Worship

Worship is central to the spiritual life of Holy Trinity Parish.  Our church provides a beautiful worship space in which we celebrate, offer prayers and live out our faith within a community of believers.  This parish has a rich liturgical tradition and each of our worship services has its own characteristics.

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Trinity 20, Proper 25, 25th October 2020

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Harvest Thanksgiving – 18th October 2020

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Trinity 18, Proper 23, 11th Oct., 2020

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Trinity 17, Proper 22, 4th Oct., 2020

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Sermon for Sunday 27th September 2020

 
All the readings today are about getting your act together. Sorting yourself out. Seeing what you’re doing, and making sure it’s what you’re supposed to be doing. The Old Testament is pretty straightforward. Do bad stuff and die, do good stuff and live. ‘What’s not to understand?’ says the Lord God. ‘What’s not fair about that?’  Repent and live. Christ asks is it better to say yes and do nothing, or say no and perhaps do it afterwards? Answers on a postcard, please…. The epistle is saying something complicated. It’s a very important passage, because it talks about the nature of Christ in himself and what he means. St Paul talks about humility, and about getting on with other people round us. He uses the nature of Christ to help us see the nature of ourselves. 
Whenever you’re out driving in the car, you see all sorts of bad driving going on. Some of it will be your own, but let’s talk about other people, because that’s much more fun. Eejits overtaking in the wrong place on the road. Sitting right up the end of your exhaust pipe for miles and then overtaking on a bend, or when something is coming towards them. People pulling out from a side-road who make you slow right down to third gear, even though they could see you coming. People parking across two parking spaces. People driving round a roundabout while they are on their phone at the same time. I could go on and on, but most of you know exactly what I’m on about. There are some pretty scary things going on out there on our roads. It would nearly make you use strong language while you’re driving. 
Now, once upon a time I used to think that this was just stupidity. Most of the dangerous things people are doing are really, really stupid. And that’s true. But all the people doing these things aren’t all stupid, we’ve all probably done stuff like this ourselves when we’re driving at some time or another and we aren’t all stupid. What’s going on is about selfishness, not stupidity, — though they look remarkably similar! 
When we’re in a car, we’re insulated from the real world. We’re in a glass and metal box and it’s as if we’re in a private space and no one can see us. Which is why you see some people at traffic lights very busy with their fingers half way up their noses. It’s as if they think no one can see them in their cars. They wouldn’t usually do that sort of thing in public. But in a car, they’re in their own wee world. Like we all have inside our heads. And people drive as if that’s the case. As if there’s only them in the world. And they are the most important, and they have to get wherever they’re going and not be late, or be put out in any way at all. And they drive as if all the other cars are empty of people, and have been put on the road just to make their lives awkward. Nothing else matters except them. Their bad driving is more about them being selfish, than any lack of skill, or their IQ. And people get hurt as a result.
There’s a lot of argy bargy going on at the moment between cyclists and motorists. Motorists say the people in the Lycra slow stuff up, and get in the road, and spread out across the whole road and you can’t get past, and it’s very dangerous. And the people on the bikes say that the cars come too close and go too fast, and hog the whole road and don’t look round them and it’s all very dangerous. They at least agree on it being dangerous and they’re both right. But the only way to fix it, short of rebuilding the whole road system, is for people to look out for each other. Cyclists have to realise there’s an eejit inside a ton of metal and glass doing 60 miles an hour coming up behind them who can’t stop quickly. People in cars have to realise the eejit in Lycra has to wobble round the holes in the road. One eejit has to look out for the other eejit. 
It says in the Epistle that Christ empties himself. He sets aside the fact that he is equal to God, and takes the form of a human slave. For Paul, that was the lowest form of human life. An abject servant who does not even own himself. Christ sets himself to one side for the sake of others. It says: he became obedient even to the point of death on a cross. Christ puts all others first before himself. 
Love puts the other person first. Their safety and well being. It’s what parents do for their children. They sacrifice swathes of their time, their ambitions and personal wishes, to look after their children. Couples, friends, look out for each other. Look after each other. And we’re called to do it for everybody, not just the nearest and dearest. Putting the self to one side is a big part of our faith. That’s the bit of love that’s so hard to do. Christ says it in different ways— about taking up your cross. Giving your life that you might receive it, and losing your life if you keep it. Giving your life for your friends. 
Now that might, possibly, mean actually sacrificing your physical, mortal life for someone else. In real time, as they say. That’s unlikely. Mostly, spiritually and practically it’s about us learning, inside our own personal mental space, to set our small, selfish self to one side, and to live our lives directed outwardly, towards others, toward their needs and wishes. Denying ourselves, denying our self. Christ’s innocent death on the cross is a flashing neon sign advertising this fact. Call it a metaphor for it if you like. But that’s what Christ’s death signifies, going on what he taught himself. He gives himself up to his death, gives himself away for the sake of others. He doesn’t increase the evil done, by fighting back and making more evil. Christ gives himself up. Think of it. On the cross he has lost his rights, possessions, friends and status. He gives up the future, his past, his whole life. And then, he calls us to give ourselves up. Give ourselves away. Live for others, behave as if they are better than us, as Paul says, more important, more worthy. Not an easy teaching. Not easy to do. Where would you start? How could you keep it up? Paul says “God is at work within you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” What that’s about is us, through prayer— and I mean serious prayer—working our way towards changing how we think, how we see the world, how we see ourselves in the world. Prayer changes us in the way Christ leads us. But only if we do it. 
As Jesus says in the gospel, saying yes every Sunday in church but doing nothing only fools ourselves. Actually doing something is what makes the difference. Amen.
 

