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This Week’s Worship Preview
Christians know all about the Trinity, right? Well, if you’re like most followers of Jesus, while we do affirm the Trinity (notice the Fire of Pentecost and the Dove of the Spirit depicted in our denomination’s logo, to the right.) But few of us would profess to understand the Trinity completely. We will celebrate Trinity Sunday this week. Jesus said of the Spirit, “I have many things to say. When the Spirit of truth arrives, he will guide you into all the truth.” We need the Spirit to help us understand Jesus! From the beginning,
God wanted people to worship God as One, and there is none other. When the promised Messiah, Jesus, arrived in the Incarnation, we knew that he was fully human and fully God. Jesus got into trouble with the religious leaders for saying he was God. They couldn’t reconcile “God is One” with the seeming duality Jesus presented standing right in front of them!
Jesus expanded our understanding of the Divine when he spoke of the Holy Spirit. Theologians from long ago employed the term Trinity to help us comprehend God, expressed as three persons in one God-head. Wow. It can make our minds explode! Bernard of Clairvaux said he didn’t want any of his priests focusing on the Trinity because it was such a mystery, a mystery that was better left unspoken. They shouldn’t even try to explain it. Preach around it, Bernard instructed. We can do better.
This Sunday, we will try to make the Trinity easier to understand using a box of Cheerios. The Trinity is all about relationships, and the simple affirmation, “We’re Better Together,” on the back of a Cheerios box will help illustrate this. That may be surprising, but a box of Cheerios will remind us that God exists in relationship, within God (we speak of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Jesus and the Church, and our part in it as the Body of Christ in the world God loves. Trinity Sunday is all about relationships, relationships we can initiate, improve and enjoy!
Our first hymn will be Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Much of the imagery of this hymn comes from Revelations 4:2-11, which its author, an Anglican bishop, knew as a reading appointed for Trinity Sunday. The tune, written specifically for this text, reinforces the Trinidadian theme by strongly relying on the D-major triad.
The closing hymn today, Holy God, We Praise Your Name, is based on the 18th-century German metrical version of a celebrated 5th-century Latin hymn, Te Deum laudanum. This abbreviated 19th-century English paraphrase is sung by both Protestants and Roman Catholics. It is set here to the tune composed and named for the German version.
“…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18).
Whatever your religious affiliation, or none at all, we all hear Jesus say, “Come to me all who are overburdened, and find rest for your soul!” Everyone is welcomed at Cold Spring Church. Yes, everyone!
Enjoy sitting with others from greater Cape May as we worship together. We simplified our service and made it even easier to participate, with our Worship Guide and lyric videos displayed on a large screen.
Physical distancing and masks are NOT required!
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Energize your life and discover the amazing love of Jesus! This week is the perfect time to join us in person for worship. Enjoy live music and solo, lyric videos, and a message of hope from God’s word.
We are excited to welcome to worship all who are able and comfortable in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM.