Sunday, May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday – Rome 8:12-17, John 3:1-17
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Today is Trinity Sunday. It is the day each year when we remember the triune God which is a Christian belief where God is one in three persons: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. First of all, how does it make sense that God is one in three persons?

There are different ways to try to explain God in three persons, using anologies, but this is what we did in a confirmation class. For a quick try, I put the three different colors of pipe cleaners on the chairs. I want to invite you to join me, but I didn’t put it on every chair because I thought not everyone may want to try. Let’s try it if you want. First, twist the top of all three pipe cleaners together so that they are tied together. Then, braid it just like you braid hairs. I’ll show you what it looks like if you don’t want to try. It’s okay.

The early church teachers spoke about the Trinity as perichoresis. The Father, the Son and Holy spirit, they are distinct but one just like this. They are giving from oneself and receiving from others and that happens in a dance. That is how the early church taught it. And it is the dance of love between the three. And this morning we will talk about the relationship of love. The dance of love is not contained. It spills out and flows beyond the three persons. So, we read

it in john 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” The dance of love reaches out, connects, and enfolds. It is expressed in the creation of all that is. No one is left out.