June 7 – Dubious Disciples

I am never quite certain which color stole to wear on Trinity Sunday.

Each of the various colors relates more to one person of the Trinity. And why should we even care about the concept of one God in three persons.

On Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the Holy Spirit, I wear red to remind us of the flames that descended on the disciples. Christ Jesus gets two colors: Purple to remind us of his lordship during the days of preparation for his coming (Advent and Lent) and white to remind us of his purity and his cleansing us from sin. Green reminds us of the Creator of all things seen and unseen, which I wear on all those other Sundays.

As a physicist, white makes the most sense as it results from the combination of all other light or from the absence of all pigment. Perhaps that is why the Church typically decorates with white paraments and stoles.

Frequently I wear all four colors on Trinity Sunday and point to the lines in each one as reminders that the other persons of the Trinity are always with us. This helps me remember the complexity of the God who is with us and whose presence we must remember when life perplexes us.

I will have more to say about Matthew 28:16-20 here by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 7th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

The first verse of the Bible tells us much about God.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was barren, with no form of life;
it was under a roaring ocean covered with darkness.
But the Spirit of God was moving over the water.

Genesis 1:1-2 (CEV)

If you were to look at the sky on a dark clear night you might see as many as 4,000 stars. Although in reality each star is as big if not much bigger than our sun, if they were reduced to a grain of sand all of the easily visible stars could fit in a teaspoon.

With a big telescope you might count all of the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Including those on the opposite side of the galaxy astronomers estimate there are 10 billion stars! If you could reduce all of those stars to grains of sand they would fill a dump truck.

Astronomers tell us there are many, many other galaxies, more than the number of stars in our galaxy. If all of the stars in all of the galaxies were reduced to grains of sand, they would fill billions of train cars. If you had to wait and watch that train pass a road crossing and one car passed by every second, it would take 1,200 years for that train of sand to pass by.

So by saying “God created the heavens and the earth” we say much about how big God really is.

Worship

By 8 AM Sunday, June 7th, a video worship service will be embedded here. After that time, you will also be able to view worship on a smart-TV through YouTube by searching for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

The Offering

As disciples of Jesus Christ we give so that we may dedicate the whole of our lives by sharing a portion of what we earn with others.

Although COVID-19 has forced us to curtail all in person groups, meetings, classes, …, even office hours. Yet we continue other ministries. For example: Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday school for children and the Fellowship Hour all meet via video-teleconference.

In these unusual times we deeply appreciate your giving through your bank or by clicking our Give Now button. We continue to check our mailbox regularly so you may mail your check to us.