Trinity 16 pr 21, 27th September,  2020

 

A Service of the Word

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you.       (1 Tim. 1:2)

Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

And let all the people say,  ‘Amen. Praise the Lord!’       (Ps. 106:1-2, 47-48)

 

Opening Prayer

God our Father, we are here to worship you and learn more of your love for us through Jesus Christ. Renew us by your Spirit that we may grow in faith, hope and love, for Jesus’ sake.   Amen.

 

Penitence

We reflect silently, in the presence of our holy and merciful God, where our lives have gone wrong, and where we have failed to live up to the Christian values we profess …  (silence)

Let us confess our sins and shortcomings:

Gracious God, we pretend to be good when we are not …  How quick we are to find fault in others.

Lord, have mercy.            Lord, have mercy.

Merciful Lord,  we turn our backs on those who need us … How slow we are to do good.

Christ, have mercy.       Christ, have mercy.

Holy God,  we place our own interests above everything else …  How reluctant we are to seek your will.

Lord, have mercy,            Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen.

 

The Collect

Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

First Reading  Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32

A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel: 

The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die. 

Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is unfair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is unfair.’ O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live. 

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

Psalm 25

 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
      O my God, in you I trust; 
   let me not be put to shame;
      let not my enemies triumph over me.
  Let none who look to you be put to shame, 
   but let the treacherous be shamed and frustrated.
  Make me to know your ways, O Lord, 
   and teach me your paths.
  Lead me in your truth and teach me, 
   for you are the God of my salvation;
      for you have I hoped all the day long.
  Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, 
   for they are from everlasting.
  Remember not the sins of my youth
      or my transgressions, 
   but think on me in your goodness, O Lord,
      according to your steadfast love.
  Gracious and upright is the Lord; 
   therefore shall he teach sinners in the way.
  He will guide the humble in doing right 
   and teach his way to the lowly.

Glory….

Second Reading Philippians 2: 1-13

A reading from the Epistle to the Philippians:

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,  who, though he was in the form of God,   did not regard equality with God   as something to be exploited, but emptied himself,   taking the form of a slave,   being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,    he humbled himself   and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him  and gave him the name  that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus   every knee should bend,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue should confess   that Jesus Christ is Lord,   to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 

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

Third Reading:  Matthew 21: 23-32

A reading from St Matthew’s Gospel:  When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?’ And they argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say to us, “Why then did you not believe him?” But if we say, “Of human origin”, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.’ So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And he said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 

‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. 

