Preaching to the Choir

These are some sermons, but mostly lectionary discussions. It also has prayers for some Sundays.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Trinity Sunday A

this Sunday is Trinity Sunday A with the following passages:
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20
Online texts are available at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

But wait, it's also:
Peace with Justice Sunday
and it is also: Heritage Sunday in the Methodist church
but don't forget the May is also Mental Health Month.

So what's a preacher/worship leader to do? Do you combine all the events into the worship service and preach on the Trinity? Do you combine all into your sermon? What will you do?
At our church we are also honoring the graduates. That adds another piece to the mix if you are also doing that.

Here is an intro to the scriptures:
Genesis 1:1-2:4a Here is the creation story of Genesis. Human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Human beings were immediately given a leadership role (Genesis 1:28). Human beings were provided for (Genesis 1:29-30). And God saw that all of creation was good.
Psalms 8 is a Psalms I used once on a Confirmation Sunday. verse 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; verse 4 What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? verse 6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul tells them goodbye and tells them to put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. And to greet one another with a holy kiss. verse 13 gives us the trinity though; The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Matthew 18:16-20 First, The disciples went to the place where Jesus had told them to go. Second in verse 16 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. then in verse 17And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. and finally the great commission to go make disciples.

You could use the Nicene Creed as part of your sermon, liturgy or begin a series on the Creed.
Read On the Trinity by John Wesley, sermon #55 as part of your sermon preparation.
You might also read the article by Daniel Benedict on Trinity Sunday.
The Trinity As a Clue to Community David H.C. Read is worth a read for your prep.
I like the title of the article by Mary Anderson; So Explain it to me.
And if you are at a church where they are okay with visuals and movies; go to Hollywood Jesus for some
Insights from symbolic representations of Christian trinity in Hollywood movies.
William Willimon has a sermon from his days at Duke with the title;The Extravagance of Trinitarian Faith. Just the title alone will preach.

There are a lot more links to be found at the Text this Week; with a lot more commentaries, sermons, worship ideas.
There will be more to follow in the next days on the various scriptures.

art work is Rublev's Trinity


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