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VICAR ROB’S SERMON FOR

Trinity Sunday 2020

Matthew 28. 16 to 20

The Commissioning of the Disciples

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Dear Friends,

One of our favourite programs to watch at the Vicarage during lock-down has been The Restoration Workshop. It is a program which came to my attention at a PCC meeting when we were considering ways to possibly restore our large nativity set. If you haven’t seen the programme members of the public bring their sad, broken but treasured possessions or family heirlooms to selected experts for repair and restoration. They are worked on by one or a number of specialist crafts people who hopefully return the object in a much better or even perfect state.


As you observe each object get its TLC something becomes very apparent, especially when you see the reactions of the people as the objects are returned. As easy as it is to be taken by the wonder of the object, it is the story of the people that is the most important. They are stories of connection. Connection to the past, to real people be they parents, siblings, grandparents, friends or connections spanning generations.


Have a look around your front room, on the mantelpiece or fireplace we have many objects that are there because of connections. Connections with loved ones and not because of the object itself.


Last week was Pentecost. Jesus has ascended to be with the Father and the Holy Spirit has come to keep that connection. In our Gospel the disciples have gone to the mountain as Jesus has directed them. They worship, some are unsure, but slowly they know who he is, they know why he came and they finally understand what has happened.

And Jesus directs them. Gives them their wonderful mission for the world.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you”

but the final line of our Gospel puts in the all important connection.

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

And so that brings us to today, Trinity Sunday. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit with us to give us that connection with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the connection. The Holy Spirit is the comforting reminder and active support that we have been given.

Remember  again what Jesus said to his disciples.

“I am with you always, to the end of the age”

We don't need The Repair Shop to keep that connection.

The Holy Spirit is as fresh and pristine as in the days of the early church.

We may have spent now many weeks looking at the sentimental things we have collected around us within our four walls but we must not ignore the Holy Spirit which is constantly with us.

Discover the Holy Spirit again. Like the precious object that has collected dust and been forgotten or taken for granted, the Spirit does not need a skilled craftsmen to bring it to life it just needs to be loved again.

Every blessing

Vicar Robert