NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It is observed on the Western Christian liturgical calendar the first Sunday after Pentecost. It celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the person of God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It’s interesting that this year it is commemorated on the American observance of Father’s Day.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m an extreme “Mama’s Boy.” But you might be surprised to know that I had a terrific Father and I also had a great relationship with my Dad. Jack Finney, my Father, died 2 days before my birthday in 1995. So I celebrate and honor him this Father’s Day; as well as all Dads and those serving in paternal roles.

One of my favorite memories of my Dad was his insistence that no matter who the guest was in our home, his children and any other children there always ate first. It was my Father’s way of showing the priority his children held in his life. Metaphorically, the Trinity is God’s way of demonstrating the priority of us as “His” children. God cares so much about us that God chose more than 3 ways to reveal God’s self to us. Psalms 8:3-4 asks, “When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars that You have established, what are human beings that You are mindful of them, mortals that You care for them?” The Trinity answers the question why God cares for us. In each manifestation of God, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), in every act of the Divine, they are acts of grace toward us as God’s children “Offering Hope.” So, on this Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day, we each are a priority to which God extends to us hope. And let us remember that this “Hope Makes It All Work Together” in our lives.

Join us for worship this Father’s Day at Covenant. My sermon will be “Hope Makes it All Work Together,” based on Romans 5:1-5

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NOTE FOR PASTOR JR FOR TRINITY SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It’s also the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend (the unofficial beginning of Summer.) Many folks will be traveling this weekend or attending family outings. We pray for safe travels and good times.

It’s been said that “Educators take that which is simple and make it complicated. Communicators take that which is complicated and make it simple.” If true, in talking about the Trinity in this Note and the sermon Sunday, I will strive to be a communicator instead of an educator.

In trying to explain the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); many preachers use this term attempting to explain God. That only leads to misunderstanding and a lot of confusion. The term Trinity was never intended to be an explanation of God. It was meant to identify the three ways God chose to reveal the Divine nature of God to humanity. Since no one way reveals the totality of the Divine, the Trinity represents the three most important glimpses of God we have been given.

The Creator image represents a paternal glimpse of the Divine as all powerful and all knowing, the source and initiator of everything in creation. The Son/Christ image represents a glimpse of the Divine vulnerable to creation; taking on the form of humanity that we might realize the extent the Divine will go to in demonstrating God’s unconditional love. The Holy Spirit represents a maternal glimpse of the Divine as Nurturer, Sustainer and always present, loving guide to instruct us toward wholeness and fullness of life. Perhaps reimagining the Divine in these concepts of the Trinity can enrich our lives and help us to respond to God’s call on our lives as it did for Isaiah.

So, if you are not away traveling Sunday of this Memorial Weekend; join at Covenant in worship. My Sermon is “The Trinity – Three Glimpses of God” based on “Isaiah 6:1, 8,” “Romans 8:14-17,” and “John 3:16-17.”