Resources for Trinity II

These are resources for the Second Sunday after Trinity (Third Sunday after Pentecost), June 21, 2020, gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful!

Hagar in the Desert

Hagar in the Desert (1960) by Marc Chagall


There are several ways you can join in worship this coming Sunday, June 21, 2020.

First, you can join us for worship in person.

  • We meet this coming Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 11:00 am EEST at the Tabernacle of the Church of St Thomas, Kefalas.
  • It will be a Holy Communion according to Common Worship.
  • People should come only if they are comfortable with being out and about as the pandemic restrictions are being lifted, and are in good health.
  • Those of you were were there last week and are coming again, please remember to return with your hymn book, psalter, and service booklet!

Second, you can simply do it all yourself – read the lessons and pray the prayers below, as well as listen to the recorded sermon, and intersperse it all by clicking on the links to the hymns.

Third, you can join a worship service via Zoom or YouTube. For the past several weeks we have been broadcasting our service from the Tabernacle via Zoom, but this has only been possible by using a mobile phone as an internet hotspot (we do not have internet wifi at the church). Although I have a generous data plan, it is not sufficiently generous to stream the vast amount of data required by video, and once one goes over, the charges for excess data are prohibitively expensive. I am in the process of working out an economical way of gaining internet access, but it will not be in place this Sunday; for this I apologise.

Here are two alternatives:

  • Sue Whitehouse commends the YouTube services of The Chapels Royal at Her Majesty’s Tower of London. The music is characteristically top notch, and the readings are frequently  done by David Suchet, a parishioner of the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula (but not in his role as Hercule Poirot). Click on the hyperlink. The service is usually posted the night before.
  • There will be a Zoom service from the Anglican Church of St Paul’s, Athens at 10:00 am EEST (8:00 am BST). The meeting ID is 227 360 090 and the password is 422061.


The readings appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary/Church of England Common Worship Lectionary for the Sunday closest to June 22 are Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17, Romans 6:1b-11, and Matthew 10:24-39.

At St Thomas’s this Sunday we will omit the second reading, the one from Romans.


I will try to get the text of the sermon up promptly after preaching it. I will be preaching on the story from Genesis, the story of the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael by Sarah and Abraham.  It is one of the stories in the Bible which the Hebrew Bible scholar Phyllis Trible called a Text of Terror. 

Fr Leonard of St Paul’s, Athens has sent us his prerecorded sermon for Trinity II:


Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Faithful Creator,
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

O God, the creator and preserver of all,
we pray for people in every kind of need;
make your ways known on earth,
your saving health among all nations, especially . . .

  • Αικατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου, Πρόεδρος, και Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, Πρωθυπουργός (Ελλάδα) (Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou, President, and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister (Greece));
  • In the European Union
    • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission;
    • Charles Michel, President of the European Council; and
    • Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy;
  • Elizabeth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and
    • her government in the United Kingdom led by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
    • her vice-regal representative in Canada, Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada, and the national government of Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister.

God of love, hear our prayer.

We pray for the good estate of the catholic Church;
guide and govern us by your good Spirit,
that all who profess and call themselves Christians
may be led into the way of truth,
and hold the faith in unity of spirit,
in the bond of peace and in righteousness of life, especially:

God of love, hear our prayer.

We commend to your fatherly goodness
all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed,
in mind, body or estate;
comfort and relieve them in their need,
give them patience in their sufferings,
and bring good out of all their afflictions.

  • for the over 8.3 million people infected by the Coronavirus, and for healthcare workers;
  • for the unemployed, those who were not working before the pandemic, and those who have been made redundant since it began;
  • for minorities and people of colour demanding justice in the face of ongoing violence and discrimination;
  • on this day, which in Canada is National Indigenous Peoples Day, for the first peoples of Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

God of love, hear our prayer.

We remember those who have gone before us
in the peace of Christ,
and we give you praise for all your faithful ones,
with whom we rejoice in the communion of saints, remembering

  • Titus, sent by Paul to this holy island of Crete;
  • the Ten Saints of Crete;
  • Hagar and Ishmael, Abraham and Sarah;
  • Thomas our patron and the rest of the Twelve;
  • Mary of Magdala, who first bore the good news of the resurrection to the disciples; and
  • Mary, the Mother of God.

God of love, hear our prayer.

All this we ask for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.


In 1993 the husband and wife team of Beryl Korot, videographer, and steve reich, composer, premiered their unusual work The Cave. The title refers to the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron, in the West Bank. It is held by both Jews and Muslims to be the burial site of Abraham and Sarah. Unusually, it is part mosque and part synagogue.

In the early ’90s Korot and Reich went to Israel, the West Bank, and the United States to ask a series of questions of Jews, Muslims, and Americans.  They asked a series of questions: Who is Abraham? Who is Sarah? Who is Hagar? Who is Ishmael? Who is Isaac? They also asked about God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son (Isaac in Jewish & Christian tradition, Ishmael in Islamic), and about the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. They then took the raw videotape, and Reich used the natural intonations of the speakers’ speech to create musical motifs, which were then echoed or backed what was said. Along with videos of the speakers, Biblical passages were back-projected on the screen backed by percussive “typing music”.

This all resulted in a new genre of an oratorio, where the libretto is based on people’s answers to questions. While video is projected and the recorded audio is played back, the music is performed by: a vocal quartet of two sopranos, tenor, and baritone; two reed players on flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, and bass clarinet; four percussionists on vibraphone, marimbaphone, bass drum, kick bass drums, and clapping; three keyboard players; and a standard string quartet of two violins, viola, cello. Have a listen; it is unlike anything else in modern music.

For something a little more normal, here are the hymns we’ll be singing on Sunday.

A slightly different version of an old favourite.

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at
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2 Responses to Resources for Trinity II

  1. Ashley says:

    Again thank you for this post, and also to Fr. Leonard for his sermon.

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