(image source: shoemakerstudy.com) It has been quite the whirlwind of a week, and with the colder weather coming in I am sure we could all do with our own personal North Face jacket.
Our 7-day-lockdown has given us all a mixed bag of emotions. Some of us are feeling disappointed, anxious, and frustrated; while others are finding deep comfort in the security that comes with being able to shelter during another stressful time. Among all these differing feelings, it is important to recognise how blessed it is to have homes to refuge in, and more so that we are able to offer the church facilities for those in need with the upcoming Winter Shelter Program.
As I am sure you have realised, we are back to broadcasting online for worship together, and I hope that we’re able to share in the strength of Holy Spirit on this Trinity Sunday. We are reminded of the Pentecost message from last week, that Holy Spirit has no limitations of where and who can hear and share in the goodness of God, and I am excited to delve a little further into more of this goodness with the Isaiah passage from the Lectionary.
Isaiah 6:1-8 is a reading that is both a ‘heavy’ reading and also one full of mystery and wonder. We get introduced to Seraph, these mystical angel figures who point with their wings, and declare the glory of God. It is a passage where we are invited to become a part of the declaration of God’s goodness, but what does that mean in our day-to-day lives?
There were a couple of things that particularly stood out to me:
1. Is verse four in the NRSV translation, we hear the word ‘pivot’ — which gave me a good giggle.
2. Is where we read of the angels declaring: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
If you have been church goers for a little while, I hope that you are able to recognise these words of declaration - we often find ourselves proclaiming them through liturgy. On Trinity Sunday, particularly during a time that holds some uncertainty from week-to-week, there is comfort in being able to rest in the unchangeable love and nature of God’s goodness and mercy. But I think that it is really important that we recognise what words we use when speaking about the nature of God, and what does it mean we then do about it day-to-day?