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Worship for Trinity Sunday

by Andy Cokayne 7 June 2020

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Today is the 8th Sunday after Easter, and Trinity Sunday.

Our first hymn is ‘Christ is made the sure foundation’

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Our second hymn is ‘This I believe - The Creed’

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One of the passages of scripture set for today is : John 16 v 5-15

But now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, “Where are you going?” Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.’

Message - The Key Worker!

John 16 v 5-15

Today is Trinity Sunday. It is a celebration of how we believe in One God, yet who has three parts, the Trinity. The Trinity is a mystery. Many of us will have different images and explanations in our minds on how we describe this doctrine, this mystery. No matter how we have this mystery described or explained, we can never fully understand it. And in fact, we are not meant to understand it, not in this present world anyway. Instead of understanding, what is required of us is faith. Faith to trust that God is who He said he is. He is the Father, He is the Son and He is the Holy Spirit.

Last Sunday, Peter in his message talked about the activity of the Holy Spirit, how he came in power at Pentecost, and how he is as available now as when he was to the disciples 2,000 years ago. We are encouraged to be open and receptive to allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Today in our reading from John’s gospel, Jesus in his last discourses on the Holy Spirit, tells his disciples that their moment of truth is almost upon them.

In the message Jesus explains how he is shortly to leave them (v 5). That they will be filled with grief (v 6), but it is for their good that he is going so he can send the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, to them (v 7), then he tells them he is going to the Father (v 10). In these final words to the disciples regarding the Holy Spirit, Jesus, The Son, tells them he is going back to The Father, and he will send The Holy Spirit. In explaining this Jesus ties in each member of the Trinity. The Father waiting for his son to return, The Son born as one of us, in flesh and blood, The Holy Spirit waiting to be sent to the followers of Jesus.

Jesus goes on to explain how key the Holy Spirit is to we christians. He is the one that convicts us and the world (v 8), he is the one that points out when we and others are in the wrong. He is the one that will guide us into all truth (v 13), both teach us about Jesus, and enable us to discern truth from error. He is the one who always brings glory to Jesus ( v 14), an important way to test whether what we are doing is being led by God, is to ask who will get the glory, me or Jesus.

Let us be open and available to allow God the Father through the Key Worker, the Holy Spirit, work in us and through us, and so bring glory to Jesus his Son.


Our final hymn is ‘We believe in God the Father maker of the universe’

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We are united with other churches throughout the country as we share together in the ‘The UK Blessing’.

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