Welcome to Trinity Church, Newport
Trinity Church is a friendly welcoming community which seeks to enable people to explore the Christian life of faith, worship and service.
Welcome to everyone attending our second service, especially those who are back for the first time. Whilst everything was different, it was so good to be back and our first service felt very good indeed.
It is planned to open every Sunday from 1st November.
You will still need to contact Lyn, (01952 825586 or 07866 058388) to book a place. Let her know if, at a later date, you realise you are not going to be able to attend . Please follow all the guidelines from the previous notice sheet.
We may be able to include Communion in our service, using wafers instead of bread using our usual method of bringing the elements round, serving at arms’ length, which is within the 2m guidelines.
We have services planned as follows:
1st November: Rev. David Lavender
8th November: Remembrance Service
15th November: Preacher to be planned
22nd November: Preacher to be planned
29th November: Rev. David Lavender – Advent Sunday and Toy Service
5th December: Church Anniversary – Preacher to be planned
12th December: Preacher to be planned
19th December: Lessons & Carols (Not sung)
Christmas Day: 10.00am Rev. David Lavender
Mike Brisco is hand making calendars to order (photo below), charging £10 - £5 of which will go to Trinity with the other £5 towards material costs and time. Please see him if you would like to order one.
October 25th 2020
Reflection by Revd Fiona Brown
The Pharisees and Sadducees are still out to get Jesus. The Sadducees haven’t got anywhere, so the Pharisees come together to see if they can catch him out.
Read: St Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 22 verses 34 – 46
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, 44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46
No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
I’m often asked at work why I believe in God, or even if I believe in God - and I’m wearing my dog collar. (Prisoners ask difficult questions that we don’t ask each other in our congregations!) Then I am quizzed about what I am “allowed” to do.
I explain that following Christ isn’t about what we are not allowed to do, but about loving God and treating each other as we would like to be treated ourselves. (I used to say that we should love one another, but I’ve learnt that leads to lots of giggles.) Their response is sometimes about the people they have no intention of treating well because they don’t deserve it, which leads to a discussion about worth, judgement and forgiveness.
Loving God and loving one another as we love ourselves is open ended and is all about relationships – our relationship with God, which fuels our relationships with one another. They cannot be separated from each other, because we do not have it in us to love unconditionally without that relationship with God to strengthen and equip us. And we can’t say that we love God if we do at least attempt to love our neighbours – whether we like them or not.
Lord, we thank you that your love for us is unconditional and never ending. We confess that we don’t always reflect that love in the way we relate to those around us and ask for your forgiveness. Help us and equip us to take our Sunday worship out into the world so that we may truly love our neighbours as ourselves. Amen.
Read: STF 547 Beyond these walls of worship
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