getting out the Word

the holy trinity

the PRAYER …

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING …

[Jesus answered Nicodemus:] “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” john 3:1-17

the DEVOTION …

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s not a bird … or a plane … it’s Superman! A stranger from another world. Powers and abilities far beyond those of mere mortals. Fighting a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way! And one thing’s for sure, it’s hard, nowadays, to tell the two apart. Jesus. And the man of steel.

That’s why, here at the halfway point of the church year, as the focus shifts from Jesus to church, we set aside one Sunday to commemorate the Holy Trinity. The one-in-three. The three-in-one. Father! Spirit! Son! Not so much for the dogma, or the doctrine. But in thinking about the Trinity, we’re reminded that the heart and soul of god isn’t dominance or control, but relationship. Living with! Living for! Never isolated! Never alone! What does Jesus say, “Where two or three are gathered?” Believing – for us – is a team sport, not an individual endeavor. Never I, me, my. But always we, us, and our! Faith can only be done together! For us and, apparently, for god, as well! Father, + Son, and Spirit! This is most certainly true!

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