A sermon for Trinity Sunday, from the Revised Common Lectionary texts for Year B (Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17)
The capstone of the gospel
Trinity Sunday is the capstone of the gospel journey that we began in Advent.
- During Advent, Christmastide, and Epiphany, we prepared for and celebrated the Incarnation: God becoming human in the flesh of Jesus.
- During Lent and Holy Week, we walked the way of the cross, beholding the earth-shattering horror of the crucifixion of Jesus.
- During Eastertide, we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and his ascension into heaven, where he now reigns as Lord of the whole world.
- And last Sunday we celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost: the gift the Father promised – the presence of Jesus, with us forever.
Which brings us to Trinity Sunday, a hinge point between the two halves of the church calendar: it ties all the threads of the gospel story together theologically, and launches us into Ordinary Time, where we work out our salvation together, learning to live this new life in the Triune God together as the church.[Read more…] about Consenting to Communion (a Trinity Sunday Sermon)