Our June 7 Sunday worship service is available on video through Facebook. You may view it without being a member of Facebook. This is the first service held in the sanctuary with the congregation present since the COVID-19 restrictions started.
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The June 14 worship service to be held in our sanctuary with members and friends in attendance is scheduled to be streamed live on the DeSoto Redeemer Facebook page. We will post a direct link to the recording here as soon as it is possible after the service.
Sermon, The Holy Trinity
Genesis 1:1-2:4a – Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 – Matthew 28:16-20
Holy Trinity Sunday, it is the only Sunday of the Church year which we dedicate to a doctrine, a teaching, of the Church: The Holy Trinity. It is the day in which we celebrate the Triune God, three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Well, to clarify, we actually celebrate the Triune God everyday, but today in particular. We worship the Triune God, we don’t worship the Trinity (some people haven’t figured that out yet). The Trinity is only the doctrine which describes the Triune God, and the relationship between the three members, or Persons of the Godhead. It is also the purpose of the different Christian Creeds. They were written to describe how God is revealed to us.
Father, the Creator: the Genesis text speaks of God’s creation of everything. Creation/Creator is, and must be the foundation of our faith. The God who created us…
How did God create? By the power of His Word. That is all that the text says. God said it, and it happened. This is echoed in the first chapter of John’s Gospel. That is all that the Bible describes. Next, it does not say that God stopped creating. Those that say that creation occurred in six days, haven’t figured out that one. God rested on the seventh day, and went right back creating on the eighth. Continuing to create, and sustaining that which has already been created. He creates us anew everyday (we hold that in our understanding of baptism) and the rest of creation. And it is very good.
And, Genesis says, God creates humanity with a special purpose. We are created in God’s image. Therefore, somehow, God’s image is reflected in us! Of all of the creatures in the world, we are special because of that. And, God gives to humanity instructions, “to be fruitful and multiply, to have dominion over the earth (By the way, God did not say, not beat it to death nor into submission!).” We are created to be stewards of the earth (Genesis 2 implies the same thing). Frankly, we are to help sustain creation. In that sense, humanity may be seen as God’s assistants.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer: where we put our emphasis. Look to the three ecumenical creeds that is why they were written. They all speak of the virgin birth. But describes is in the sense of creation; The Holy Spirit overshadows Mary. Christ is a “new creation” that is what Paul is talking about. Christ’s ministry of teaching and healing. Christ’s passion; his suffering and death, for our sakes and the sins of the world. It continues with his Resurrection, by which He destroys the power of sin and death, and rises victorious over them, and in that we have our hope, and place our faith. And they his Ascension; Christ returns to his place in heaven with the Father, and the right hand of God. Again it implies work in creation (see John 1 again).
The Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. This face or aspect of God is the hardest to get a hold of. The Spirit is the active agent of God, if you will, of creation. The creeds describe her work. First, Holy catholic Church, the Spirit holds the Church together in proclamation and faith (see last week’s sermon). Then the communion of saints, in the Latin of the Apostles’ Creed (its original language), it means the sharing of holy things, all holy things, and the believers sharing holy things. The forgiveness of sins, it is the Spirit which bestows that power, in Christ’s name. And the Resurrection of the body, the Spirit performs the actual resurrection, we say by the glory of the Father, but it is the Spirit’s act (the active agent of creation again – but this time aimed at the end of time). Many good Christians miss that part. And, thus the Holy Spirit bestows life everlasting to all who believe.
The Trinity, the Triune God, the Three Persons in all facets and works: that is who we worship. That is the message we share in the telling of the Gospel. That is in whose name we baptize. We do so today, in particular, with special emphasis, but really, always and eternally. To Who’s glory be all praise and honor, now and forever!