|Trinity Sunday 2013|
We have come to Trinity Sunday. I appreciate the "logic" of the church year. We affirm and celebrate Christ through whom we know God - first his incarnation, then his passion and death, then his resurrection, then his ascension, and finally his giving the the Holy Spirit to his church. Having come to know the truth of God in Christ the church is now able to affirm the truth on the Holy Trinity.
Many years ago, at Wallace Church, the pastors were preaching "The Great Truths of the Bible." It fell to me on a Sunday night to preach on the doctrine of the Trinity. (To my chagrin Dr. Richard Halvorson, the retired minister of Fouth Presbyterian Church in Bathesda, MD, showed up to worship with us that evening.) I remember reading in preparation for that sermon something by J.l. Packer in which he said that the average Anglican preached on the Trinity only on Trinity Sunday. But what he said about non-comformists was even more striking. If memory serves he said that the average non-conformist preached on the Trinity not at all. Yet this is the doctrine that sets apart all churches that have any claim to being Christian from all those sects and cults which have no claim at all.
I believe it was Packer who also pointed me to the great Athanasian Creed, the Creed that most comprehensively sets forth the Trinitarian faith. As the Apostles' Creed was not written by the Apostles but expresses the Apostolic Faith, so the Athanasian Creed was probably not perpared by Athanasius but rather gives fuller expression to the Christological and Trinitarian truths that Athansius so ably defended and which were expressed in the Nicene Creed.
Sadly, this Creed is seldom used in Christian worship.
The Athanasian Creed
Whosever would be saved,The choir of King's College singing the Trinitarian Hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy"