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          Author: Bruce D Prewer
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John 16: 12-15

Romans 5: 1-5

Proverbs 8: 1-4 $ 22-31

Psalm 8

                                    (Sermon 1: “Adventures in Community”)

                                    (Sermon 2: “Does the Trinity Grab You?”)




I bind unto myself this day the strong name of the Trinity.

The Creator’s gifts of earth and sky,

the flowing creeks and fertile land,

the winter sun and summer moon,

the roaring sea and golden sand.


I bind unto myself this day the Christ who wears our human clay.

The Baby sleeping in a stall,

the Healer touching our disease,

the Man of love upon the Cross,

the risen Friend who hears our pleas.


I bind unto myself this day the Spirit who is here to stay.

The Breath that makes the broken whole,

the Truth that flows like liquid light,

the Wind that sweeps my dusty soul,

the Fire that warms the darkest night.


From now unto infinity,

The strong name of the Trinity.

                        (Inspired by St Patrick)

OR -


With joy I greet you in the name of the Holy Trinity.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with you all!


And also with you!


God is always far higher than our loftiest thoughts,

much closer than our most intimate experiences,

far more complex and awesome than our best creeds,

and more grace-full than our most sacred hopes.

Let us worship God!




Most wonderful God, you have shown by your actions that you provide for us like a Parent, rescue us like a Brother, and encourage us like an elder Sister. Beyond that point you are the Ultimate Mystery.  As we name you Father, Son and Holy Spirit, neither permit our partial knowledge lead to arrogance, nor allow our ignorance to erode our confidence in what you have truly revealed. By the light you have surely given, let us walk with cheerful faithfulness. For yours is the kingdom of love, the power of love and the glory of love, now and ever more.





My friends, led by the Spirit, let us seek the love of God through the grace of Christ Jesus our Saviour. Let us pray.


Spirit of truth, something in our hearts say: “We are made for light and truth’. But our anxieties and doubts divert us back into the lies and prejudices of the world:

       Create in us a clean heart, O God,

       and renew a right spirit within me..


Prince of peace, something in us whispers: “We are intended for concord.” But our inner conflict reacts with the world’s strife and leaves us suspicious and aggressive.

       Create in us a clean heart, O God,

       and renew a right spirit within me..


Father of love, something within us wants to sing: “We are created for love.” But a discordant self-interest allies with the world’s greed and inhibits our will to love others.

       Create in us a clean heart, O God,

       and renew a right spirit within me..


God of Jesus and our God, forgive us and straighten us out.

You are truth:

Help us to really trust you.

You are peace.

Overcome our disharmony.

You are love.

Fill us with compassion.


Loving God, we thank you that our prayers are answered before  we speak them. By your saving grace, we are certainly a forgiven and redeemed people.

Thanks be to God.



Sisters and brothers, though I am just another sinner being saved by God, by the authority of Christ Jesus I tell you plainly: Your sins are forgiven. Receive Christs’ grace, and accept the enabling power of the Spirit, that you may not make the same mistakes again.





            We are Small, You are Big


Wonderful God,

            You are really big,

            you are bigger than the world

            and all the stars in the skies;

Yet you can become small enough

            to live in my young heart.

Please squeeze you way in

            and fill every corner of me

            with your love.


            (Adapted from ‘Prayers for Aussie Kids.’        Ó  B D Prewer & Open Book Publishers.)




Holy Friend, God our True God,

how awesome is your name in all the world!


Your glory is greater than a billion stars

yet you enjoy the songs of infants and children.

Their praise is a stronghold against foes

and their joy silences the vengeful enemy.


When I look at the skies, the work of your little finger,

the moon and the stars which you have destined,

what are human beings that you think of us,

mere earthlings that you care for us?


Yet you have made us little less than gods

and have covered us with glory and beauty.

You have put us in charge of your handiwork,

placing the all under our stewardship;


The sheep, cattle and creatures of the bush,

the birds of the air, plains and billabong,

the fish and dolphins that live in our seas,

and whales that make paths through the ocean.


Holy Friend, God our True God,

how awesome is your name in all the world!

                                                                      ©  B.D. Prewer 2000





Everloving God, you have disclosed yourself to us as a loving creator, redeemer and inspirer.

We have named you Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and worship you as One God, the source and goal of all things seen and unseen.

Please continue to give us your light, that we may walk in it without stumbling, to the praise and glory of your holy name.





What makes a great human being?


