7th June 2020
Weekly notices and a service for worship at home
Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series (Panel 22), 1941, MoMA New York
Do you need some help?
You may have to self-isolate but you don’t have to feel alone! The council have set up a helpline for those who need help during the next few months. Call CityLife line: 0191 277 8000
You can also contact the clergy or our volunteers and we will find the best way to support you. Everyone, please keep social-distancing - stay 2 metres apart, and only go outside to exercise, and go to the shop for essentials.
Contact us here
Mental Health and Wellbeing
You may have received a copy of this 'Every Life Matters' booklet through your letterbox; we thought it would be good to share here as well. It's a guide to looking after yourself and your mental health at the moment. Covid-19 has impacted people in all sorts of ways, do not worry if it seems like everyone else is coping but you feel like you're not!
Please always feel free to reach out to our clergy and volunteers.
Giving during lockdown
One of the unforeseen pressures of lockdown is that many of our members give money physically on Sundays and this is no longer possible. To keep our work going (and make sure our buildings are still standing when we return to them!) we are asking that, if you can, please give by standing order. Regular donations help us to have a better estimate of our income and ensure we can keep our activities running.
You can set this up with your bank online using the details here.
Or download and print a standing order form here and send to your bank.
If you wish to be posted a form please call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pub Quiz! Thursday 11th June, 8pm
Pour a drink and join us online for a quiz to test your general knowledge. There will also be a bonus prize for the best name for our virtual pub.
Bogus emails from David Kirkwood
Unfortunately someone has taken the names of various clergy from across the diocese and is sending scam emails in their names.
If you receive an email from the the Rev David Kirkwood please double check that is is from his actual address - email@example.com.
If not, then do not reply. David also will not be sending emails asking for money, bank details, or passwords! If you have any concerns you please call or email any of the other clergy.
Faculty for the Venerable Bede
In light of current circumstances, we are ensuring faculties are posted publicly online as well as physically outside the church.
The Venerable Bede are applying to start work on making the entranceway to the hall much safer and accessible for all physical abilities. As well as make much needed improvements to the toilet facilities. The notice will be posted here shortly or contact The Revd Dominic Coad and objections may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Missional Generation have also created a really cool Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map using an augmented reality app. You can download both the map and app here.
The Church of England have also begun developing resources to help families develop and grow in faith at home (and not just for lockdown use!) You can find the videos here.
Reflection by The Revd Dominic Coad
Service led by The Revd David Kirkwood
We will pray at 10am on Sunday, join us at home at if you can.
The service starts with some quiet music; please use this to clear your mind and acknowledge on the presence of God.
Andante, from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
God the Father forgives us in Christ and heals us by the Holy Spirit.
Let us therefore put away all anger and bitterness, all slander and malice,
and confess our sins to God our redeemer.
We have not always worshipped God, our creator.
Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)
We have not always followed Christ, our Saviour.
Christ, have mercy. (Christ, have mercy.)
We have not always trusted in the Spirit, our guide.
Lord, have mercy. (Lord, have mercy.)
May the Father forgive us
by the death of his Son
and strengthen us
to live in the power of the Spirit
all our days. Amen.
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, Amen
A reading from Paul's letter to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters, put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
(2 Corinthians 13:11-13)
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
one God, who was, and who is, and who is to come,
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ!
by The Revd Dominic Coad
Today is Trinity Sunday. It is a little different from most of our festivals because instead of beginning with a story, like Christmas, Easter or Pentecost, or a person, like the saints’ days, today we focus on a doctrine, the doctrine of the Trinity; that God is one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You’re actually probably already used to thinking about the Trinity. Our worship is full of talk of the Trinity, from the Gloria to the Creed to the Blessing and in other places too, but the most important place we hear about the Trinity is in our weekly readings from Scripture. There aren’t many direct references to the Trinity in the Bible, we’ve had two of them in our readings today, but it nevertheless flows from Scripture. The doctrine of the Trinity wasn’t just cooked up in some kind of theology lab, the doctrine of the Trinity is rooted in what the earliest followers of Christ witnessed in his life time and recorded in the New Testament.
