Posts Tagged ‘Trinity Sunday’


Ray Bradbury wrote an amazing book of Science Fiction (some call speculative), Fahrenheit 451, the concept was precipitated on you control the people byImage result for fahrenheit 451 movie stripping away books and thought…pure indoctrination…Firefighters now burned and did not stop fires. The original was of its time, it focused on those trying to save books by each person becoming a living tomb. The main conflict was within the fire fighter Montag and whether or not he held to his indoctrination or let curiosity take hold. HBO Image result for fahrenheit 451 moviedid a modern remake that held close to the original story, but showed how easily our world could sink into it. The Ministry using the leveraging of social media, the drive for likes, the algorithms to guide a nation to censor themselves. Creating an “enlightened” non-reading, non-music, non-movie class where there was only 3 books allowed- The Holy Bible, A see Jane book, and Moby Dick. I can already here some I know saying keeping the Bible on the list is a dangerous book, but is it?

For the world of the story is one that has left behind critical thought, and simply desires Image result for Brian Zahnd Farewell to Marsand has achieved the pursuit of superficial happiness based on the moment and insta-fame. This is the world of Christendom, that has reduced the Bible to a collection of black and whites. A guide post of exclusions, hatreds, bigotries, that had a moment in the sun of post-world war II where a beautiful world of care for all could be build, but as Brian Zhand touches upon in his accessible book, Farewell to Mars,spent their time trying to prove Soviet Russia and Khrushchev as the Anti-Christ of Revelation, and idols of a nation of War-Jesus in place of the Roman God of War, Mars. He writes of his transformational journey from a Christendom indoctrinated war pastor to the way of the Prince of Peace. Yet, that is a journey many have missed, as petty fights and arguments are taken up across churches attempting to rally against the inevitable– Christendom, and the false God it created are DEAD.

Though the true God, Christ pointed to is alive and breathing and well. It is a challenging God thought because it is one of B-E-L-O-N-G-I-N-G.  For it is family,

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

-Romans 5:1-5 (English Standard Version)

Yes, through the Holy Spirit. Ancient Creeds dubbed it the Holy Ghost, the Hebrew Bible creation poems called it the Breath of God…this is what creates humanity. Creates everything. Permeates everything. Connects everything. It is the barrier shattering way Jesus laid out in his life and teachings. Not a future orientation of afterlife, but building the Kingdom here and now. What Paul is picking up on.

We are to walk through the challenges of life, because we are to stand with and embrace in love those that our religiousity, and possibly, our world say are untouchable. Slowly over the 20th Century Christendom has been chipped away at so women, non-white people all got recognized for full human rights. Now we are finally realizing that functionality of life belongs in the church. We have worked hard to end horrendous practices with persons with disabilities such as eugenics.

Yet propriety within church life can leave a service a place of non-belonging. What does that mean? Simple, the building may be accessible, but if leaders and members are not willing to give up ground of accessible spots in the sanctuary it still sends the traditional message of “you do not belong here”. Paul was echoing Jesus words of the heresy of that life. Will we hear it?

Will we finally put to rest the Ubiquitous question on LGBTTQ2+ belonging, and allow true authenticity within our communities?

For it is not about exclusion, that is the way of Empire and Religion. It is about belonging, family, love poured in and out.

Hear that…

Love.

It takes a critical heart and ear to be able to speak out against the simplicity of exclusion, hate and censorship, or we end up down the rabbit hole of war-religion, and book burning.

It takes…LOVE…


With Individual rights, come corporate responsibilities of belonging.

Holy Freedoms& Holy Responsibilities Video.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings[b]
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

-Psalm 8, English Standard Version

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Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It is holy Love.

Wisdom of Love video.

Does not wisdom call?
    Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
    at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
    and my cry is to the children of man.

When he established the heavens, I was there;
    when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
    when he established[a] the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
    so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30     then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his[b] delight,
    rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
    and delighting in the children of man.

-Proverbs 8:1-4,27-31 (English Standard Version)

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Trinity Sunday

June 19, 2011

Welcome

Today is
Trinity Sunday, and we are a people called to be in transition, to be
comfortably uncomfortable. We are moving towards a huge structural change and
renewal within our church as we open wide the table to all of God’s children to
be accepted and loved.

Today is
about this challenge, drawing our personal belief circle wide, going deep
inside within community to reflect what it is we actually believe.

At the front
you will note drawing/writing supplies, this is going to be apart of offering.
Offering usually is using flowery language to essentially make the ask for
money for a building, today we are going to honour the true diversity of
offering in time, talent and treasure. I ask the children (and children at
heart) to spend their time at the front of the church creating offering art
throughout the service, and at some point each us to write down for the altar
on paper our act of worship- personal or community transformation this week
that we pledge to do.

I ask that
you look to Altar, for some you may not realize that the altar is used as a
place of reflection and  focus. We have
the Christ Candle to remind us of the light of Christ within, the Bible, not
for the words of God, but to remind us of the life of Christ that which we are
to emulate and seek. We also have communion, not for the elements, but as the
reminder of the family Christ calls us into through the daily things we do.

This is a
simple contemplative-mystic service, to open our hearts to the dwelling and the
call of the spirit within. I thank you for coming, and ask for you to join me
on the journey.

Announcements

Opening Song: TBA

Opening Prayer/Lighting of the Christ
Candle:

Lord, make me
an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine
Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are
pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Passing the Peace

May the Peace of Brother Jesus be
within each of you

            And also with you.

A Time of Centering

Prayers of the Community: Rummaging for God

Children’s Time: A Story from Desmond Tutu

Tutu would
speak about things happening within South Africa, to gathered crowds of all
types of people, and he would say do you know that I am not allowed in church
because I have a big nose, for we are told only those with small noses may know
God?

And the
children would look at Archbishop Tutu and say “Well that’s just silly”

And he would
smile and say, “yes is it not silly that we let anything keep someone from God”

The Great Thanksgiving:

A time of
silence to communion with the Holy Mystery, if you wish to speak out that which
you are thankful please do.

New Creed (1960’s)

We are not
alone,

we live in God’s world.

 

We believe
in God:

who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus,

the Word made flesh,

to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others

by the Spirit.

 

We trust in
God.

 

We are
called to be the Church:

to celebrate God’s presence,

to live with respect in Creation,

to love and serve others,

to seek justice and resist evil,

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

our judge and our hope.

 

In life, in
death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not
alone.

 

Thanks be
to God

Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer [translated into English]

Eternal Spirit,

Earth-Maker, Pain-Barer, Life-Giver,

Source of all that is and that shall be,

Father and Mother of us all.

Loving God, in whom is heaven.

The hallowing of your name echoes throughout the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by your peoples on the earth!

Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!

Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.

In times of temptation and test, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.

The Story of the Friends…

Bread
of Life

Cup
of Promise

Amen.

(A circle is formed with one another
serving communion as we pass the bread and the juice around the circle).

Song after Communion: TBA

Lectio Divina: Song of Faith

http://www.united-church.ca/beliefs/statements/songfaith

Sermon: Who is The Holy to You?

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

Offering:

A time to
share our gifts.

Offering Music: TBA

Closing Song: TBA

Blessing (Rise and look at one
another):

When all the trees have been cut
down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot
eat money.

            Go
In Peace and Remember One another.

                                    Thanks
be to God.