Another week passes and we celebrate another important date in the Church calendar. Sunday was Trinity Sunday when we think about the three persons in one God that we talk about but find hard to understand. There are many ways that people have tried to show how this works. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. The legends about him include that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland (!) and also that he used the shamrock plant to explain how something with three parts could still be one item that was incomplete without any one of the parts.
Celtic knots are often used as symbols for the Trinity in carving and stained glass. Can you find one that you like and trace it? Be careful about which lines go over or under others. Some people find that tracing their finger around the never ending shape is a mindful process that helps them to be still to pray. Try it with a prayer you know well like the Grace or the Lord’s Prayer.
The activity makes a 3D version from paper rings. If we only use two of the rings, the shape falls apart. It needs all three rings to make the whole. In the same way, we need God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (the three persons) to make the One God that we worship.
Tri means three. How many of these words can you find? They all begin with ‘tri’ A mathematical shape…, a child’s toy…, a fish spear…, a musical group of three people…, a three footed stand used in chemistry…, to split something into three equal parts…, a painting made of three parts joined together…, to be able to speak three languages fluently…, something that happens every three years…, a set of three connected books…, a three cornered hat…, the French or Irish flag…
Reverend Mary has read another Open the Book story for us. This one is called ‘The Beautiful Gate’. It tells us about the disciples after the Holy Spirit came to them and about how they did what Jesus had asked them to do using the power they had been given by God the Father to help other people. You can read the story for yourself in Acts 3, v.1-10
There is a lot of discussion in the media at the moment about justice and protest. We need to try to follow Jesus’ example in what we do and how we treat other people. Jesus saw people’s strengths and weaknesses and needs and responded with love. He challenges us to be like this too as his disciples. The disciples in our story this week noticed what the man at the Beautiful Gate really needed and they prayed that God’s power would heal him.
Here are some ideas to base your prayer around this week: .
The Trinity is…
God the Father – Creator, Almighty, All knowing, Everlasting
God the Son – Redeemer, Saviour, Messiah, Lord, Emmanuel
God the Holy Spirit – Advocate, Guide, Helper
Take care of yourselves. Be aware of what is going on around you, give yourself space and keep washing your hands.
Alison and Angie