This page contains all of the resources for our Sunday act of worship. You are encouraged to join us at 9:30am if you are from Widford or Wareside or 11am if you are from Hunsdon because these are the normal times of the services in these villages.
However, if you are unable to make this, please follow in your own time. Our use of common resources means that, though we are separated, we can nonetheless worship together.
If you have not worshipped with us before, you might like to watch our explanatory video guide first… (Actually, there’s good advice within it for everyone!)
You have two ways to participate
You can either watch (and join in with) the service on a single video (Option 1) or follow the service in stages, taking your own time over the prayers, choosing the hymns/songs you would prefer (Option 2).
Option 1: Whole Service Video
Our whole act of worship this week is contained in this one video. Just click play and watch it through to the end – the words of the prayers and hymns will appear on screen.
Once the video is finished, you may like to scroll almost to the very bottom of this page, where there are some extra videos about the Trinity and information on how to make donations to support the churches’ work.
Option 2: Order of Service
Please note: do not use the links below at the same time as the service video above!
The full-service video (above) contains all the words of the prayers and hymns on screen.
Sentence of Scripture
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
(2 Corinthians 13:14)
Prayer of Preparation
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
“Holy, Holy, Holy” – choose simple piano accompaniment and [big] congregation (slow) or orchestra and choir (quicker)
Collect for Trinity Sunday
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,
one God, now and forever.
Prayers of Penitence
The Apostle Paul writes:
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith.
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.
(cf. Ephesians 4:30, 32)
O King enthroned on high,
filling the earth with your glory:
holy is your name,
Lord God almighty.
In our sinfulness we cry to you
to take our guilt away,
and to cleanse our lips to speak your word,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God, the Father of mercies,
has reconciled the world to himself
through the death and resurrection
of his Son, Jesus Christ,
not counting our trespasses against us,
but sending his Holy Spirit
to shed abroad his love among us.
Therefore we who trust in Christ Jesus
may stand before him in his strength,
receiving his pardon and his peace,
this day and forevermore.
Hear the words of comfort our Saviour Christ says to all who truly turn to him:
God so loved the world
that he gave his only-begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
Hear what Saint Paul says:
This saying is true and worthy of full acceptance,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
(1 Timothy 1.15)
First Bible Reading
Psalm 8 Text / Audio – use player below
Choose “How Great Thou Art” or “O Lord, our Lord (How majestic is Your name)”
Second Bible Reading
Let us affirm our faith in God using the words of the Nicene Creed.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Article 8 of the Church of England’s 39 Articles of Religion reads as follows:
“The Three creeds, Nicene Creed, Athanasius’s Creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostles’ Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy Scripture.”
We rarely use Athanasius’s creed, but it is set for use on Trinity Sunday because it speaks so clearly of God who is three in one and one in three. If you would like to read it, click to read.
This version is the Church Society’s 1994 modern language version of the wording in the Book of Common Prayer (1662). It is not straightforward reading (take your time!) and does have some provocative language in it. As you read, be reassured we are saved by grace alone through faith alone (in Christ alone), NOT by our intellectual ability to grasp complex theological concepts! Note, too, that the word “catholic” simply means “universal”, not “Roman Catholic”. Whosoever wishes to be saved Now, the catholic faith is this, For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, Such as the Father is, such is the Son In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty Thus the Father is God, the Son is God Thus the Father is the Lord, the Son is the Lord, Because, just as we are compelled by Christian truth The Father is from none, So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; He therefore who wishes to be saved Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation Now, the right faith is that we should believe and confess He is God from the Being of the Father, begotten before the worlds, For just as the rational soul and flesh are one man, This is the catholic faith
before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith,
which faith, if anyone does not keep it whole and unharmed,
without doubt he will perish everlastingly.
that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
neither confusing the Persons
nor dividing the divine Being.
and another of the Holy Spirit,
but the Godhead of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is all one,
their glory equal, their majesty co-eternal.
and such is the Holy Spirit:
the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated
and the Holy Spirit uncreated;
the Father infinite, the Son infinite
and the Holy Spirit infinite;
the Father eternal, the Son eternal
and the Holy Spirit eternal;
and yet they are not three Eternals
but one Eternal,
just as they are not three Uncreateds, nor three Infinites,
but one Uncreated and one Infinite.
and the Holy Spirit almighty;
and yet they are not three Almighties
but one Almighty.
and the Holy Spirit is God;
and yet there are not three Gods
but one God.
and the Holy Spirit is the Lord;
and yet not three Lords
but one Lord.
to confess each Person singly to be both God and Lord,
so are we forbidden by the catholic religion
to say, There are three Gods, or three Lords.
not made nor created nor begotten;
the Son is from the Father alone,
not made nor created, but begotten:
the Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son,
not made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.
