the PRAYER... Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
the READING... [Jesus said,] "[The Spirit of truth] will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine."
the DEVOTION... Last Sunday, we celebrated the Holy Trinity; something the church has been doing for a thousand years. But last Sunday, also, has been called "Heresy Sunday" because of all the sermons - most unsuccessfully (mine included) - that try to explain the faith!
"There is one divine essence which is named God and truly is God. But there are three persons in that same one essence...." That's how we Lutherans describe the Holy Trinity. And if I was back in seminary, I might be tempted to say something different. More academic. More scholarly. But "as a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ" - right or wrong, heretic or not - there's, really, only one thing that matters... grace! God's free, unearned, undeserved, unending love for all things! That, for me, is the "divine essence"! It's what makes god god! And that's what makes Father and Son and Holy Spirit one!
I'm not sure if that answer would get me through a systematics class... or if it, too, qualifies me as heretic... but it does get me through today...
The eunuch asked Philip, "About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.