Thoughts from the Vicarage 7th June,
Readings: Psalm 8; Isaiah 40.12-17, 27-31; 2 Corinthians 13.11-14; Matthew 28.16-20
The beginning of June has seen the re-opening of more shops and businesses. Some people are getting excited because car dealerships can now open. They look forward to a shiny new motor on the drive. If new is too expensive then a second hand or used car might be affordable. These can have silly titles like “pre-owned” or “previously cherished”! It got me thinking about some of the essentials that go into the making of a car.
The body shell – provides a framework that protects
and holds all the other parts together.
The seats – give comfort and safety while travelling.
The engine – is the power source, without it we could
As Christians we could think of the car body as keeping us in the all surrounding protection of the Father. The seats are the place where we share in the community of family and friendships that Jesus established with his disciples. The engine is the under the bonnet but powerful presence of the spirit. Together these unite as a trinity to take us from where we are or have been to the place we can be as we travel in faith together.
This Sunday we are reading Bible chapters and verses that help us to think about God as Father, Son and Spirit. Over the centuries Christians have come to use the word Trinity to help us think of God in three ways, yet united as one. This word “Trinity” goes back as far the year 180 AD. Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost, became an annual celebration of the church in 1334 AD. The word “Holy” means to be dedicated to God.
Perhaps the best known hymn to the Trinity is “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” written by the missionary bishop to Calcutta, Reginald Heber, in the early 19th century. A much loved worship song from the 1970s, written by Jimmy Owens, opens with the word “Holy” 6 times! Each verse draws us deeper into God’s presence – “Gracious Father…we’re so glad to be your children”, “Precious Jesus…we’re so glad that you’ve redeemed us”, “Holy Spirit…come and fill our hearts anew”. Both of these are in our Mission Praise hymn books.
Matthew 28.19 commissions us to “…go and make disciples…in the name of the Father…the Son and…the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 13.16 encourages us in the familiar words “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
This week it would be good to spend some time praying and thinking about what it means for us to be held and loved by God whether we find ourselves struggling or celebrating.
Revd Jonathan Watkins
Collect, the special prayer for Trinity Sunday
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply
into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.