Happy June and Trinity Sunday. It has been a weird week for most of Hampton Roads – rain and fog abounded. Crazy weather for late spring. But we have been enjoying the finer things of Spring – the chestnut tree blooming, the lilies bloom, and the milkweed attracting butterflies and bees. There are signs of life all around us and we celebrate the possibility which follows spring. May you be blessed as spring begins to turn to summer and families celebrate after-school year time. Most importantly, in worship today we were conscious to not commit heresies with respect to the Trinity.
Our service began with the reminder that the grace we receive from God comes because the presence of the Trinity in our lives. The Trinity describes the mystery that is God and reminds us that God is with us in ways we really never fully comprehend. Our Hebrew Scripture lesson was the story of creation in Genesis 1. We heard the fantastic recounting of God creating all that is and all that will be. We hear of God’s active presence in the mystery of life. In our response from Canticle 13 we sang that God is worthy of all glory because God is. No matter what we perceive as great, God is even greater than that. Our New Testament reading from Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians reminds us we need to live together in peace and to trust in God’s presence.
Our sermon was based loosely on the Gospel reading from Matthew, the commissioning of the disciples to have Jesus’ authority to witness to new believers. But, most importantly, we are reminded that Jesus is with us always, to the end of the age. The work we do isn’t the mystery of God but the sharing of God’s presence in our lives, even when we can’t really explain how we know it is God. Our job is to tell our story of God’s active presence and how that makes a difference to us and our community. Who do you share that life giving message with?
I invite your comments and likes,
Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Canticle 13; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-21
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/CDhgmi6Um3s
Video of sermon: https://youtu.be/DUx2OGURKEw