Trinity Sunday

The Christian Year – Today, the First Sunday after Pentecost, is Trinity Sunday, a festival that highlights our unique Christian understanding of God as a “Trinity”.

This understanding of God arose in the first five centuries of church history, in response to the question, “Who are God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in relation to each other?”, the answer to which is not clearly explained in the Bible.  There were a wide variety of opinions on this question (and a lot of heated debate!).  There were those who believed that Jesus and the Holy Spirit were lesser beings than God, for example; while others believed that that view contradicted certain statements found in the Gospel of John.  At the same time, Christian teachers wanted to uphold the Old Testament teaching that there is only one God.

In the end, the official doctrine (teaching) of the church became the doctrine that God is a “Trinity” — three “persons” (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in one (God).  The word “trinity”, by the way, is not used in the Bible at all.

The doctrine of the Trinity remains a fundamental element of Christian teaching today, in Christian churches of all denominations.  It is so fundamental that churches that do not accept it are not considered true Christian churches by those that do.  It is a very difficult doctrine to understand, reminding us perhaps that God is greater than our human capacity to comprehend.

The symbolic color for Trinity Sunday is white, signifying joy and celebration.

Upcoming events

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday May 13 – Deadline for submissions for the June Newsletter

– Thursday, 17 May, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

Coming Up:

– Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper – Wednesday, 23 May, 5:00 p.m.

– Communion Sunday – 3 June

– Outdoor Service and Barbecue – Sunday, 10 June

Upcoming May 6 to 12

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday. following the service – Lunch in the Church Hall

– Tuesday, 7 p.m. Bible Study at Gwen Henwood’s home.  This will be the last study until the fall.

– Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. Women’s Missionary Society (WMS).  Please bring a tin of coffee for the CMHA Clubhouse.

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – Finance & Maintenance Committee meeting

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Spring Cleanup

– Saturday, 7:00 p.m. – Saturday Evening service

Coming Up:

– Newsletter deadline – Sunday, 13 May

– Sharpe Sisters concert – Thursday, 17 May, 7:00 p.m.

– Communion Sunday – 3 June

– Outdoor Service and Barbecue – Sunday, 10 June

June Newsletter – Submissions for the June issue of the Newsletter need to be either given or sent to Lisa Sneesby by next Sunday (the 13th).  Her e-mail address is bsneesby@mymts.net.  The Newsletter will be ready for distribution the following Sunday, the 20th.

Sharpe Sisters Concert – Our fourth annual Sharpe Sisters concert will be held on Thursday, 17 May, at 7:00 p.m., in the sanctuary.  Tickets are $15, and are available from Lisa Sneesby, and also from the church office during the week (Tuesday to Saturday).  Last year, we had a full house; don’t wait to buy your ticket at the door!