Welcome to Living Savior Lutheran Church
Living Savior church is now having regular worship services at 9:00a.m. every Sunday. We will be practicing social distancing. Masks and gloves are available for those who wish them. Communion will be given at the end of the service. After communion, you will leave through the back door, so please take all your belongings with. Offering plates will not be passed, but will be located at the entrance and at the exit. For those of you who are not comfortable with this arrangement, the readings and message are located below.
Readings and Message for June 7th, Trinity Sunday, 2020
First Reading: Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the
earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
Second Reading: Acts 2:14a, 22-36
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. David said about Him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that He would place one of His descendants on His throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
Holy Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
A preacher proudly boasted that he does not preach doctrinal sermons. They are boring he asserts and people do not understand or relate to them. Further, he claimed, I am a preacher and not a theologian. I get down do the practical issues and simply preach Christ crucified. His thinking is faulty at several points. First, he is wrong when he says that he is not a theologian. The fact is that everyone to a certain extent is a theologian. Theology is nothing more than what you think about God. Well, shouts one person, I don’t believe In God. That then is your theology. I would also take issue with him when he claims that he does not preach theology but gets down to practical issues. In my thinking there is no difference in good theology and good practice. Good, solid theology gets down to the very core of our existence. Finally, I would disagree with him when he says that we should only preach Christ crucified. I know that is what the Apostle Paul said but this preacher doesn’t mean what Paul meant. He is saying that he only preaches about the cross and saving the sinner. I submit to you that the cross is not central in Paul’s theology; rather, it is Christ.
Today is Trinity Sunday. This is a day that has been celebrated in the Christian church since the 10th century. It is on this occasion that ministers around the world address themselves to the subject of the triune God. The doctrine of the Trinity does not attempt to explain God. It only explains what God has revealed to us about himself. To describe the tip of the iceberg above the water is not to describe the entire iceberg. So we Christians affirm the Trinity, not as an explanation of God, but simply as a way of describing what we know about Him. The idea of the Trinity is not stated as a doctrine in the scriptures. The early Christians soon discovered that they simply could not speak of God without speaking of the three ways in which he had revealed himself to them. There is one God who has shown himself in three ways: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Let’s look at these this morning: First, we affirm God the Father. The issue is not whether or not there is a God. Ninety-six percent of all Americans, Mr. Gallop tells us, believe in the existence of a God in some form or another. The real question is what kind of a God? According to Thomas Jefferson, for example, God was like a big cosmic watchmaker. He created the universe and wound it up and let it go.
We affirm that the same God who molded the universe also cares about what happens in our lives.
The fact that we refer to the first person of the Trinity as Father says something about what God is like. In fact, Jesus went so far as to refer to God not only as Father but as Abba, which is the Hebrew word meaning Daddy.
His divine purpose has always been one of redemption and love. The very reason of creation itself is that God is a God of overflowing love.
Secondly, we affirm a belief in the Son, Jesus Christ. We say that God took on human form, came and lived among us, suffered the same trials that we suffered, experienced the same feelings that we experienced. Jesus was human and divine. Jesus never drew attention to Himself but always pointed to God the Father. ==Soren Kiekegard, the great Danish theologian of another century tells a story of a prince who wanted to find a maiden suitable to be his queen. As he glanced out the windows of the carriage his eyes fell upon a beautiful maiden. During the ensuing days he often passed by the young lady and soon fell in love. But he had a problem. How would he seek her hand? He could order her to marry him. But even a prince wants his bride to marry him freely and voluntarily and not through coercion.
The prince came up with a solution. He would give up his robes, move into the village, entering not with a crown but in the garb of a peasant. He lived among the people, shared their interests and concerns, and talked their language. In time the maiden grew to love him for who he was and loved him because he had first loved her. When people ask what God is like, we as Christians point to the person of Jesus Christ. God Himself is incomprehensible. But in Jesus Christ this incomprehensible God makes himself knowable. We get a glimpse of his glory.
Finally, we affirm a belief in the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit? In the catechism we say, “We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort and for strength,”
Intimacy with God. That’s what the Holy Spirit brings to our lives.
I would like to close with this thought on the Trinity.
God the Father who is for us, God the Son who is with us, and God the Holy Spirit who is within us. Someone once asked Mrs. Albert Einstein if she understood her husband’s theory of relativity. No, she said, but I know my husband.
We cannot begin to fathom the mysteries of God, but that does not mean that we cannot know God. If God, choosing to make Himself known to us, comes in the person of Jesus Christ and says I am your brother, and let me show you the Father, then by the Holy Spirit you can know God.