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

 

Sermon

 

Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son who took our human nature, died for us, and rose again?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.  We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.             Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

   Response:  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father in heaven, we pray for all people, in the name of your Son Jesus Christ:

We pray for the Church, for Archbishop Michael., and for all who lead, teach and minister in Christ’s name … Grant that we may be nourished in our faith and understanding, and bear daily witness to Christ’s love.

We pray for the nations of the world and for those who take authority to serve the cause of justice and human well-being …

Strengthen our Government and the leaders of the nations with gifts of wisdom, courage and integrity, that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray for those who are afflicted by natural disasters, or caught up in brutal conflicts …  Fill them with the resurrection hope that good will prevail, and bless all who stand with them in finding solutions to their difficulties.

We pray for the people we are called to serve, in the home, the neighbourhood and at work … Help us to work hard at building good relationships, and to strive for reconciliation when they break down.

We pray for all who suffer from illness, loneliness or loss … Raise them from despair to hopefulness and health.

We remember with thanksgiving those who have died … Strengthen all who mourn, with the sure hope that, in Christ, their loved ones are raised to fullness of life.

Accept all these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer & The Grace

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

And 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.

 

The Peace

God will speak peace to his people, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you…

 

Concluding Prayer

Teach me my God and King in all things thee to see, and what I do in anything to do it as for thee.  Amen.           (George Herbert)

 

The Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Worship Services – from 19th September

Due to Covid19 restrictions services are currently suspended for a period of three weeks. The liturgy and sermon for Sunday service is shown below.

 

Trinity 15, pr 20, 20th September 2020

THE HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord be with you: and also with you 

The collect for Purity

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Penitence

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.

Lord, have mercy on us, and write these your laws in our hearts.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins, to intercede for us in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life. Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace: Silence…

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought and word and deed, and in what we have left undone. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may walk in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

Absolution

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy on us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and keep us in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

The Collect of the Day

Lord God, defend your Church from all false teaching and give to your people knowledge of your truth, that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

The first Reading  Jonah 3:10-4:11

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.  But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city. 

The Lord God appointed a bush,* and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.’ 

But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?’ And he said, ‘Yes, angry enough to die.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?’ 

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

 

The Psalm Psalm 145

  I will exalt you, O God my King, 
   and bless your name for ever and ever.
  Every day will I bless you 
   and praise your name for ever and ever.
  Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; 
   his greatness is beyond all searching out.
  One generation shall praise your works to another 
   and declare your mighty acts.
  They shall speak of the majesty of your glory, 
   and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
  They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts, 
   and I will also tell of your greatness.
  They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness 
   and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
  The Lord is gracious and merciful, 
   long-suffering and of great goodness.

Glory 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. Amen.

 

The Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16

Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ, according to Matthew: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jesus said: ’For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’

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

 

The Sermon Proper 20 2020

Love is generous. Love doesn’t wait to see how much someone else deserves, love just gives. Love and justice aren’t the same. We think justice is a good thing; it is certainly better than nothing, and better than injustice. But justice isn’t better than love, because justice is based on the idea that everyone gets what they deserve; good people should get good things, and nice things should happen to them. Bad people should not get anything, or not as much as the good people. Indeed bad people should get the punishment they deserve. They should be made to pay for whatever bad they have done, and the punishment to fit the crime. 

