The First Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 14 June 2020

This Sunday we are offering a choice of two services both at 10am.
Cafe Church will be meeting via Zoom
There will be a service of Holy Communion also on Zoom.
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The order of service for Holy Communion can be found here.

Collect

O God,
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.

Readings for this Sunday

Romans 5: 1 – 8

Results of Justification

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Psalm 100

All Lands Summoned to Praise God

A Psalm of thanksgiving.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8

The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

The Twelve Apostles

10 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

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The Mission of the Twelve

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

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Reflection for the First Sunday after Trinity

Jesus offers healing and salvation to all

Matthew 9:35-10:8

I expect we’ve all seen the stories on the TV of the survivors of Covid 19 who leave hospital after several weeks of intense medical treatment. Doctors and nurses line the ward and cheer and clap as they are wheeled out. They are interviewed afterwards and say how utterly exhausted they are. They may have recovered physically, and won the battle of the disease but the war is not over as they go home to rest and recuperate, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. These are moving stories and perhaps you think, as I do, there but for the grace of God go I.

This week we hear about Jesus’ ministry on earth. It is summarised in the opening verses of our gospel reading. Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, curing every disease and every sickness. How we must wish that Jesus were here among us now -teaching, preaching, and curing every disease and sickness. Jesus’ ministry was about caring for the whole person. It wasn’t just about healing the symptoms of a sickness or disease. So often he said to someone: Your faith has healed you. Go in peace. Jesus had compassion on the people, and he looked at his disciples and summoned them to go out and replicate what he had been doing. He gave them authority to proclaim the good news of the kingdom: curing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers and casting out demons. He calls his disciples to take on the role that he has shown them many times. He gives them his authority and tells them to go and get on with it.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to follow in his footsteps: to show care and compassion for those who are, as he puts it, harassed and helpless, and to bring them healing and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. He makes it look easy, but we all know it isn’t, on our own. There are all sorts of difficulties and obstacles in the way, from our own lack of confidence and courage, to those who are indifferent, apathetic or hostile to our efforts. But, as we were hearing only two weeks’ ago at Pentecost, Jesus gives us his Spirit to be at work in us, to give us the words to say, and the authority to act in his name. He longs for his salvation, in body, mind and spirit to be given to all.

It has been wonderful, over the last couple of months, to see the ways in which different people have risen to the challenge and the call to go out into our communities and bring God’s love and compassion to those in our communities who are feeling harassed and helpless. We’ve seen people step up into new roles as Telephone Buddies, and Practical People. We’ve seen a whole bunch of volunteers respond to the Town Council’s call to take food parcels out to those who need them, and be a listening ear on the phone line. Our church buildings may be closed, but the church is very much alive and active and at work in our communities.

It’s been amazing to see how quickly churches like ours have responded to the new situation thrust upon us and which has gone on for longer than many of us thought. Much of what I hear about in the church press is about how this current time is rather like a modern-day “reformation” of the church. We might have thought at the beginning that it was a brief blip before we can get back to normal. But many churches are seeing this as an opportunity to establish new patterns and forms of worship, new ways of relating to their local communities, new ways of reaching new people through the technology we’ve had to get to grips with so quickly. It may feel rather scary and unfamiliar, but so it was for Jesus’ first disciples when they were sent out on their first mission. They were stepping out into the great unknown and yet because of what they did in those early days of the church, so the gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world, and here we are worshipping him on Zoom from our homes! Who would have thought it a few months ago?

I pray that we might be open to the new opportunities in the future to bring God’s healing, love and salvation to all as we look to the future with hope and confidence.

Rebecca Harris