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    Jun 11, 2017

    Trinity Sunday – Year A, June 10-11, 2017 (Baccalaureate Sunday)

    Preacher: The Rev. Joan Mason, Rector

    Series: Rector

    Category: Weekly Sermon


    Rector's note: This sermon was not actually delivered by Mother Joan as this was Baccalaureate Sunday/Weekend when the baccalaureates each orally gave their respective 'sermonettes' in place of the normal weekend sermons. It is provided here for those interested in the Trinity.

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    Trinity Sunday is a unique Sunday in our calendar year.  I would say it provides for us a resolution of the entire year. It’s the Sunday where the entire year is pulled together.  Let me explain.  From Advent through Christmas, and then on through Easter, we are focusing on Jesus Christ the Son of God, his birth, life, death and resurrection.  That’s a considerable amount of our calendar.  And justifiably so. It’s because of Jesus Christ that we are promised eternal salvation.  He came and showed us how.  But we are not a church that worships only Jesus Christ. 

    Last Sunday wee celebrated Pentecost.  This is a celebration of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.  God sent the Holy Spirit as promised us by Jesus, to comfort us, to guide us, to protect us.  With the Holy Spirit’s power, we go forth and do the work of God.   But we are not a church that worships only the Holy Spirit.

    We are a Trinitarian church. We believe in God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit.  After spending months walking with Jesus up to and including his resurrection and ascension, and then receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, today we are reminded that God is not only one of these parts. God is all 3 – God is the Father; God is Jesus; and God is the Holy Spirit.  Today’s readings tie this up for us before we head off into the long season of summer called Ordinary Time.  Interesting name for the months we go through from now until we reach Advent again in November.  The longest season of the church year. 

    We are very Trinitarian and this is reflected in our liturgy.  Our service begins with “Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”  We are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  We are absolved of our sins in the name of the Trinity.  We are blessed at the end of the service in the name of the Trinity.  Most of our collects/prayers are offered to God, through Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  You’ll even notice when we say our Creed right after this sermon, that is it divided in to 3 paragraphs – one for each person of the Trinity.  The first on the Father, the 2nd on the Son and the 3rd on the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit in our world.  So we proclaim the Trinity every time we profess our faith with the Nicene Creed.

    The traditional hymn for this Sunday is #362.  Look it up.

         Holy, holy, holy!
         Lord God Almighty!
         Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
         Holy, holy holy!
         Merciful and mighty,
         God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

    We are a Trinitarian church.
    Thanks be to God…..--- Father, Son and Holy Spirit.