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Services at Holy Trinity







Christ Centred and Community Focussed






















Trinity 4




meeting ID 875 5088 0691



You may like to light a candle to symbolise 

the presence of the risen Christ amongst us



Music: Prelude on ‘St Peter’ by Healey Willan (1880-1968)

(Melody of ‘How sweet the name of Jesus sounds’ - Hill Organ of Peterborough Cathedral)



Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

and also with you.

We meet in the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 




Hymn:  ‘How sweet the name of Jesus sounds (Peterborough Cathedral)


How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In a believer’s ear!

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,

And drives away his fear.


Weak is the effort of my heart,

And cold my warmest thought;

But when I see thee as thou art,

I’ll praise thee as I ought.


Text: John Newton (1725-1807)  Music: ‘St Peter’; A.R. Reinagle (1799-1877)






Our Prayer of Preparation


Almighty God,

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. 



Prayer of Penitence or saying sorry to God

A time of silence as we bring our own needs

and concerns to God knowing God can and will forgive us



Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith



Almighty God, 

our heavenly Father,

we have sinned against you, 

and against our neighbour,

in thought, and word, and deed,

through negligence, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us, 

forgive us all that is past

and grant that we may serve you 

in newness of life

to the glory of your name. 





Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


The Gloria (Organ of St Mary le Bow, London)

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. 



The Collect 

Let us pray 




Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation into our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we may find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.




New Testament Reading – Romans 7 verses 15 – 25a read by Ian Maple


15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

 At the end the reader says

For the word of the Lord 

Thanks be to God.



The Gospel Reading – Matthew 11 verses 16 – 19 and 25 – end 

read by Rosemary Holt


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord

16 ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,

17 “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we wailed, and you did not mourn.”

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; 19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

At the end 

This is the GOSPEL of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Music for reflection: ‘Come unto him, all ye that labour’ from Messiah by George Friderick Handel, arr. G. D.

(Bader Organ (constructed 1637-43) in the Walburgiskerk, Zutphen, Netherlands)


Affirmation of Faith 

Let us declare our faith in God.


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:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from 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. 



Prayers of Intercession led by David Hodges


An opportunity to bring to God our cares and concerns at this troubling time 


Let us pray,



  • For a sense of peace for all who come to Holy Trinity for private prayer, and for wisdom as we plan to open the church for public worship


  • For Jayne Ingman, the staff and families of Crockham Hill School, our families, friends and neighbours, especially those who are unwell, living alone or self-isolating, and our wonderful ‘Village’ volunteers 



  • For all front line workers in the NHS, especially today on its 72nd Anniversary, in care homes and other emergency services, including Haddy Cosh, Henny Stockdale, Francesca Holt and David Skinner who is a paramedic with the  KCH Trust.



  • For all our friends in New Cross, and all in Kongwa where schools open from 26th June.

Merciful Father.

Accept these prayers,

for the sake of your Son,

Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


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. 



Hymn:  All creatures of our God and King (Organ of Salisbury Cathedral).



All creatures of our God and King,
Life up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia, alleluia,

Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,

O praise Him, O praise Him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness;

O praise Him, alleluia.

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One;

O praise Him, O praise Him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Text: W. H . Draper (1855-1933)   Music: ‘Lasst uns erfreuen’; melody from Geistliche Kirchengesang (Cologne, 1623), arr. R. Vaughan Williams.



The peace of God,

which passes all understanding,

keep your hearts and minds

in the knowledge and love of God,

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord:

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be among you, and remain with you always. 





Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.   



Music: Prelude and Fugue in F – Anonymous (formerly attributed to J. S. Bach)

(Schnitger Organ of the St. Martinikerk, Groningen, Netherlands)



This Week at Holy Trinity 


Tuesday:                              9.00am No Morning or Private Prayer today

Wednesday:                        2.30pm – 3.30pm Church open for prayer

5.00pm Evening Prayer in church

Thursday:                             9.00am Morning prayer

(church remains open for prayer until 10.30am)


If you are unable to visit the church but would like a candle lit please contact Rev Sue. Access within the church building will be limited and Government social distancing and hygiene regulations will need to be adhered to at all times. 



  • The ‘Zoom’ access for our weekly service will always be

Meeting ID 875 5088 0691 (password required)


  • Public Worship We are in the process of making arrangements to open the church for limited public worship and will keep you updated during the week


  • Food Bank – next collection date 13th July. Please leave any tinned meat, vegetables or fruit with Deborah Coen at Newlands in Smiths Lane


  • Weekly Collections
    I should like to thank everyone who has made a contribution to our collection money during the time that the Church has been closed for worship together.


Our treasurer, Tony, has told me that we have now received £1,130 by bank transfers and other means of payment.   Thank you very much to all of you who have contributed to this figure.   This goes a long way towards the total of about £3,000 that Tony estimates will be the overall shortfall during the time that we are closed.



This is the fifteenth Sunday we have been closed, but hopefully in about a month from now I really hope we can get together again in the Church.   If you have not yet made a contribution or would like to make a ’top-up’, please do give it some thought.


As always, we will be extremely grateful.   Thank you again.





The organ music for this service was played and recorded by Graham Dinnage on a Hauptwerk virtual pipe organ made by Romsey Organ Works and using original pipe organs sampled by Sonus Paradisi (Groningen and Zutphen), Milan Digital Audio (Salisbury) and Lavender Audio (Hereford and St Mary-le-Bow, London)






Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishop’s Council 2000. Church Copyright licence No. 7517


Holy Trinity Church



Holy Trinity Church will be open for private prayer from  Tuesday 23rd June after being closed for the last 12 weeks.


On  Saturday 20th June the church will be thoroughly cleaned as part of our preparations.



The church will be open from 9.30 - 10.30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 2.30 - 3.30 on a Wednesday afternoon. It will remained closed to the public at all other times.

Someone will always be there to greet you and we ask you to help us to follow all Government guidelines at this time.

Prayers to use at home


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.


God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Kev Reynolds


Two legs, two arms, one heart, one head,

Two eyes, one voice, with words unsaid,

One cherished life now sorely missed,

Not just a number on a list.


Statistics that tumble from the news

Are then discarded like second-hand shoes.

Figures explained by po-faced men,

Show rising lines that have no end.


Cold inhuman numbers increase by the day

Added by computers with nothing more to say.

Lists of figures that soon depart,

Statistics they are without a heart.


Next time you hear these numbers

Remember what they mean,

To those who’ve lost a loved-one

And now have shattered dreams.


A father, mother, sibling,

A neighbour, long-lost friend,

Loved at their beginning

And loved too, at their end.


Think of the gifts that they would give

If allowed a few more years to live,

And remember that one non-beating heart

Is NOT just a statistic on a chart.

 Crockham Hill Church

 This poem by Lydia -  one of the younger members of our church


Every day it is there, 

And always has a seat to spare. 

It has a graveyard in the back, 

We love to walk along the track. 

Inside the church it is cold but fun, 

Sometimes it’s so cold that my toes go numb. 

The church is taller than the biggest tree, 

And Reverend Sue is as busy as a bee. 

The people there are really kind, 

We are shy but they don’t mind. 

At messy church we do lots of art, 

And everyone there has a very kind heart. 

Every Sunday we go to pray, 

So Jesus Christ can show us the way.