Trinity Sunday 7th June

Our preacher is the Rev Paul Lanham and our celebrant is the Rev Elizabeth Bunker

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Opening Hymn Holy, holy, holy

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, blessèd 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,
which 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.

Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

The gathering

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

As St Paul says: Brothers and sisters, put things in order, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

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.

Prayers of Penitence

            The Summary of the Law     (sit)
Minister                       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.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.


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.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry 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 grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

 The Absolution

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his 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.


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.


Isaiah 40.12–17, 27–31

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

12 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?

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

14 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?

15 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.

16 Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt-offering.

17 All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

27 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’?

28 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.

29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.

30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;

31 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

R O Lord our governor, how exalted is your name in all the earth.

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

2 Out of the mouths of infants and children your majesty is praised above the heavens.

3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, to quell the enemy and the avenger. R

4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

5 What are mortals, that you should be mindful of them? mere human beings, that you should seek them out?

6 You have made them little lower than the angels; you adorn them with glory and honour. R

7 You give them mastery over the works of your hands; and put all things under their 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 walks in the paths of the sea. R

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

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, Amen




SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 13.11–13

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

11 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.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

13 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


Gospel Hymn; Thou, whose almighty word


1          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.

2          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.

3          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.

4          Holy and blessèd 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.

John Marriott (1780-1825)


Hear the GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Matthew 28 16-20

Glory to you, O Lord


16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.

17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19 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,

20 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



Sermon – Revd Paul Lanham

Isaiah 40.   The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

Trinity Sunday. Call me sentimental but I love those endless Sundays after Trinity, stretching from the very height of summer to the reaching out of the first icy tentacles of winter. They are so English, resounding with the sound of ball on cricket bat, the feel of the sun on one’s back and those hazy days of childhood when you seemed not to have a care in the world except about whether it would rain when you went on your summer holiday. Reaching on to the heady smells of early autumn and the harvest, then darker days closing in. Somehow it didn’t seem the same to have Sundays after Pentecost, as though Trinity Sunday wasn’t important to the modern Christian Church – change for change’s sake, some might think.

And yet Trinity Sunday seems out of place in the Church’s calendar. Since Advent all the Sundays have been about something happening, something dynamic. The coming of John the Baptist, foreshadowing the birth of the World’s Redeemer. The birth itself, the coming of those Gentile wise men that spoke of God for all men. The temptations, the calling of the disciples, Christ’s ministry. The endless tensions between Christ and the religious establishment that flow as an undercurrent through the Gospel story. Then that painful journey to Jerusalem, the betrayal, the crucifixion, and the climax of the story in the Resurrection. The end of Christ’s ministry with the ascension and its message of the ultimate conquest of death by God in human form. Then the last act, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, empowering and guiding the disciples as they were commissioned to continue Christ’s work.

Then after all this, Trinity Sunday. It’s about theology – not action, not people, not discipleship. It seems to have nothing to say to us on this summer Sunday. God is three persons but one God. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. Yet they are one God, not three Gods. This is the stuff of theological debate in universities, not something for the likes of you and me. There is a section in the Book of Common Prayer entitled ‘At Morning Prayer’ or if you want to be snooty ‘Quicunque Vult’ (the opening words being ‘Whoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick faith’). If you want to be completely confused it’s worth reading, though you surely won’t miss out on salvation if you don’t. At one point it says ‘Such as the Father is, such is the Son and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate and the Holy Spirit uncreate, The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible’ – to which anyone might reasonably add ‘The whole thing incomprehensible’. Somehow the Feast of Holy Trinity has nothing to say to us today, it’s an irrelevance. Perhaps we would be better going back to the practice of having Sundays after Pentecost after all, because they at least remind us of the Spirit’s task for His Church and the resources that God gives us in order to perform them.

But I’m sorry, I still want to cling to Trinity Sunday and those lovely Sundays after it. For all the action, so to speak, is over; it’s time to meditate – and high summer and autumn are the ideal time to do so. Like the ministry of that young man from Nazareth all those years ago it has been breathless and there has been so much to take in. Trinity Sunday calls us to pause and reflect in the months that lie ahead. There is the chance to ponder Christ’s teaching as seen through His parables, His miracles, those lessons He drew from everyday life, the effect He had on those around Him, things like that. Not to concentrate on specific events but on the whole. Perhaps too to have the time to think about things like individual saints, or events that otherwise might slip through the net – the Transfiguration for example. We need time to look at the whole of Christ’s ministry in a way that we can’t in those hectic earlier months of the year.

