We celebrated Trinity Sunday last week at our morning’s service which was led by Mr Robin Perry. Keith Harrison gave a welcome to our preacher, congregation, and visitor, and Rod Smith played the organ. Sue Richardson from the charity “Compassion” told us that the Ugandan child Onyait, whom we have been sponsoring for some years, was now self-sufficient and in future we will sponsor the education of a four-year old child in Rwanda.
Robin opened with a short prayers and expressed the theme of The Holy Trinity for our worship. We sang the great Charles Wesley hymn “Jesus – the name high over all, in hell, or earth or sky! Angels and men before it fall, and devils fear and fly”. There followed a great prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer. As it was Trinity Sunday Robin invited us to recite together the Nicene Creed of AD 381 in which all the elements of Christian doctrine are contained. Jill Harrison read to us from John’s gospel chapter 14, a profound scripture reading in which Jesus gives his promise of the Holy Spirit and describes his relationship with God, the Father. We sang a hymn written by Reginald Heber ”Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” who was ordained in 1807 before becoming Vicar of Hodnet and then Bishop of Calcutta until his death in 1826, aged 42. This hymn is widely sung on Trinity Sunday.
In his sermon Robin set out the Christian belief in the Trinity. The Tri-Unity of God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our belief is in one God who is revealed in three persons as Christianity is a monotheistic faith. Robin expounded on biblical texts to support our belief in the Trinity particularly in St John’s gospel in which the words “the word was with God and the word was God”. “When we see Jesus, we see God”, said Robin.
We sang a hymn about the Holy Spirit after which Robin led our prayers for others to include thanksgiving for HM The Queen and her Christian faith, and those in need. “Father of everlasting Grace” was another great Charles Wesley hymn we sung to conclude our service.