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Prayer for Trinity:
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“What How do we speak of God?”
What do you mean, what do you believe, when you say the word, “god”?
Take the story of Jacob, age 4, and his
All of us want to grab and control God, and we do so because our image, our vision of God is way too small. Like little Jacob, we think we can catch God not necessarily in a glass but in our theological formulas. The theological formula, which we celebrate today in part, is the dogma of the Trinity from the Council of Chalcedon in 451CE. You can read the statement on page 864 of the Book of Common Prayer. But remember when you read a Christian dogma that it is the beginning of a discussion. As Fr. Eugene Burke said: "A dogmatic pronouncement is NOT the end of the discussion of the substance of the pronouncement; rather it is merely the official beginning of the development of that particular dogma! Free and uninhibited discussion and action certainly should follow. Dogmas are living entities! "
In 1952, before some of you were born, an Anglican priest in London by the name of John Bertram Phillips found that the youth in his congregation did not understand the Bible, so he started new, fresh, more contemporary translations for which he became quite well known after World War II. Also in 1952 he published a small paperback book which sold thousands – hundreds of used copies are available on Amazon. It was called: Your God Is Too Small.
In the book he tried to do what the ancient prophet, Isaiah, and John, the visionary who wrote the book of Revelation, did, namely, help people see that their small, limited comprehension of who is God and what God does or says or wants from us is entirely too small. Let’s hear some of that larger vision of God from the Scriptures.
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[Photobooks published by Fr. Joseph Clayton Neiman. To see some pages or to order copies, click on picture which will take you to www.blurb.com.]