But above all, we need to look at God in His entirety – as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ‘Firmly I believe and truly God is Three and God is one’ wrote Cardinal Newman. But what do we mean by this? It is that we should see God as He is, not necessarily as we may want Him to be. The Creed puts it in a nutshell. ‘I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth’; I have deliberately added a comma after the word ‘God’ even though it may not necessarily be there. One of the few benefits of the current lockdown for me has been the chance to find some silence, some peace. We live a short distance from the flightpath into Luton airport and within the sound of the A507 between the M1 and the A1. No aircraft are growling overhead and the road is much quieter. It has given me a chance to spend time on a swingseat in the garden listening to birdsong and watching the birds around me, to wonder at the beauty of God’s creation rather than taking it for granted. Then after dark on a clear night to look up into the sky and see the stars, light from them taking millions of years to reach this earth. The Psalmist did this and marvelled. ‘When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set on your courses, what are mortals that you should be mindful of them, mere human beings that you should seek them out?’. We are so good at thinking of God as Father that we tend to forget that He is also the Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth. So we belittle Him, we tame Him, we see Him in a way that suits us – God made in the image of man, not the other way round. We cannot grasp that He is great, that greatest force in all creation, the maker of things that lie far beyond our comprehension. The Creator and Sustainer of all life, the ultimate mystery in human existence. And the more we delve into the universe or into the species on earth the greater, the more astonishing that creation is. ‘The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork’ wrote the Psalmist. The more we can make time to think in these summer months, the greater and more amazing God becomes.


And yet He is even greater than that, great enough to care about us. This is the miracle of God, this is what Trinity Sunday teaches us, this is why this Sunday is so important. This in a sense is a bottom line of Christ’s ministry, that He, God in human form, came to this earth to live and die for each and every one of us individually. He is not just the Creator, He is also the Father; His true greatness lies in His being both. Perhaps Trinity Sunday and the Sundays that lie after it are a time for reassessment of how we view the nature of God. Do we belittle Him in our minds? Do we see Him as He really is rather than we want Him to be? We have these next twenty plus Sundays to ponder such questions without interruption. They may challenge us, they may cause us to reassess some aspects of our relationship with God. But doing that from time to time perhaps is no bad thing.


15        The Nicene Creed (stand)

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 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, he became incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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.

 The Prayers by Shena Wright

Almighty God, we are here before you.  In our deepest prayers we catch a glimpse of your awesome presence – help us now to worship you with reverence and praise.

Father – we are here before you. Let us sense your everlasting arms around us. Help us to trust always in your loving purpose.

Lord Jesus Christ we are here before you. Let us hear your call and help us to follow in your footsteps – wherever that might lead.

Holy Spirit – we are here before you. Open our hearts, our minds, our spirits. Help us to know your peace, encourage, empower, enable us to be your presence in Wilbury.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit – we are here before you.  Fill us. Renew us. Help us be the best that we can be.                       Lord in your mercy,     HEAR OUR PRAYER. 

Father, today we pray for the family of George Floyd, the man killed on camera by a police officer (hand in pocket) kneeling on his neck for some 8 minutes. The family beg for peaceful protest, but there are some who have taken the opportunity to loot, burn and destroy. We pray for a halt to the violence, and a stop on all those who, under cover of darkness cause destruction and fear to innocent people, businesses and even churches. We pray for sensitivity in those in authority, and an acknowledgement that change is needed. We pray for the grieving family, and we pray for the rooting out, wherever it may be, of casual, hate-filled racism. Bring peace. Bring justice.

Lord in your mercy,    HEAR OUR PRAYER


As restrictions are gradually eased across the country, we pray that all people take baby steps in their daily activities. May we all think twice before rushing into “getting back to normal”……let us continue to give each other space, and let us not take risks that might badly affect ourselves, but others also.  We give thanks that Pre-school has restarted with a small number of children, and that Jane and her team have prepared thoroughly, responsibly and safely.

Lord in your mercy.      HEAR OUR PRAYER


We give thanks for all who celebrate this week, and we think especially of Faith Orchard whose birthday is on Saturday. May she have a happy loving day with all her family.

Lord in your mercy.   HEAR OUR PRAYER.

