Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation
from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh,
and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us,
you manifest your concern for your whole universe.
You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s
needs into our hearts and bring them before you.
Fill us with strength and courage, with discernment
and compassion, that we may be your instruments
of justice and love in this world. Amen.
5. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you
another advocate to help you and be with you
forever—the Spirit of truth.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went
up out of the water…heaven was opened,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending
like a dove…And a voice from heaven said, “This
is my Son…
6. Now it is God who makes both us and
you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
set his seal of ownership on us, and put
his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit,
guaranteeing what is to come.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
15. The inner life of the triune God…
is characterized…by mutually
self-giving love. Each of the divine
persons centers upon the others.
None demands that the others
revolve around them. Each
circles the other two, pouring love,
delight and adoration into them.
Each person of the Trinity loves,
adores, defers to, and rejoices in
the others. That creates a dynamic,
16. If God is unipersonal, then until
God created other beings there was
no love…a unipersonal God (might
be) power, sovereignty, and
greatness from all eternity, but not
love. Love then is not the essence of
God, nor is it at the heart of the
universe. Power is primary. However,
if God is triune, then loving
relationships in community are
the ‘great fountain…at the
center of reality’ (Lewis.)
17. When Jesus said you must lose
yourself in service to find yourself,
he was recounting what the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit have been
doing throughout eternity…
God is a community of persons who
have loved each other for all
21. WHAT IFWETOOKTHIS
How would it impact our…
o Finances (spending/giving)?
o Political perspectives?
o Professional life?
o Scripture reading?
o Service to others?
22. A Prayer For The People of God
God, whose fingers sculpt
sun, moon, stars, and humanity;
Spirit, who broods over chaos
before the naming of day;
Savior, who sends us to earth's ends
with water and words: startle us with
the grace, love, and communion
of your unity in diversity, that we may live
to the praise of your majestic name. Amen.