From the Vicarage
Title: How do you explain the Trinity?
The fifty day festival of Easter concludes with the great Feast of Pentecost on June 9th. On this day we celebrate a special coming of the Holy Spirit upon those first Christian believers two thousand years ago. The same Holy Spirit has been at work in the Church ever since and he is with us today. After Pentecost we enter a long period of what we call ‘Ordinary Time’. It’s a time without any major festivals; a time for ‘ordinary’ growth in our life and faith. And it begins with Trinity Sunday. But what exactly is the Trinity, and how can you explain it?
For two thousand years, Christians have worshipped one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each of these persons is God, and yet each is distinctive. The three persons of God are known together as the Holy Trinity, and it is through the Trinity that God reveals himself to the world.
So, when people ask ‘What is the Holy Trinity?’ — a much better question to ask is… ‘Who is the Holy Trinity?’
The doctrine of the Trinity is a hard one. And, in some ways, this is the point of it. The Trinity reminds us that we can’t put God in a box, or even in three boxes. He is always bigger than we realise, reaching out beyond our understanding. And yet this God, who is well beyond our understanding, makes himself known to us and desires for us to come to know him.
If you’re a Christian, you have a relationship with God the Father, through his Son (Jesus Christ), in the power of the Holy Spirit. Each person is God. You can pray to each person of the Trinity, and you worship each person of the Trinity. No person is bigger or better than another. Each one is God, and yet each one is different. Throughout the Bible — from the very beginning to the very end — God makes himself known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If you’re slightly baffled by all of this, you are in good company! God is bigger than we can know. But he loves us and he wants us to come to know him for ourselves.
Trinity Sunday is on 16th June. Why not come and join us at one of our services to find out more?
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Calling all musicians! January 2018
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth :
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Making noise is something human beings have always been very good at. It’s not always a pleasant noise we make, of course! But in the Bible, God is very clear that he wants us to direct our ‘noise’ in praising him.
Since the beginning, human beings have worshipped God using their voices; making (at their best) the most beautiful and enchanting sounds imaginable. And for many centuries, Christian worshippers have accompanied this singing with the largest and noisiest musical instrument ever invented: the organ.
The organ is justifiably called ‘the king of instruments’, and it should come as no surprise that it is also one of the most difficult to play. It requires a high competence of keyboard technique together with a great deal of pedal-work, and whilst it is very easy to ‘make a noise’ on it, there are not so many people who have the skill to make its noise truly ‘joyful’!
Here at All Saints’ we are blessed with a very fine organ and two excellent organists. But we would welcome more! — and, specifically, someone who might combine their organ and piano skills with helping to start a choir. If you, or someone you know, might be this person … please be in touch!
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- Walton on the Naze
- CO14 8BU
01255 675351 (Vicarage)