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.
Use the player below to hear the prayers or click to read.
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