The psalms are a good example of this kind of thinking. “Lord, I follow your laws, and don’t hang round with bad people, please help me. Let the wicked be destroyed, and their babies be smashed against walls, but let the good be happy and live long in the land.” Sensible. No nonsense. At the very front of the Bible there are some very dodgy bits indeed, where God wipes out all the living things on earth, without much discussion on the matter; or where the Israelites are ordered to destroy cities and enslave all the women and children, or else kill all living things within them. And are told off if they don’t do it. But Jesus says we are to love everyone, including our enemies, and give all our stuff away if we are asked for it, and be generous, and he tells parables about God like the Prodigal Son, and says God is love. There’s not much in the gospels about justice at all. It’s about love. There is a discrepancy here, a contradiction. 

When atheists and so forth criticise our religion, we should listen to them, because they may have things to teach us. Not that they are entirely right, because they aren’t, but they may not be entirely wrong, either. One big contradiction in the Bible is the God of the Old Testament versus the God of the New Testament. It’s not that simple, but we’ll pretend it is. God in the front of the Bible comes across as cruel, even sadistic in places, and definitely far removed from the loving Father in Heaven Jesus is promoting like mad in the back of the Bible. Which is right? Well even within the Old Testament we can see a development in how people saw and understood God. From the nasty bit of work in the earlier books, we come to a different view of who God is by the time we get to the Prophets. Things change around about the time of Isaiah. God stops being a vicious, narrow minded tribal god, and instead is seen more as kind and merciful and as being the God of the whole of existence, not just one piddly little outfit in Palestine. When we get to Jesus, he teaches us the same kind of stuff as the prophets, but taken much further. 

So will the real God please stand up? Well as Christians, we take Jesus’ view of God as being the defining one. If we do that, it means we don’t take the other view of God as being the real one. You can’t hold both views as simultaneously true. You can’t see God as a vicious bit of work who blasts people with AIDS and car accidents and earthquakes on purpose, because he doesn’t like them, or because they are Amalekites or Moslems or ‘foreign’, or just bad. You can’t hold that idea and at the same time have God as the God of unconditional love and kindness and mercy. Or else we end up with a God who is Jekyll and Hyde. We can say that our views and ideas of God can be seen to develop on the way through the Bible. But we can’t say it’s all true simultaneously in the same way. In the end we have to say we don’t know much about God at all, and what we do know, is through Christ.

This parable of Christ’s today is a great example of his teaching. The God in this story, the owner of the vineyard, is not how we expect. He is not just or fair. He is not strict about his money and resources, he doesn’t just give their due to the deserving, and less to the less deserving, he gives to all. He also gives the same to all, whether they’ve done a day’s work or not done a day’s work. It isn’t fair. It isn’t supposed to be fair. 

Fairness in the end of the day is about selfishness. It is about selfishness controlled. Controlled enough to stop fighting and bickering, but still selfish enough to please some people more than others. In ordinary life, if everyone gets the same amount of whatever it is, then I might get less than I feel I deserve. But if everyone gets what they deserve, then I will get lots I because I am a wonderful person and I deserve it. I will also probably be put in charge of dividing up whatever it is as well, because I am a wonderful person, and I am worth it, as the adverts say, so I will get even more. And also, I will make sure things stay that way. — Fair and square, and people will always get what they deserve; — and I deserve more. Which is how the world works at the minute. It’s why billionaires exist in such numbers in the wild. And it’s all legal and fair and square.

Fairness is not fair, really. We think it is: criminals, bad people should be punished according to the seriousness of what they have done wrong. Not helped or improved, or sorted out necessarily. Just punished. That’s the form of social organisation we live under, and approve of. We vote for it in every election. At the same time, we want God to love us and forgive us everything, and be merciful to us, and help us and let us into heaven even though we never bother ourselves much about him for most of our lives, and break most of the commandments every day. If not physically, then at least mentally. The same mental split as we see in the Bible. You can’t have it both ways. Either you love people, unfairly, all the same, as Jesus commanded — love your neighbour as yourself, whether they deserve it or not, whether they do bad things on us or not. Or else you live with hard, cold justice, which is fair, and deals with you just as you deserve, and gives you no more or no less than you deserve. The choice is yours, and you can’t have both, because we have to be fair, don’t we?. 

