Jesus said to the disciples, “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. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . the Trinity is hard to understand. . . . [Hold up a boiled egg] How many eggs do you see? That’s right! . . . one egg. . . . the egg is made up of three parts. The first part is the shell. . . . The next part you see is the egg white. Next, [Peel back the white.] . . . Now what do you see? Right! You see the yellow yolk. The egg has three parts—the shell, the white, and the yolk—but only ONE egg. In the same way, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three persons but only ONE God!”
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Trinity Sunday is not so much a day for explanations as it is a day for reflection on the majesty and mystery of the fullness of God: God as Creator, Lawgiver, the One who performs mighty acts; God as Messiah and Lord, Savior, Liberator, known to us in Jesus Christ; God as Holy Spirit, Wind and Flame, Advocate, Comforter. How does thinking of God in this Trinitarian way inform, even increase, your understanding of God? Do you experience God, or relate more easily to God, in one of the three “Persons” of God more than the other two? What causes you to relate to God more closely in this way?
Sunday School—out for the summer
Commentary on the Gospel by Thomas G. Long; “Trinity, Mystery, and Mercy” by Don Clendenin;
“Trinity” by Kristen Alexander George
The flesh desires,
the soul/spirit convicts,
and the mind decides.
Movies/Videos: “Babette’s Feast” (1987), needs of the flesh versus the gifts of the spirit; “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), soul shattering effects of poverty; “Powder” (1995), a mystic with strange powers, compassionate service to others.