Trinity Sunday Reflections
Delivered By
Br. Randy Greve
Delivered On
June 6, 2020
Trinity Sunday
Attached Document
Trinity Sunday Bulletin
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings of grace and peace to you as summer weather is settling into our land.
Next week I will be emailing and mailing in paper form a letter which will preview the customs and guidelines for our Sunday services beginning on July 5.  Please review it carefully and prepare accordingly.  It will be a great joy to be gathered together again for worship, even if we must keep six feet apart!
Many of you have likely driven by the church since Wednesday evening and seen the message on our sign near the street which says "black lives matter, love is the way".  We join with many churches and other groups who are responding with prayer and action against racism and its tragic expression in murder, prejudice, and innumerable forms and acts of racial discrimination.  To be a Christian is to be political, which is to say Jesus is Lord, therefore Caesar is not.  Christ inaugurates a new humanity and a new community not based on status, ethnic origin, power, or any other outward marker of acceptability, but simply on our willingness to hear and respond.  The table is set and everyone is invited.  Our politics is our Baptismal Covenant which binds us to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being.  Just as clearly, the church is not to be the voice of partisan strife, casting one group against another, creating a false standard of conformity or agreement which betrays the open-handed grace of God.  A healthy church can engage disagreement with gentleness.  An unhealthy church avoids uncomfortable realities at all cost.  Sometimes this tension between being political and being partisan is difficult, formed as we are to identify ourselves with our groups and positions.  We live in the hope of a reconciliation to come where whatever the skin color - black, white, brown, red, yellow, or like me some mix thereof, will live in perfect harmony and fellowship.  That hope informs how we live today in Christ, where the dividing walls have been broken down.  We are called to proclaim and model that.  The phrase "black lives matter" is grounded in that covenant and is integral to all that we stand for as people of God.  I will be writing more of a reflection on this which will be posted on the website this weekend.
We pray for the sick and dying, especially those afflicted with coronavirus, those who love and care for them, those who have died, and all who mourn.  We pray for the grace, vision, and energy to be signs of reconciliation to those around us to meet this time with courage and conviction.
Health, peace, and joy to you,
Br. Randy