Trinity Sunday: May 26, 2013
A prayerful reflection on the Holy Trinity
Gracious God, in awe we bow in your presence, striving to understand who you are, and how your Trinitarian essence provides us with our Christian identity. Forgive us for missing the mark. Inspire us to engage and explore, both in prayer and in proclamation, as we love and serve, and share in the interrelations of the three persons within the life of God.
We believe in God, the Father Almighty . . .
How may we grasp the concept of the necessary First Cause, the ultimate First Mover, before whom there is nothing? In the beginning, there is the Source of love and life. We believe in the Creator who declares to nothing, “Let there be order.” And there is!
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord . . .
How may we wrap our minds around the Redeemer taking on the lowest form of created beings reflected in our poverty and mortality? We believe in a Savior who sat where we sit and walked where we walk: tasting and testing as a baby, teaching as a teenager, temptable and trustworthy as an adult—then taking away the sins of the world!
We believe in the Holy Spirit . . .
How may we come to grips with the role of the Sanctifier and faithfully declare, “I just don’t get it!” while trusting by faith to be guided into all the truth. We sincerely pray in the Spirit as we address the Father through the Son. We diligently proclaim the good news of God in Jesus as God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Holy One, sharing one substance and demonstrating to all of creation the interrelations of three persons within the life of one God, we offer you our heartfelt thanks. In a joyful spirit of gratitude, we recommit ourselves as messengers of your Good News in our world. For you, in you, and through you, we celebrate the creation, preservation, and perfection of the world. May you be glorified in all we say and do. Amen.
Hopeton Clennon, pastor, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania