From Revd Christopher Deakin

What’s so important about the Trinity? 

‘We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Essence.’ (Athanasian Creed).

On Trinity Sunday (16thJune) we will celebrate God as one God in three Persons. This understanding is based on how we see God at work in the world. We trust in a God who is: God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist; God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again and God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world’ (C of E Baptism Service).

The Trinity provides a model for Christian community. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit relate together in a love relationship of mutual accountability with one another.  They complement and build on the work of each other. At His baptism, Jesus the Son is obedient to His Father, who declares His approval as the Spirit anoints Jesus for ministry. ‘The Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’ (Luke 3:22). To what extent does the life of our church reflect this?

We also find our mission in the Trinity.  Jesus said, ‘As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ (John 20:21).  As the Father sent His Son into the world, so Jesus sends us out to do the Father’s work, equipped by the Spirit of God.  How are we called to share in God’s mission ourselves?  If we live with a renewed awareness of the Trinity, our spiritual lives will deepen, our vision of God’s mission will expand and take on a new vitality.

With my very best wishes

Christopher