Trinity Sunday

Worship Livestream: May 30, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 30, 2021 in Livestream, Season after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday

An archival video of the Sunday service streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live, on May 30, 2021. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on May 30, 2021

Posted by on Sun, May 30, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons, Trinity Sunday

Nicodemus is called The Patron Saint of the Curious; particularly those curious about Jesus. Nicodemus wants to believe and yet struggles. He comes with a mind clear about Jesus coming from God. It’s the sort of clarity that’s only from the neck up though. When Jesus begins to speak with him he’s confused because he takes Jesus literally. Born from above? Born again? How could that be? The distinction between the ‘world’ and ‘above’ is significant, and it’s in the tension between contradictions or opposite poles that John’s gospel often invites us to explore and enrich our faith. Like Nicodemus coming by dark of night to learn from the one who is the Light of the World. John’s use of contrast to make a point continues; the word kosmos or ‘world’ most often means those forces opposed to God, some term it ‘the God-hating world,’ and suggesting that in John’s gospel you can often replace ‘world’ with that phrase.

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June 7, 2020 – 10:30 AM – Online Worship: Trinity Sunday

Posted by on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 in Livestream, Season after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday

An archival video recording of the online service streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live on June 7, 2020, at 10:30 AM PDT. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Jun. 11, 2017: Trinity Sunday A (sermon)

Posted by on Sun, Jun 11, 2017 in Sermons, Trinity Sunday

Jun. 11, 2017: Trinity Sunday A (sermon)

Did you ever watch Jeopardy!? It’s a game show where contestants are given ‘the answer’ and they have to supply the question. The game board might say, “Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church” and of course the correct response would be, “Who is the most wonderful faith community in Western Washington?” Note that the contestant does not get credit for a correct answer if they fail to phrase it in the form of a question. Today’s answer is “The Holy Trinity” – so what’s the question we as contestants would give? “What is the beautiful and multi-faceted experience of the eternal divine, alive in the people of St. Michael’s?” My point is that for centuries we preachers have had it backwards—we don’t need to explain the Trinity; The Trinity is the explanation. Whether we know God as Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, or in the Greek as Sophia, Logos and Spiritus –we experience God fully already, and the concept of Trinity just answers how that can possibly be.

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May 22, 2016: Trinity Sunday C (sermon)

Posted by on Sun, May 22, 2016 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons, Trinity Sunday

A woman from a former congregation of mine, and her gentleman companion, came and asked me to officiate at a blessing of their relationship, on the tenth anniversary of their coming together. They had in mind a formalized blessing, a gathering of friends and feasting, and a celebration of their love. I asked what exactly it was we were to bless, since they were clear this was not a marriage. (There are circumstances under which it might be quite right to offer a blessing for people unable to marry yet have chosen to make the same commitment as a marriage calls for.) What I told them I couldn’t really bless was their agreement to stay together with no commitment, just in case things got dicey down the road. Seems they each wanted to leave the other a way out, just in case.

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May 31, 2015: Trinity Sunday

Posted by on Sun, May 31, 2015 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons, Trinity Sunday

The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday May 31, 2015 Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 [ view lectionary readings ] Isaiah is worshipping God “in fear and trembling” in the temple when he hears the seraphim (highest ranking angels) calling one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy! The Lord of Hosts! The whole earth is full of his glory!” These verses form the core of the Jewish Kedushah prayer in which worshippers praise God using the angelic liturgy, and it is offered by a minion every Sabbath—the words are also found in the morning services, Sabbath afternoons and...

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