And what they witnessed was Jesus talking about his Father; talking about his Father in intimate terms, as loving and present, with us and for us. Jesus’ talks about the Father searching, longing for us. He is the Father who yearns for the return of the prodigal son and to find him and know him is to find the pearl of great price which is worth selling all else to obtain.
The doctrine of the Trinity begins with the love of the Son for the Father and the Father for the Son, and it continues in Jesus’ mission to share that love with the world. Jesus is compelled in that mission by the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who fills Mary at the annunciation, who descends on Jesus as a dove at his baptism and who drives Jesus into the desert and from there to proclaim the Good News. Finally, when Jesus departs the earth he leaves the Holy Spirit with us to lead us into the truth of the Father’s love.
We know that God is love, God the Trinity is the name we have for the way God’s love exists within God and overflows into the world. When we think about the Trinity we need to think about movement; a movement of love that comes from within God, out to us and our world, and catches us back up into God.
So the doctrine of the Trinity is not irrelevant or distant to our everyday lives, it is how we describe the way that God makes our lives part of God’s life. And as God the Trinity catches catches up our lives, so too are caught up all the ordinariness, the joys and the sorrows, all the mess and all the complications, all of us together into the love of God. The Trinity shows us that everything is connected, everything is bound up together, like it or not. It is up to us to choose: will we be bound together in the self-giving love of the Trinity, or will we be bound together in the rejection of that love.
This past week has seen people choose the path of that love and seen people reject that love. On May 25th, the Monday before last, an African American man named George Floyd was killed in Minnesota by a white police officer. The killing was captured on film and it makes for disturbing viewing, showing the police officer kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, whilst Floyd says that he can’t breathe and begs to be released
Since the footage emerged online, decades of hurt and anger at police brutality in the black community and beyond have spilled over into mass protest in over 350 American cities. Violence at the hands of the police has always been a part of the African American experience but recent years have seen the problem escalate with beatings and killings captured on camera. The protests that have swelled up in the wake of this are demanding structural change to bring about an end to police brutality in the United States. They have coalesced under the slogan ‘black lives matter’, a demand that black people, and the killing of black people, be deemed just as important as the lives and deaths of white people.
All of this might seem somewhat removed from British culture and British policing and it is true that we are fortunate not to suffer the same epidemic of gun violence that they do in the US. Nevertheless, this week protests have spread around the world and across the UK. This is not only to show solidarity with people in the US but also to raise awareness of the issue in the UK, where black people are twice as likely to die in police custody compared to white people, nine times more likely to be stopped and searched and five times more likely to have force used against them.
Along with the US protests there has been some rioting and looting, though it is unclear at this time who is responsible for this. What is clear is that in many cases the police have responded to the protests with yet more violence and brutality. So far at least two unarmed black men have been shot dead by police. There are many examples of injury: a nurse beaten by police whilst on his way home from a shift in a coronavirus ward, a 75 year old man was pushed over by a crowd of police who then walked past him while he lay unconscious and bleeding on the pavement, an unarmed student who was dragged through a car window and hit with a taser. As many as 10,000 protestors have been arrested and tear gas and rubber bullets are being used across the country and there have been at least 148 arrests and attacks on journalists. On Monday police used tear gas and concussion grenades to clear a crowd of people, including clergy giving our water to protestors, from in front of St John’s Church in Washington D.C. so that President trump could pose outside the church holding a Bible.
All of this speaks of a society divided by racist hatred. The roots of racism in the US are old and deeply entrenched, reaching back to the time when enslaved people from Africa worked the land. Here in the UK, not only do we have our own problems with racism but we also share complicity in the origins of racism in the US. Although the vast majority of enslaved Africans were taken to plantations in the Americas and the Caribbean, they came from British raids on Africa. They were transported on British ships and much of the wealth made from their labour flowed back to Britain. Much of what we know of Britain today was built on the backs of black slaves, as well as the exploitation of people across the British Empire, in India and elsewhere.
Racism is woven into the history of our nation and the history of the world. We need to be aware of our place in that history - whether our peoples have benefited or suffered. On this Trinity Sunday we need to remind ourselves that racism is a rejection of God the Trinity because it says that something being different is a reason to hate it, not a reason to love it. Instead of recognising that we are all bound together in God’s love, it sees those who are different only as objects of hatred and exploitation.
