This morning we ponder the great mystery of the Trinity.
The Scottish Reformed theologian, Thomas F. Torrance, has written that ‘The doctrine of the Trinity is the central dogma of Christian theology, the fundamental grammar of our knowledge of God’ (Trinitarian Perspectives). But what does the Trinity say about God?
I have been reflecting upon the great fifteenth century icon of Andrei Rublev, entitled ‘The Trinity’, the most famous Russian icon of all time. On the surface it depicts the three angels who met with Abraham by the oaks of Mamre (Genesis 8:1-18), but was clearly intended by the artist as a way for us to enter into contemplation of God’s own character.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the three ‘persons’ of God are shown forming a circle of communication, a community of relationship. Jurgen Moltmann, the German Reformed theologian has claimed that if scripture states that ‘God is love’ (1 John 4:16), God is also known to be a community of love, comprised of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love that they share. It is a relationship of life, it is a life-giving relationship. It is out of this Holy Community that there came creation and humanity. It is from this that there comes salvation and inspiration.
This morning we will, with joy, be formally welcoming new members into our congregation. What a blessing that it is also Trinity Sunday. We are reminded that in the church we are given the opportunity to not only ponder but also participate in and even practise Holy Community!
If you are in the area and can join us, please join us. There is a nursery for infants and a programme for young children during the service, if so desired. There is ample free parking in the city surface lot on Queen Street just behind the church and on the streets around. (The time of day restrictions on the streets north of Queen are not enforced on Sundays.) There is even a monthly congregational pot luck lunch after the service this Sunday.
Have a look at the Order of Service, and the announcements … we would warmly welcome you!