If you believe in a god, then your idea of a great human being will closely resemble the kind of god you worship. For example, if your God is the supreme Enforcer, then the more your become like your God the more you will try to push others around. Or if your God is vengeful, so will you be.


It is natural for any devotee to strive to become like their God. We try to behave like that which we believe in. Therefore, the doctrines we believe, the creeds we say, really matter. The true believers will be shaped by their gods.


This morning I want to look at two ways of conceiving God:  1/  God as the absolute Individualist. 2/   God as Community.




For some God is the absolute Individualist, the autocratic Dominator.


This represents a strong stream of thought. We find it in the Jewish religion, in some classical Greek philosophy, in Islam, and it is also in one strand of Christianity. God is the ultimate soloist. He is the true absolute Monarch. He is lofty, utterly self-sufficient, not needing any other being for company.


This solo God holds all power and takes no advice on how to use it. He is augustly independent, essentially unaffected by the fortunes of any other person. God the individualist is alone without loneliness. Eternal without weariness. He is utterly unruffled and content, everlastingly superior to all else.  He is God the self-sufficient, unattached to time, space or even eternity. This God enjoys his own company without boredom. In fact, one may be a little naughty and suggest that this solo God is rather like an eternal Narcissus.


For better or worse, this God is usually depicted as a masculine. His more fervent worshippers would get very hot under the collar if it were suggested the solo God could be anything but male. He is God the male dominator.


If people have this kind of a God, it should not be a surprise to discover that those who are the powerful individualists are seen as most successful. The strong, determined, solo performer is highly admired.


Many adore leaders who are made in the image of that great Soloist whom they worship. The  top dog in politics, sport, literature, art, or entertainment is lionised. The way to greatness it to outstrip one’s rivals. To be a winner, the last person left standing, that is the way to be a great person.


In a tennis analogy, the popularity of singles players outranks doubles players, and for many players (thankfully not all; note Leyton Hewitt) a victory in the team matches of Davis Cup competition ranks nowhere as high as a Grand Slam singles victory.


The God who is dominator is mirrored by -

       the strong, ego-centred politician, who rules in Washington, Damascus, or Canberra,

       the footballer who jokes about breaking collar bones and terrorising rookies,

       the powerful academic who ruthlessly grinds the theories of others into dust,

       the rugged Union boss who stands out against from pressures within and without,

       the aggressive business man who rises above others and dominates the market,

       the media boss who creates and empire and seeks to make and break governments,

       the TV. personality who can dominate the ratings and win gold “logies,”

       the religious leader who is astute at speaking and ruling others, yet is not very good at listening, adapting, or serving.

       It is ranks high in Hollywood’s mythology: Superman, is the ultimate self-sufficient winner, who cannot even reveal his identity to Lois.


Those who worship God the individualist, either make themselves in his image or pay homage to those who have succeeded big time.


With these so called “great people,” any open display of emotion (except that of excited self-congratulation when they win an Oscar or an election) is frowned upon. No weakness is ever admitted, no sincere apology likely to be made. Public tears are the ultimate sign of character weakness.


So, to sum up this section: A religion which worships an aloof, solo-performer God, produces a clutch of rampant human individualists. You will find plenty of them in Western countries  that are the inheritors of the Hebrew solo, Yahweh, but also in countries where Islam, the religion of submission, holds sway.




Now, at the high risk of making a fool of myself, I want to offer you the alternative of a Trinitarian God. Today I put it to you that the doctrine of the Trinity should save us from rampant individualism.

       (“ Fool?” Yes, whenever preachers try to speak about the Trinity, they will either make a fool of themselves or commit a grave heresy-- usually both. If you want to play it safe, you just recite the formula “God in three persons, blessed Trinity” and say not another word.)


All our language about God is appallingly inadequate, but Christians have clung on tenaciously to the Trinity as a way of preserving the tiny truths that God has revealed to us.  Maybe our formula of the Trinity is only 1% of the truth about God, but it is a critical 1% that makes all the difference.




As a father, I realise how grossly inadequate it is to talk about God as Father. Only some one as brave as Jesus of Nazareth would dare to come up with such a word. In fact, I remind you that he brought the Aramaic word “Abba” into the centre.


The “Abba” was not a patriarchal, monarchical, Father of the Hebrew race. The best translation is either Dad or Daddy. This is the tender, forgiving, welcoming, Persona; the one that comes down the small child’s level and sits on the floor; the one who plays games, tells stories, and picks the child up and carries it on shoulders. In fact Abba is rather like those brave “new age guys” who become house dads while their wives follow their career.


