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Trinity Sunday

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Welcome to Church today as we consider the complexity of God!

We may accept it, and I trust we do, but the Trinity, God in three persons, remains a mystery which is hard to comprehend and explain. And on many levels that is a good thing.

It is entirely appropriate that the infinite God of the Universe, the one through all things came into being, and through whom all things continue to exist cannot be neatly described or explained. I find it comforting that the God we Worship is far more complicated than I can fathom! I find it comforting that the witness of Scripture doesn’t neatly put God ‘in a box’ as this is itself a testimony to the truthfulness of Scripture. Very often the ‘hard’ things to explain are the ‘true’ things just the same. God does not cease to be God, and the trinity does not cease to be true, just because we cannot explain it!

The Creedal statements of our Church, based on and supported by the witness of our Scriptures, are clear that God the Father is God, God the Son is God, and God the Holy Spirit is God. And yet there are not three God’s but only ONE God!

On another level, to think about God in his complexity and oneness, as Father, Son, and HS in their individual persons and functions, and yet perfect unity and harmony in everlasting Love, is to start to catch a vision of a God who is so unspeakably glorious, that we are drawn to adore him, in worship, love and praise.

It’s as we contemplate the creator God, who is infinite in might, wonder and majesty, that we are drawn to serve Him, because despite his awesomeness, he served us by saving us through Jesus Death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. May we all have a clearer grasp of the might and majesty of our God!!

NRS Proverbs 81-4, 22-31

1 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? 2 On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: 4 “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live. …

22 The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth– 26 when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

NRS Romans 51-5

1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

NRS John 1612-15

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

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