Trinity Sunday

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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