Third Sunday of Trinity
28th June 2020
Rev David Osborn speaks on the Third Sunday of Trinity, 28th June 2020.
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Address for the Third Sunday of Trinity
A cup of cold water
That would have been welcome during our warm spring
Cold Fosters, Sprite, Seven up or Coke may be fine but cold water is refreshing, cooling and cheap.
However, not easy to find in the desert, or in first century Palestine
It looks so pedestrian, so banal, so commonplace; a cup of cold water: so easy to provide
But is it?
How do you provide cold water in the Middle East?
Refrigeration is one answer; and coupled with air conditioning
A cool cup of water in a regulated environment is possible; this makes Dubai a great shopping destination
So, Palestine, 32AD or thereabouts: a cup of cold water, please?
Only three ways to get this: from storage, from a spring or from a well
Storage in large jars, placed deep inside a cave or direct from a spring, well, or running stream
But wells can be compromised, streams can flood or suffere contamination
Springs you can trust: just hope one is close at hand or the water will warm up by the time you get it
Suddenly a cup of cold water doesn’t seem as simple anymore
Suddenly it seems to be a precious gift, a true test of hospitality
A demanding request, and a challenge to those hearing it.
And a similar challenge to us; in a complex difficult world sometime asking people to do simple things; caring for a neighbour, for example can seem challenging and almost too much.
Yet this simple story, this modest request shows us all that we should value small acts of kindness, small gestures of friendship and humanity.
For therein lies the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward
of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’
1 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever : how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart : how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
3 Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God : lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.
4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him : for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.
5 But my trust is in thy mercy : and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.
6 I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me : yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.
Prayer for the Third Sunday of Trinity
Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our
hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that
we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus
Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever.
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour Christ has taught us
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.