Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

Trinity Sunday

7 Jun 2020, 12:15 a.m.

Sunday Readings from Lectionary: Isaiah 40v12-17&27-31; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13v11-13; Matthew 28v16-20

Let us pray: Dear God, may we hear what you are saying to us today. Amen

A sermon from Lucy: Trinity Sunday, is the special day in the Church year when we take time to reflect on God. The readings for this day give insights that help.

In the prophecy of Isaiah, we are asked questions that prompt us to think about the wisdom, power and might of the creator of the world in which we live. The prophet also reminds that even though we are as nothing in comparison to our God (who is everlasting, all powerful and beyond our ability to understand) that this great and glorious God reaches into our world to help, encourage and care for us. In the psalm, which is a prayer of praise, we learn that the God who is exalted throughout the world, is our Lord and ruler and the one who made the universe all around us. It also reminds us that we should be surprised because God cares for human beings, gives us stewardship of the earth and grants us undeserved glory and honour. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, God’s people are instructed to: be well-ordered, work co-operatively with one another and live in harmony and accord with each other; so that the God of love and peace will be with us. Paul ends his instructions with a prayer, known by many as “The Grace” (v13). This prayer asks for Jesus’ grace, the Father’s love and the Spirit’s presence with us. In Matthew’s gospel we hear Jesus final instructions to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. These instructions are known as “The Great Commission” (v19-20) and tell us that God’s mission is to offer everyone the chance to join His Family of Faith. We know this because Jesus told His disciples to: go and make disciples of all people; baptise in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; teach people to keep everything that has been commanded. And, Jesus’ closing promise was that He will be with his disciples until the end.

From these readings, I have learnt so many things about God. God is our Lord, our ruler and the one who made the universe all around us and the world in which we live. God is great, glorious, wise, powerful, mighty and eternal. God is and exalted throughout the world and yet beyond our ability to understand. But even so, God reaches into our world to help, encourage and care for us. For we have a God who cares for human beings, gives us stewardship of the earth and grants us undeserved glory and honour. And now, as disciples of Jesus in this age and time, it’s our turn to be sent out to: make disciples of all people, baptise them in the name of the Trinity and teach them to keep Jesus’ commands. These commands include being orderly, co-operative and harmonious so that the God of love and peace will be with us. For Jesus promises that He will be with his disciples until the end of time.

This is our God, amazing and awesome, caring and compassionate, reaching out to each one of us.

Let us pray: Almighty and eternal God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons and yet one God, in the perfect unity of love; by the grace of the Divine Majesty keep us steadfast in faith to acknowledge the Trinity and worship the unity. Hold us firm so that we may come to know you in all your ways and always rejoice in your eternal glory. Amen