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Notes Matthew 28: 16-20 Trinity Sunday

Hymn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwuDSw-9cUQ  Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty - from The Hymns Project

Bible Reading Matthew 28v16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said,  "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Prayer O God, open your Word to our hearts and our hearts to your Word and give us grace to receive it, to understand it and to obey it, for the glory of Christ our Lord. Amen.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.


I sometimes wonder about Judas Iscariot, if he had the opportunity to live his life again, would he choose to stay faithful and not seek money and power? I’m sure you know someone who used to worship alongside you but doesn’t anymore. He/she can have a second chance to recommit their life and follow Jesus. God never gives up on us so we should never give up on anyone on matter how far they have drifted from God and his church.

Reflect on someone you know who was tempted by worldly pleasures, pray for them to see the error of their ways and put their trust in God once again.


17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.


Some of the disciple’s response to seeing Jesus, in this post resurrection experience, was to worship him whilst others doubted! It is probably true we see these two responses in all churches. There are those who worship Jesus because of their personal experience and those who doubt the evidence of his life and actions.

What would you say to someone are the reasons you worship Jesus?


18 Then Jesus came to them and said,  "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go 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 I have commanded you.


I wonder how would you answer someone who asked you ‘what does the church do?’ In our passage Jesus gives the disciples (and the church) the great commission. These are the reasons the church has existed across the centuries and today. In the great commission Jesus gives three tasks the disciples were to devote their time, resources and energy towards.

Firstly, they are to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’ They are to be proactive in sharing their personal experience  of knowing the Lord with as many people as possible. They are told to share their good news with all the nations.

Secondly, ‘baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ In baptism a person/child becomes part of God’s family. It is to be the start of a life lived faithfully following God with God’s people. The baptised are to know God as their Father (whose image they are created in), the Son (who gave his life so they could be forgiven their sin) and the Holy Spirit (who changes them to make more like Jesus).

Thirdly, ‘teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’ Future believers will require intentional teaching how to live the Christian life. This would be a lifelong experience. With the different seasons we pass through in life there will be new questions believers will need help to answer.

The great commission has been described as in three words Believing (evangelism), Belonging (baptising) and Becoming (teaching).

Which part of the great commission do you most enjoy participating in (helping people believe in God, belonging to the church family or becoming like Jesus?


20And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Jesus last words to the disciples were to promise them he would help them fulfil the great commission. He said ‘I will always be with you’. How reassuring this promise must have been. I would expect some of the disciples shuddered at the thought of having to go to new people and places. Yet the disciples devoted themselves to the three aspects of the great commission. Throughout the bible we are constantly told (365 times) ‘do not be afraid for God is with you.’ The disciples knew this to be true. Today we need to remind ourselves we are not called to do God’s work in our strength but to work alongside what God is doing.

Where have you seen God working through people?

Prayers

God of justice, we pray for the poor, the unemployed, the laid off, the economically vulnerable and for those who constantly worry about their finances at this time. Provide for them in their need. Lead your church to share in generosity and use the resources we’ve been blessed with. For any that do evil and seek to exploit and gain at the expense of others: bring them down, Lord Jesus, and frustrate their efforts.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of compassion, we pray for the abused, unloved and those who are unsafe in their homes. In these times of uncertainty, Lord, hear the cry of those in misery and need of rescue. May you have mercy & lead oppressors to change their ways, to turn from evil. Jesus, you weep as we weep. Bring your comfort & presence to the many who suffer silently.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of hope, we pray for our community, for the economy of our country and of the world. May we place our hope in you above all. We thank you for the small business owners, the large employers and the frontline workers who have kept going in recent times providing for us. May we value them as you do. Give them wisdom in decision-making in the days ahead, may they have the support they need and find fulfilment in their life’s work. As followers of your Way, may our prayers and support be a way we can love our business neighbours.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of love, we pray for charitable organizations, churches, and all who provide selfless, caring services to others. May they continue to be there for others in their time of great need. Provide, by your mighty economy, the ability to receive funds and maintain service to others. We pray for those living in continued social isolation. Protect them from despair and loneliness. Direct your church as to how we can be a friend who is near in this time of distance. Show us the way of connecting and kindling greater community relationships with others, in these circumstances.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God our Lord, Saviour, Teacher, & Friend, we pray for ourselves. May we draw near to you in our fears, in our loneliness, in our boredom and in our waiting. May we praise your Name in gratitude for the gifts and blessings we take for granted. May we seek your way as revealed to us in scripture and follow in the example of Jesus Christ, and in the Presence of your Holy Spirit: to witness to our salvation and joy in seeing your kingdom come.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord’s Prayer
The Lord bless us and watch over us; The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us; The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen
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