7th June 2020
Rev David Osborn speaks on this Trinity Sunday, 7th June 2020.
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Address for Trinity Sunday
One of the problems of being on line at the moment is that there is no escape. And I don’t mean
from the lockdown guidance, I mean from the perils of Trinity Sunday – and the real world
problem of preaching on such a challenging day.
Why is that?
Well for 51 weeks of the year we talk about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy
Spirit; but today we have to think about all three – or more accurately the one God seen in three
ways. And, before we know it, we would be deep into complex Christian doctrine, the filoque
clause (just don’t ask) and the dangers of heresy that have plagued teachers and preachers for
So this is my way of dealing with the Trinity – and I emphasise it’s only my way, yours will be
Think of it as three windows looking in to the nature of our God. Each window gives us a slightly
different view of how God appears and how he works in our world. At different times, even
different stages in our lives we might find ourselves approaching God in one of these three
God the Father. He is good if you like authority, rules and regulations, guidelines, you know
where you stand Padre..... Next is God the Son, a people person, a more accessible, less
remote form of God. Brilliant if you prefer seminars, pizza, Common Worship and listening to
And finally there is God the Holy Spirit. Definitely a more acquired taste but brilliant for the free
thinkers. Great if you like retreats, spas, yoga, open air worship, tofu, quinoa, wind chimes and
living each day as it comes.
So I exaggerate, obviously, and you might take issue with my analysis, well you probably will
take issue to be honest. And that’s a good thing, because at least you have engaged with the
nature of the Holy Trinity on this important Sunday and it means that my efforts today have not
Really all I have done is to ask you to think of the Holy Trinity today and understand that the
Trinity gives us three ways of accessing the one true God.
And how you choose to do that is part of the journey of the next 24 weeks, because when the
season of Trinity ends we are back to Advent, and it’s not long ‘til Christmas..............
The Gospel Reading from Matthew chapter 28
Now 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.’
Prayer for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a
true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty
to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all
adversities; 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.