There are some qualities which are usually labelled as “feminine” in that word “Abba”. In Abba the feeling side of a persons come to the fore. Abba is the parent of the prodigal son, who throws dignity to the wind and runs to meet and hug the young fool on his return home from the pig pens..



If the Father image is inadequate so in the word “Spirit”. It is a slippery concept with which to think about God. Yet there seems no better word in our language through which we can describe the God who is invisibly here now; intimately here. When we say Spirit we remove all barriers to contact between Divine and human.  Spirit to spirit (person to person) can meet and have fellowship.  God unseen, untouchable, uncontrollable, yet nearer to us than any thing or any other person can ever be.


In the Bible,

The word Spirit is used to describe God’s personal presence in this world, creating things and creatures, and recreating that which has fallen into degeneration.

The Spirit is that fire in the belly which made prophets discontented with the injustices of society and led them to speak the hard truth to people who did not want to hear.

The Spirit is the holy Witness that endorsed Jesus at his baptism and sent him on his mission to preach, teach and heal.

The Spirit is the divine Intimacy that empowered  the  church at Pentecost, and continued  to pour gifts upon the young church in action.

The Spirit personally made it possible for you and I to have faith.


The Spirit can be helpfully seen as the feminine nature and activity of God, giving birth to, and then nurturing the children of God. In the ancient Syrian Church the motherhood of the Holy Spirit was a familiar and treasured part of the truth of God. (For that matter, in Hebrew the Spirit is a feminine noun; it deviated to neuter in Greek, and then swapped to masculine in Latin -- and thence into the English language).



When we come to the Son, there are still some hurdles. (As many a seven year old child has proved by asking  Mum or Dad: “If Jesus was God, was he talking to himself when he prayed?”).


Nevertheless, with Jesus we have a real human being with a real story. Here is not a religious concept but an unforgettable life. Jesus is a human being in whom God dwelt without reserve. Look on Jesus in action and you see God at work  Here is a God who can laugh and cry, thirst and suffer. Here are tears rolling down the cheeks of the one, unique visible expression of God.


God the Son is not an outsider who redemptively drops us a lifeline from above, but is one of us in the hazards of human existence. The human race is being saved from the inside. God in Christ is the Divine insider. And at the end, the Son gives himself absolutely on the cross so that through his love-victory, we might through his saving grace know the Father in the fellowship of the Spirit.


There we have it: We have been shown the Abbaness of God the Father, the Intimacy of God the Spirit, and the costly grace of God the Son.  One God yet a community of persons.  It may be only 1% of the truth about God but it is the 1% that makes all the difference.




The Trinitarian formula insists that the nature of God is closer to a loving community than to a lofty individuality.  The highest form of existence, of personal being, is communal. God is communal. A choir singing at perfect pitch and in perfect harmony is closer to a definition of God than a lone soloist singing his heart out.


If this is the God we worship, then true greatness lies in the direction of community rather than in self-sufficient individuality. We will find the true meaning of being a person in fellowship. The church community reflects God (or should!) far better than a lone minister or priest, no matter how gifted that pastor may happen to be.  Individualism is the way of limitation, diminishment, and death. Growth takes place when we give to others and receive from others; when we know we need them and they need us.


I quote the eminent theologian Jurgen Moltmann;

       “The Trinity is a unity of a special kind. It is a unity that is sought by humans in their community with each other. It is anticipated and foreshadowed in their love towards one another. It is experienced in the ecstasy of joy and gratitude and in moments of mystical unity.”


       “God wills to recognise and reflect the Divine Self in human community”


A final question: What kind of wonderful creatures might we become if, in the fellowship of the church,  we begin to model ourselves not on individualism but on God’s com-unity?


And a final quote: “The ritual of domination is subjugation; the ritual of community is hugging.” (Moltmann)




Does the concept of the Holy Trinity grab you?


It did not grab me when I was young.


When I became a Christian,

one of my first intellectual struggles centred on the doctrine of the Trinity.  At the age of 18 years the whole thing sounded confusing to me - like an intellectual contortion invented by some perverse prodigy in mental gymnastics.


The only reason the Trinity did not become a stumbling block

was that I had a minister at that time who, on the Sunday following a week of my intellectual wrestling, preached on the topic.  What is surprising (in retrospect) is that it was not even Trinity Sunday when he preached on the theme of Trinity. It was if it was meant just for me. And maybe it was. Yes?


