Our Preacher for the day, Peter Green, opened the service by reading Psalm 8, a Psalm to Gods Glory as Creator.
After our first hymn,"How great Thou. art," Peter gave the children's address, posing four questions whose answers would each have earned a Doctorate in Theology; for example, "Why did God create mosquitos?"
This was to illustrate his question to the children, "How can the Holy Trinity be? How is three equal to one." He then said that the children should ask their teachers during Sunday School.
We then had a presentation to Chloe, our Youth worker who gets married this week, followed by a prayer for the happy couple.
Our next hymn was "Lord of the Dance," after which the children, accompanied by their suitably enthused teachers, left for their classes.
Our two readings were Romans, Chapter 5, vs. 1-11. and St.John's Gospel Chapter 3,vs 1-17. The first reading was concerned with Love and reconciliation, the second with Jesus teaching Nicodemus. The Hymn "Come Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire" followed by the Sermon, and Peter opened this by saying how little could be gleaned about the Trinity throughout his training for Local Preaching and how little published reference there is to the Trinity.
He then quoted Colin Morris's advice that, "any preacher with any sense calls in sick on Trinity Sunday." Peter had earlier said that the excitement about coming to preach at the Triangle had been somewhat dampened when he saw that the date was set for Trinity Sunday.
We then had an interesting dialogue between Peter and Brian Smith, when Peter tried to describe the Trinity by various analogies and each time Brian interjected by saying that each of these ideas were examples of doctrinal heresies. The word Trinity, we are told, is not found in the Bible and arose in the 4th Century a.d., following the Council of Nicaea.
We need to ask, do all these attempts at explanation matter? Christian faith is not about explanation but about experience and relationship with the living God. There is an analogy with " falling in love"- we can't truly explain it- but the early Church had this relationship and this is what counts to everyone.
The Trinity helps us to remember there is one God, however differently the way we see him in the various parts of the Bible ( referring to today's readings) We can never fully appreciate His magnitude and diversity.
Finally, Peter asked us to think about what happens when we become Christians. The Spirit shows us our need for God. Jesus puts us right with God and when we receive Christ,we receive the Holy Spirit.
Our next hymn "Father l place into your hands" and was followed by the Prayers of Intercessions which focussed on the Trinity in each of its aspects and effects in our lives and how we can respond.
The closing hymn was " Lead us Heavenly Father lead us," followed by the Blessing.
Kindly written by Joe Leighton.