Trinity News and Sermons

2015/3/8 Sermon Bullets

  • What does it mean to be community?
  • We are called into existence by a God who loves us and will not leave us alone:
  • The promises of God are fulfilled, as we are reading in these weeks of Lent:
  • Noah and the Rainbow – the world has NEVER been destroyed by a flood. Just as he promised.
  • Abraham & Sarah and the promise of the child named “laughter” – Isaac was born, just as was promised.
  • Moses and the Wandering children at Mt. Sinai with the covenant of the 10 commandments and other laws – how we relate to each other.
  • Moses, led by God to deliver the people from 400 years of bondage, and the promise was that they would serve God on the Holy Mountain – and they did, just as God had promised.
  • God’s promises over and over again are fulfilled, and the community continues to be developed.
  • Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise too. And in his life, teaching and actions, he indicates what community centered in God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, shall be.
  • Jesus – cleansing of the Temple – this is NOT what my father meant by community, being self -serving, looking out for #1 above all
  • Paul message today about the Cross, we gather here at the foot of the cross – which seems rather foolish to the world, but it is for us the symbol of God’s never leaving us alone- of showing us what community is- it is love – it is self- sacrifice for those you love.
  • We are not the social ministry organization or ethical humanist society, or Rotary or Kiwanis. ALL of those are excellent organization and do great things.
  • We are the church – the fractured people who gather at the foot of the Cross, to bask in its glory of the light of the One who gives his life for us.
  • And that One gives us faith to see the wisdom of God, much greater than the wisdom of humans.
  • We can trust in this God, who calls us into community and will never forsake us – for he has, on that cross, defeated all that would destroy community. He has, in that act, created for himself a family that is united, even in the face of pain, suffering, uncertainty, death.
  • We have faith in Jesus Christ, the Crucified and Risen One. For his word from John’s gospel today is true: the Temple of his body was destroyed and rebuilt/raised again 3 days later.
  • Those first eyewitnesses, our forebears in the community, the family of God, testify. They saw him killed.  They shared life with him after death, the Risen Jesus. Just as he promised.
  • Faith in this One who keeps promises, gives us the strength not to be scared of what we do not understand. Of darkness, of sin, of death.
  • Faith in the Cross gives us hope that there is more than the surmounting difficulties of this life.
  • Faith brings us to THIS community today, to share in this life with each other – to carry each other’s burdens. To rejoice with each other. To laugh, cry, sing and rejoice.  Faith gives us the courage to love each other.  To BE the community gathered at the foot of the Cross.
  • What does it mean to be community?
  • It means to be called by a loving God that will not leave us alone. It means to see the promises of God fulfilled over and over again.
  • It means gathering at the foot of the EMPTY CROSS – to see the ultimate promise of God.
  • Community is one of love, of promise, of hope.