27 May Pastor’s Paragraph for May 30, 2021
MAY 30, 2021
This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday in the life of the global church. It’s a Sunday that often gets overlooked in the hubbub of May between the fire and confirmation celebrations of Pentecost and the picnics and remembrances of Memorial Day.
But what if this year were different? This year has been different in every other possible way…, so why not take the opportunity to reflect on the trinity newly, as well?
Just last week, during a New Life service, we baptized and confirmed the faith of nine awe-inspiring young people. We shared, as a congregation, in professing the words of the Apostles’ Creed — I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. And, I believe in the Holy Spirit….
Sometimes, these professed beliefs become rote as we read them off the pages of our hymnals and song sheets. But what if this year, we paused to consider the power of this imagery — of a God who is three in one — a God who believes so strongly in the concept of community — that God is a community in and of God’s self.
What if we paused this weekend to give thanks for God as a creator, a redeemer, and a sustainer — who made us, saves us, and moves through us with every breath we take? If seeing God through one of those lenses feels fresh, where might we notice God’s presence when we have not noticed it before? Might we notice if we tend only to see God as one part of the trinity instead of seeing God working in our lives in all three ways?
While the word, trinity, is not actually in the New Testament, these three ways of understanding the nature of God certainly are. To me, the trinity represents the fullness of a mysterious, lavishly loving, vastly reaching God — a God who is willing to take on any form in order to connect with us and move powerfully through our lives to connect with others.
As we consider the gift of a God who is shaped like community and reaches out to us through that form, I invite us also to consider where we might have the opportunity to glimpse God at work in a new way through participating in Community Impact Summer this year. With 40 service opportunities spread across the east and west shores, there are so many ways that the fullness of God is going to be present, and I can’t wait to experience it with you! Go to www.ministrypartnership.org to sign up!
Rev. Anna Layman Knox