Posts Tagged 'Trinity Sunday'

Trinity Sunday 2016 – Psalm 8:3-4

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wonderful images of God’s love and creative genius fill our lectionary selections for this upcoming Trinity Sunday.  Those scriptures include: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 and Psalm 8Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15.

Psalm 8:3-4When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Like a potter molding clay, the psalmist speaks of God’s fingers forming all creation.  It reminds us how intimately God is connected to us.

Creator God, continue to mold us into the people you want us to be.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday 2015 –

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We are now beginning the long Season after Pentecost, which will last through Thanksgiving.  So much will happen in faith communities through this season – new Sunday School seasons will begin, budgets will be created and approved, and children will leave their parents for the first time to attend Church camp.   For this Trinity Sunday we are offered the following familiar passages:  Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17.

Isaiah 6:5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

I am often in a position of asking friends and coworkers to lead meditations or prayers.  There is almost a universal hesitance.  Part of this is clearly nervousness or shyness.  But I am afraid some of it is rooted in a sense of not being worthy enough.  Our passage today begins the familiar story of Isaiah accepting God’s call, and it reminds us that God can and wants to use each of us.

Wonderful God, help us to look at ourselves as though through the same eyes that you use when looking at us.  Amen.

Trinity Sunday, 2010 – John 16:12-13

John 16:12-13“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

I enjoy guided tours. Guides provide the nuance, the subtlety, the stories behind the stories, the secrets you otherwise would not know. With the Holy Spirit as your life-guide, enjoy digging deeply into the mystery that is life.

Prayer: Gracious God, keep us attuned to your Holy Spirit this and every day. AMEN.

Trinity Sunday – John 3:14-16

From John 3:14-16 – And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 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 image of the serpent Moses created and held aloft didn’t keep the serpents from biting the Israelites, but it kept the bitten Israelites from dying. Similarly, Jesus’ promise of eternal life does not keep hardship from befalling us along the way.


Protector God, regardless of the difficulties along our life’s path, we thank you for staying by our side. AMEN.

Trinity Sunday – John 3:8

From John 3:8 – The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

As opposed to a Pentecost moment where the Spirit enters you in an unmistakable way, I think our dealings with the Holy Spirit tend to be a bit more subtle. Years ago I learned the concept of the priesthood of all believers – this idea that all of us are ministers. This concept and the day I first learned of it has stuck with me for years, and in retrospect, this was a Pentecost moment for me. Think for a moment today about your Pentecost moments, and thank God for revealing himself to you in that special way.


Steadfast God, thank you for those times when we can see and hear you more clearly. AMEN.

Trinity Sunday – Psalm 29:4-5

From Psalm 29:4-5 – The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

Cedars of Lebanon are trees towering to 120 feet with diameters reaching 9 feet. This resilient wood had many uses in Biblical times providing wood for ships as well as many temples (and much more recently rail road ties!). The resin of this tree was used to help mummify the dead, and the fragrant wood was often used as part of burnt offerings. The psalmist is placing God’s strength above the strongest and most significant natural material known to the people of the time.


Almighty God, we pray this day that you break any chains that bind us so that we may live fully engaged as your children. AMEN.

Trinity Sunday – Isaiah 6:8

From Isaiah 6:8 – Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

When Jesus calls his disciples, the Bible reports that they essentially drop what they are doing and follow him. In practice, finding our own calling can be a difficult and life-long task. Yet to be called, one must first have an attitude of listening. That is my prayer for us this day.


Loving God, incline our ears to you. Give us an attitude of listening so that we might hear your voice. AMEN.

Trinity Sunday – Isaiah 6:1,5

For churches following the lectionary calendar, the first Sunday after Pentecost is known as Trinity Sunday. The lectionary selections for Trinity Sunday include: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-17.

From Isaiah 6:1,5 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple…And I said, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I love among people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

A counselor once defined depression for me as “hatred turned inward.” I thought of that today when I read this passage from Isaiah. When we look at ourselves through our own distorted lens, the sight is not always pretty. Colossians 3:12 says that we are “…God’ chosen ones, holy and dearly loved…,” and today’s passage challenges us to look at ourselves through God’s lens and not ours.


Gracious God, we thank you this day for your faith in and love for us. AMEN

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