Archive for 2017/06/11

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.   And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”  So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.  These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. (Genesis 1:1-2:4a, NRSV)

Here is a wonderful skit for this day found at stjamesgettysburg.wordpress.com:

God:  In the beginning, I…

Jesus:  You, what?

God:  I created… you know, the heavens and the earth.

Holy Spirit:  Don’t you mean “we”?

God:  That’s what I hate about Trinity Sunday – it’s so confusing!  One God, three persons.  Of course, you were there too – both of you.  But when we talk about God the Creator, we’re talking about me – that part of me – that part of us –  which created once a long time ago and which still creates.

Jesus:  I have a question for you…why in the world did you create mosquitoes?

God:  (laughs)  I have my reasons!

Holy Spirit:  How about the platypus?  Or the great sea creature the Leviathan?

God:  Don’t you remember the psalm?  I created the Leviathan for the sport of it!  It makes me laugh!  Everything I created, I created good.  Very good.

Jesus:  Even mosquitoes I guess…  But there are people in the world who don’t seem very good.  How do we make sense of the fact that you created them good?

God:  I made them good.  But I also gave them free will – and people with free will turn away from the good sometimes – actually all of the time!

Holy Spirit:  Isn’t that the truth!  I am that part of the Trinity which guides and gives humanity its conscience.  Yet, all of the time, people listen to others rather than me.  Or they listen to themselves and their own thoughts and desires rather than trying to work for the good of others and our world.

God:  (laughs)  Yep!  That’s how I made them!  I made people good and then let them make choices!  And they always choose themselves.  Every time! Gotta love them! (laughs some more)

Jesus:  It doesn’t seem to bother you very much!

God:  It’s all part of being human.  I love them all just the way they are – bad choices and everything.

Jesus:  And yet that’s why I came down to earth – to show people that we love them just as they are, but that’s not how we want them to stay!

Holy Spirit:  We want them to be changed, to be transformed.  To live life really like they’re loved!

Jesus:  Freedom!  That’s what it’s all about!

Holy Spirit:  Freedom to stop worrying about whether or not they’re accepted!

God:  Freedom to trust that I will always be there for them!

Jesus:  Freedom to offer healing and forgiveness like I give them!

Holy Spirit:  Freedom to know that even when bad things happen, I will never give up on them.

God:  Freedom to be generous – even extravagant – in sharing with others.

Jesus:  Isn’t it funny that we love humanity so much, but people still live like they’re all bound up – like they need to work harder to make us love them more, or that they need to get all they can for themselves now, or they won’t have enough later on?

God:  (laugh)  People haven’t really changed much at all over the years!  Remember Adam and Eve – I gave them everything – everything – they could ever want, but it wasn’t enough – they needed the fruit of that tree!

Holy Spirit:  And when I guided Moses and the people out of slavery through the wilderness – they didn’t trust that I would give them manna to eat.  They grumbled all the way!

Jesus:  My generosity got the Jewish and Roman leaders angry with me – angry enough to have me put to death!  They couldn’t understand a king who reigned on a platform of love and service rather than law and order.  (turns to the Holy Spirit: ) Did you ever see that show, “Law and Order”? It’s not bad!

God:  (laugh) People, people, people!  Gotta love them!

Holy Spirit: It’s a big mystery of life to me why people don’t live out their freedom!  I call people to faith.  I call people live out their faith every day.

Jesus:  I tried to show them how to live out their life of faith every day.

God:  I let them know that I expect them to live out their life of faith every day.  I created them to live out their life of faith.

Jesus:  I redeemed them with my own life so that they could live out their life of faith.

Holy Spirit:  I made them my holy ones so that they could live out their life of faith – live out what they were made to be.

God, Jesus, Holy Spirit:  One God; three persons.

Jesus:  It’s still hard for people to understand isn’t it?

Holy Spirit:  What is?

Jesus:  How we could be one God and yet three persons.

Holy Spirit:  Yes – but let’s not try to help them understand it.  Let’s just help them live it.

God (to congregation):  God has created you together with all that exists.

Jesus and Holy Spirit:  We respond with thankful hearts.

Jesus (to congregation):  Jesus Christ, true God and also true human is your Lord.  He has redeemed you.

God and Holy Spirit:  We respond by loving and forgiving others as we are loved and forgiven.

Holy Spirit (to congregation):  The Holy Spirit has called you, enlightened you, made you holy, and kept you in the true faith.

God and Jesus:  We respond with humble obedience.

God:  How has this happened – one God, three persons?

Jesus and Holy Spirit:  It is the mystery of faith.

God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit:  This is most certainly true.  Amen.