Trinity Sunday Holy Communion at St Laurence

Hymn – Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
    who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
  3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
    though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
    only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
    perfect in power, in love, and purity.
  4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
    God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! (by
    Reginald Hebert -1783 – 1826) 

The Greeting 

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:      And also with you 

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.

In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:     And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Please turn to those around you, offering your hand, and say ‘The peace of the Lord be with you’)

Prayer of Preparation 

All:      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.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All:      Amen. Lord, have mercy.

God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with all.

All:      Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

forgive us all that is past

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light.

All: Amen.

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen.

Collect for the 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;

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. 

Our First Reading is taken Isaiah Chap: 6 

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple.

2 Around him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying.

3 They were calling out to each other: “Holy, holy, holy! The Lord Almighty is holy! His glory fills the world.”

4 The sound of their voices made the foundation of the Temple shake, and the Temple itself became filled with smoke.

5 I said, “There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own eyes I have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

6 Then one of the creatures flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

7 He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, “This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.”

8 Then I heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?” I answered, “I will go! Send me!”

This is the word of the Lord.

All:       Thanks be to God.

Hymn – Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine 

1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour, all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending, bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour, all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long.

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour, all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Saviour all the day long. 
  (by Fanny Crosby)

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to – John Chap: 3

All:      Glory to you, O Lord. 

1 There was a Jewish leader named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees.

2 One night he went to Jesus and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles you are doing unless God were with him.”

3 Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.”

4 “How can a grown man be born again?” Nicodemus asked. “He certainly cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time!”

5 “I am telling you the truth,” replied Jesus, “that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.

6 A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit.

7 Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again.

8 The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 “How can this be?” asked Nicodemus.

10 Jesus answered, “You are a great teacher in Israel, and you don’t know this?

11 I am telling you the truth: we speak of what we know and report what we have seen, yet none of you is willing to accept our message.

12 You do not believe me when I tell you about the things of this world; how will you ever believe me, then, when I tell you about the things of heaven?

13 And no one has ever gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from heaven.”

14 As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up,

15 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All:      Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon Notes

What is the Trinity?  Could it be likened to an egg?

God is Three Father,  Son and Spirit.

Isaiah in His vision of Heaven was cleansed with the hot coals.  He was then worthy to proclaim God’s message.

We too are cleansed when we come together to meet with God.

We are transformed and given the message to proclaim “Come and Join.”

 Amen 

We say together 

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

All:     I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. 

Amen. 

Prayers of Intercession

During the intercession this response is used: Lord, in your mercy

All:      Hear our prayer.

Prayers for King Charles

Through this tritium of prayer we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King Charles

Prayer

O God, to whom every human power is subject,
grant to your servant our sovereign Charles
success in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen

Prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,

we humbly beseech thee to bless

Queen Camilla, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the

Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly

grace; prosper them with all happiness;

and bring them to thine everlasting

kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

you promised through your Son Jesus Christ

to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen Ruth our bishop and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Charles our King; give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace; that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind,

or spirit……;

Give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ……;

According to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of St. Laurence, St. John and all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,

All:      Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Heavenly Father,

you have promised through your Son Jesus Christ, that when we meet in his name, : and pray according to his mind, he will be among us and hear our prayer: in your love and mercy fulfil our desires, and give us your greatest gift, which is to know you, the only true God, and your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:     Amen. 

Hymn – Sprit Divine attend Our Prayer

  1. Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
    and make this house thy home;
    descend with all thy gracious powers,
    O come, great Spirit, come!
     
  1. Come as the light; to us reveal
    our emptiness and woe,
    and lead us in those paths of life
    whereon the righteous go.
     
  1. Come as the fire and purge our hearts
    like sacrificial flame;
    let our whole soul an offering be
    to our Redeemer’s Name.
     
  1. Come as the dove, and spread thy wings,
    the wings of peaceful love;
    and let thy Church on earth become
    blest as the Church above.
     
  1. Come as the dew and sweetly bless
    this consecrated hour;
    may barrenness rejoice to own
    thy fertilizing power.
     
  1. Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
    make a lost world thy home;
    descend with all thy gracious powers;
    O come, great Spirit, come!
    (by Andrew Reed – 1789 to 1862)

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power;

the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;

for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

All:     All things come from you,

And of your own do we give you.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.

All:      His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

All:      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning, and formed us in your own image.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin, giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit, and made us a people for your own possession.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

All:      Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and his blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: 

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: 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, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

All:      Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty, renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:

All:      Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us 

All:      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.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All:      Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

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.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith,

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink

in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts

by faith with thanksgiving. 

Prayer after Communion 

All:      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 Blessing

The God of peace,

who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

that great shepherd of the sheep,

through the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

and the blessing …

All:      Amen.

Closing Hymn is- Stand Up! Stand Up For Jesus

  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
    Ye soldiers of the cross;
    Lift high His royal banner,
    It must not suffer loss.
    From victory unto victory
    His army shall He lead,
    Till every foe is vanquished,
    And Christ is Lord indeed.
     
  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
    The trumpet call obey;
    Forth to the mighty conflict,
    In this His glorious day.
    Ye that are brave now serve Him
    Against unnumbered foes;
    Let courage rise with danger,
    And strength to strength oppose.
     
  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
    Stand in His strength alone;
    The arm of flesh will fail you,
    Ye dare not trust your own.
    Put on the Gospel armour,
    Each piece put on with prayer;
    Where duty calls or danger,
     
  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
    The strife will not be long;
    This day the noise of battle,
    The next the victor’s song.
    To him who over-cometh
    A crown of life shall be;
    They with the King of Glory
    Shall reign eternally.
    (by George Duffield, Jr.- 1818–1888) 

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:      In the name of Christ.

Amen.

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