Circle us, Lord.

Circle our world and our nation with the values of the gospel.

Give us kingdom values

- the values of love, compassion, justice and freedom.

May the sheer generosity of your presence

infuse life with hope and encouragement.

 

Circle us, Lord.

Keep hope within; keep despair out.

 

 

Circle us, Lord.

Circle our families and friends with the love of the gospel.

Keep them in peace and security,

and guard our loved ones who are vulnerable;

May those who are struggling be strengthened,

and encouragement given to those on the brink of something new.

 

Circle them, Lord.

Keep love within; keep danger out.

Circle us, Lord.

Circle the sick and the bereaved, and those we name in our hearts.

Enable them to feel safe in your love,

and to sense your healing presence.

May your touch be for them the touch of wholeness and healing,

and a reassurance in a time of anxiety.

 

Circle them, Lord.

Keep peace within; keep fear out.

 

 

Circle us, Lord.

Circle our hearts and our lives.

Draw us into the love you share

as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

May we know that you are with us –

now and “to the end of the age”.

 

Circle us, Lord

and let us never slip

outside the enchantment of your grace.

 

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.  Amen.

 

 

 

Hymn           

                 

Father, Lord of all creation

 

 

 - a version can be found on YouTube

                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyguLv5A_b4

           

Father, Lord of all creation,
ground of being, life and love;
Height and depth beyond description,
only life in you can prove:
You are mortal life's dependence:
thought, speech, sight are ours by grace;
Yours is every hour's existence,
sovereign Lord of time and space.

 

Jesus Christ, the one for others
we, your people, make our prayer
help us love, as sisters, brothers
all whose burdens we can share
where your name binds us together
you, Lord Christ, will surely be
where no selfishness can sever
there you love the world may see.

 

Holy Spirit, rushing, bringing
wind and flame of Pentecost
fire our hearts afresh with yearning
to regain what we have lost
may your love unite our action
nevermore to speak alone
God, in us, abolish faction
God, through us, your love make known.

 

Closing Prayer and Blessing

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 all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three Persons yet one God,
now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus strengthen you,

wherever you go.

The love of God be your joy,

whatever the circumstances.

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be your inspiration,

whatever you do:

and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

 

 

      

 

 

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© The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000

 

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© Roots for Churches Limited

 

Hymns and songs are reproduced under CCLI numbers:

742099 (St John’s)

493867 (St Leonard’s)

154120 (St Saviour’s)