Trinity Sunday is one of the few Sundays of the year where a preacher might be forgiven for preaching a heavy, doctrinal sermon. Believe it or not, there is something rather attractive about really digging in and laying out a good 45 minutes of careful reasoning and exposition. The problem is that, no matter how much we might say that we preach to ourselves and let others listen, we really aren’t free to preach what only we want (or need!) to hear.
So, what to do with Trinity Sunday? It’s a bit of a trick question, because the thing to do with Trinity Sunday is the same thing to do with every Sunday; look at the texts and the Sunday and bring a message of hope and encouragement for and to God’s people.
The direction I decided to pursue for this Sunday was to see what the doctrine of the Trinity has for us in the hope and encouragement department. I tried to set the stage with a small introduction to the history and meaning of the doctrine and then look at the essential relationality of the Trinity as providing some direction to and for us.
Knox Presbyterian 130526_Knox
St. Mark’s Presbyterian 130526_StMarks
In other news I would like to give a shout out to both congregations for making it as easy as possible for me to preach this Sunday. I got both my knees ‘scoped on Tuesday and both congregations scrounged up a stool so I could recline a bit; sitting is still more of a pain than standing. It was very odd as it worked out that I “sat” for the hymns and such, i.e. I sat when the congregation stood 🙂
If you have any curiosity about what things looked like afterward, there are a couple of pictures on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/barry.holtslander/
Have a great day!