Now, which is it? Love, or fairness? And remember, in the small print at the bottom of the Gospel, Jesus says, “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” — Your move. Amen

 

The Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God, 

the Father, the Almighty,   

maker of heaven and earth, 

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, 

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, 

begotten, not made, 

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, 

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again 

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven 

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Intercessions

Let us come with openness to express our concerns for the church and for the world, to the god of compassion and gracious understanding.

Loving Father, when we are offended by your generosity and open-mindedness, give us the grace to repent and join your rejoicing. Guard the church against self righteousness and all rules and limits which you would not own, but keep always before us the rule of love. Lord, in your mercy……

Loving Father, increase in us love not only for the victims, but for the perpetrators of evil and violence in our world; for all governments which run on corruption and fear. We pray for a change of heart and attitude, an awakening to a better way of living, and the courage to reject wrong principles. Lord, in your mercy……

Loving Father, may our closeness to family and friends make us never exclusive, shutting others out, but always welcoming others in. Encourage us in outgoing hospitality and keep us from becoming possessive with those we love. Lord, in your mercy……

Loving Father we pray for all those in prison, that on release they may not re-offend, but find enough support to start a new life in the community. We pray for all who are vulnerable and unable to cope with the demands of life, for alcoholics, drug addicts, and all who are sick in mind. We pray for compassionate help for them. Lord, in your mercy……

Loving Father we pray for all who are sick, anxious or afraid: all those affected by the pandemic in any way — the lonely, the unemployed, the elderly, and all those who work tirelessly in our health service, and in the basic services that keep our society afloat…. Lord, in your mercy….

We pray for all who have died alone, unmourned and unnoticed. We pray for those who have committed suicide, or died in accidents of their own making. We commend them to your merciful love. Lord, in your mercy……

Father, deepen our loving, so that as we pray through this week, we may do it with your heart of compassion. Accept our prayers through our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

The Peace

Jesus said, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

The peace of the Lord be always with you…

 

Celebrating at the Lord’s Table: 

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us

Therefore let us celebrate the feast

 

Eucharistic Prayer 3

The Lord is here: His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts: We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Father, Lord of all creation, we praise you for your goodness and your love. When we turned away you did not reject us. You came to meet us in your Son, welcomed us as your children and prepared a table where we might feast with you. In Christ you shared our life that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened wide his arms upon the cross and, with love stronger than death, he made the perfect sacrifice for sin.

Lord Jesus Christ, our redeemer, on the night before you died you came to table with your friends. Taking bread, you gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them saying, Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

Lord Jesus, we bless you: you are the bread of life.

At the end of supper you took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.

Lord Jesus, we bless you: you are the true vine.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ: dying, you destroyed our death, rising, you restored our life; Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Holy Spirit, giver of life, come upon us now; may this bread and wine be to us the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts, make us, who know our need of grace, one in Christ, our risen Lord.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Blessed Trinity: with your whole Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of thanks and praise and lift our voice to join the song of heaven, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Thanks be to you, our God, for your gift beyond words. Amen. Amen. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say

Our Father, who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The Fraction:

The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ. We being many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

The Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, who has taken away the sins of the world.

Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

 

The Great Silence

 

Postcommunion collects:

Eternal God, we have received these tokens of your promise. May we who have been nourished with holy things live as faithful heirs of your promised kingdom. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

 

All say:

Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord in the name of Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

The Clergy are more than happy to discuss these services with anybody, please contact him for more information

Other Services throughout the year

Throughout the year Holy Trinity observes the major feast days of the church.  During Advent we host the Community Carol Service and Carol services for our Parish School (GKNS).  At Easter there is an Annual Ecumenical ‘SonRise’ service on Killiney Hill.  At Pentecost we share an Open-Air service with our neighbours in St Matthias’ Parish, Ballybrack.  All of these services have different themes and liturgies reflecting the rich beauty of worship in our Anglican tradition.

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