Sunday 22 May, 2016

Trinity Sunday (also Aldersgate Sunday)

Alternatively, see the readings and hymns suggested for Tuesday 24 May, which marks the conversions of John and Charles Wesley , but not for the Principal Service in 2016 as Trinity Sunday takes precedence.

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Additional notes on the readings and choices of hymns are offered below by the Revd Phillip Poyner, this month’s compiler.

Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31

Eternal Father, strong to save (StF 517)
Happy are they who find the grace (StF 500)
Lord of the boundless curves of space (StF 111)
Sing of a God in majestic divinity (StF 13)

Psalm 8

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Angel voices ever singing (StF 39)
Because you have said 'Do this for my sake' (StF 574)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (StF 11)
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder (StF 82)
O Lord, our Lord, throughout the earth (StF 112)
Sing to him in whom creation (StF 14)

Romans 5: 1-5

Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)
Being of beings, God of love (StF 490)
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm (StF 624)
Even though I walk through the shadow of death (StF 626)
God with us: Creator, Father (StF 8)
My God! I know, I feel thee mine (StF 390)
Morning glory, starlit sky (StF 12)
Peace, perfect peace, is the gift of Christ our Lord (StF 710)

John 16: 12-15

As we gather, Father, seal us (StF 570)
Away with our fears! (StF 458) Especially vv. 5 and 6
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing (StF 297)
Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire (StF 155)
Father, we love you (StF 6)
Hail! Holy, holy, holy Lord! (StF 9)
Your words to me are life and health (StF 164)

There are many preachers who find the thought of preaching on the doctrine of the Trinity rather daunting. But there is the option of focussing on Psalm 8 today and speaking of God’s  incomprehensibility, his unspeakable greatness of which God’s triune nature is part.

The first five verses of the Romans 5 passage may be the focus for a sermon on Wesley Day this year.
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