Holy Trinity-A/May 26, 2017/Muhlenberg Lutheran Ch/Pr. Joe Vought
Genesis 1:1-2:4 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20
Today we celebrate God and our lives lived in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the beginning Genesis, God’s speaks creation into being day by day and the creation is “good,” it is “very good.” When we get to v. 26, God says, “Let us make humans in our image…” Here is the One God we call the Father with the Spirit and Son. Amazing, God is a community of persons. God says, “Let us make humans in our image…” Created for community and love, we are made in God’s image. Stop and think and we must realize there is no such thing as a solitary individual. Each of us are born of two. I was conceived and born from the unity of my parents. They were born of parents and when you go back in the genealogy you get to Genesis, and God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our God and our lives have a Triune shape.
So much of our lives can become a privatized affair, but we are created by God for community. St. Paul reminds the Corinthians for all their gifts and weaknesses, they are a family created by God. For as much as the differences threaten to break them apart, they are “to put things in order, live in peace, agree with one another, greet one another with holy kisses.” Does it sound too idealistic? We live only by “the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit.” God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit gives life, makes us a new creation in our Baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection, and calls, gathers enlightens and keeps us together in the Body of Christ.
But that’s not the end of the story. The risen Christ in Matthew tells us we don’t get to remain a cozy little club any more than Jesus’ disciples did. The disciples followed, learned with Jesus and they fled when Jesus died on the cross. But he forgave them and called them all over again. The God who created us for community and the Body of Christ tells us to “Go and make disciples.” We are to embrace and welcome others. The risen Christ tells the disciples, you and me, “to go and make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
You know the difference between a vacation and a vocation don’t you? You take a vacation but a vocation takes you. Many of us will take vacations this summer, we will rest, see new sites and relax. But a vocation takes you, it expects something of you, calls you to go and grow with others. It is to be part of something bigger, to take on a mission. At Men’s Breakfast we talked about being commissioned as military people, to receive a command and commission- to grow and serve- to be a part of something larger than ourselves.
So a few questions: How many of you have been changed, grown in faith here at CLC? How many of you would say Community has called forth your gifts to serve? How might God be calling you share it and invite others to join us? Somebody welcomed us, they brought and taught us. Now we get to pay it forward. Now we are called to share Christ’s love, it’s there in our mission statement. Jesus tells us go and make disciples. How are we trying to tell the Good News and make disciples? We do Palm Sunday and caroling in the Marketplace; we had a children’s Safety Fair last year for the neighborhood. Bring a Friend Sunday and Backpack Buddies was great fun. A couple of weeks ago, Susan from the Narcotics Anonymous group told us how CLC helps bring healing to others. How might we find creative ways to reach out and invite others? Bring em to the Nats Game, invite your neighbors to Vacation Bible School. If you’ve got ideas, please share them. Your Church Council spends a good deal of time thinking about these things.
Until Jesus comes again we have a mission to reach the people around us with the love of God, Father Son and Holy Spirit that has been lavished upon us. We are blessed to be the blessing. We are embraced by the Triune God of Love, Peace and Forgiveness to give it away and invite others. Today, tomorrow by your words and actions, you may be the only Gospel someone will ever read. By your life, your witness, your welcome, you may be the only Jesus someone will see.
In the words of a favorite hymn (Pr. Joe sings) “We all are called to service to witness in God’s name, our ministries are different, our purpose is the same, to touch the lives of others with God’s surprising grace, that every folk and nation may know God’s warm embrace.” Amen.