May 30th, 2021 – Trinity Sunday
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
The Book of Concord is the collection of what is called the Lutheran Confessions. It includes the Small and Large Catechisms, which are what confirmation makes sure the confirmed Lutheran has studied once. The Augsburg Confession holds pride of place in the collection as the Symbol of what does it mean to be a Lutheran. But the first things inserted in the Book of Concord are the three great creeds of the western church. It does this because the Lutheran church’s assertion is that it is simply the continuation of what has always been taught by the church universal. The Nicene Creed is ecumenical meaning it is confessed by the entire church. The Apostle’s creed is the baptismal creed of the Western church dating back to when it was simply the Creed of the Roman church meaning the church that was at Rome. And then the Athanasian creed is the final one recognized by the Western Church. All the creeds sprung out of the same concern, just who is this God that we have come to know and worship? If the Apostle’s is a first attempt before competing assertions, and the Nicene is the united church’s great statement of these are the proper words, the Athanasian is at the end of the era bringing in some later concerns.
The first half with its mantra like repetition – the Father is infinite, the son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite…eternal…almighty… – is a repetition of the earlier Creeds. “We worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.” If the earlier creeds did not make all this explicit, we repeat it here. It is the second half that contains what I think is the post-Nicene conclusions. The Nicene creed confessed that Jesus was True God and True man, but how to talk about those natures wasn’t made concrete until 451 AD at the Council of Chalcedon. This longer creed instructs how to think about it. And it is important for example in thinking about the return of Jesus. In Mark 13 Jesus says “not even the son knows the time.” How can true God be ignorant? The Athanasian creed, reflecting Chalcedon, says “equal to the Father with respect to his divinity, less than the Father with respect to his humanity.” According to his divinity which is shared fully with the Father, of course Jesus knows the time of his return. According to his humanity, especially during the time of his humiliation on earth, the Son did not know the time. He put it aside. How is this reconciled? Not by our understanding but only in the person of Christ. “one altogether, not by confusion of the substance but by unity of the person.” God and man meet and are held together by Jesus Christ. The Holy and the Common abide in one Christ.
The last thing about the Athanasian Creed that stands out is its confidence. “This is the catholic (i.e universal) faith.” With its closing and opening assertions that to be saved one must hold and believe this. It is a statement of a happy and confident faith. God has revealed himself to us in Christ and His Word. Through prayer and study and yes trial the Holy Spirit has led us into all truth (John 16:13). These creeds that you confess are True. When we confess the creed, may the Spirit grant us the grace to confess them with that zeal and confidence.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: May 31st – June 6th
Tues. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Tuesday: ………………. 7:00pm Board of Elders Meeting
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: The Biblical Timeline – Eschatology. (Mark 13, Thessalonians and parts of Revelation.)
- Confirmation: New group in the Fall
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Pick up in the Fall
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, Walking through the gospel of Mark – the one read in this year’s lectionary.
- Catechism Moment: Moving to the Lord’s Prayer. If you are not receiving these let me know and give me your email address.