In his sermon my pastor frankly admitted that his mind could not grasp

three-in-one and one-in-three.  (What a relief! I was not the only numbskull!) Instead he concentrated on the revelation of God to the Jewish people as loving Creator, of God in Christ Jesus as loving Saviour, of God as Holy Spirit who personally inspires us day by day.


How’s that? I still remember it over fifty years later.


Surprising things happen in preaching.

Isn’t it amazing how when sermon and a particular human need come together on the same day, a remarkable divine/human dialogue takes place? A meeting of heaven and earth? A grace event?




Since that day I have read and studied much,

toiled and agonised much, prayed and worshipped much. Today I remain an utterly convinced Trinitarian. However I confess my mind stretches and creaks, twists and warps, strains and finally gags whenever I try to put a neat intellectual net around “God in three persons, blessed Trinity.”


I cannot possibility conceive of God in his-her-their essential nature.

I am happy these days with the word Mystery. I use the word “Mystery” not to denote something about which we know nothing, but to describe a God about whom we know just a little, and realise that it is only a little. An ever so precious little! A life changing little!




The belief in the Trinity took some time to form.

The doctrine of the Trinity was not set down in neat phrases by Jesus, or by that eloquent theologian whom we know as the Apostle Paul. Today, Trinity Sunday, does not celebrate an event in Christ’s life, nor an event in the church like Pentecost, but is a later doctrine of the church. Which in turn was an attempt to conserve the essential core of Christian understanding held by the apostles.


The first record we have of the word trinity being used (Greek: “trias”)

was in 180 A.D. At that stage it did not hold the carefully phrased meaning that was made orthodox by the later councils of the church. But the guts of the faith was there in the earliest Christian communities.


Just as it is reflected today in the Lectionary readings for Romans 5 and John 16.


One God in three persons, became standard belief

from the fourth century on. The Eastern church and the Western church differed on whether the Holy Spirit “proceeded from the Father” or “from the Father and the Son”, but in most ways there was a common mind. Teaching the Trinity guarded the core truths of the Christian faith and practice.




God is always too big for our little minds.

Whenever we try to spell out the notion of the Trinity, most of us, maybe all of us, end up in the territory of one heresy or another. We get out of our depth.


At times I worry about the way some Christians speak

of the persons of the Trinity. Too often in popular Christianity I encounter not trinitarianism but tritheism; that is, three-god-ism. Which means Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father are like three separate entities who sometimes meet in council. When this happens, I fear the notion of Trinity becomes more of a stumbling block than it need be. But as long as these folk (who verge on tritheism) bear the fruits of Christ, my praying for them and with them may be wiser than worrying about them.


No doubt there are other Christians who worry about me.

Perhaps whether I stray into Unitarianism? Or maybe the ancient heresy of modalism? Certainly I don’t believe I stray. But they are entitled to worry about me if they so wish. And to pray for me, I hope.




Something priceless has been revealed to us.

That little which we do know about God (by God’s initiative) is summed up in the teaching of the Trinity. And that revealed knowledge, though little, defines and shapes Christian people with an understanding of the world and our place in it which is distinctively ours.


Whenever we dialogue with others,

secular people or other religions, we dare not minimise the loving God who shines awesome beyond those words : “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” If we do, we will have traded in the only thing which makes us what we are as Christians. God is the ultimate Mystery.


We believe what we believe, by God’s grace.

We respect Jews but we are not Jews. We respect Moslems but we are not Islamic. We respect Buddhist and Hindus, but we are not them either. We are Christians. It is the light we have been given at our origins and which is reinforced through the ongoing experience of the Christian community. We must witness to that light and allow God to use our witness in whatever ways are divinely appropriate.


Is our trust in a Triune God a stumbling block?

Would we be better at evangelism if our teaching did not hold at its core such a complex doctrine? I doubt it. When it comes to the crunch, I do not believe there are people who reject Christianity because of the doctrine of the Trinity.


Rejection usually has other causes.

They might reject it because Christ asks too much of them. They might reject it because the deeds of some Christian people don’t closely match our creeds. They might reject it because they have been brainwashed by secular hedonism. The might reject Christianity because of the disunity of the churches. They might reject faith because it would mean giving up some pet sin. They might reject it because they find it hard to belief in a God of love when there is so much suffering in the world.  But not once, not ever in my experience,  have I found a person who rejects our message solely because of the Trinitarian creed.




