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    Trinity Sunday

    Preacher: David Macdonald

    Category: Faith

    “what is born of the flesh is flesh…what is born of the spirit is spirit.
    The wind blows where it chooses…you hear the sound of it…but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.”
    [John 3]

    These are two of the most succinct comments made by Jesus…

    Flesh is flesh…spirit is spirit…and it comes from & goes apart from our understanding.
    how does this play out here at
    St. Luke’s?

    First…I think all of us understand that the stuff of flesh and bones…well…is just that.

    • We like it & are partial to it…

    • We protect it…and yet in the end…it deteriorates and betray us.

    The most one can say is…that the flesh goes its own way in the end…and to a degree…and in a mortal sense…it will drag us along with it.
    Now on the other hand…
    Jesus said…the spirit is spirit…and like the wind…it comes and goes where it wills…
    On trinity Sunday we celebrate this.

    In the spirit…we see in the power of God…
    Whether in the voice from the burning bush of Moses…
    In the power of the gospel stories themselves…and in the life of Christ…

    The holy spirit moves through our lives, this community, and the church at large…

    And I confess…sometimes…this happens in such a way…
    that it mirrors the mad hater’s statement in Lewis Carroll’s
    ‘Alice in wonderland’

    Where things seem to become
    “curioser & more curioser”
    God…Christ & the spirit…
    The trinity
    Might aptly described by just such a phrase.
    [pause]
    Yet…one of the things about our community here and other Christian communities in general…
    Are the dynamics that…
    ‘bring us together’
    Before God.

    We mortality…flesh and blood…even though we have the annoying tendency to think of ourselves as unfettered by time…

    We see, watch and comment upon each other as we search for who we are… trying to discern what we want…and struggling to go about living together…even while being basically people of self-interest.

    Often we come into communities like this one…because they provide us a safe haven…or a break away from the daily norms and stresses of life.

    All of this is perfectly normal and appropriate…
    But if you spend time here at St. Luke’s…
    You will be surrounded by the witness of the holy spirit as it is manifested perfectly normal people like you and me…

    And it is in this dichotomy of mortality, holiness, and spirit…that the realization arises that we are changing a bit here…a bit there…

    And that the holy spirit and the trinity…has moved us in new direction.

    What is that you ask…why is this the case for so many of us who seek to live in faith?
    For us who are present together…but find our lives different from what they once were?
    Well…

    It has something to do with the wind of the spirit blowing where it will… through the lives of God’s people…it is the very thing the world does not understand.

    This brings up the point I wish to leave with you this morning and in the weeks ahead…as summer approaches us.

    At St. Luke’s…
    We are a place designed by God to move into…

    Through…
    &
    Come out of changed!

    If this gives you some pause for thought…it should.

    in the unity of God the Father…
    God the Son…
    &
    God the Holy Spirit…
    There is ample grace and room to explore what lies ahead for each of us…
    Even as things become
    “curioser & more curioser”


    I say these things to you in the name of God:
    Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    -amen