Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I hate Trinity Sunday.

I don't like Trinity Sunday. Oh, I like the Trinity alright, but I don't like it's own Sunday. I hope I'm not bursting too many bubbles when I say that the Trinity as a doctrine or organized thought about God is not spelled out in Scripture really. There are trinitarian formulae in a few New Testament spots. The persons of the Trinity show up throughout Scripture, but it's not like a book is spent talking about God's revelation of the Trinity on stone tablets or anything. That makes it real hard for me to do a Trinity Sunday sermon since I tend to be a pretty biblically based preacher, really digging into the text and the plot and the characters. Preaching a doctrine that has limited direct biblical support from ONE text is sort of hard for me to get behind. It's hard for me to do and feel like I'm doing well. Not saying it's impossible. Just saying I might not be the woman for that job!

Anyway, I hope I can honor the Trinity in all of our worship all of our Sundays. I'll try to find a way to do it with integrity this week, too, but I don't think we'll hear a Trinity Sunday sermon. I did one last year, and I think that was enough for a three year cycle. Maybe I'll pull it out again in a few years if we need to go down that road again. For now, though, I'll play with Nicodemus and rebirth. That passage has enough baggage to unpack on it's own.

Maybe the Spirit will surprise me, though, and wiggle the Trinity into it anyway!


Joan Calvin said...

Oh, I just ignore it, like I ignore Reformation Sunday (now that the guy who used to get the bagpiper has become unable to do so).

I agree, it's not very Biblical. I have a hard time with a lot of theological concepts that I find little basis for in the scriptures. I understand a need for theology, but not that much.

angela said...

One of our lay liturgists did a sermon on Trinity Sunday using physics as her base. (and she had a church member tell her "it was a really good sermon, even though I understood not a word of it) Another liturgist said she always uses the explanation attributed to St. Patrick about the three parts of the clover being one.

But the liturgist doing the sermon this Sunday has already determined that she likes Nicodemus much better too.