Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land
Preparation for Worship
I suggest you watch the family worship video first, even if you are home alone. It won’t be the same if you watch it after.
Matthew 28:16-20 NRSV
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
Wool is really, really, amazing stuff, Cut from animals – sheep – alpacas, what else ?????
Spun into strands although a single strand is stronger when woven with other strands – say three. A ball of wool is fun but there’s only so much you can do with it. 3 stranded wool (3 ply) really comes into it own when knitted, when bent and twisted, tied into knots. Then all sorts of things can be made. Imagine what? Jumpers, vests, cardigans!!!!
Why am I talking about wool? It’s the three strands woven into one stronger cable that I'm interested in. As a metaphor. Three into one. Where could I go with that? God is soooooo big. How do you get you’re your head around all there is to understand about God, without limiting God to what you do understand?
The Trinity is a unique way Christians understand God. You may have noticed that we are not overwhelmed with references to the Trinity in scripture. The strands are there but they are not woven together yet. We just heard from Matthew as his God talk has a threefold pattern. He names the three strands of people’s experiences of God in one phrase. Father, Son & Spirit. These strands of experience and understanding are right through the Bible. The faithful have gathered these three stands in prayer, thought, discussion & much thinking. These three strands have then been woven together to help in our understanding of God. A unique claim that God is one and yet there are three who are God.
God is so much more than any one part.
Creator/Father/Mother - bringing all to life – big picture
Jesus - making God accessible – God is in all ways Christlike – the details – how we relate to each other and God
Spirit – making the connections
Together with those 3 strands or parts everything is covered.
It does hint that there is so much more to God that what we can ever understand at any given time in history. Trinity is a way of understanding the nature of God. Yet God is not to be contained. God is way beyond any containment we can create. Yet God is not everything – As if God was everything – God becomes inaccessible and God is accessible – Jesus shows us that. Trinity holds that tension together. A very big God, not limited by us yet accessible to us.Back to our metaphor. Metaphors are used to help us understand quite often difficult ideas. With our metaphor of wool. We have Three strands woven together as one 3 ply. Not that God ‘IS’ 3 ply wool but like 3 ply wool God is three strands woven together as one. Creator, Christ & Spirit.
As we are now officially in winter it’s a good time, if you are so inclined, to get out some wool. To Knit, Crochet or weave Tapestry. When active in such a task, reflect on the nature of our God. One in Three – Trinity.
Rev Mark Hewitt
Time of personal prayer for others
Use the following words to prompt those prayers
Creator - Author of life
Christ - Companion on the journey
Spirit - Guide on our way