TRINITY SUNDAY Hymns NEH 146, 343, 286, 373

FIRST READING A reading from the prophecy of Isaiah: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’


Response: The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly powers, ascribe to the LORD glory and
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His Name; bow down before the LORD,
majestic in holiness. R

The voice of the LORD upon the waters, the LORD on the immensity of
the voice of the LORD full of power; the voice of the LORD full of
splendour. R

The God of glory thunders; in his temple they all cry, “Glory!”
The LORD sat enthroned above the flood; the LORD sits as king forever. R

SECOND READING Romans 8.12-17 A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans: So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

GOSPEL John 3.1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.'

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A very warm welcome to any new readers, and to visitors and newcomers to St Michael's. If you are new to St Michael's, do join us for refreshments in the Vestry Hall after the service, so that we can welcome you properly.

“Last of all, we humbly sing glory to our God and King,

Glory to the One in Three, on the Feast of Trinity.”

Our Services in the coming week: Thursday – Mass at 10.30 am; Sunday – Mass at 10.30 am.

Next Sunday we shall be celebrating Corpus Christi – a special day of thanksgiving for the Holy Eucharist. “Thanks be to God for His gift beyond words.”

Peggy Thresh's Memorial Service will take place in church on Thursday, June 27th, at 11.30 am, and will be preceded by a quarter-peal from our Tower. Please pass on the information to others who knew her.

Summer Fun Day: June 15th! We can start looking forward to this already – and publicising it. We'll have competitions and attractions for everyone from 10 am to 2 pm, including a tombola, a plant stall, crafts and gifts, cakes and refreshments. It will be the official birthday of HM The King – so children dressed as kings and princesses will be most welcome and may win a prize! Could you contribute plants, craft items, tombola items (preferably with a garden/picnic/outdoor theme) - or cakes etc. on the day? Please note Alison Heywood's poster in church about offerings for the plant stall. Entries will also be invited for the Best Crown and the Best Scarecrow! If you would like to offer further ideas, or help, Sara (07837 919761) will be delighted to hear from you.

Thank you to Martyn, William and others from St Michael's who welcomed the sixth-form volunteers from Oakwood Park Grammar School to our church on the 21st May. Thank you, too, to Mary and Mike, who ensured that no one was hungry or thirsty! And many thanks to the Oakwood Park students, and their Director Miss Kirsty Ryan, for arranging this generous and worthwhile volunteering scheme.

Friends of Kent Churches – the charity supported by the Ride and Stride event held every September – is 75 years old this year. Ride and Stride 2024 will take place on September 14th, and a special evensong at All Saints', Maidstone, is planned for 3.30 pm on September 21st. It isn't too early to Indicate that you would like to attend that service; email And please note that Heritage Open Day will coincide, as usual, with Ride and Stride on September 14th, and we shall open the church, as usual, to welcome visitors who come to enjoy our Angel Windows. This year's theme for the day is “Routes, Networks, Connections” - ideas welcome!

Readers' list for June: Many thanks to all our readers! If unable to read on the day listed, please feel free to swap with another reader.

June 2 OT + Ps Mike Trout, NT Alison Heywood
June 9 OT + Ps Ralph Baldock, NT Margaret Gatehouse
June 16 OT + Ps Eleanor Relle, NT William Danes-Volkov
June 23 OT + Ps Team Kwalombota, NT Catherine Garland
June 30 OT+ Ps Alison Heywood, NT Mike Trout

NB It's always good to hear from anyone who would like to join those who read at Mass – please have a word with Eleanor if you think you might.

We can help Ukraine, in however small a way: Simon at 27, Maryland Drive, Barming collects items for Ukraine, which are sent off in regular consignments. Medical and veterinary supplies (even if recently out of date, even if partly used), old towels etc. (but not duvets) and animal food (even if a bit out of date or partly used) are particularly appreciated.

From our Tower: Kent County Association: Maidstone, Kent St Michael and All Angels

Friday, 17 May 2024 in 38m (6–1–24 in C)

1320 Spliced Surprise Minor (2m)

2m: 720 Cambridge, 600 London; 22 com; singles only; atw.

  1. Terry Barnard
  2. Jacqueline Barlow
  3. Janice Byrne
  4. Mark Elvers
  5. Philip Jarvis
  6. Stephen Coaker (C)

Birthday Compliments to Kath White 9/5; Nick Wilkins and Rob Saunders 14/5; Neil Jones and Laura Byrne 15/5 and Tony Braben 17/5.

We pray for sick people everywhere, including: Paul, Margaret, Ellie, Pauline, Rue, Fr Leon, Antony, Fran, Ellie, Tom, Joseph, Peter, Joan, Margaret, Lindsay, Glynis, Ethan, Sarah, Yvonne, Jessica, Leon, HM The King, and Catherine, Princess of Wales

...and for the Departed, remembering: Ron Barton and Helen Margaret Cardew.