Prayer Blog 31st May – 6th June 2015

Trinity iconTrinitarian Prayer

I have a confession to make. Sunday was Trinity Sunday and I did not prepare a sermon on the Trinity. This is not because I don’t value the Trinity, or it’s not that I don’t understand it (although much of it is a mystery) but it’s simply because I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of the series we are finishing off this week. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.

However, it gives me the opportunity to say something about it here. The trinity, in more recent studies, has been described as a community of relationships.  And in the relationship between the Father, the Son and the Spirit there is participation. As Leonardo Boff puts it:-

Three persons united in communion and in the same life, eternally committed to one                           another, dazzle us, and produce inner joy. This joy is all the greater when we feel called                     to participation.[1]

Prayer is a means of participation in the life of the triune God as we are caught up, by the Spirit, into relationship with the Father and the Son and the Spirit.

I have been thinking this past week or so how much of life seems to be the antithesis of this. Corruption, as witnessed in the FIFA scandal, is the opposite of participation and community of love. We have seen it too in the evil ways of those who have taken money from innocent people trying to flee persecution, poverty and injustice in parts of Africa. Corruption destroys communities, betrays trust and produces inner turmoil. God as three persons is the perfect community of relationships and to think, we are called into relationship with him.

We must never think then that our praying for the victims of corruption and injustice is a waste of time. For when we are enabled by the Spirit to pray to the Father through Jesus the Son we can participate in communion with the triune God. And our tears and groans for others get caught up in that communion.

Perhaps I am talking in riddles. It is hard to find the right words to express the beauty of the relationship between the Father, the Son and the Spirit. God is after all a mystery to us and we grapple with words trying to form them into some kind of expression of our awe of him. Words are our best attempt, but usually inadequate, to describe God as God is. But let me commend this short sentence to you, in closing, and a prayer to follow:-

‘God is as God does and what God does is love’[2]

A Trinitarian Prayer

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father;
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in
the glory of God the Father. Amen[3]

[1] Leonardo Boff, Holy Trinity: Perfect community, Translation Copy (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2000), 11-12
[2] John R. Franke, God Is Love: The Social Trinity and the Mission of God in, Trinitarian Theology for the Church: Scripture, Community, Worship, Eds. Daniel J. Treier & David E. Lauber (Illinois: Inter Varsity Press, 2009), 114
[3] Gloria in excelsis (Morning Prayer), The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David: According to the use of the Episcopal Church (New York: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1979), 94-95

2 thoughts on “Prayer Blog 31st May – 6th June 2015

  1. Bill McD

    Here is a good way to think about the Trinity if you are scientifically inclined. I picked it up from a book I read about a young Muslim doctor, Nabil Quereshi, who had to face this reality from a position of Allah being an indivisible being.

    He said he had no difficulty thinking about light energy existing in several forms at the one time. It is both particulate in that there are parcels of light energy called photons and it has wave properties which means that it exists as a continuum. No scientist fully understands how this can be but everybody accepts it as an observable fact.

    So when we are dealing with the material world, all is not as it seems. A chair at first appears a solid object but is in fact mostly non material in the sense that its atomic structure is mostly made up of infinitely small electrons circulating in a vast space whose properties are unknown to us.

    Our arrogance knows no bounds when we reject any evidence for the spiritual world. End of.

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