Trinity Sunday - 3 June
‘So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him “Abba, Father”.’
From Romans 8:12-17
thank you that you who laid the earth on its foundation
and threw the stars into the sky
gave your son to bring us back to you
and invite us to become your children.
Your gift to us is peace
You walked the earth and walked among us
Through your death, life
Through your resurrection, hope
And the promise of your spirit.
We throw open our hearts to you.
Dwell within us
And show us how to pass your peace
To a broken world.
‘The Lord will work out his plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.’
From Psalm 138
You have marked out a perfect path for each of us to travel, and all we need to do is walk your way. You have a future for us, stretched out ahead, if we would but claim it. All of us at times doubts, as we cry to you and hear the cries of others. But we are your workmanship and you are always by our side. Trusting that this gift is ours, may we offer your enduring love to others on the road.
‘For we live by believing and not by seeing.’
From 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10
We dare to believe in the things we cannot see:
In your love for us
In your love for those around us
In the hope of eternity.
We dare to believe that another world is possible
That suffering can end
That we can play a part
In the kingdom to come.
We dare to believe in heaven on earth
In the light breaking through
In justice made new
In your love for us.
‘The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.’
Father, how can we ever understand the miracle of your ways? We see your creation and we know you are God. Yet we saw your mighty kingdom formed with the humility of a servant.
Faith and acts of kindness grow into great good. We will never comprehend how your kingdom comes, but we recognise its fruit. We see it in unexpected places: in sickness, in poverty, in conflict. We see it the places we wouldn’t want to live. Sometimes we see it in our own lives.
Your kingdom come, Lord – in us and in your world.