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Grace, Love and Fellowship

 

2-corinthians-13-vs-14‘Grace, Love and Fellowship’ 

 

The doctrine of the Trinity can seem like a difficult Christian concept, and is almost certainly a misunderstood one. This year the Trinity Sunday readings reveal two complementary themes. In the first, as seen in the Genesis reading, we are called to recognise and open ourselves to the work of the Triune God in creation – in the act of creating, in revealing God’s self to humanity, and in empowering humanity to participate with God in the care of creation. 

In the second theme we are called to recognise the uniting, community-building work of the God who is, within the Godhead, a Triune community – an intimate interconnected relationship between the three persons. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians speaks of the unity of the church and of the God’s gifts to bring us together. And in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus calls his followers to bring others into the community of faith, securing them a place of belonging given form by the act of baptism in the name of the Triune God. 

Both themes – God’s work in creation, and God’s work in community – lead us to a recognition of the connectedness of all things, and of God’s presence and life in all things. God is always creating and always connecting (or revealing the connections that are always there), and so we are called to participate in God’s work by participating in and building up God’s community and bringing others – including all of creation – into the gracious, growing, interconnected, life-sharing, just and creative communion of the Trinity – the Three in One.

May we find new creativity and connectedness as we gather to worship the God who is revealed to us as Divine Parent, Incarnate Child and ever-present Spirit.

 

Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2014/05/trinity-a-pentecost-1a/

 

Exodus 34: 1-8 The account of the creation of heaven and earth, in which God speaks the creative Word and the Spirit hovers over creation.

341The Lord said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you broke. 2Be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to me, on the top of the mountain. 3No one shall come up with you, and do not let anyone be seen throughout all the mountain; and do not let flocks or herds graze in front of that mountain.’ 4So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the former ones; and he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone. 5The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name, ‘The Lord.’ 6The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ 8And Moses quickly bowed his head towards the earth, and worshipped.

 

2 Corinthians 13:11-13  Paul closes his letter to the Corinthian church with the famous benediction invoking Christ’s grace, God’s love and the Spirit’s presence.

1311 Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. 13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

 

Matthew 28:16-20  Jesus commissions his disciples to serve the nations and to baptise them in the name of the Triune God.

 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’