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Holy TrinityHope Springs Eternal. Newsletter No 39 - June 2021

One in three persons, blessed Trinity. Our society thinks it knows all the answers to all the most important questions concerning life. We think we know how the universe began and what it is made of but much of what we know is still speculation and theory. We can analyse the DNA of every living thing and we are beginning to understand the complicated webs of relationships that bind life forms and their environments together. We can take detailed photos of every stage of the development of a baby in its mother's womb, but Jesus' statement that 'No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above' makes no more sense in terms of modern science than it did to Nicodemus when he met with Jesus.

We are presently in the part of the theological calendar that focuses our thoughts on the key doctrine of the Trinity, the oneness of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We have recently celebrated Pentecost and this past weekend we have marked Trinity Sunday.

Nicodemus came to Jesus with many questions, but his problem was that he already had preconceived ideas about God. As a Pharisee, Nicodemus saw God as distant, and one whose laws had to be obeyed. Jesus responds to this by inviting Nicodemus into a very personal relationship with God. Jesus goes on to identify the role of the Holy Spirit who gives birth to spiritual life and by alluding to himself as the Son of Man who has come from heaven and will return and that only those who believe in the Son of Man will experience a spiritual re-birth and receive eternal life. As much as Nicodemus was a learned man, he failed like many have done since to fully grasp the complexity of God.

Where did this ground-breaking idea of the Trinity come from, that not only Jesus and God were on a par but that there was also a third and equal person in the Godhead, the Holy Spirit? Well, it is partly founded in Jesus’ resurrection but more importantly the seeds were planted by the teachings of Jesus himself. Although He never said, ‘I am God’, He did claim a unique relationship with God; He did claim a unique mission from God; and He did claim that He and only He, was able to do things which it was only proper for God to do. By His very own words Jesus himself laid the foundation for the type of words and expressions which were later read about Him in the Bible. Expressions such as ‘Son of God’, ‘Light of the World’, ‘Saviour’, ‘Emmanuel’, ‘Word made flesh’, ‘Lord’ and ‘God’.

As we continue to read through the New Testament there are several verses that tell us that the Godhead consists of three persons — Father, Son, and Spirit– and that these three persons are equally and fully God. These verses mention three persons to provide no doubt about the Godhead being a "unity” of "three” and from this the word "Trinity” comes. Jesus mentions God in three persons as He prepares to ascend to Heaven. He meets with the disciples and tells them to go and preach the Gospel:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). When the disciples baptise, they are to baptise in the names of all three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). There is no hierarchy of the three; instead, they are placed as equals.

Hybrid Worship
Hybrid Worship

Since our return to worship in church on Palm Sunday we have been able to introduce Hybrid Worship whereby members can either join us in church or participate via Zoom over the internet.

It is so simple to join by Zoom using the Zoom Meeting ID 874 0789 6194 and Password 427632. You don’t even need to be seen as you have the option to leave your camera off. Already, each week a handful of members are joining our morning worship through this method. Why not give it a try?

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Church Services for June

Sunday 6th June at 10.30 – Rob Brooks (Sacramental Service)
Sunday 13th June at 10.30 – Frank Pemberton
Sunday 20th June at 10.30 –– John Thompson – Fathers’ Day 
Sunday 27th June at 10.30 – Susan McArthur


Singing Again?   Depending on the progress of combatting the Indian variant of Coronavirus we are hopeful that we will be able to praise God in song from the Service to be held on the 27th June.  We may also be able to open the hall for regular use the following day. 
Bible Thoughts.  This week Roy asks us to consider Hebrews 11: 1-3. How can we express our faith in God in our daily lives? How would we assess our own faith in action?

Birthdays and Anniversaries in June.

Birthdays. Gordon Speakman -11th, Shirley Jones – 14th, Gill Brooks -26th.
Anniversaries. Margaret and Ken Jenkinson – 9th, Sharlee and Satish Misal, Dorothy and Gordon Speakman, both on the 10th. 

A special thank you to those who have responded to the item in the last Newsletter regarding the Church finances.  

Church Garden Requires Attention
Church Garden requires attention!

After one of the driest months for April on record we have had probably the wettest May ever recorded. This has made it impossible to do any work in keeping the garden tidy, but the abundance of rain has created a situation for maximum growth. However, the forecast for June is much better with fine weather predicted.

If you have an hour or so to spare, any help in tidying and weeding the borders or trimming the edges of the lawns would be greatly appreciated. Just pick your spot and make your mark! We have two ‘green’ bins just waiting to be filled! Hopefully, we will be able to use our outside space during the warmer summer months.

Bric a brac
Bric-a-brac Required
Many people have used the last year to have a de-clutter. The church is hoping to hold a ‘White Elephant’ sale during the Summer months, probably outside on the car park and lawned areas.

If you are having a de-clutter, then we are interested in any bric-a-brac items you have no further use for. These would include ornaments, unwanted gifts, and gadgets that you thought were going to be useful at the time! In fact, anything that you think others may find a use for. Music CDs and Film DVDs would also be welcome donations.

Items that we are not looking for are clothes and books. Charity shops have been inundated with such items during recent months.

We are prepared to collect and store any donated items until the event is held, possibly July. For further information or to arrange collection and storage, please contact either Kath Middleton or Anne Pridden.

Events in the Church grounds
In addition to the ‘White Elephant’ sale, we are also looking to holding other events in the garden and car park such as ‘Afternoon Tea’. If you have any ideas of other events that we could hold outdoors, please forward them on. Of course, the arrangement of such events will depend on the type of Summer we have!