Monday, June 13, 2011
Woud you like some cheese...
...with my whine?
I'm fairly certain I write this same whine every single year. Triiiiiiii-nity Suuuuuuuunday? Really? Again? Blech. I just can't stand it. I have YET to hear a sermon that tries to directly address what the Trinity is or why we should believe in it by any preacher that I like. Frankly, I just don't think that's the point of preaching. I have tried to do the same, and it has never turned out well, so I have finally learned not to mess with it. Or at least not to mess with that traditional use of Trinity Sunday. I think we'll still sing "Holy, Holy, Holy," particularly since I hardly ever pick it any other time of year, but I'm not going to try to force my sermon into a Trinity explanation. The Trinity is not something to be explained. How do you explain God?
So, I'll stick with the lectionary Scriptures - - probably Matthew's gospel; I don't think I've ever preached the Great Commission. It obviously uses the Trinitarian formula, but I don't even think that's the most important part of the pericope. I'm pretty drawn to the people who followed even though they doubted. The people who got the same commission as those who believed. The commission itself seems more important to me for preaching than the formula in which all of these actions are to take place.
Trinity sermons just don't seem to work for me, so if there's any nod to the Trinity in here for me it's that the work of the church takes place in community just as God exists in community. Within a community there are all different kinds of faith even those who doubt, but we don't leave any behind. Their participation in the work and fellowship is just as important and are part of what makes us us. No one is more valuable than another.
(Hey wait? Did something in their just sound like Trinitarian theology?)