Pastor’s Blog 6-8-17

Pastor’s Weekly E-Note

This Sunday in worship we will celebrate Trinity Sunday, a day when we proclaim the mystery of our faith in the triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One-in-Three and Three-in-One.  Trinity Sunday was officially created by Pope John the XXII (1316-1334) and is celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost.

The Companion to the Book of Common Worship describes Trinity Sunday “as a day of adoration and praise of the one, eternal incomprehensible God….The triune God is the basis of all we are and do as Christians.  In the name of this triune God we are baptized…Our discipleship is rooted in the mighty acts of the triune God who is active in redeeming the world…We pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.  The Trinity holds a central place in our faith.” (pp.149-50).

The mystery of god in Three Persons is deeply embedded in Celtic Christianity.   Analogies from nature and daily life permeate the Celtic poems about the Trinity.  Examples include:

Three folds of the cloth, yet only one napkin is there,
Three joints of the finger, but still only one finger fair,
Three leaves of the shamrock, yet no more than one shamrock to wear,
Frost, snow-flakes and ice, all water their origin share,
Three Persons in God; to one God alone we make prayer.

and

O Father who sought me
O Son who bought me
O Holy Spirit who taught me. [from http://www.lynnebaab.com/blog/celtic-christianity-the-trinity]

We are privileged to have the Pastor to the Presbytery, The Rev. David Feltman, leading worship this Sunday while Pastor Amy is away on study leave, and I am on vacation.  Welcome, Rev Feltman.  Thank you for serving; we look forward to your message!

Peace,
Pastor Pat