Father we pray for the family and friends of Alan Millard who died last week. We remember Alan who joined us, in his role as Chair of NHDC, at St. Thomas’s 75th anniversary celebrations two years ago. We ask for your comfort and blessing on all who loved him.

Father, we also heard of the sudden, unexpected death of Brenda’s son-in-law Gary.  Lord you know the shock and grief that has hit the family.  Brenda has gone to be with, and care for her daughter Carol, whilst herself mourning a special man. We pray for your loving arms to surround the family; bring comfort; bring solace. May we as a church pray for ALL who are bereaved.

Lord in your mercy.     HEAR OUR PRAYER

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we strive to articulate our faith, to describe somehow, what you mean to us with your unfailing care; your presence so very near; your spirit so deep within us; your guidance; your protection….your bestowing of gifts.  Our thanks seem hopelessly inadequate – but we DO thank you wholeheartedly.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three in one, and one in three… makes no sense in human logic, yet we, as your people, KNOW it to be true, not in our minds, but deep in our hearts.

In joyful worship we acknowledge you as our God – One God, world without end.

Merciful father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



The Peace

We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised 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.

and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.

Offertory hymn, How shall I sing that Majesty


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1 How shall I sing that Majesty
which angels do admire?
Let dust in dust and silence lie;
sing, sing, ye heavenly choir.
Thousands of thousands stand around
thy throne, O God most high;
ten thousand times ten thousand sound
thy praise; but who am I?

2 Thy brightness unto them appears,
whilst I thy footsteps trace;
a sound of God comes to my ears;
but they behold thy face:
they sing because thou art their sun:
Lord, send a beam on me;
for where heaven is but once begun,
there alleluias be.

3 How great a being Lord, is thine,
which doth all beings keep!
Thy knowledge is the only line
to sound so vast a deep:
thou art a sea without a shore,
a sun without a sphere;
thy time is now and evermore,
thy place is everywhere.

John Mason (c.1645-1694)

Eucharistic prayer


Yours, Lord, is the greatness,
the power, the glory,
the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you,
and of your own do we give you.

The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
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 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.

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.
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.
To you be glory and praise for ever.

And now we give you thanks
because you have revealed the glory of your eternal fellowship
of love with your Son and with the Holy Spirit,
three persons equal in majesty, undivided in splendour,
yet one God,
ever to be worshipped and adored.

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:

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

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
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.

Pause for the Sanctus Bell

To you be glory and praise for ever.

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.

 Pause for the Sanctus Bell

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.

Great is the mystery of faith.

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


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.

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

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.

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

Here follows a time for silent reflection

 As our Saviour taught us, so we pray: (kneel or sit)

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.

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

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

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world: give us your peace.

As St Paul says: Brothers and sisters, put things in order, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

We do not presume
to come to this your table, merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in your manifold and great mercies. 

We are not worthy so much
as to gather up the crumbs under your table.
But you are the same Lord
whose nature is always to have mercy.
Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of your dear Son, Jesus Christ,
and to drink his blood,
that our sinful bodies
may be made clean through his body,
and our souls washed through his most precious blood,
and that we may evermore dwell in him,
and he in us. Amen




The body of Christ Amen
The blood of Christ Amen


Post Communion Prayer

 Almighty and everlasting 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 know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory
where are three persons yet one God
now and forever, Amen


Final Hymn Christ be in my waking


1 Christ be in my waking, as the sun is rising,
in my day of working, with me every hour.
Christ be in my resting, as the day is ending,
calming and refreshing, watching through the night.


2 Christ be in my thinking, and my understanding,
guarding me from evil, walking in the light.
Christ be in my speaking, every word a blessing,
pure and not deceiving, grace to all who hear.

Jesus, this is my devotion,
all my life to know you,
every day to walk with you.
Saviour, you’re my deepest longing,
you’re the one I live for,
teach me Lord, to walk with you.

3 Christ be in my gladness for the joy of living,
thankful for the goodness of the Father’s hand.
Christ be in my sorrow, and my day of darkness,
knowing that I follow in the steps he trod.

4 Christ when hope has faded, nothing left to cling to,
every pleasure jaded, every well is dry.
Christ the loving shepherd draws me with his kindness,
leads me from the desert to the streams of life

Stuart Townend (born 1963) and Simon Brading
© 2011 Thankyou Music/Adm. by songs excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Kingswaysongs, a division of David C Cook


Blessing and Dismissal

The blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you now and always. Amen

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


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