Trinity Methodist Church Gregson Lane, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0ED
Minister: Revd. A. Webb Telephone 01772 323818
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Once more, we have begun twelve months of Themed Team Preaching at Trinity, this time with our minister, Andrew, three Local Preachers, Tony Bonser, Denise Johnson, Lynne Watson and myself as Worship Leader, using a resource entitled, ‘Spill the Beans’.
We began on the 11th of February and will continue up to Trinity Sunday when we will begin using the next set of ‘Spill the Bean’s resources up until the end of August.
We have already journeyed together through the dark days of Lent and experienced the joy of Easter Sunday and we are now looking towards Ascension Day, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday when we will be exploring John’s gospel and some of Acts 1and 2 and we finish with Psalm 29.
Ascension and Pentecost and Trinity Sunday
The Easter cycle is brought to its conclusion with the festivals of the Ascension and Pentecost. The varying details of the accounts in the Gospels and Acts may make the Ascension hard to pin down historically, but Jesus’ return to the Father is certainly theologically significant, and so John, quite naturally, takes precedence over Matthew, as there is no mention of the Ascension in Matthew’s gospel.
There is also some ambiguity about whether Jesus’ return to the Father and the coming of the Holy Spirit are two events or just aspects of the same one. However, the account given by Luke of the events of the day of Pentecost is regarded in the Church’s history and memory as the final act of the Easter season.
After six months of following the story of Jesus from his birth to death and resurrection, Trinity Sunday gives us one Sunday to focus directly on the nature of God. Many would argue that it is best approached as an opportunity to focus on the experience of knowing God in Christ Jesus and perhaps a good time for personal testimony rather than trying to do justice to theological doctrine, which, I have heard, has been the downfall of many preachers!
I look forward to journeying with you. Gill Whittingham.
The next minor update will be on Sunday 3rd June, and a full update on Sunday 1st July