Morning Worship

Sunday 7 June 2020

Trinity Sunday

Opening prayers

St Patrick’s breastplate

I bind unto myself today, the strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three.

I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay, God’s ear to hearken to my need,
The wisdom of my God to teach, God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech, God’s heavenly host to be my guard.

We say together

Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort and restore me
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all who love me
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity
By invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three,
Of whom all nature has creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation; salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Reading: Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-end

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

Who has directed the spirit of the Lord, or as his counsellor has instructed him?

Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of justice?

Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?

Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; see, he takes up the isles like fine dust. Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt-offering. All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God’?  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 8

1  O Lord our governor, how glorious is your name in all the world!

2  Your majesty above the heavens is praised out of the mouths of babes at the breast.

3  You have founded a stronghold against your foes, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.

4  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have ordained,

5  What is man, that you should be mindful of him; the son of man, that you should seek him out?

6  You have made him little lower than the angels and crown him with glory and honour.

7  You have given him dominion over the works of your hands and put all things under his feet,

8  All sheep and oxen, even the wild beasts of the field,

9  The birds of the air, the fish of the sea and whatsoever moves in the paths of the sea.

10  O Lord our governor, how glorious is your name in all the world

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now,
and shall be for ever, world without end.
Amen

HYMN – Breathe on me breath of God

Canticle:  Song of Judith

You sent forth your Spirit, O God, and you continue to show mercy to all.

1    I will sing a new song to my God, for you are great and glorious, truly strong and invincible.

2    May your whole creation serve you, for you spoke and all things came to be.

3    You sent forth your Spirit and they were formed, for no one can resist your voice.

4    Mountains and seas are stirred to their depths; at your presence rocks shall melt like wax.

5    But to those who fear you, you continue to show mercy.

6    No sacrifice, however fragrant, can please you, but whoever fears the Lord shall stand in your sight for ever.

Judith 16.13-16

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning is now,
and shall be for ever, world without end.
Amen

You sent forth your Spirit, O God, and you continue to show mercy to all.

Collect for today

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;
through 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

Reading: 2 Corinthians 13.11-end

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.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN – Holy, Holy, Holy

Gospel Reading – Matthew 28.16-20

Now 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.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

DISCUSSION

Time for quiet prayer followed by intercessions

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us so we pray

Our Father in heaven
hallowed by you 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 forever.
Amen

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

Amen

We say the Grace together

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

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.

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