Trinity/Confirmation This sermon was co-written by the confirmand (Nathan) and his mother (Pastor Donna).
PD: So, Nathan and I have been doing kind of an independent study confirmation, and I know it’s last minute and all, but today is Holy Trinity Sunday, and Nathan, I just want to let you know that it’s ok, if you don’t “get” the Trinity.
Nathan: But I do. I understand it.
PD: Wait, you get the mystery of doctrine of the Holy Trinity? Tell me about it.
Nathan: It’s simple. It’s the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
PD: Yes, or the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. So we have three gods?
Nathan: No, you know it’s only one God.
PD: You’re right. I was just testing you.
Nathan: I dislike tests. I get enough tests at school.
PD: Did you notice that I didn’t give you a final exam for your confirmation?
Nathan: Unless this is it.
PD: No, we believe that with God there is no pass or fail. Faith doesn’t come with a “final exam”.
Nathan: because faith is a never-ending journey you take your whole life.
PD: Exactly. Confirmation (affirmation of baptism) is just one step. I hate to break it to you, but you do not know everything. Instead, you as a young person—a “young adult” are now saying that you are going to take more responsibility for your faith journey.
Nathan: but I don’t want to do this alone.
PD: You are not. In a sense Nathan, this day isn’t just about you. This is way bigger than you. It is also our day. You are part of God’s church here at Village
Tom: That’s why I’m giving you your envelopes. Giving is an important part of the journey of faith.
Nathan: Now you want my money?
PD: not just your money but your time.
Diane: (interrupting) and your talent playing the bells and the piano.
Bob: and your soul. It’s time to sign the paperwork, make the pledge you are one of us now.
Choir: (creepy chant) One of Us
One of Us, One of Us.
Brad: Wait a minute. I know Village is kind of a different congregation, but that’s just not right. I’m starting to worry, here.
PD: For once Brad your right.
Bob: oh yeah we were just joking. Kind of just testing you again.
PD: I think we’ve had enough tests. Nathan, you know that life isn’t easy but t’s not that God is always testing us. I like how Paul put it in his letter to the church in Rome. “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and 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.” Today is yet another day that the Holy Spirit is pouring God’s love into you and into all of us. God doesn’t test us, and God doesn’t just magically take away pain, or questions. What God is doing is seeking always to pour into, to fill us, to surround us, to immerse us in love and forgiveness (mercy). That’s what baptism is all about, that’s what today is about, that’s what every day is about, remembering, living into, sharing, and showing the person God desires you to be. So, don’t listen to anyone who says that you are worthless or not good enough. God’s divine and boundless love and mercy. Together we remind ourselves that we are all God’s children, that we are as the psalmist says, you are little less than divine, crowned with glory and honor—and together we practice the life of peace, forgiveness and mercy. So, we are truly happy rejoice with you Nathan, that today with all God’s church, with family, friends, we together claim the good news of God—the God is creating, the God who is saving, and the God who is in-spiriting. Amen.