Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Trinity Sunday - Rector's Rambling for June 11, 2017

I am still glowing from our Thy Kingdom Come activities that lead up to last Sunday’s Pentecost (and baseball outing) celebration.  We had a fantastic week of worship and introspection and hope for the coming of the Holy Ghost.  I am not alone in sensing that He is active among the people of this congregation.
This past week I had a chance to dash out to Philadelphia for two days before returning to St. John’s for our regular worship and routine.  And yet my heart yearned for the week before and its activity.  Would there be an interest in having a weekly weekday gathering at the Prayer Wall for Evening Prayer?  If so, let me know and we can pick a day and put it on the calendar for the coming months.
Today we get to try to decipher a great mystery – The Holy Trinity.  As the diagram above tries to describe, each person is unique, and all three are one and equally God as well.
Today we will read the Athansian Creed at the service, and I hope that you will try to pay special attention to its text.  Maybe even read it to yourself before or after we recite it together.  This longest, and most thorough of the creeds does its best in trying to explain the Trinity, and even then it falls short of the sublime glory that is God in Trinity.
In the end, we need to be like the Eastern Orthodox who believe it is more important that we just worship God in Trinity rather than try to fully comprehend it.  But as we know as western Christians, we believe that Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi – the Law of Prayer is the Law of Belief (or “what we pray is what we believe”).
We pray and ask God to help us to embrace the truth of God in Trinity even if we don’t understand it, and keep doing so until we meet Him/Them face to face.