Sunday will be one of those Sundays that will be a confluence for us – the place where two streams come together into one.
One stream will be from the church calendar. Sunday is Trinity Sunday. It is the only Sunday of the church year devoted solely to a theological concept: the idea that our one God exists in three persons. That inexplicable mystery stands at the heart of the Christian faith, orders our life in baptism, and shapes the creed and the Great Thanksgiving we pray at communion.
The other stream comes from the academic calendar. Sunday is Graduation Sunday. Following our annual brunch in the Fellowship Hall, the Class of 2015 will be recognized and blessed during the 11:05 worship service. They will wear their caps and gowns, process in, and receive the prayers and best wishes of this congregation as we send them off to college and/or into the world of work. In short, we send them to practice and live what we have been trying to teach them all this time.
The confluence is relationship. The inexplicable mystery that is the Trinity has to do with the relationship and community that exists within the life of God and so shapes the relationship and community that exists within the people of God. Celebration of graduations and life milestones becomes a celebration of relationships forged and shaped as the people of God as we journey together in baptismal life. Both remind us of the relationship that God seeks to have with us.
As we gather Sunday at the confluence, we will hear a story from Isaiah of relationship, of God’s presence with Isaiah, of Isaiah’s sense of unworthiness to be with God, and of God’s reaching beyond the unworthiness to send Isaiah into the world to announce God’s presence (Isaiah 6:1-8). We will sing “Holy, holy, holy” with the seraphim and worship the mystery; we will sing “I was there to hear your borning cry” and shed a tear over the passage of time; we will sing “Here I am, Lord” and be sent to be the people of God in the world.
We will flow downstream from the confluence and live in relationship with God, one another, and our neighbors.
Grace and peace.