one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity there is no before or after,
no greater or less,
but all three Persons are co-eternal with each other
So that in all things, as has already been said,
the Trinity in Unity, and Unity in Trinity, is to be worshipped.
let him think thus of the Trinity.
that he should faithfully believe the incarnation of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
is both God and man equally.
and he is man from the being of his mother, born in the world;
perfect God and perfect man,
having both man’s rational soul and human flesh;
equal to the Father as regards his divinity
and inferior to the Father as regards his humanity;
who, although he is God and man,
yet he is not two, but one Christ;
one, however, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh
but by the taking up of humanity into God;
utterly one, not by confusion of human and divine being
but by unity of Christ’s one Person.
so God and man are one Christ;
who suffered for our salvation,
descended to the realm of the dead,
rose again the third day from the dead,
ascended to heaven, sat down at the right hand of the Father,
from where he will come to judge the living and the dead;
at whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies
and will give an account for their own actions,
and those who have done good will go into life everlasting
and those who have done evil into everlasting fire.
which, if anyone does not believe it faithfully and firmly,
he cannot be saved.
This version is the Church Society’s 1994 modern language version of the wording in the Book of Common Prayer (1662). It is not straightforward reading (take your time!) and does have some provocative language in it. As you read, be reassured we are saved by grace alone through faith alone (in Christ alone), NOT by our intellectual ability to grasp complex theological concepts! Note, too, that the word “catholic” simply means “universal”, not “Roman Catholic”.
Whosoever wishes to be saved
Now, the catholic faith is this,
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son,
Such as the Father is, such is the Son
In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty
Thus the Father is God, the Son is God
Thus the Father is the Lord, the Son is the Lord,
Because, just as we are compelled by Christian truth
The Father is from none,
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons;
He therefore who wishes to be saved
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation
Now, the right faith is that we should believe and confess
He is God from the Being of the Father, begotten before the worlds,
For just as the rational soul and flesh are one man,
This is the catholic faith
Use the player below to hear the prayers or click to read.
We bring our prayers to God our Father in union with Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit:
For the church:
On this Trinity Sunday, when we remember especially both the one-ness and the three-ness of God, we call to mind Jesus’ prayer that Christians would be one.
God of reconciling love, we lament the brokenness of the church around the world, and we pray for her restoration. May we learn, as the Apostle John taught, to find our unity in the truth and to walk together in love. We repent of those times when we have foolishly tried to base our unity on any foundation other than the truth and we ask you to lead us into all truth by your Spirit, that we may truly love one another and show your glory to the world.
Give grace and wisdom to Bishop Alan, Bishop Michael and Bishop Richard as they seek to lead and support the churches of this Diocese and fill their hearts with your wisdom that their lips may always speak life and hope.
For the world:
God of the nations, your word teaches us that you have made all people from one man, and that this one man was made in your image. We come before you as members of a human race which struggles to honour either you or our common humanity and in which conflict and division are prevalent. We humbly acknowledge that our own perspectives are often limited and that we are predisposed to listening only to voices and narratives that reinforce our own points of view. Help us to listen to those whose experience of life is different from ours that we may learn to love more deeply and bring a greater blessing to the world.
We pray for all caught up in the events following the murder of George Floyd in America last week: for his family, friends and community who grieve him personally; for black people and others of minority ethnic groups who daily face prejudice and inequality of opportunity; for politicians and leaders including President Trump; for all involved in law-enforcement, from police officers to the judiciary, including the officer charged with murder and those who must hear the case; for those who wish to protest peacefully and for those who feel a more forceful and confrontational approach is justified; for those whose hearts are twisted with hatred and self-interest for whom these circumstances provide an outlet for rage and an opportunity for gain by dishonest means. God of justice and mercy, God of all wisdom, in all these contexts, do what is right and turn all hearts to seek your perfect will.
For our communities:
Gracious Lord, as our lockdown is eased and people begin to mix again with family and friends, we pray for those who are most vulnerable and most fearful. We know that there are risks to our nation of a second wave of infections and yet that there are risks associated with staying in lockdown, so we ask you to show mercy on those we love and to help them make the right decisions about returning to work and family and community life.
We thank you for our Parish Councils and those who have volunteered and continue to volunteer within our communities to provide care for those in most need. Help us all to consider the welfare of others in all that we do and say, that our villages may be characterised by love patterned upon the love of Jesus who gave himself for us.
We pray these things in his glorious name.
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Choose “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” (traditional) or “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” (contemporary)
God the Holy trinity make you strong in faith and love,
defend you on every side
and guide you in truth and peace;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you always.
A lot of people find it hard to get their minds round the idea of God as Trinity. Accordingly to the famous author, C.S. Lewis, that’s to be expected because of who God is. Here are two [slightly over-lapping] videos which shine a light on some aspects of Trinitarian theology.
And here’s a song which tells the world what we believe…
Some material in this service is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) and is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council. cf. www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship