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at the Anglican Parish of the Otways
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of sermons conducted during our church service.
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With much Love and Blessings
Rev. Jenny Brandon
One day two gentlemen were walking along the beach discussing the mystery of God. They came across a small boy playing on the beach. He had dug a hole in the sand and kept running down to the sea, dipping his bucket in the water and running back up the beach to empty the bucket into the hole. Curiosity got the better of them and so they asked the young boy what he was doing.
Very seriously the young boy said,
“ I am emptying the sea into the hole I dug on the beach!”
The two men smiled and walked on, resuming their discussion about God. After a short time one of the men stopped and said to the other: “You know, we were amused just now when that child told us what he was trying to do.
Yet what we have been trying to do in our discussion about God is just the same. It is just as impossible for us to understand the mystery of God as it is for that child to put all the water of the ocean into that hole.
It is impossible for us to understand God, God is a mystery, the fact that he is a triune God, three distinct persons but one in perfect unity, makes him even more mysterious and a stumbling block for many. But a mystery is not something we can know nothing about. We may not be able to fully understand the mystery of God, but we can certainly understand something.
To begin,the world proclaims God:
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made.” Romans 1:20
We know even more about God as he reveals himself to us through Scripture. It is from Scripture we learn that God is triune,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And isn’t that how we experience God...as creator, redeemer and sanctifier?.
We think of God as the Father who loves us more than we can ever know, we think of Jesus as our brother who gave his life for us, and we think of the Holy Spirit as a friend who helps us live like Jesus and binds us together as brothers and sisters in a community of faith.
WE encounter God in our worship, the Father inhabits our praises, we encounter Jesus in word and sacrament, and the Holy Spirit enlivens us and our worship and leads us back out into the world.
WE learn even more about God through the revelation of the person of Jesus. Jesus embodied the very essence of God's nature and revealed the Father to us.
But above all we learn through the different ways God reveals himself to us that He is a God of love. In Exodus 34:6 God is described as being merciful and gracious, abounding in steadfast 'love and faithfulness.'
In 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul describes God as a 'God of love and peace', and as 'Father, Son and Holy Spirit.'
I think the underlying message to us on Trinity Sunday is God is a mystery, a mystery we cannot fully comprehend, and that’s OK, but He is a God who makes himself known to us through Scripture, the life of Jesus, and through the revelation of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
And He makes himself known to us as a God of Love. Our response can only be one of trust in God, love towards one another, following the instructions Paul left for the Corinthians, to be united; 'live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.' (2 Corinthians 13:11)
About the author
Rev. Jenny is an ordained Priest of the Anglican Diocese delivering services at Anglican Parish of the Otway churches every week.
With great depth of knowledge and a spiritual practice that shows she walks her talk and has taken her to the far reaches of N.T. Australia working with indigenous youth and elders.