As a convinced Trinitarian

I will not resile from this blessed, three-pronged, smidgen of knowledge, given through Divine revelation.  That smidgen is like pure gold. The doctrine of the Trinity may sound academic and clumsy, but behind it lies a remarkable and beautiful God who is fundamentally and intimately here for us in creation and redemption. It is a faith which prepares us for adventure.


Love is the key.

At its heart Trinitarian faith is more about being loved and loving in response, than about a wordy formula.  A love to share not a doctrine to dissect.


No ivory towers here!

Trinitarian faith is for practitioners not analysts. A guide for adventurers, not arm chair theorists.


Come, my sisters and brothers,

let us with joy and humility continue on with this adventure together.



We who are members of the household of faith declare:

            The Lord our God is One, and we shall love the Lord our God

            with all our heart, and mind, and soul and strength


This is the One who has patiently and lovingly created us, nurtured us, and who prepares

             a future for us beyond all imagining.

This is the One who amazingly and lovingly came to our aid in Christ Jesus, who teaches us

       a brighter way, and by the grace of the cross, delivers us from evil.

This is the One who intimately and lovingly is among us in Spirit, creating the community

of the church and inspiring us to deeds of justice and mercy.


In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

we who are members of the household of faith declare:

            The Lord our God is One, and we shall love the Lord our God

            with all our heart, and mind, and soul and strength.

                                                                                                                                                            Ó B D Prewer 2003






Yes, we believe; O that we could believe more fully!


We believe in one, holy, loving Mystery at the heart of time and eternity

            from whom and for whom all things are created,

            whose purposes undergird and interweave all things,

            and by whom all things move towards a glorious consummation.


We believe in one Christ, chosen and anointed by the holy Mystery,

            called to achieve what no human being has achieved before or since,

            whose life, teaching, suffering, death and resurrection

            reveal the Mystery as absolute love and redemptive grace.


We believe in one Holy Spirit, the inspirer of this creed we affirm,

            the energetic Presence of the Mystery in our dailyness,

            who in the midst of evil and sin gives us new birth into a family

            where the young dare to have vision and the old still hold on to their dreams.


I believe in the universal church which in spite of its grave flaws

            is a chosen servant, redeemed by Christ and inspired by the Spirit,

            called to serve the Mystery throughout the world

            by being a reconciled and reconciling community of grace.


I believe in eternal life, flowing free, abundant and limitless,

            already among us and within us with surprise and opportunity,

            leaping all barriers and transcending all decay and death

            that with Christ we may love, enjoy and praise the Mystery forever.


Yes, we believe; O that we could believe more fully!

Amen!                                                                                                                         Ó B. D.  Prewer 2005




As we pray for others, we also ask God to increase our capacity for genuine love.

Let us pray.

Loving, three-person’d God, you are the Friend of people who are neglected or rejected. Please enlarge our awareness and stretch our compassion to include those folk who are edged out by circumstances  (or by an awkward personality) into an isolation that they do not really want.


Make us aware of those in our own neighbourhood who are feeling forgotten or isolated from the main stream of community life.

Please stretch our compassion and show us the best ways to assist.


Make us aware of those living in remote places, or those who are lost in big cities, whose need for friendship and support is not being met.

Please stretch our compassion and give us the will to make a difference.


Make us aware of refugees and migrants who are finding it difficult to feel included and valued in our community and nation.

Please stretch our compassion to reach beyond race, skin colour and culture.


Make us aware of folk who are hungry for a community of faith but are anxious and tentative when visiting our congregation.

Please stretch our compassion to include strangers in our midst.


Make us aware of any in our regular membership who float around the edges of our fellowship without feeling they really belong.

Please stretch our compassion until all are valued as our sisters and brothers in Christ.


We know loving Friend, that you are already working in the lives of these for whom we have prayed. We dedicate these prayers, and whatever talents we have, to cooperate with your work of gathering into your love all the lonely and unwanted people of the world.

Through Jesus Christ our Saviour.





Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

We bind unto ourselves today the strong name of the Trinity.


Go out into the world with courage and cheerfulness.

       Go in the name of the Creator whose love is as everlasting arms.

       Go in the Saviour whose grace is as a cup that is full and overflowing .

       Go in the name of the Counsellor whose fellowship is sweeter than honey.


Bind unto yourself this day, the strong name of the Trinity.



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