Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for Trinity Sunday, May 23, 2021.
If you haven’t joined in our Thursday morning online gathering, it is a wonderful time of fellowship. We reflect on current events, share stories, and end with a short time of prayer. Look for the link in the Wednesday email!
This week our family ministry resources focus on the story of the meeting between Nicodemus and Jesus from The Gospel of John 3:1-17. In our weekly Sunday email, there is the link to the a fun video which explores the idea of “Eternal” that is raised by Jesus words to Nicodemus that “whoever believes in him may have eternal life” in verse 15. There is also another link to some fun colouring and activity pages that have something for every age to help expand on the lesson.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
This Sunday the opening song I have pick for all you hymn singers is “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.1
Prayers and Message
Here is this Sunday’s prayers and message:
Prayers of the People
We pray for all medical staff, all essential frontline workers and their families, for those living and working at Long Term Care and seniors residences, and for those that are helping to distribute the vaccine: that God will be their strength and support.
We pray for the leaders of the nations, lead them in the way of your peace, praying especially today for a just and peaceful resolution to the violence and conflict in Israel.
We pray for all who are facing trials and difficulties and for those who are sick. Show them your kindness, mercy, and healing.
Come, Holy Spirit, creator, and renew the face of the earth. We pray to you, Come, Holy Spirit, come.
(To find the list of those we are praying for in our parish please sign up for our Parish email. To add a name to our prayers please contact me.)
For a hymn on the traditional side to close your morning worship with I suggest “Be Thou My Vision.”
I am recommending another wonderful Chris Tomlin song, “How Great is Our God” as a more contemporary musical closing song.
I wish you all a blessed and safe Sunday and week.
Thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s. I do look forward to us being able to gather together again in-person when we are able.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.