Trinity Sunday – June 12, 2022

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Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

1Does not wisdom call,
and does not understanding raise her voice?
2On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
4“To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.

22The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.
23Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—
26when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world’s first bits of soil.
27When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race.”

The Word of the Lord.

Psalm 8

1O Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!—
2you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of infants and children;
you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.
3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
4what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them,
human beings that you should care for them? 
5Yet you have made them little less than divine;
with glory and honor you crown them.
6You have made them rule over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet:
7all flocks and cattle,
even the wild beasts of the field,
8the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
9O Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! 

Romans 5:1-5

1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

The Word of the Lord.

The Holy Gospel according to Saint John 16:12-15

[Jesus said,] 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

The Gospel of our Lord.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Because I am a pastor – I write more sermons than your average Christian.

I probably spend a whole lot more time hanging out in empty churches during the week than most “normal” folks do too.

Being a pastor means – I have been known to say Jesus’ name pretty loudly – even when I’m NOT super-duper angry about something . . .

I have learned from experience that it takes childbirth or surgery to get me out of a church council meeting!

And – I hear my sisters and brothers in Christ ask – what are mere mortals that you – O Lord – should be mindful of them, human beings that you should care for them?” A WHOLE LOT – Psalm 8:4

Seriously – this question comes up ALL of the time. I hear folks I love ask this question over and over again.

When folks ask this question – it doesn’t sound exactly like Psalm 8 verse 4 does.   It sounds more like – “In the grand scheme of things – why on Earth would God care about me? Certainly – God must be way too busy to care about me!”

Or folks will declare – “Seriously – wars – famine – global pandemics – genocide.  God must already have his hands pretty full dealing with those HUGE messy messes! Aren’t all of those really BIG things going to take precedence over me and my problems?”

Or – “Why would the Almighty Creator of the Universe – care about someone as insignificant and as unimportant as me? I mean seriously – there are something like 7.9 billion other people in the world!”

So many folks simply assume God must be too important and too busy handling the really significant issues of the day to be interested in them and their lives and problems and concerns.

Too many of us assume – God’s to do list is just too long for God to have time for us and what is on our hearts and minds.

But the awesome – glorious – amazing thing is – the Creator of the universe – does care about you and your concerns and worries. The God who created the world and everything in it – loves you. You matter and are important to God.

Psalm 8 declares to us that – yes – God is majestic and powerful and the creator of all that is – was and will ever be AND God cares about – and even honors – mere mortals just like us.

Again and again throughout God’s Word – we hear that God cares a lot.

Psalm 138 declares to us that – “the Lord is high – yet God cares for the lowly.”

God cares for the lowly. . .   Isn’t that wonderful news?

And more than just caring for and about us – God calls us his beloved children!

First John chapter 3 reminds us of this incredible gift. “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” – 1 John 3:1

We are all the beloved children of a loving – attentive Father.

I understand how we can all find ourselves asking along with the writer of Psalm 8 – what are mere mortals that you – O Lord – should be mindful of them, human beings that you should care for them?

After all – God is almighty and powerful and triune. God is the creator of all that is – was – and will ever be.

I like to think of our relationship with God the Father – the Creator of Heaven and Earth in this way.

Most of us live busy – full – sometimes hectic lives.   Our to do lists are long and rarely finished. We work. We commute. We volunteer. There are errands to run.   So many chores to do! Cleaning and cooking and laundry. Mowing and weeding too. We need to exercise for our health. There are appointments and meetings. If your house is anything like ours is – the groceries just seem to evaporate and must be replaced with a terrifying frequency.

BUT – when someone you love needs you – you are all in. Am I right?

If your child needs you – you don’t say – “Let me finish paying the bills and then I will be with you.” Nope – you hear her cry for help – drop everything – and you move like an Olympic sprinter going for the gold.

If your friend calls to say her heart is breaking and she needs someone to listen – you listen. You don’t tell her that her broken heart isn’t as important as the war raging in Ukraine and to get over it. You hold her hand – wrap her in a hug and tell her she is loved!

If your brother drops by for a chat – you push the piles of shoes out of the way – laugh off the Legos – tell the dog to make room for him on the couch and pour him a cup of coffee. You don’t tell him to come back when the house is cleaner and you aren’t so busy.

This is what you do when you love someone. You make room. You find the time. You are available. You listen. You are present.

Seriously – are you ever too busy – too tired – too hungry – too under-caffeinated – too overwhelmed with work to be present with a loved one who needs you? Of course not! And we are just a bunch of sinful – broken – messed up human humans!

So – to answer the question in verse 4 – what are mere mortals that you – O Lord – should be mindful of them, human beings that you should care for them?

You are God’s beloved children. And God promises to love and care for you – today – tomorrow and for all eternity.

Truly this is very good news indeed. Amen.

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