Wednesday, June 06, 2018

It's as Simple as a Shamrock!

It's as Simple as a Shamrock!

Today is Trinity Sunday
What is the name of our Church?
Yes, Trinity Church 
Today is our Name Day Festival!

The Trinity is one way of saying that God is One in Three
And God is Three in One
Holy Spirit

Three distinct persons
One God!

How can this be?

It is as simple as a shamrock 
Patrick of Ireland put it this way.
Take a look at a simple Shamrock. It is One in Three and Three in One. 
One plant. 
Three leaves.

Take a look at who I am
I am a father,
I am a son
I am a husband
I am three distinct persons
And yet I am only one!
Do you understand that?

Take a look at Michelle.
Is she a mother?
Does she have a mother?
That makes her a daughter.
Michelle, do you have brothers or sisters.
Aha! That makes you a sister.
So then, you too are one in three
And three in one.

Think about yourselves.
How many of you are children?
How many of you are brothers or sisters?
How many of you have friends?
That makes you children, brothers/sisters and friends
So then, you are three in one and one in three.

And God is much much more besides.
Just like we are also much more besides.
After all Jesus is also our Friend!

God is One in Three
God is Three in One.

God is our maker and creator.
God is our savior
God is the Spirit who guides us.

Do any of you like to sing, make or listen to music?
Do you like to paint or draw?
Anyone like to tell or listen to a story?
Then you also like to Create, like God also creates.
Remember God made you!

Have any of you ever done anything wrong?
Have any of you ever needed to ask for forgiveness.
Have you ever been loved by someone you care about?
Jesus is the Love of God made human like us.
He always forgives and loves each and every one of us.

Do you ever need someone to teach you?
Guide you?
Has anyone given you something you needed?

This is how God is with all of us
God Creates.
God Loves, Saves. Forgives
God Guides, Teaches and Leads into all Wisdom.

God is Father 
God is Son
God is Holy Spirit

Here are some images of God the Holy Trinity

Saturday, June 02, 2018

You called me!

Samuel and Eli

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. 
The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 

the lamp of God had not yet gone out, 

and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 

Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” 

But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” 

So he went and lay down. 

The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” 

Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” 

So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

I was once a little boy

And one night my grandmother told me the story of Samuel and Eli

I asked her; "Ma, does that mean that God can still call little boys and little girls to serve God in the church?" 
And she said to me; "Buddy, (that's what they called me then), "Of course it does!"

And so now it is my turn to be God’s storyteller.


A Lorica

A Lorica

I arise this day to greet You.

A pot of coffee. Ahh...
An aromatic invitation to dwell within.
A simple breakfast feast
Graces the morning goodness.
Oh my God! The newspaper awakens
Me to pray the Office.

Singing Psalms from David to Jesus to me
Heal the sin sick soul, I pray.
Remember now the forgotten poor,
The outcast, persecuted, and foreign born
Unwanted refugees of war
The Empire strikes cold, cruel and “christian”.

Brighten now the day with Hope
Perhaps I too can shine 
With radiance born of the Holy Child
Hush now, and hold high converse
I press the pen across the page
Taking hold my hand
The Silence somehow speaks
A mystery in the moment.

Wander, walk and wonder by the seaside
Breathe the Spirit in the salt sea air 
The call of gulls; dogs and their friends 
Chasing the waves as the crystal sea sparkles

And I arise this day to greet You.