Living with Christian Hope in the Covid-19 Third National Lockdown

A Pastoral Letter from the Parish Priest – Trinity Sunday – 30th May 2021
My dearest Friends in the Lord,

Spring is in full bloom and is giving way to summer. We are all excited at the prospect of a warm summer and the lifting of restrictions after the travails of a rather long and cold spell and a year of pandemic.

We are living in such unprecedented times. So many things are happening that test our faith in God and Man. Not just natural disasters like the volcano in Goma or the Cyclone ‘Yaas’ that battered the Indian coasts. We also have witnessed the recent flare-up in Gaza and Israel and the happenings in Nigeria not to mention the shootings in the US. ‘What is happening?’, we ask. It would appear the world is going berserk! But, let’s be honest, there is another music playing, another harmony, another dynamic too. That is the reality of honest Christians following of Jesus Christ and making a world of difference around them.

We are so fortunate every week to gather together and to remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus in Holy Communion. The Sacrifice of Love! We renew our hope in a better world because Jesus has established the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Love, Communion, Peace, Hope!

The feast of Holy Trinity we celebrate today is a celebration of love, unity, communion, hope. You might like to use the invocation to The Most Holy Trinity given further below as your prayer today.

We also wish God’s blessings on little Amelia who will be baptised today after the on-line service in Ingham church. Baptism reminds us of God’s gift to us, a new way of living and the hope of eternal life. We so much need hope in this world battered by the pandemic and other chronic social and natural crises.

 LIVE 10.30 am On-Line Parish Eucharist on ‘zoom’ – Sunday 30th May 10.30 am

Fr Sebastian will preside and Mr John Beverley, Parish Reader, will preach at the service… and we will also listen to some favourite hymns.

Please note that this service is streamed from the Ingham church. If you wish to attend this service physically in church and receive Communion, you can do so. We follow all covid-19 guidelines so as to protect each other and care for each other.

Please download the Order of service here.

You will receive an invitation to join this short on line service if you are in the Parish database. If not please contact the Springline Parish Secretary on springline [email protected] 

Invocation of the Holy Trinity – A Prayer for Trinity Sunday

We rise this day with the sun warming our faces.
God be with us. Christ be with us. The Spirit be with us.

We prepare for this day with water to cleanse and refresh.
God be with us. Christ be with us. The Spirit be with us.

We meet this day in community to share our stories of faith.
God be with us. Christ be with us. The Spirit be with us.

We celebrate this day with the One who names us as children of God.
God be with us. Christ be with us. The Spirit be with us.

Springline Parish on-line Home Worship Resources.

You will find a copy of this letter, the sermon for this week, prayers and worship songs etc. Do visit the online church page

We are gradually returning to worship in our churches, slow but steady!

We hope to fully open our churches from 27th June onwards with a Service at St Cuthbert’s Church Brattleby.

A prayer for the Parish and Church

Abba Father, purify my Parish Community in the precious blood of Jesus
and fill my Church and Parish with your Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Springline Parish – Nine Churches, One Parish, Following Jesus.

The Church exists to assist you in your spiritual search, to comfort you in your cares and worries, to support you and walk with you. We believe that Jesus is The True Answer to all our questions and problems, the one who can fill the emptiness and restlessness in our hearts, the One who can help us heal our world! Do help us to help you where we can!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always.

With my love and prayer to each one of you,

Father Sebastian

Revd Dr Sebastian Thomas Mattapally
Rector, Springline Parish, Diocese of Lincoln
Tel: 01522 731793   Email: [email protected]