The scripture reading for the Sermon this Sunday is Psalm 8. It is the first Psalm of praise in the book of Psalms. The focus of the day is on the Holy Trinity. This is the only day of the liturgical calendar centered upon a doctrine of the church. The word “Trinity” is not found in Scripture, but each of the three persons of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are found in various texts in the Bible. We know, claim and proclaim One God but have come to experience God in three attributes or divine actions: Creator, Redeemer (Christ), and Sustainer (Advocate). Furthermore, we acknowledge The Trinity as One-in-Three and Three-in-One as we become the beloved Community of our awesome God. Ultimately, God is a mystery, and our limited words cannot express the fullness of who God is or what God does. This Sunday we will celebrate the mystery of our faith in familiar words and hymns, relying on the community to praise God together in word and in deed, including celebrating the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in Holy Communion.
Let us be in prayer for one another and the church here and throughout the world.
Pastor Chuck Goodman has been pastor at Hope for nearly ten years. He writes each week about what's on his mind, giving readers something to meditate on until and beyond Sunday.