If you are following the news you will have seen that everyone, from politicians to celebrities to multi-national corporations to church leaders, are making statements denouncing racism and calling for unity and peace. But words are not enough to undo centuries of wrong.
Whenever Jesus talked about the love of his Father he talked about something else as well: his Father’s Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is what happens when the people of God allow their lives to be governed by the love of God. The love of God the Trinity is not just a warm fuzzy feeling and the good intention that we will all get along. The love of God turns the world upside down and changes things.
Jesus talked about this changed world, this Kingdom of God, all the time. He spoke of it in that great anti-racist parable the Good Samaritan, in which the man left for dead by the side of the road is saved not by the great and good of his own community, as he expects, but by the outsider from a different race. He demonstrated it when he attacked the heart of a corrupt economic system by turning over the tables in the temple. He announced it when he proclaimed Good News for the poor, the release of the captives and freedom for the oppressed.
So on this Trinity Sunday the question we need to ask ourselves is whether we really want to allow ourselves to be caught up into the love of God the Trinity, for that love is a love that demands something of us. It demands that we recognise where our own judgmentalism and, yes, our own racism has caused us to reject others. It demands that we understand that to know God’s love more fully we must love others more fully. It demands that we make the love of God real and present by changing the world for the better.
If we can do this, then we will truly know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.
Those called to lead and guide at a difficult time. Church Leaders throughout the world especially in the United States. Bishop Christine.
Those moving to new ministries; Bishop Mark preparing to move to a new Ministry in Chester, Archdeacon Peter moving to Derby and Catherine Pickford and her family moving to London.
All who feel cut off from God, prayer, or the sacramental life of the Church.
Those in government, and those faced with hard decisions. Those working for social justice and inclusion. Medical staff and health professionals,
Places whose health services are most vulnerable and undeveloped.
An end to inequality.
A more sustainable use and equitable allocation of the world’s resources.
The Sick & Suffering
All victims of violence, racism and discrimination.
All who have asked for our prayers
All affected by Covid19
The Departed All victims of Covid19
The Prayer known as St Patrick’s Breastplate
Today I put on
a terrible strength
invoking the Trinity
confessing the Three
with faith in the One
as I face my Maker.
Today I put on the power
of Christ's birth and baptism,
of his hanging and burial,
His resurrection, ascension,
and descent at the Judgment.
Today I put on the power
of the order of the Cherubim,
in hope of ascending
to my reward;
holy virgins' innocence
and the deeds of true men.
Today I put on
the power of Heaven,
the light of the Sun,
the radiance of the Moon,
the splendour of fire,
the fierceness of lightning,
the swiftness of wind,
the depth of the sea,
the firmness of earth
and the hardness of rock.
Today I put on
God's strength to steer me,
God's power to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye for my vision,
God's ear for my hearing,
God's word for my speech,
God's hand to protect me,
God's pathway before me,
God's shield for my shelter,
God's angels to guard me
from ambush of devils,
from vice's allurements,
from traps of the flesh,
from all who wish ill,
whether distant or close,
alone or in hosts.
Christ guard me today
from poison, from burning,
from drowning, from hurt,
that I have my reward.
Christ beside me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ within me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me.
Christ on my right hand,
Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie,
Christ where I sit,
Christ where I rise.
Christ in the hearts of all who think of me,
Christ in the mouths of all who speak to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Today I put on
a terrible strength,
invoking the Trinity,
confessing the Three,
with faith in the One
as I face my Maker.
Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us o'er the world's tempestuous sea; guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, for we have no help but thee; yet possessing every blessing, if our God our Father be.
Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us: all our weakness thou dost know; thou didst tread this earth before us, thou didst feel its keenest woe; lone and dreary, faint and weary, through the desert thou didst go.
Spirit of our God, descending, fill our hearts with heavenly joy, love with every passion blending, pleasure that can never cloy: thus provided, pardoned, guided, nothing can our peace destroy.
The Lord bless us and keep us
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us peace.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all, evermore. Amen
Raindrop, prelude by Frederic Chopin