The Trinity and Worship

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This past weekend at Eastbrook, I stressed the importance of Christian worship being centered in the Trinity in my message “Worship in the Beauty of Holiness” in the concluding weekend of our series “Roots.” There are some things in our faith that I would consider secondary, but the Trinity is not one of them. The Trinitarian understanding of God – one God in three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is at the core of our faith as Christians.

As Bruce Milne writes in his book, Know the Truth:

Just about everything that matters in Christianity hangs on the truth of God’s three-in-oneness.

Or, to hear from an ancient commentator, Origen writes:

The believer will not attain salvation if the Trinity is not complete.

In the midst of our contemporary worship that often emphasizes personal experience or musical styles, the theological content and shape of our worship must not be underemphasized.

Since I didn’t give as much time to fully addressing the Trinity as possible, and because I am limiting my preaching largely to references found within Acts, I wanted to post some additional resources here. The following two resources can be downloaded as PDFs below and are resources from when I taught the session on the Trinity in the Elmbrook Church New Members class:

Trinity Sunday 2018

image 3 - Rublev Trinity iconAlmighty and everlasting God,
you have given to us your servants grace,
by the confession of a true faith,
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity,
and in the power of your divine Majesty
to worship the Unity:
Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship,
and bring us at last to see you
in your one and eternal glory, O Father;
who with the Son and the Holy Spirit
live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Today is Trinity Sunday, the day in the church calendar one week after Pentecost dedicated to celebrating the wonder of “God in three persons, blessed Trinity” (to use a phrase from an old hymn).

For the Christian there is no doubt that the doctrine of the Trinity is both the revelation of God’s character and being, but also the necessary shape of our faith and worship. If you would like to read more deeply about the Trinity, here is a bibliography I’ve developed on the topic, as well as a teaching outline on the historical development of the doctrine.

Maybe it’s a also good time to re-watch the three-part series I preached last Fall at Eastbrook on the Trinity. You can view or listen to the messages here:Read More »

Saturday Prayer 34

Father, I praise and worship You. Your love is hard to comprehend: so vast, un-measurable, and free. Your power is beyond me: creating things from nothing, sustaining the world daily, and eternal.

Jesus, Your sacrifice was so selfless and painful, yet brought healing and reconnection with God. Thank You for coming as a man and living in our dusty world.

Holy Spirit, You are ever at work around me, awakening life and causing joy in God. Thank You for abiding with us on this earth, even though You are unseen.

Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – thank You for letting me know You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

Saturday Prayer 30

Oh God, our Father,
through the holy wonder
of Your One and Only Son
reveal Yourself to me.

Oh Father,
I know it is sheer gift;
I know it is only by
the choosing of Your Son.

Oh God, our Father,
So long I have not known
Your life in my living;
reveal Yourself to me.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

Saturday Prayer 10

Our Father,
who is in heaven,
holy is Your Name …

Your Name that splits open the earth,
causing hills and rocks to come forth.

Your Name that brings the sun to rise
and bathes the cool earth in lighted warmth.

Your Name that births scorching suns across
the universe as speckled stars in our night sky.

Your Name that keeps my heart beating
this morning to bring life to my body.

Your terrible Name of strength, power,
creativity, and desire –

Your Holy Name.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]